Josh Williams made the improbable jump from DGM up to Kaulig Racing for 2024. Making the jump from mid to back of the pack equipment to race-winning level equipment is not a jump that drivers make very often. However, there are a few other drivers that could make that jump at some point in the future just like Josh Williams did. What other drivers could be next up for the Josh Williams experience?
Jeffrey Earnhardt was rumored to be a candidate for the #8 car at JR Motorsports at one point. He has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, with the highlight being a pole and a second-place finish at Talladega with Larry McReynolds as his crew chief in 2022. Many would love to see Earnhardt get a full-season chance in top-level equipment, and his potential candidacy at JR Motorsports shows that may happen at some point.
Josh Bilicki has spent his career running primarily part-time for a variety of race teams. This year, however, he got his best career finish in his NASCAR career with an 8th place finish at Road America in the Xfinity Series. He also recorded a top-25 finish for Live Fast, who finished 36th in Cup Series owner’s points, at the Chicago Street Race. There is talent there, especially on road courses, so, could Bilicki get some opportunities in better equipment on road courses?
Kaden Honeycutt has never gotten a true full-time opportunity at any level of NASCAR. He’s the 2021 CARS Late Model Stock Tour Champion, and he won two races in the ARCA Menards Series West this season. This year, Honeycutt ran 11 races in the Truck Series, and he recorded three top-10 finishes. He is only 20 years old, so, he has plenty of time to get that top ride.
Parker Retzlaff enjoyed a solid season with Jordan Anderson Racing in 2023. He had 7 top-10 finishes, and he just narrowly missed out on a top-15 finish in the points standings. Retzlaff may not have to move to get his opportunity in top equipment. Jordan Anderson Racing got their first win with Jeb Burton this year, and, as they continue to improve, Retzlaff could find himself in top equipment without moving race teams.
Ryan Seig has taken his family race team to new heights throughout his career. He’s made the Xfinity Series Playoffs four times, and he had 16 top-5s and 56 top-10s in his career. It would be unlikely that he moves on from RSS Racing, but, it would be fun to see him with a team like Kaulig or JGR in the Xfinity Series. Maybe he could take his career to new heights.
What other drivers could be in Josh Williams’ position at some point in the future? It will always be a fun story to follow as drivers continue to make moves throughout Silly Season.