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Harrison Burton Isn’t Happy About Losing NASCAR Ford Ride: Video

Harrison Burton has been the man behind the wheel of the iconic No. 21 NASCAR Ford Mustang Dark Horse since 2022, but now that Josh Berry has been tapped to drive for Wood Brothers Racing in 2025, that leaves Burton out of a ride. Burton took to social media to comment on losing out on his Cup Series ride next year, and, unsurprisingly, he’s none too pleased with the situation.

“Obviously, never good news, never news you want to hear as a race car driver,” Burton says, referencing the press release that named Berry as the driver of No. 21 Mustang next year instead of him. “But at the end of the day, that’s the way this business works, and we need to put that behind us.”

At this time, Burton hasn’t announced plans for 2025. He says that he was in a meeting about the upcoming race at Chicago when the news dropped, indicating that he might not have been aware of the fact that the No. 21 Mustang would go to Berry next year, not him. But even so, he’s ready to take on the track again and make good use with what time he has left in the race car.

“Definitely full steam ahead still,” Burton says. “Working hard, trying to make the best out of the opportunity we have.”

So far, in 92 starts behind the wheel of the No. 21 NASCAR Ford, Burton has earned one top five and five top 10s with an average finish of 26.7.

Wood Brothers Racing underwent a fundamental shift earlier this year, starting the process that likely cost Burton his ride. Jon Wood, third-generation member of the Wood family that started the team in 1950, took the reins as team principal. He wants to make the team competitive again, and when Berry became a free agent with the new of Stewart-Haas Racing shutting down, he likely saw an opportunity to get back to the front of the field with the Cup Series rookie at the helm.

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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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  1. Joe

    He should have been replaced after last year. He has done nothing for the Wood Brothers.

  2. Noah

    yeah he was rushed to the cup series

  3. Dave Mathers

    Racing is performance based. If you don’t perform you’re out.


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