Berry Posts Win, Top-Five at Hickory; Mosack Fourth in Wild CARS LMSC at Carteret County

JR Motorsports | 9/15/2020

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Josh Berry won and finished fourth in NASCAR Late Model action over the weekend, while Connor Mosack had another strong showing in the CARS Late Model Stock Car main.

Track Specs: Hickory Motor Speedway, .363-mile oval/Twin 40-lap features; Carteret County Speedway, .400-mile oval, 125 laps
Berry’s Race 1 finish: 1st
Berry’s Race 2 finish: 4th
Mosack’s finish: 4th    

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2020) – Josh Berry won the first of two 40-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model events from the pole and added a fourth-place finish in the nightcap on Saturday to continue his assault on the NASCAR championship, while Connor Mosack drove to a second straight fourth-place finish in the CARS Late Model Stock Car feature at North Carolina’s Carteret County Speedway the same night.

Berry, who leads the national standings in Division 1, earned his 11th victory of the season on the venerable .363-mile oval in the first race, leading all 40 laps from the pole in his No. 88 All Things Automotive/iRacing Chevrolet. Ryan Millington, one of Berry’s top competitors in the NASCAR points, was second, with Sam Butler, Kody Swanson and Thomas Beane the top five.

In the second race, Berry started ninth thanks to the inversion from the first race. The start ahead of him was chaotic, and it took some time to clear the middle of the pack. By the time he was able to win through to fourth place, the field had spread out and he was unable to reel in the top three finishers in the caution-free event. Gracie Trotter won the main, with Swanson, Butler, Berry and Millington the rest of the top five.

Mosack returned to the CARS LMSC tour at the tight confines of Carteret County Speedway, and it was a race full of cautions, red flags and track patches. The young Charlotte driver started 16th in the 23-car field and managed to stay out of harm’s way during the chaotic feature race.

Starting 16th after struggling with a tight-handling Nic Tailor Underwear/IFS Chevrolet in qualifying, Mosack picked off a couple of positions in the early going before the fireworks started. The event, which was shortened to 90 laps due to curfew, saw 11 caution flags and four red flags—two to clean up on-track incidents and two more to patch a stubborn hole in the racing surface—before it was decided.

With the yellows and reds slowing any kind of momentum, Mosack made the best of it. On lap 63, the High Point University student managed to miss a big pileup that brought out the final red flag of the race. Sitting fourth, Mosack had to restart on the less-preferred outside line and dropped to fifth, but another yellow got him back to the inside and he retook the position only to have another caution. Battling hard for the fourth spot, Mosack held it when the final caution waved and curfew was applied, finishing fourth for the second straight weekend after placing there in last week’s Bobby Isaac Memorial at Hickory.

The long night ended with Layne Riggs edging Corey Heim to earn his second straight victory. Riggs’ triumph tightened the CARS LMSC point race, too, as season-long leader Jared Fryar, who finished third ahead of Mosack, now has just seven points over the Bahama, N.C. driver. Mosack was fourth entering the event and helped his cause with his solid finish ahead of Bobby McCarty.

Berry will run the weekly show at Hickory again this coming weekend, an 80-lap single event instead of the twin-40-lap format, and will contest twin 40-lappers at Southern National Motorsports Park on Sunday. The CARS LMSC Tour is off until Oct. 3, and Mosack will take the weekend off.

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

“We had a good car in the first race. We were a little off in the second one, but the start of the race didn't do us any favors. The lane I was in didn't get going and we lost a lot of time to the leaders. By the time I got to fourth, the leaders had a pretty big gap.”

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

“I think we had a third-place car at the end of the race, but having to start on the outside the last restart made it really tough to keep our spot in fourth and by the time we got clear the leaders were too far ahead to catch. Thankfully, we were able to keep the car in fairly good shape and make it to the end in one piece, which was a big part of how we came through the field and made it into the top five.”

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