Throwback Schemes for Both JRM Late Models at Hickory

Ron Lemasters | 8/3/2018

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Both JRM Late Model Drivers Josh Berry and Sam Mayer will sport special throwback paint schemes for Saturday's Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2018) – The JR Motorsports Late Models of Josh Berry and Sam Mayer will have vastly different paint schemes tomorrow at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway when the two drivers square off with a top-flight field of competitors in the CARS Late Model Stock Car Series Throwback 276 at the venerable motorsports facility.

Berry, the defending CARS LMSC driver champion, will carry the colors of JRM Motorsports Director L.W. Miller’s 2002-04 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour machine, and Mayer, the 15-year-old Wisconsin hotshoe coming off his first victory of the season last week at Hickory, will have the venerable “Gray Ghost” scheme honoring the original Buddy Baker car from 1980 (and a couple of Dale Earnhardt Jr. throwback schemes from recent years).

Berry’s No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet is mostly white, with black and orange trim and carries the No. 73 for this race, which was run in honor of the year Miller was born. Miller still owns the car and one day hopes to restore it to its former glory. The Chassis Dynamics chassis was powered by an engine built by Bob Rahilly of Rahmoc Racing.

Miller ran that scheme in 2002, 2003 and 2004, winning the big NWMT event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in 2002, the Southern Modified championship in 2003 and the ASA Modified Tour national championship in 2004. In 2003, Miller won seven of the 12 Tour races on the way to the crown, including some on tracks that the CARS Tour now competes on. That stretch of his career marks some of his most memorable seasons as a driver.

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Mayer, who drives the No. 9 Menards Chevrolet for JRM, went to a familiar throwback scheme this weekend, the legendary No. 28 Oldsmobile that Baker drove to a convincing victory in the 1980 Daytona 500. Owned by Harry Ranier and featuring crew chief Waddell Wilson, the car was untouchable all day long, with Baker leading 143 of the 200 laps. Baker’s average speed was the fastest in Daytona 500 history and that record still stands today.

Lorin Ranier, Harry’s son, is a member of Mayer’s management team and he was there for a lot of his father’s success as a car owner in NASCAR. “My dad was sort of the Rick Hendrick of his day,” he told the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader back in 2015. “He was a polished NASCAR owner.” Harry Ranier, who built a coal-fueled business empire in eastern Kentucky, won 24 NASCAR Cup Series races as a car owner, including three Daytona 500s, and brought three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart into the sport as well.

The car itself resembles the Ghost in that the top half of the car is a brilliant silver and the bottom half, from the top of the door rail down, is black. Menards yellow and orange stripes separate the two halves, and the number (28 for this race) is silver trimmed in red.

The Throwback 276 features twin 138-lap features for the Super Late Models and the Late Model Stock Cars, and racing is set to begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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