Berry Seeks Myrtle Beach Victory to Cap JRM Late Model Season

Ron Lemasters | 11/15/2019

All Things Automotive Josh Berry Late Model Myrtle Beach News

Josh Berry is ready to cap off his 2019 season for JRM's Late Model squad Saturday and bring home another win at historic Myrtle Beach Speedway.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2019) – Josh Berry will seek to add a second Myrtle Beach 400 trophy on his shelf this weekend in the final race of the season for JR Motorsports’ Late Model team.

A victory would cap off an historic season for the 29-year-old Tennessee native. Last month, Berry led every lap of the prestigious ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway to earn his first victory there in the No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet.

His last time out, on Nov. 2, Berry led all 125 laps of the CARS Racing Tour LMSC season finale at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway, but ended up falling one point short of a second CARS title when Bobby McCarty finished second—by an eyelash.

“We had a really great season, really fast all year long and had a few big wins,” Berry said. “Obviously, Martinsville was huge for our company and our Late Model team. We definitely missed out on a few, but overall it was definitely a success.”

Another victory in the Myrtle Beach 400 would do wonders to soften any sting the title fight left behind. When the green flag waves Saturday night at Myrtle Beach, Berry will be seeking to add to a string of laps led that stands at 325 after Martinsville and South Boston.

“I feel pretty good,” Berry said of his chances on Saturday night at the big half-mile. “We always run pretty well down here. This race in particular is way different than anything else we do. The tire wear is so excessive, how you manage the race is very important. For us, we’re trying to gear for the last 30 or 40 laps of the race, and that’s where we’re going to be best.”

Berry won the event in 2016, adding his name to those of past winners like Jody Ridley, Gary St. Amant and Chad McCumbee, last year’s winner.

Overall, it’s been a good season for Berry and his No. 88 All Things Automotive team at JRM. Six total victories, including one in the first leg of a twin 40-lap feature at MBS in September, dot his stat sheet. Four of those victories were in CARS Tour competition, further padding his career lead over Deac McCaskill. Berry has 18 wins in CARS Tour events, 11 better than McCaskill.

In fact, Berry is the career leader in most CARS Tour statistics, including poles (12), top-five finishes (29), laps led (1,583), average start (3.5) and money won.

The only cloud on the horizon, ironically enough, could be the weather. Rain is in the forecast for the area on Saturday.

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8Noah Gragson #2246-1794
9Michael Annett2239-1801