Possible Kevin Harvick replacements – No. 5 – Josh Berry
While Zane Smith may have been considered the odds-on favorite a few months ago, Josh Berry is now the odds-on favorite to replace Kevin Harvick behind the wheel of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The 32-year-old Hendersonville, Tennessee native has been talked about as a potential full-time Cup Series driver for a few years now, but he simply hasn’t gotten the opportunity.
But earlier this year, the five-time Xfinity Series race winner got the opportunity to fill in for the injured Chase Elliott — and then the injured Alex Bowman — at Hendrick Motorsports for a total of eight races, and he made the most of the opportunity, recording three top 10 results, including a top finish of second place behind teammate Kyle Larson at Richmond Raceway.
While Hendrick Motorsports would seem to be a logical landing spot for the driver who competes for the Rick Hendrick-affiliated JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, their lineup appears to be set for the foreseeable future, with all four of their drivers being race-winning drivers who are 30 years old or younger.
Berry is reportedly in advanced discussions with Stewart-Haas Racing about taking over Harvick’s ride next year, and he emerged as a serious contender for the seat amid his impressive “super sub” role at Hendrick Motorsports. He was also recently said to have signed a management deal with KHI (Kevin Harvick, Inc.) Management.
Of course, he could always be called upon to replace Aric Almirola if Almirola retires as well. Joining Stewart-Haas Racing doesn’t necessarily mean that he will replace Harvick, which further opens things up for the four drivers already discussed in this article.
But as things stand right now, the smart money is on Berry to drive the No. 4 Ford next year.