Can Josh Berry Be the Next Big Thing in NASCAR World?


Tony Stewart’s NASCAR team, Stewart-Haas Racing, is going through a transition period at the moment, as Kevin Harvick is in his final year. Moreover, Aric Almirola will most likely retire after this season as well. 

Meanwhile, Stewart already announced Harvick’s replacement for next year. JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry will replace Harvick in SHR. So the question is, can Berry become the next big thing in NASCAR?

Berry will replace Harvick

Driving for JR Motorsport in the Xfinity Series, Berry will drive full-time in the Cup Series for SHR. Earlier, Stewart announced the news at a press conference, as Berry will drive the #4 car from next season. 

Tony Stewart talks about Berry

In a recent interview, Stewart said, “Kevin Harvick has obviously set a very high bar, but Josh (Berry) brings maturity, experience, and, above all, a winning record to Stewart-Haas Racing.” In another interview, Stewart further said, “Josh is somebody we feel like we can turn into a champion."

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Berry already had experience in the Cup Series 

Earlier this season, Berry filled in for Chase Elliott at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Hendrick Motorsports team. Later, he filled in for Alex Bowman as well for the same team. Safe to say, he has had his fair share of experience so far in the Cup Series. Moreover, he finished second at Richmond Raceway, which was really impressive. 

Can Berry become the next big thing?

Currently, Berry is in 5th place in the Xfinity Series with 470 points and 7 top-5 finishes. Certainly, he has a great chance of competing for the Xfinity Series championship. On the other hand, he will work under Harvick’s supervision at SHR from the next season. So far he has shown great potential, and Stewart has plenty of belief in him. It will be interesting to see the 32-year-old racing full-time in the Cup Series next year, which could indicate his future in NASCAR. 

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