Lemke Posts Top-Five, Berry Gets the Bumper Again in CARS LMSC Run at Langley

JR Motorsports | 6/10/2019

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Adam Lemke posted a top-five finish while Josh Berry recovered to finish ninth Saturday in CARS Tour competition at Langley Speedway in Virginia.

Track Specs: .400-mile oval / 125-lap feature
Lemke’s start/finish:  18th/4th
Berry’s start/finish: 5th/9th    

  

LANGLEY, Va. (June 10, 2019) – Recent finishes in the CARS Late Model Stock Car Series have taken on a certain pattern, and that pattern once again cost JRM driver Josh Berry. While it took the Tennessee driver and 2017 CARS LMSC champion out of contention for the victory, it allowed JRM’s Adam Lemke to pull off a fourth-place finish in the 125-lap feature Saturday night at Langley Speedway.

With 20 laps remaining in the event, series point leader Berry was battling with polesitter Layne Riggs for second place when the second-generation driver made contact with Berry’s No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet, sending Berry spinning for the second straight race. Berry recovered and eventually finished ninth. In the last CARS LMSC event, at Motor Mile Speedway, Berry led 124 laps from the pole before Bobby McCarty made contact with Berry and sent him spinning out of contention.

On Saturday, Berry started fifth and wasted little time getting to second, running there for the bulk of the race. With 25 laps to go, Berry turned up the heat on leader McCarty only to see a caution wave with 20 laps remaining. On the restart, Riggs and Berry got together in Turn 3 and Berry’s No. 88 Chevrolet ended up backing into the wall to bring out another caution.

Riggs was chasing McCarty on the final lap when the caution waved again for Brandon Pierce’s spin, which set up a green-white-checkered finish (the same as at Motor Mile the race before). After taking the white flag, Riggs crossed over underneath McCarty at the exit of Turn 2 and rooted him out of the low line to take the lead, but washed up in Turn 3, which resulted in more contact between the two. While the leaders were busy with the bumpers, Deac McCaskill sneaked past both drivers and took the checkered flag for his first victory of the season.

Lemke, who had started 18th in the 26-car field, also was able to take advantage of the last-lap tangle to pass Riggs and wind up fourth at the finish. It was his second top-five finish in three races and gave new sponsor Off-Axis Paint a solid debut on the No. 98 Chevrolet.

Starting deep in the field presented some difficulty for the young California driver, as the recent rains had reduced the grip level on the track. That made the bottom groove the place to be, and once he got down there, Lemke was able to make up positions by going easy on and off the throttle. He was trapped on the outside at one point in the race and was forced to roll the top, which didn’t do much for tire wear but his Chevrolet was handling well and that kept him in the lead serial. On the final restart, following the contact between Riggs and McCarty, Lemke was able to hold station in fourth place for the run to the checkered.

Berry, with the rear of his All Things Automotive machine in disarray, came back through to earn a ninth-place finish despite missing the rear bodywork, including the spoiler.

McCaskill and McCarty were trailed to the line by Sammy Smith, Lemke and Riggs in the top five.

Next up for the JR Motorsports team is the CARS LMSC event at Dominion Raceway on June 22, the third straight event for the series in Virginia.

Adam Lemke, driver No. 98 Off-Axis Paint/JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“I lost the car a little when I had to roll the top but the car felt very good up there and I was able to make moves and not abuse the tires. The car was good all night and if I would have qualified farther up in the field I might have been able to run for the lead. I feel really good about our next race at Dominion and hopefully we can keep this momentum going. I’m really excited to renew our partnership with Off-Axis Paint. Everyone there does amazing work to produce great-looking helmets.”

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

“I thought that our All Things Automotive Chevy was decent in the race. We didn’t get as much practice as normal, and we just didn’t really unload as good as we needed to. By the end of the race I thought we were good enough to make a run at Bobby (McCarty) if the race stayed green, but the caution with 20 to go kind of put us in a bad spot. The outside wasn’t very good on the restarts, so I knew it would be hard to get down and unfortunately Layne and I touched slightly getting into Turn 3, and I ended up backed into the fence. We were able to get back to 9th in the end with the tail and spoiler knocked off.”

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • September 20 07:30 PM ET
    Go Bowling 250Richmond Raceway
  • September 28 03:30 PM ET
    Drive for the Cure 250Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval
  • October 5 03:00 PM ET
    Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200Dover International Speedway
  • October 19 03:00 PM ET
    Kansas Lottery 300Kansas Speedway
  • November 2 08:30 PM ET
    O'Reilly Auto Parts 300Texas Motor Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300

Las Vegas Motor Speedway | 9/14/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Christopher Bell20550
2Cole Custer2044-11
3Tyler Reddick2044-11
4Austin Cindric2017-38
5Chase Briscoe #2012-43
6Justin Allgaier2012-43
7Michael Annett2009-46
8Noah Gragson #2005-50