Berry 1-2 in Hickory LM Twin 40s; Mosack Eighth in CARS Tour Go at Dominion

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JR Motorsports | 8/10/2020

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Josh Berry won again at Hickory Motor Speedway, while Connor Mosack earned his fourth top-10 finish in five CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car starts.

Track Specs: Hickory Motor Speedway, .363-mile oval/ Twin 40-lap features; Dominion Raceway, .400-mile oval / 125 laps
Berry’s Race 1 finish: 1st
Berry’s Race 2 finish: 2nd 
Mosack’s finish: 8th

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2020) – Josh Berry earned another victory and a runner-up finish in NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series competition and Connor Mosack continued his string of top-10 finishes in the CARS Late Model Stock Car Series on Saturday night.

Berry started his No. 88 All Things Automotive/iRacing Chevrolet from the pole in the first of two 40-lap Late Model features at the venerable Hickory Motor Speedway and won the first 40-lap event over Sam Butler and Ryan Millington. In the second half of the twin-40 format, Berry started from ninth after the nine-spot inversion.

Berry made his way through the field in short order to camp on the back bumper of Millington’s machine, passing for the lead on the outside line with five laps remaining. Millington stayed close and on the last lap managed to duck to the inside of Berry’s Chevrolet on the final lap, beating Berry to the finish line for the victory by a narrow margin. Butler was third behind Millington and Berry.

In the CARS Tour event at Dominion Raceway, Mosack battled a tight condition in his No. 88 Nic Tailor Underwear/IFS Chevrolet during practice and qualifying, which resulted in a 16th-place starting spot. At the start of the 125-lap feature, the young Charlotte driver had his hands full as his car bottomed out hard in the middle of the corners at both ends of the Dominion layout, but when the pressures finally built up he was able to make up several positions.

On a restart near the halfway point, Mosack got caught up in a skirmish that damaged the front end of his Chevrolet. As the laps wound down, engine temperatures started to rise and the car picked up a vibration, forcing Mosack to run his fans and take care of the car the rest of the way. Despite the damage, Mosack was able to rise as far as sixth with 30 laps remaining, but heading into Turn 1 a few laps later, Mosack got pushed way to the high side and dropped back to 11th.  Over the remaining distance, Mosack was able to regain three spots to finish eighth, his fourth top-10 in five CARS Tour events so far this season. Entering the event, Mosack sat fourth in series points, just nine behind leader Jared Fryar.

Jonathan Findley won the race on his home track, with Mini Tyrrell, Brandon Pierce, Jonathan Shafer and Layne Riggs rounding out the top five. Fryar and Justin Johnson were sixth and seventh, respectively, ahead of Mosack.

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

“We had a really good car this week.  I feel like the track freed up a little for the second race, and I should've tightened the car up some for it.  It was definitely a tough battle that we ended up losing out on, but it was still great to get another win in the first race.”

Connor Mosack, driver No. 88 Nic Tailor Underwear/IFS Chevrolet team

“We never had the speed we really needed to work our way to the front and run with the top couple cars, but I think we had a good long-run car and could run cars down once the car got in its groove. We lost some opportunities to make up spots on restarts since we didn’t fire off well, and the damage we had hurt us a little bit too.”

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