Berry Wins, Alfredo Fourth in CARS Late Model Action

Ron Lemasters | JR Motorsports | 6/12/2017

Anthony Alfredo Josh Berry Late Model News

Josh Berry returned to Anderson Motor Speedway and staked claim to victory in the 125-lap CARS Late Model Stock Car portion of the Border Wars 250 on the .375-mile South Carolina oval.

Track Specs: .375-mile oval / 125-lap feature

Berry’s start/finish: 2nd/1st    

Alfredo’s start/finish:  3rd/4th    

ANDERSON, S.C. – Josh Berry returned to Anderson Motor Speedway and staked claim to victory in the 125-lap CARS Late Model Stock Car portion of the Border Wars 250 on the .375-mile South Carolina oval. The victory was Berry’s third of the season and second in CARS action. Teammate Anthony Alfredo had to come from the rear of the field after a mechanical failure put him at the tail, but still managed a fourth-place run at the finish.

Berry, the all-time leading winner in CARS LMSC competition with 10 in just 20 starts, took the green from the second spot, but fell to third to save tires for the end of the race. At lap 45, Berry used a solid restart to get back to the runner-up spot, and 13 laps later took the lead from Cody Haskins. After several cautions and a couple of red-flag periods, Berry took off from the pole with 30 laps remaining and led the rest of the way to win by four seconds over Ty Gibbs, grandson of NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs. Justin Johnson, Alfredo and Jared Fryar rounded out the top five.

Alfredo, who swept CARS features at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway earlier this season, qualified third but had to start at the tail after a parts failure. He had to be push-started for his qualifying run, and then worked on the car after impound, which sent him to the rear.

Patiently working his way through traffic in a brand-new car after crashing hard at AMS a week ago, Alfredo hit the top 10 inside 50 laps and kept it up over the remaining 75 laps despite two red flags which required him to pop-start his No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet on track. With 25 laps remaining, Alfredo took third place, but couldn’t hold it as the laps wound down. Johnson slipped past on the low side on the final lap, pushing Alfredo back to fourth at the checkered.

The finish was enough to chop four points off seventh-place finisher Layne Riggs’ lead in the standings. He trails by three heading to Orange County (N.C.) Speedway on June 24.

Josh Berry, driver No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

"I just tried to be patient a little bit at the beginning and save some tires.  Our car was awesome in the race, especially towards the end when the track cooled off some.  We worked on long runs in practice, and it seemed to pay off really well in the race.  We have had some really fast cars all year and it seems like we have had a few slip away, so I'm excited to get back on the track with a win.  We are going to work hard to get ready for Orange County and try to get another win there."

Anthony Alfredo, driver No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

"I was in a different car since our other one got killed last week (at Anderson). I appreciate all the hard work that the crew put into getting this car ready. It was unfortunate that we had to give up our solid qualifying position due to the mechanical failure but things like that happen sometimes. The car was good in the race and I was able to pick off a lot of spots. We were patient and saved what we could but in the end there comes a point where you have to race hard if you’re going to make it to the front. I didn't have quite enough left at the end to hold off the fourth-place car and I wish I could have. Anderson is such a difficult place to pass at so reaching the top three after starting in the rear is pretty good. I'm proud of our effort and once again can't thank my partners, JR Motorsports and my parents, for this opportunity. Congratulations to Josh on the win as well."

Photo Credit: Speed 51





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