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Joe Gibbs Racing adds full-time ARCA team for 2017

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KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 16: Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, looks on prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 16, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

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Joe Gibbs Racing will venture into the ARCA Racing Series in 2017 with Riley Herbst.

The organization, which fields cars in the NASCAR premier series and Xfinity Series, announced Thursday that Herbst will pilot the No. 18 Toyota Camry full-time. His sponsor and crew chief will be announced at a later date.

“It’s great to have Riley join Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Steve deSouza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity/Development, in a release. “He has experienced success in a variety of racing venues and we want to provide him the opportunity to continue that success at this level of competition.”

In 2016, the 17-year-old Herbst ran the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule for Bill McAnally Racing. Herbst earned 10 top-10 finishes in 14 races and finished seventh in points. Herbst also made three starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he earned three top-10 finishes.

The Las Vegas native won the track championship in 2015 at California Speedway in Irwindale Speed Trucks.

“I grew up watching my dad compete in races like the Baja 500, so I’ve always wanted to be a racer myself,” said Herbst. “I’m so appreciative of Bill McAnally and his entire racing crew. They were an incredible group of people to work with and learn from. They were an instrumental part of my career. Having the opportunity to join Joe Gibbs Racing will take me to the next level.”

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