Berry Runs the Table, But Falls One Point Short of CARS LMSC Title at SoBo

JR Motorsports | 11/4/2019

All Things Automotive CARS Tour Connor Mosack Josh Berry Late Model News South Boston

Despite a dominating performance, Josh Berry came up a point short of a championship on Saturday in the 2019 CARS Tour Finale at South Boston.

Track Specs: .400-mile oval / 125-lap feature
Berry’s start/finish:  1st/1st   
Mosack’s start/finish:  18th/12th    


SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (Nov. 4, 2019) – Josh Berry knew going into Saturday night’s CARS Racing Tour Late Model Stock Car Series finale at South Boston that he’d have to have the performance of a lifetime to win his second driver’s championship in three seasons.

The JR Motorsports driver did so, qualifying his No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet on the pole and leading every one of the 125 laps to earn his fourth CARS LMSC victory of the season, but still fell a single point short of the championship, as title rival Bobby McCarty finished second to earn his second straight championship in the series.

Trailing by nine points heading into the season finale, Berry knew he would have to earn every possible bonus point to have a chance at McCarty. The scenario was set up in the penultimate race back in August, when Berry suffered a mechanical failure and finished 19th, giving up an 11-point lead in the championship to McCarty in the process.

Berry, who trailed by nine coming into Saturday’s finale, won the pole to earn a point, led the most laps to pick up two more during the race, and had already banked three for winning the most poles and races during the season. Winning the race—by nearly three seconds--gave him the chance, but McCarty’s run to second at the finish gave him the single point he needed to win the championship. Had he finished third, the title would have come down to a tiebreaker, which Berry would have won on the basis of most victories.

And he could have finished third very easily, as both Corey Heim and Layne Riggs dived low into Turn 3 on the final lap in an effort to advance. McCarty used the top groove and kept his foot in it, edging Heim at the stripe by a whisker.

McCarty started 12th, on the outside line, but used the high groove to move forward as the race progressed, including using the outside to advance on the crowded restarts in the middle part of the race.

JRM’s Connor Mosack started 18th and finished 12th in his debut with JRM. The 20-year-old from Charlotte is the latest driver to audition for the team’s No. 98 Chevrolet for 2020, having won several events in the INEX U.S. Legend Car series. The High Point University business major also ran Late Models for Dexter Canipe this season at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

After qualifying 18th, just .27 seconds off Berry’s pole time and a tenth of a second faster than perennial CARS Tour challenger Deac McCaskill, Mosack started moving forward soon after the green flag waved. Early on, an accident in front of him resulted in damage to the left front fender and that in turn caused his No. 98 Chevrolet to pick up a vibration.

With 30 laps remaining in the 125-lap event, Mosack was caught in one of the accordion-like crashes that South Boston is famous for and pushed in the hood of his machine. That tightened the car up, but he was able to stay on the lead lap and hold 12th position to the finish.

Next action for the JR Motorsports Late Model team is Nov. 16 at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway, where Berry and Mosack will contest the annual Myrtle Beach 400.

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

“I'm really proud of the effort that we put forth this weekend. We had a really good car and did everything we could to win the championship after our mechanical failure at Orange County. The car took about 10 laps or so to come in, but after that it was flawless. It is disappointing to come up one point short in the championship, but we knew it would be hard to make up that deficit. We collected every point available, but Bobby did what he had to do, which was finish second. Big thank you to all our guys at JR Motorsports and All Things Automotive for a great CARS Tour season.  We are onto the Myrtle Beach 400 on Nov. 16.”

Connor Mosack, driver No. 98 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“Overall, I was pretty happy with how it went. I really would have liked to have had a top-10 finish in the first race, and I think we could have. I just made a mistake that cost us a few positions. The car felt really good; I think if I had qualified better we could have run up front with some of those guys.”




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