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Published 05/02/2023, 4:07 PM EDT

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As the 2023 NASCAR season rolls on, speculations arise about who will replace Kevin Harvick in the #4 Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing after his retirement this November. One name that has been circulating in the rumor mill is Josh Berry, who currently is a full-time driver in the Xfinity Series.

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Berry’s meteoric rise from bank teller to NASCAR star has been nothing short of remarkable. His talent on the track finally earned him a shot in the Cup Series, where he filled in for Chase Elliott for six weeks earlier this year. Now, after his recent call-up to HMS to replace an injured Alex Bowman, Berry once again proved that he has what it takes to compete at the highest level by securing a top-10 finish.

Josh Berry is a potential replacement for Kevin Harvick in the #4


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Berry, who currently drives the #8 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in Xfinity, has already made a name for himself in the sport. He has won four races in the Xfinity Series and has been a title contender for the past few seasons. Moreover, he has already made his Cup Series debut this year, filling in for the injured Chase Elliott for five races.

Berry’s impressive performances have caught the attention of many NASCAR insiders, including Couch Racer whose recent tweet hinted at Berry replacing a “popular Cup driver with a super team.” Many are now speculating that the #4 car at Stewart-Haas Racing could be a perfect fit for the up-and-coming driver. The tweet mentioned that Clint Bowyer hinted during the race broadcast that Berry could be a lead candidate for replacing a popular Cup driver. While nothing has been confirmed yet, the idea of Berry replacing Kevin Harvick is certainly intriguing, and many fans seem to be excited about it.


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Fans React to Speculations About Josh Berry’s Debut

Fan reactions on social media have been mixed, with some expressing excitement about the possibility of Berry joining a top-tier team, while others are concerned about the impact his departure would have on the Xfinity Series.

“I’ve been saying all along, the 4 car looks like a pretty good fit for Josh Berry,” one fan tweeted.


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Another fan expressed concern about losing a talented driver to a rival manufacturer, saying, “While that would be great for Josh, I selfishly would hate to see Chevy lose such a great up-and-coming driver.”

“If Rodney remains on the box, that is a duo that can contend for multiple race wins within the first year,” another fan mentioned.

While the speculation about Berry’s potential move to the #4 car is still ongoing, the young driver is already making headlines in the #48 Chevrolet. Bowman, who suffered a back injury in a sprint car race earlier this week, is expected to be out for at least three weeks, giving Berry the opportunity to showcase his skills at the Cup level once again.


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Regardless of what the future holds for Josh Berry, there’s no denying that he has the talent and drive to succeed at the highest level of NASCAR. His recent call-up to Hendrick Motorsports is proof that he’s on the right track, and fans will be eagerly watching to see where his career takes him next.

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Written by:

Dasnoor Anand


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Dasnoor Anand is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports who brings a fresh perspective to the world of motorsports. She has always had a knack for writing and a love for cars. For years, she has been a devoted follower of motorsports and is particularly intrigued by the inner workings of Formula 1 teams as well as Stock Car Auto Racing.
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Nischal Kandpal