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‘I Feel Like I Deserve a Spot Racing on Sundays’ – Motorsports Tribune

‘I Feel Like I Deserve a Spot Racing on Sundays’ – Motorsports Tribune

By David Morgan, Associate Editor

LEBANON, Tenn. – Josh Berry has lived his career behind the wheel in the unknown and heading into 2025, he’s back in that mode again after the announcement that Stewart-Haas Racing as we know it will be shuttered at season’s end.

Having scratched and clawed for his entire career to finally get to the NASCAR Cup Series full-time with SHR this season, Berry isn’t ready to let the dream of racing in NASCAR’s premier division go. To make sure he’s around for years to come, the Henderson, Tenn. native is doing the talking with his results on track to help him secure a ride for 2025 and beyond.

Halfway through the 2024 campaign, Berry and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team have turned it on as of late, posting top-10 finishes in three of the last six races, including a pair of third-place results at Darlington and New Hampshire.

Sitting 73 points back of the cut-off line with eight races remaining in the regular season, Berry remains confident that his team can parlay that momentum into a shot at making the Playoffs.

“We’ve had good pace the last couple of weeks, but really the last couple of months have been a big step in the right direction,” said Berry. “Even earlier in the year we saw potential in several races, but we weren’t able to put the whole piece together. I feel confident in our group. I think our cars are handling well. I think they’re faster. 

“I’m getting more comfortable and getting more used to Cup racing in general. I feel like as we go through this summer stretch this should be another good opportunity for us to run well and there are several other tracks coming up too that I feel good about.”

Berry added that if he and his team keep putting themselves in position to win, odds are that they may just be able to break through with a crucial visit to Victory Lane between now and the regular season finale at Darlington.

“I’m not saying that I feel like we’re expected to or should win, but I think we can. I think our cars are getting competitive enough. It might take the right sequence of events, I guess, but we keep finding ourselves in this position, sooner or later something is gonna happen.”

In the midst of his fight to make the Playoffs, it’s a war on two fronts for Berry, who is also fighting for his place to stay in the Cup Series next season. While there have been discussions with other teams, nothing has been inked as of yet,…

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