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Stewart-Haas Racing Drivers Blocking Out the ‘Noise’ Surrounding Team’s Future

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DARLINGTON, S.C. — With a new logo, new sponsors and the acquisitions of Josh Berry and Noah Gragson, 2024 offseason was a time of change for Stewart-Haas Racing.

The team has had a solid start in what has been a down year for Ford, as Chase Briscoe and Gragson have combined for nine top-10 finishes in the first 12 races of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Briscoe is 12th in points, while Gragson is 19th despite a 35-point penalty assessed toward the start of the year.

But all those gains have been drowned out in the headlines by the uncertainties surrounding the team. SHR has been rumored to sell one or two of its charters since the start of the year, and the team has reportedly been contacting potential suitors for a price. But the rumor mill took a sharp turn last week, and there’s now a possibility that SHR might sell everything but the kitchen sink.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding SHR and its futures, its drivers are determined to block out the noise and press onward with the season.

“We’re just trying to stick to what we know and work hard and prepare for each and every weekend and not let the outside noise distract us,” Gragson said. “There’s obviously a lot of that going on right now, but I feel like if we can keep on doing our job as a group, there’d still hopefully be opportunity for us.

“With that being said, I’m so thankful and grateful for the No. 10 team, our group of guys on this team. They work so hard and I’m fortunate to be a part of it. We’re not letting the outside noise distract us. We’re just focused on the goal ahead and stick to the plan and keeping our standard.”

“We all read it on the internet over and over again, right?” Berry said. “Obviously, when there’s smoke, there’s fire. All we can just go out and do is just try to do our best each and every week.

“We can all talk about pressure and different things, but the reality of it is that we’re all trying to do the best we can each and every day, and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. And for us,…

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