Chase Briscoe Reveals Johnny Klausmeier Will Continue With the No. 14 Team as Crew Chief in 2021

Published 12/16/2020, 5:00 AM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


For the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, rookie driver Chase Briscoe will link up with crew chief Johnny Klausmeier. With this, the 2021 grid is steadily shaping up in all aspects. However, who fills in as Briscoe’s spotter is still a massive mystery.

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The newly-appointed Stewart-Haas Racing driver recently spoke about the new developments in the team. He said, “Johnny and me have been going through the simulator and everything else. Spotter’s still…That’s one that I would love to know as well.”

Chase Briscoe says John Klausmeier will be his crew chief, that they have been working together in preparation for next year. He still doesn’t know who will spot for him. #nascar @NASCARONFOX

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) December 15, 2020

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This season will mark Briscoe’s debut in the Cup Series with the Stewart-Haas Racing team. It is worth noting that he is a rookie driver on the 2021 grid, and he can benefit from his experienced teammates.

In other words, he can learn from Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Cole Custer.

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 16: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #98 Ford Performance Ford during the Ford EcoBoost 300, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL. (Photo by Malcolm Hope/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

What can we expect from Chase Briscoe in 2021?

As a rookie, one can scarcely expect him to be in the running for a Cup title challenge. However, stranger things have happened.

He will have to contend with many competitors. Obviously, Chase Elliott will want to defend his title and the rest of the Hendrick Motorsports squad will also have designs on the 2021 title. Others, like the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, Briscoe’s own teammates, and a few other wildcards, could be in with a shout.

However, nothing concrete can be gauged until the 2021 season begins and tires have touched the tarmac. Up until then, it could be anybody’s game, though they have to consider the playoffs.

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DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 16: Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Ford Nutri Chomps/Chewy.com (98) during qualifying for the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 on February 16, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Last year, Kevin Harvick was in supreme form, with nine wins in the season. Statistically, he should have been the Cup Series champion.

Unfortunately, he stumbled at the wrong moment and missed out on a chance of making the Championship 4. As a result, he will have to try again in this coming season and do it all over from square one.

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