Mid-Race Wreck Ends Herbst’s Top-10 Run at Texas Motor Speedway

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Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)

  • Riley Herbst started the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 from the 19th spot at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra.
  • The first caution flag flew on lap 10 for the No. 8 car spinning in Turn 4. Herbst radioed to Crew chief Dave Rogers that his car had great balance, so Rogers advised him to stay out.
  • Herbst had gained five positions and resumed racing from 14th on lap 14.  
  • Herbst broke into the top-10 on lap 17 and was in ninth when the competition caution was called on lap 20.  Herbst told Rogers that he was very comfortable in the car and again Rogers made the call to stay out.
  • Herbst took the green flag from ninth when racing resumed on lap 25 and immediately gained a spot with a great restart.  He captured another spot three laps later, moving into seventh.  The leader got a flat tire on lap 35 and had to pit enabling Herbst to gain sixth. 
  • The third caution came out when the No. 07 put fluid down in Turn 4.  Herbst radioed into Rogers that he was getting snug in Turns 3 and 4.  Herbst stayed out and was in fourth when green flag racing resumed on lap 44.  He charged forward and finished Stage 1 in a very strong third place.
  • Rogers called Herbst onto pitroad for Sunoco fuel, four fresh Goodyear tires and a minor air pressure adjustment.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)

  • Due to differences in pit strategies, Herbst started Stage 2 on lap 51 from 17th, and finished the stage in the seventh spot.  
  • Herbst picked off the competition one by one and broke into the top-10 on lap 68.  He continued to charge forward as the fastest car on the track for the remainder of the stage and gained another position on lap 86 moving up to eighth.
  • The fifth caution flag flew to end the second stage on lap 90.  Rogers had Herbst pit for fresh tires and fuel.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)

  • Herbst started the final stage from the sixth position and finished the race in 33rd after a collision with the inside wall on lap 131.
  • The No. 18 Monster Energy pit crew did a phenomenal job on the pitstop and gained track positions for Herbst on pitroad.  He restarted from sixth on lap 96. 
  • The sixth caution flag waved on lap 108 for the No. 20 spinning through the grass out of Turn 4.  Rogers made the call to stay out.  Herbst chose the top and restarted from seventh on lap 113.  
  • While running in eighth, Herbst brought out the seventh caution when his Monster Energy Toyota Supra hit the inside wall. The damage to the front end was severe enough to end their race.  Herbst had been running a strong race in the top-10 but was scored 32nd when the race was over.

Next Up: The Xfinity Series now heads to Martinsville Speedway for the first time since 2006 on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Herbst will be in the No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by SiriusXM Channel 90, MRN and NBCSN.


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