Tony Stewart’s Employee Sarcastically Reacts as Kyle Larson Announces Josh Berry Partnership

Published 06/24/2023, 7:25 AM EDT

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Josh Berry is riding high on the waves of his success in the ongoing season. After a stellar performance in the Xfinity Series, the JR Motorsports driver finally got his big break, signing as the Cup Series driver for Stewart-Haas Racing driver from the 2024 season. But before Josh Berry takes his seat behind the No.4 Ford Mustang, replacing Kevin Harvick, apparently the JR Motorsports driver is set to serve a big responsibility.

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The commitment is actually to the CARS Tour Late Model Series at Caraway Speedway. But it seems there is a sense of ambivalence, due to a question raised by Tony Stewart’s employee and Berry’s future crew chief, Rodney Childers, on Twitter.

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It is a known fact that Josh Berry received his impetus to racing in NASCAR, by starting out his career from the ground level, by driving in the late model series. He has teared up the short tracks as a late-model series driver, after racing in that format for more than five years. He is also the 2017 series champion. Owing to his experience, the rookie Cup Series driver is ready to take up bigger responsibilities. 

Josh Berry is slated to play the role of crew chief for Kyle Larson, who is set to make his debut in the CARS Late Model Stock Car Racing at Caraway Speedway on Wednesday, June 28th. The Hendrick Motorsports speedster and avid racer Kyle Larson will be driving alongside JR Motorsports’ primary driver and defending champion Carson Kvapil. 


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Larson announced this news on his Twitter profile, with the words, “Some news. Looking forward to the @CARSTour at Caraway next week. Thanks for the opportunity @DaleJr and @JRMotorsports.”

NASCAR enthusiasts are more than elated to see the pairing of the two best drivers in their respective formats. But before Berry and Larson take their respective positions in the raceway, the championship-winning crew chief of Kevin Harvick hurls a friendly jibe at the duo on Twitter.

He retweeted Kyle Larson’s post and added the caption, “Wonder if they will be fast?!? @KyleLarsonRacin driving and @joshberry crew chiefing.”

Nevertheless, the debutant’s car will bear the same resemblance to his Cup Series car. It will also flaunt the livery of its sponsor Hendrick and is designed by Bryan Shaffer and Josh Tarrant-Hill.


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Netizens Show Portray Their Support for the Driver-Crew Chief Duo

Josh Berry’s relation to Hendrick Motorsports is already known by the fans. As a reserve driver for Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman, Berry driver delivered remarkable results. Nonetheless, with the publishing of the news, fans shared their elation on Twitter. They showed their support and appreciation for the duo.

Even Josh Berry himself commented under Kyle Larson’s post, “Looking forward to it.”

While other netizens commenting under Rodney Childers’ post, wrote, “Josh is what you were in the 90’s. A really good Wheelman but a way better chassis guy. This combo is going to be a lot of fun to watch.”


“So much to be excited about in the racing world. We need to bring the @CARSTour north of the boarder. You guys must all be having a blast.”

“You can count on it.”

“Feel like that 62 is going to be just as fast next year too.”


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There is no doubt that the 2021 Cup Series champion is an amazing driver, given his experience in various formats of racing. But with a new crew chief who has dominated the short tracks for a long time, the fans wait with a bated breath, as to how the duo fare on Wednesday. 



Written by:

Ayantika Maitra


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Ayantika Maitra is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. It was initially Formula 1 that made her fall in love with the world of motorsports. But quickly, the raw and unfiltered nature of NASCAR is what led her to build an affinity for the Stock Car Racing Series.
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Edited by:

Ranvijay Singh




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