- Josh Berry
- Birth Date
- Oct. 22, 1990
- Hendersonville, Tenn.
If 2015 was a breakout season for Josh Berry in the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports’ Late Model team, 2016 was a follow-up for the ages.
Following up a 10-victory season in 2015, the 26-year-old Tennessee native rolled to Victory Lane 14 times in 2016, including five victories in CARS Late Model Stock Car series. The victories added to his total as the all-time leader in CARS LMSC victories, and his triumph in the final race of the season, at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., earned Berry and his No. 88 team the car owner title for the series. He finished third in the driver championship after missing a race to drive one of JRM’s NASCAR Xfinity Series machines at Iowa Speedway in July.
In 24 starts, Berry earned the 14 victories and added seven more top-five finishes. Berry won five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events as well, including the annual Fall Brawl at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Over the past two seasons, Berry has won 24 races in 48 starts, with 30 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes.
In addition to his ninth-place finish at Iowa in the No. 88 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet, Berry raced at Kentucky Speedway in Sun Energy colors and finished 13th in his first start on the 1.5-mile oval.
Berry remains the only JRM driver to win multiple championships for the organization, having won the CARS LMSC owner title in 2016, the track championship at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2014 and a track title at Motor Mile (Radford, Va.) Speedway in 2012.
Berry began his racing career at age eight, competing in the Tennessee Karting Association before progressing to the highly-acclaimed World Karting Association in 2001. Following several seasons racing go-karts, Berry and his father made the decision to progress his career to INEX Legend cars in 2006. Over the course of three years, Berry collected 21 feature victories and track championships at the famed Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.
Berry was tabbed by team-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2010 and joined the JRM late-model program that spring. In only a year, he was named Late Model Most Popular Driver by Speed51.com. Berry leveraged the popularity into on-track success in 2012, taking home track-champion honors in the NWAAS at Motor Mile Speedway. His dominating season included one win, 15 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 18 races.
Following up a strong season in 2012, Berry secured a pair of wins in 2013 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Proving his track versatility, he also qualified inside the top 10 out of 80 cars, in two appearances at Martinsville Speedway’s annual 300-lap event.
From its inception in 2002, JR Motorsports has competed locally each year with drivers like TJ Majors (spotter for Earnhardt Jr.), Richard Boswell (engineer for JRM’s No. 88 entry in the Xfinity Series) and Jeremy McGrath (seven-time Supercross champion). Recent drivers include William Byron and Christian Eckes.