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Josh Berry secures Cup Series ride for 2025

CONCORD, N.C. -- Josh Berry will continue to race in NASCAR's Cup Series in 2025 as he joins Wood Brothers Racing on a multi-year deal.

Berry, who currently competes full-time for Stewart-Haas Racing, will take over the No. 21 Ford Mustang starting with the 2025 season. He will replace Harrison Burton, who has driven the entry since the start of the 2022 season.

"Josh was the obvious choice," Jon Wood said Wednesday morning at the Ford Performance Center. Wood added that the team had to look at Chase Briscoe due to connections with Ford Performance and its development program, but Berry was ultimately the right choice for the team.

"I feel ready to provide results, and I feel like this will be a great relationship," Berry said.

According to Wood Brothers Racing, an announcement regarding the crew chief of the No. 21 Ford will take place at a later date.

Berry moved to SHR at the start of the 2024 season. He replaced the retiring Kevin Harvick in the No. 4  Ford Mustang, and he began working with crew chief Rodney Childers.

While Berry had delivered top-10 finishes in limited starts for Hendrick Motorsports in 2023, he expected to experience growing pains in his first full season. This has been the case as he had some early struggles. Berry has since posted four top-10 finishes with the team while putting himself in contention for wins.

"I feel good about having a spot in the Cup Series next year," Berry said last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. "I feel like our results have been really strong the last couple of months.

"I don't really know other than -- winning a race at this point is the only thing left that I can do. We've finished in the top five. We've ran up front. We've led laps. We've showed the potential that we can do, so I think that's been a big confidence boost for me."

With Berry joining Wood Brothers Racing for the 2025 season, he will accomplish his goal of staying in the Cup Series. Now he will have an opportunity to deliver the iconic team its 100th win and its first since Pocono Raceway in 2017.