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Herbage Family Flying Circus' Stephanie Herbage Takes 2nd at Perris Auto Speedway

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Now that she is getting more familiar with her new car Herbage says running out front has become much more comfortable.
Now that she is getting more familiar with her new car Herbage says running out front has become much more comfortable.
In Stephanie Herbage, and with every race she runs, we are witnessing firsthand the evolution of an exceptionally promising racing future. One has to believe that the most excruciating times for the 19-year-old driver are the stretches between races, because clearly, the world makes total sense to her on the track.
Stephanie Herbage proudly represents and rocks in her new K&N driving suit - Photo by: Adam Stadler.
Stephanie Herbage proudly represents and rocks in her new K&N driving suit - Photo by: Adam Stadler.


Herbage recently earned a very hard fought second place at Perris Speedway, it was her second podium in only three races. The K&N sponsored racer started in the second row, and in what was every bit an experienced driver's move, she split the two leaders in turn four, and jumped out in front. Herbage maintained the lead for 15 laps of the 20-lap race, but was passed by the number 11 car of, Keith Woods, when she got held up by lapped traffic.

After getting around the slower cars, Herbage caught back up to Woods and hounded him across the finish line for 2nd place. We suspect Woods may have been putting in some extra redemption effort, as the veteran racer rolled in behind Herbage only two races earlier, after she earned her first ever win in American Factory Stock Cars series at Perris.
Herbage also drives the Pace Car for the USAC/CRA races at Perris Auto Speedway.
Herbage also drives the Pace Car for the USAC/CRA races at Perris Auto Speedway.


In the race between the win and second place, Herbage finished in 7th place, resulting from a flat tire. The Herbage Family Flying Circus team performed a near Herculean effort in getting the tire changed, and her back out on the track, but with the short amount of time remaining she was unable to catch back up to the leaders.

K&N Race News asked Herbage if she was feeling more comfortable running in the front?

"It is actually a lot more comfortable. I still get nervous, mainly because I can't see who, or what is going on behind me, but now that I have gotten used to this new car, it is much more comfortable for me."

"When I get behind a slower car, if they have raced here before, I know their line on the track and use that to my advantage," Herbage continues. "However, there are some new drivers out there who don't have a line just yet, so I'll wait until they make a mistake. I refuse to bump someone out of my way."

We wondered if with the increased comfort level and confidence she's gaining with each race, if she found her original race goals and dreams were also redefining themselves?

Said Herbage, "My goals for each race are still the same, my main goal is to just finish safely and in one piece, and it doesn't matter what place I come in. A good friend and mentor, Bobby Kimbrough, told me 'sometimes it's just a 5th place night,' and I agree."

It is precisely that sort of clear and humble thinking that goes into making Herbage such a potentially complete racing package. Herbage also drives the Pace Car for the USAC/CRA races at Perris Auto Speedway, adding to her rapidly growing popularly with fans at the Perris, California track.

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