Berry’s Late Charge Earns Third at Curfew-Plagued Myrtle Beach 400

JR Motorsports | 11/19/2019

All Things Automotive Josh Berry Late Model Myrtle Beach News

Josh Berry was scored third when the race was called due to curfew in Sunday night's rain-delayed Myrtle Beach 400 Late Model bout.

Track Specs: .500-mile oval / 227-lap feature
Berry’s start/finish:  11th/3rd     

 

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Nov. 19, 2019) – Racing an 11 p.m. curfew and a top field of Late Model drivers on Sunday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway, JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry made a move for the front of the field on the final restart. Having been informed it would be the last restart of the race, Berry dived low into Turn 1 as the green flag waved and found himself three-wide under polesitter Corey Heim and Sammy Smith.

Contact was made among the trio, sending Smith to the wall on the outside. Second-place runner Jeff Fultz also went for a spin off Heim’s bumper, bringing out the final caution flag of the night and ending the race. Berry’s No. 88 All Things Automotive Chevrolet was posted in third position late Monday afternoon after the results were held up for review.

The event was scheduled for Saturday, but a slow-moving storm system played havoc and forced cancellation until Sunday.

After qualifying 11th, Berry knew he would have a battle over 250 laps, the scheduled distance. Tire wear being a concern on the big half-mile, Berry had to save enough for the finish. Starting from 11th position in the annual season-ending classic, Berry bided his time early in the first 125-lap segment. He led some laps and ended up second at the halfway point behind Heim when the yellow flag waved for pit stops.

Returning to the track, Berry saved as much rubber as he could, maintaining station in the top five or six through a fair number of caution-flag stoppages. With 40 laps remaining, the teams were told that the race was pushing up against a local Horry County ordinance prohibiting racing after 11 p.m., which triggered a spate of caution flags.

With 23 laps remaining and coming off one of those cautions, the teams were informed that the ensuing restart would be the last one of the night. Berry lined his All Things Automotive Chevrolet up in fifth position, on the inside line, and dived immediately for the bottom heading to Turn 1. That set in motion the events of the final lap.

Will Burns was declared the winner of the shortened event, followed by Heim, Berry, Timothy Peters and Ryan Millington.

The Myrtle Beach 400 was the final race for JR Motorsports’ Late Model team in 2019. Berry will compete in the annual Snowball Derby later this year.

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

“I feel like I got a good restart and waited until we got to the start/finish line to make a move to the inside. We were told it would be the last restart because we were running out of time.  I felt like I got a run, went all the way to the bottom. It’s tough being in that situation. In hindsight, I could have not been as aggressive. I feel like I did what I was supposed to do in that situation and we ran out of room. All in all, it was a great season for All Things Automotive and JR Motorsports. We won Martinsville, which is huge, and came one point from winning the CARS Tour title again. We’re looking forward to the offseason and we’ll come back stronger than ever in 2020.”

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