Despite barely being halfway into their first season together, Rackley WAR and Timothy Peters have parted ways. On Tuesday, the team announced Josh Berry will drive the #25 Chevrolet Silverado in the next three races at Texas Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, and Pocono Raceway.
“We appreciate the foundation that Timothy Peters has brought Rackley WAR,” said team co-owner Willie Allen. “We wish Timothy the best in his future racing endeavours. As a team, we remain focused on the remainder of the season.”
Peters, a longtime Truck veteran-turned-journeyman, joined the newly formed Rackley WAR—a joint venture between former series Rookie of the Year Allen and Rackley Roofing owner Curtis Sutton—for the full 2021 season; Rackley WAR marked his eighth different team since the shutdown of his longtime ride at Red Horse Racing in early 2017. Although Peters brought a solid résumé that includes eleven Truck victories and a runner-up championship finish in 2012, he and the fledgling team have struggled through growing pains. Across the first ten races, he recorded two top-twenty finishes with a best run of sixteenth at Las Vegas, and sits twenty-first in points. His last start at Charlotte on Friday ended with a last-place finish due to power steering trouble after thirteen laps.
Currently an Xfinity Series driver for JR Motorsports, Berry has become a super sub of sort for the Chevrolet teams. In March, he ran his first Truck race since 2016 at Atlanta in Kris Wright‘s place after Wright tested positive for COVID-19. Two months later, he made his Cup Series début at Dover as a replacement for Justin Haley while he was in COVID protocol. For the upcoming weekend’s Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio, Berry will drive the #31 for Jordan Anderson Racing as his win at Martinsville in April guarantees the new team a spot in the race.
Berry has never raced in NASCAR at Texas (12 June) and Pocono (26 June), while Nashville (18 June) returns to the schedule for the first time since 2011.