JRM Late Model Team Opens ’18 Season Today

Ron Lemasters | 3/10/2018

All Things Automotive Josh Berry Late Model News Sam Mayer Tri-County Motor Speedway

JRM's late model team with driver Josh Berry and Sam Mayer will kick off their late model season tonight at Tri-County Speedway.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 10, 2018) – Josh Berry and Sam Mayer will kick off JR Motorsports’ 2018 Late Model season tonight at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C., hoping that the success of the past two seasons will continue ever farther.

Last season, Berry added the CARS Late Model Stock Car series driver title to a resume that includes the CARS LMSC owner championship in 2016 and two track titles in 2014 and 2012. Mayer, the 14-year-old phenom from Franklin, Wis., will make his debut for the team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., bringing Menard’s sponsorship to the team along with an impressive resume for such a young racer.

Berry will debut the colors of All Things Automotive, a comprehensive auto sales, service and parts company based in McConnellsburg, Pa. in the event.

“We are looking forward to getting the 2018 season under way with All Things Automotive on our No. 88 JRM Chevrolet,” Berry said. “We’ve got a great new addition to the team in Sam and Menard’s, and a lot of momentum from 2017 on our side. I can’t wait to get to Tri-County this weekend and start defending our championship.”

Berry and Mayer will compete in the full CARS LMSC schedule, adding several NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events and specials such as the annual Late Model event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in September and a race at Richmond Raceway in Virginia.

Last season, Berry won seven times in 22 starts overall and four times in CARS competition, clinching the title in the season’s final race at South Boston (Va.) Speedway with a 10th-place finish. His four CARS triumphs give him 12 for his career, the most by any driver. And he became the Tour’s all-time leading money winner as well. He is second in CARS history in poles, top-five and top-10 finishes, races led and laps led. He and then teammate Anthony Alfredo finished first and second in the point standings in 2017.

Other 2017 highlights for Berry included winning the season-ending Myrtle Beach 400 in November and the Bobby Isaac Memorial at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the second straight season.

Mayer, son of former Indy Car and road racer Scott Mayer, won three races and earned 13 top-10 finishes in 2017 and ended the season with a strong fifth-place run in the Myrtle Beach 400. In addition, Mayer ran a full slate of US Legend Series events winning the Winter Heat Championship, the Summer Shootout and the U.S. Nationals.

“Getting the season under way can’t happen soon enough for me,” Mayer said. “Getting on the track in my No. 9 Menard’s/JR Motorsports Chevrolet is the start of what I hope will be a fun, competitive season. The team is top-notch and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this season.”

Berry and Mayer are also part of a new program, the Touring 12, from the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour this season. The duo makes up one-sixth of the group, designed to spotlight full-time drivers who will receive extra purse money and access to a merchandising program by attending all CARS Tour events on the schedule.

The new program lowers entry fees and offers discounted tire purchases per event, provides four general admission tickets as well as a guaranteed payout should they miss the feature race and a host of other programs.

“It’s a good deal for us,” said Berry. “It’s also a good move by the CARS Tour to get drivers committed to the full season, and cutting costs for competitors is always a good idea.”

Berry and Mayer are joined by Layne Riggs, son of NASCAR driver Scott Riggs, and Ty Gibbs, son of J.D. Gibbs, as drivers with teams affiliated to top-tier NASCAR organizations.

The team itself, led by team manager Bryan Shaffer, has earned 40 victories over the past three seasons in addition to the CARS titles and track championships at Hickory (2014) and Motor Mile Speedway (2012) in Virginia.

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • June 30 03:30 PM ET
    Overton's 300Chicagoland Speedway
  • July 6 07:30 PM ET
    Firecracker 250Daytona International Speedway
  • July 13 08:00 PM ET
    Alsco 300Kentucky Speedway
  • July 21 04:00 PM ET
    Lakes Region 200New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • July 28 03:30 PM ET
    U.S. Cellular 250Iowa Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Iowa 250

Iowa Speedway | 6/17/2018
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Elliott Sadler5040
2Cole Custer500-4
3Daniel Hemric497-7
4Tyler Reddick #473-31
5Christopher Bell #471-33
6Justin Allgaier453-51
7Brandon Jones431-73
15Michael Annett267-237