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No. 98 NASCAR Ford Gets First Career Xfinity Win At Vegas 2023: Video

Las Vegas native, Riley Herbst, finally put the No. 98 NASCAR Ford Mustang in Victory Lane for the first time at his home track on October 14th, 2023, leading 103 laps on his way to an absolultely dominating win – almost 15 seconds ahead of the pack.

“Oh my goodness, I love this town and I love this team,”  Herbst said after the race, where he celebrated with dozens of his closest friends and family members. “Oh my goodness, you don’t know what this means, what this takes off my chest. I can’t believe it. I love you Las Vegas. Let’s go!”

He added, “I’ve been working on myself and everything I can control and all I can do is all I can do. If there was a caution, there was a caution and we would race them straight up.”

He was chased by John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 20 Toyota TRD Supra and current points leader. Another NASCAR Ford team – the No. 00 Mustang of Cole Custer – had a terrific day, leading 62 laps and finishing third.

“We got a little too loose at the end, but a great day by our guys maximizing the points and putting us in a good position,” Custer said in a post on social media after the race. “So happy for Riley Herbst! He’s worked so hard and had a lot of bad luck, to see it all come together was awesome.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 14, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 8 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 201 103 Ford Mustang
2 38 20 John Hunter Nemechek (P) Pye Barker Fire & Safety Toyota 201 0 Toyota TRD Supra
3 2 00 Cole Custer (P) Haas Automation Ford 201 62 Ford Mustang
4 4 16 Chandler Smith # (P) Barger Precast/Quick Tie Products Inc Chevrolet 201 23 Chevrolet Camaro
5 14 1 Sam Mayer (P) Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet 201 0 Chevrolet Camaro
6 7 7 Justin Allgaier (P) BRANDT Chevrolet 201 0 Chevrolet Camaro
7 10 21 Austin Hill (P) Bennett Transportation Chevrolet 201 0 Chevrolet Camaro
8 13 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Jeld-Wen Windows Chevrolet 201 0 Chevrolet Camaro
9 6 10 Daniel Hemric (P) Cirkul Chevrolet 201 1 Chevrolet Camaro
10 9 11 Layne Riggs Infinity Communications Group Chevrolet 201 0 Chevrolet Camaro
11 19 19 Myatt Snider Tree Top Toyota 200 0 Toyota TRD Supra
12 1 8 Josh Berry LubeZone Chevrolet 200 11 Chevrolet Camaro
13 11 48 Parker Kligerman Spiked Light Coolers Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
14 5 31 Parker Retzlaff # FUNKAWAY Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
15 15 2 Sheldon Creed (P) Whelen Chevrolet 200 0 Chevrolet Camaro
16 17 39 Ryan Sieg Sci Aps Ford 199 0 Ford Mustang
17 3 18 Sammy Smith # (P) Pilot Flying J Toyota 199 0 Toyota TRD Supra
18 24 29 Kyle Sieg HEC Ford 199 1 Ford Mustang
19 28 24 Connor Mosack Comprehensive Cancer Centers Toyota 199 0 Toyota TRD Supra
20 25 66 Ryan Reed Tandem Diabetes Care Chevrolet 198 0 Chevrolet Camaro
21 23 44 Daniel Dye(i) Champion Container Chevrolet 198 0 Chevrolet Camaro
22 18 27 Jeb Burton Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet 197 0 Chevrolet Camaro
23 35 45 Rajah Caruth(i) Circle Pay Chevrolet 197 0 Chevrolet Camaro
24 27 25 Brett Moffitt Lane Frost Brand Ford 197 0 Ford Mustang
25 34 6 Brennan Poole Macc Door Systems Chevrolet 197 0 Chevrolet Camaro
26 29 08 Stefan Parsons Sokal Chevrolet 197 0 Chevrolet Camaro
27 32 43 Ryan Ellis Eclipse Claims Consulting Ford 197 0 Ford Mustang
28 31 02 Blaine Perkins # To The Point Chevrolet 195 0 Chevrolet Camaro
29 37 28 CJ McLaughlin Sci Aps Ford 194 0 Ford Mustang
30 16 51 Jeremy Clements First Pacific Funding Chevrolet 193 0 Chevrolet Camaro
31 21 74 Dawson Cram Chevrolet 193 0 Chevrolet Camaro
32 36 35 Joey Gase Nevada Donor Network Toyota 193 0 Toyota TRD Supra
33 26 92 Josh Williams Parking Guidance Systems Chevrolet 56 0 Chevrolet Camaro
34 20 78 Anthony Alfredo BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 54 0 Chevrolet Camaro
35 22 26 Kaz Grala Ruedebusch Toyota 53 0 Toyota TRD Supra
36 12 91 Kyle Weatherman PORAC Chevrolet 53 0 Chevrolet Camaro
37 30 38 Joe Graf Jr. G-Coin Ford 12 0 Ford Mustang
38 33 53 Patrick Emerling The Meredith Haga Foundation Chevrolet 3 0 Chevrolet Camaro

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver
P – Playoffs eligible

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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