Berry Wins Myrtle Beach LM Run, Mayer Earns Top-10

Photo courtesy Steve Murray Red Moon Photography

Ron Lemasters | 6/4/2018

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JRM Late Model driver Josh Berry took home the checkered flag Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway with teammate Sam Mayer earning another Top-10.

Track Specs: .500-mile oval / twin 40-lap features
Berry’s Race 1 start/finish: 2nd/1st         
Berry’s Race 2 start/finish: Rained Out
Mayer’s Race 1 start/finish:  9th/9th    
Mayer’s Race 2 start/finish:  Rained out

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 4, 2018) – Josh Berry made the most of a second-place starting spot in Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model doubleheader at Myrtle Beach Speedway, leading the final 30 laps of the race to earn his third victory of the season. JR Motorsports teammate Sam Mayer was a solid ninth at the finish.

Unfortunately, rain struck the speedway soon after the end of the first 40-lapper, which forced speedway officials to cancel the second half of the twin-40-lap feature program.

Berry started the first 40-lapper from the front row in second, and stayed there over the first 10 laps until a caution flag waved. On the restart, Berry drove his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet past leader Justin Milliken and never looked back, leading the final 30 laps to set up what would have been an interesting second race. The inversion from first feature to second was nine places, which meant Berry would have to start ninth, but the rain prevented that from happening.

Mayer, the 14-year-old from Wisconsin, started ninth and had hopes of advancing quickly up the running order, but his No. 9 Menards Chevrolet turned out to be extremely loose through both corners in the opening laps. Managing the condition, Mayer hung on to his starting spot and planned for the second 40-lapper, in which he would have started from the pole. Despite the early caution, during which he consulted with team manager Bryan Shaffer, the car continued on the loose side and he could move no farther forward before the checkered flag. The rainout of the second 40-lap main cost him the opportunity to run at the front.

Next up for the JR Motorsports team is the CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Car series event on Saturday at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C.

Josh Berry, driver No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“Our team did a really good job preparing for the race tonight. Our car was solid, and it proved it in the first race. It was disappointing to not run the second race as it would’ve definitely been interesting having to start ninth. We are looking forward to getting back with the CARS Tour next week at Ace Speedway in the All Things Automotive No. 88.”

Sam Mayer, driver No. 9 Menards/JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“We felt like we had an amazing car during practice and qualifying, but when it came time to race, our car went another direction. I have no idea what happened, but the car wasn’t the same at all. Wish we could’ve seen what our changes did for the second twin, but getting rained out we couldn’t. Thanks to the whole crew for working in the hot weather all weekend!”

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