Riley Herbst Moves from Seventh to Fourth During Green-White-Checker Finish at Phoenix

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By Christian Koelle, Staff Writer

Riley Herbst was a rocket during the final green-white-checker finish Saturday Night at Phoenix. 

Restarting from seventh during the final restart of the 2021 season, Herbst moved from seventh to fourth. The move pushed his top-five total for 2021 to five, one more than the Las Vegas, NV native earned in 2020. 

“I think we had a little bit going on with the motor and the power steering,” said Herbst. “So the short runs we were loose and it was really hard to drive because I couldn’t counter-steer to the right, just because the power steering was going in and out. I was begging for long runs because once we got spread out and I could start just being easier on the front tires and then, ultimately, be easier on the steering. Thank you to Monster Energy, Ford Performance, and Stewart-Haas Racing. It’s a good way to close out this year after kind of a really bumpy year, to be honest with you. Hopefully, we can go into 2022 pretty strong.”

Herbst benefited from the caution-filled race as he struggled with power-steering issues throughout the race. Herbst stayed consistent though through the race but despite the issues faced, finished inside the top-10 in both stages. He finished ninth in stage one and 10th in stage two. 

The fourth-place effort was his second straight top-10 finish as he finished 10th at Martinsville. It’s his third fourth-place finish of 2021 and fifth top-five. Along with bettering his top-five total from 2020, Herbst also finished one position better in the points standings finishing 11th. 

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle makes his debut with Kickin' the Tires in 2021 contributing ARCA Menards Series content. Koelle has been involved in the NASCAR Media scene since 2015 working for multiple outlets. Along with Kickin' in 2021, he joins Overbey Photography shooting photos in all three NASCAR series for clients. His favorite tracks include Nashville Superspeedway, Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

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