“Getting to know each other”

Kevin Harvick’s crew chief Rodney Childers will likely be working with Stewart-Haas Racing driver Josh Berry subsequent season.

2014 Cup Collection champion Kevin Harvick introduced his retirement from the game on the finish of the 2023 season. Filling the void left by the racing legend is Xfinity Collection driver Josh Berry.

Berry, driver for JR Motorsports in NASCAR Xfinity Collection, has a number of Cup Collection appearances to his title all through the 2023 season. Following up on that, the 33-year-old is ready to compete full-time within the Cup Collection subsequent season. He will likely be changing Kevin Harvick as the motive force of the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Notably, Harvick’s long-time crew chief, Rodney Childers, can be pairing up with Josh Berry for the subsequent season. Childers, who has been part of the Stewart-Haas Racing group since 2014, is trying ahead to teaming up with the previous JR Motorsports driver.

Throughout the latest South Carolina 400 race on the Florence Motor Speedway, Childers highlighted the late-model races and the way they have been essential for him gelling with Josh Berry.

He mentioned (by way of Frontstretch):

“All the pieces went rather well thus far. We had a whole lot of enjoyable final week. Felt like automobile a lot of the weekend, simply didn’t fairly shut it up there the second half of the race final week.”

Childers added:

“The final couple of days they’ve been actually good. The automobile has been driving good. Little completely different guidelines down right here… General, the automobile’s obtained good velocity, driving good and simply attending to know one another and studying one another and any quantity of dialog is nice dialog at this level.”

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Kevin Harvick’s crew chief on tight race schedule and the way it impacts a driver’s private life

The 2014 Cup Collection-winning crew chief emphasised how tough it’s for a racing skilled to handle their private life whereas shifting from place to put with a purpose to compete in races all through the season.

He mentioned:

“We’ll need to see the way it goes. It is powerful on households to go race this stuff after you race 38 races a 12 months and been out of city. We’re lucky to have good households which might be prepared to allow us to go do that and have enjoyable. Hopefully we will possibly do it somewhat bit extra subsequent 12 months.”

When requested if their lengthy historical past was of any assist in constructing a connection between himself and Josh Berry, the previous Kevin Harvick crew chief mentioned:

“Yeah I imply that half has been fairly simple thus far. We have recognized one another for a very long time. That half is straightforward, however simply determining the way to speak to one another and the issues to say… The place it’s tight the place it’s unfastened. Form of pinpointing these issues sooner or later and simply speaking about that stuff.”

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