Possible Josh Berry landing spots: No. 1 – JR Motorsports (Cup and Xfinity)
The best way JR Motorsports and Josh Berry can grow their relationship would be with a combination of the two aforementioned series. Berry and JR Motorsports could run a part-time Cup Series schedule, in addition to another full-time Xfinity Series season.
JR Motorsports have been speculated to join the Cup Series for quite some time, and Berry would serve as the most viable option to drive for the team in their debut season. While it’s unclear when or how the team will debut in the Cup Series, 2023 could be an option (just not on a full-time basis).
JR Motorsports co-owner and vice president Kelley Earnhardt Miller told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio that the team wants to enter the Cup Series, but a full-time entry in 2023 is doubtful. However, the intention to expand the organization is there.
With Earnhardt Miller citing the charter system as the obstacle preventing the team from entering a full-time Cup car for 2023, the team could elect to field a part-time ride instead.
The number 88 remains available in the Cup Series after leaving Hendrick Motorsports, and if JR Motorsports want to test the waters with a non-chartered ride on a part-time schedule, Berry driving the #88 Chevrolet in the Cup Series, while still piloting the #8 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series, seems like a win-win scenario.
The move would give JR Motorsports a test year with the Gen 7 car while working behind the scenes to obtain a charter for 2024. For Berry, it would serve as continued experience against Cup Series drivers, and it would also serve as an audition for a full-time ride in the Cup Series. In the meantime, Berry and JR Motorsports could continue together full-time in the Xfinity Series.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this would be the most effective move and best landing spot for Josh Berry in 2023.