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NASCAR Ford Team Stewart-Haas Racing Closing At End Of 2024 Season

Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), which currently fields four NASCAR Ford Mustang Dark Horse race cars in the Cup Series, will cease operations at the end of the 2024 season. The team’s future has been up in the air for quite some time, and for a while, even its drivers had no idea how things would play out, but now, it’s official: they’ll have to look somewhere else if they want to race in 2025.

SHR co-owners Gene Haas and Tony Stewart broke the news in a press release on Tuesday, May 28th, stating, “We have made the difficult decision to close Stewart-Haas Racing at the conclusion of the 2024 season. It is a decision that did not come easily, nor was it made quickly. Racing is a labor-intensive, humbling sport. It requires unwavering commitment and vast resources, with a 365-day mindset to be better than everyone else. It’s part of what makes success so rewarding.

“But the commitment needed to extract maximum performance while providing sustainability is incredibly demanding, and we’ve reached a point in our respective personal and business lives where it’s time to pass the torch.”

SHR has been a dominant force in the Cup Series since Stewart stepped into a co-ownership role in 2008. The team boasts 69 wins to date, two Cup Series championships in 2011 and 2014 and the Xfinity Series championship in 2023.

SHR is expected to sell off its four charters. It’s not clear which teams will pick them up, but NASCAR Ford team Front Row Motorsports could be a possibility, along with Chevy team Trackhouse Racing and Toyota-backed 23XI Racing.

SHR’s six drivers – Chase Briscoe, Josh Berry, Ryan Preece, Noah Gragson in the Cup Series; Cole Custer and Riley Herbst in the Xfinity Series – will all need new homes next year. It’s not clear where they will end up, but it’s likely that Briscoe will take the No. 21 Mustang at Wood Brothers Racing. As for the others, only time will tell.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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