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Riley Herbst to compete full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in Xfinity Series in 2020

AUTO: OCT 12 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series - Sugarlands Shine 250

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 12: Riley Herbst, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota Tundra Monster Energy/Advance Auto Parts (51) during the running of the 14th annual Sugarlands Shine 250 on October12, 2019 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Al.(Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Riley Herbst will compete full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series next year, the team announced Tuesday.

Herbst, 20, will drive the No. 18 Toyota and will give JGR three full-time entries, joining Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones.

Herbst will have sponsorship from Monster Energy, ORCA Coolers, and Terrible’s, a Herbst-family line of car wash/oil change/convenience stores.

“I’m very excited to compete full-time next season in the Xfinity Series in the iconic No. 18,” Herbst said in a press release. “I’ve enjoyed the transition to the Xfinity car this season, learned a ton and look forward to continuing to learn next season and improve each and every week. I’m eager to get started and have Monster Energy back with me and can’t wait for Daytona.”

Herbst, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, has nine Xfinity starts since last year and eight this season. His best result is sixth in his series debut at Iowa Speedway. He has raced for JGR since 2017 in the ARCA Menards Series. He has one win in 47 starts in that series.

In seven Truck Series starts with Kyle Busch Motorsports, his best finish is third a Talladega last month.

“Riley has been a part of Joe Gibbs Racing for three years through the ARCA program and now the Xfinity Series,” said Steve DeSouza, executive vice president of Xfinity Series and development for Joe Gibbs Racing, in a press release. “Each week Riley shows improvement and growth, whether it is in the Xfinity Series Supra, the ARCA Series Camry or even the Toyota Tundra’s at KBM. Riley continues to work hard on gaining experience and becoming more comfortable behind the wheel and I think next year will be no different as he competes full-time for Rookie of the Year, race wins, and the Xfinity Series championship.”