Stewart-Haas Racing has called up Chase Briscoe to the NASCAR Cup Series for 2021, the team announced Tuesday.
Briscoe, who currently drives SHR’s No. 98 Ford in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will take over the organization’s No. 14 Ford in the Cup Series next season. The 25-year-old driver is set to replace Clint Bowyer, who is finishing his final season before transitioning to broadcasting with FOX Sports next year.
HighPoint — an IT company based in Sparta, New Jersey — will also make the transition to the No. 14 team with Briscoe, extending its primary sponsorship into the 2021 Cup Series.
This 2020 slate is Briscoe’s second full-time campaign with Stewart-Haas Racing and easily his most successful. Before the season, Briscoe set an ambitious goal of eight wins. He eclipsed that last weekend at Kansas Speedway, giving him a series-leading nine victories in 2020 and 11 for his Xfinity career.
“In the final three races last season, we saw a confidence in Chase that we hadn’t seen before,” team co-owner Tony Stewart said in a release from the team, noting an affinity for having dirt-track racers behind the wheel of the No. 14. “There was a transformation, and I think those three races last year were a preview of what we were going to see this year. He’s delivered time and time again this season and he’s definitely ready for the NASCAR Cup Series.”
All of Briscoe’s Xfinity Series wins have come with Stewart-Haas Racing. He’s also a two-time winner in Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series competition and the 2016 champion of the ARCA Menards Series.
Bowyer, 41, announced Oct. 8 that he would move to FOX Sports’ NASCAR coverage team in 2021, working alongside Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon in the broadcasting booth. Bowyer is a 10-time Cup Series winner who joined the Cup Series full-time in 2006. He has been with SHR since 2017, when he took over the No. 14 Ford after Stewart’s retirement from driving.
Briscoe’s Kansas win clinched his spot in the Championship 4 field for the Xfinity season finale Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway. He finished fifth in the Xfinity Series standings last season, winning Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.