Berry Fourth, Mayer Eighth in CARS LM Finale at SoBo

JR Motorsports | 11/5/2018

All Things Automotive Josh Berry Late Model Menards News Sam Mayer South Boston

JRM Late Model drivers Josh Berry and Sam Mayer each brought home top-10 finishes Saturday at South Boston Speedway in the 2018 CARS Tour season finale.

Track Specs: .400-mile oval / 125 laps
Berry’s start/finish:  3rd/4th   
Mayer’s start/finish: 12th/8th    

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (Nov. 5, 2018) – Josh Berry and Sam Mayer entered Saturday’s CARS Late Model Stock Car series finale at South Boston Speedway with the idea that the checkered flag was all that mattered. The JR Motorsports Late Model duo overcame some early troubles for both cars and finished fourth and eighth, respectively.

Berry started third and when the green flag waved to start the 125-lap finale, he knew he was in trouble. The No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet was wicked loose and had a vibration in the rear of the car. At the earliest convenience, a caution on lap 20, Berry hit pit road to find that the right rear tire had a slow leak. A quick change and an adjustment to tighten the car up followed, and Berry returned to the race in 23rd spot.

Mayer had his own problems. At the 50-lap mark, Mayer was riding the outside line when the car underneath him spun and collected the No. 9 Menards Chevrolet, doing some body damage that forced a trip to pit lane to fix. While repairs were being made, adjustments were applied to make the car tighter, and he went back out in 25th place.

From that point, both Berry and Mayer were in chase mode. Berry came back up through the field on the high side to fourth place, and Mayer battled all the way to eighth with eight laps to go. On a restart, the young Wisconsin driver had to check up to avoid jumping the start, which killed his momentum, but held onto eighth at the checkered.

Craig Moore won the race, his first in the CARS LMSC, beating Deac McCaskill, Lee Pulliam, Berry and Brandon Pierce to the line. The second five was led Ty Gibbs, with Trevor Ward, Mayer, CARS LMSC champion Bobby McCarty and Tyler Hughes.

The JR Motorsports Late Model team will finish its season on Nov. 17 with the annual Myrtle Beach 400, which Berry won last year.

Josh Berry, driver No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet team

“When we lost all of the track position at the beginning I knew it was going to be tough to get back to the front.  The track was very hard to pass especially towards the end because the outside groove came in big time.  Towards the end, I felt like we were one of the best cars, but we just ran out of time.  It was not what we wanted, but it seemed like we really improved there from our last visit.  South Boston was our last race with All Things Automotive for 2018, and we really wanted to get them a win to close out the year.  Big thank you to Mark and all his people for their support this year.  Next up for us is the Myrtle Beach 400, so hopefully we can have a strong run there to close out our year.”

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

“Our Menards Chevrolet at the end of the race was awesome. The second-to-last lap was our fastest of the race, which is crazy. I think we could’ve contended for a win or top-three finish if we weren’t in the incident. Thanks to the guys for working hard on the car to get it right. On to the beach!”

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RankDriverPointsBehind
1Tyler Reddick (P)40400
2Cole Custer (P)4035-5
3Daniel Hemric (P)4033-7
4Christopher Bell # (P)4026-14
5Elliott Sadler2255-1785
6Matt Tifft2254-1786
7Justin Allgaier2251-1789
14Michael Annett632-3408