Last week Tony Stewart did not hide in his satellite radio interview that the performance in the past fews of years at Stewart-Haas Racing did not meet demands.
Stewart and Gene Haas decided to give Gragson a second chance by hiring him as the replacement for the outgoing Aric Almirola, who retired from full-time racing last season.
In 2023, the team couldn’t even get Kevin Harvick into Victory Lane. Ahead of the 2024 campaign Gragson talked to Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports about the upcoming season.
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“Everything helps when you’re running good, right?” Gragson said.
“That being said it’s one of those things where, yeah, I do feel a little pressure where we do need to run good. Not for any reason in particular but as a whole everything gets better when you run good.”
Gragson’s teammate Josh Berry is also feeling the pressure heading into the 2024 season.
Josh Berry was signed as the replacement for Kevin Harvick by Stewart-Haas Racing at the point during the 2023 campaign.
“I think you always feel pressure to perform,” Berry explained. “From my side of things, this is the most certainty I’ve had in actually having a two-year deal in my entire career.
So, it’s a fresh start but it’s something that I’m really excited for. We all know we gotta step up, we all know we gotta perform and run well. That’s no different anywhere you go.
Berry struggled in his own rookie season at Legacy Motor Club is hoping to set things right at SHR.