Josh Berry Leads JRM With Podium Finish at Road America

JR Motorsports | 7/3/2022

News Race Report Road America

Berry and Noah Gragson both scored top-10 finishes at the Wisconsin road course in an eventful race for JRM.

Race Results 

Race 16 of 33: Henry 180 at Road America
Track Specs: 4.048-mile road course / 45 laps                     
Race Winner: Ty Gibbs

Berry's Finish: 3rd

Gragson's Finish: 8th

Allgaier's Finish: 12th

Mayer's Finish: 20th

Paludo's Finish: 26th

 


Josh Berry

Josh Berry, driver of the No. 8 Military Appreciation Chevrolet, started from the rear of the field after making unapproved adjustments following qualifying, and rallied back to come home in third in Saturday afternoon's Henry 180 at Road America. Berry, making his first laps at the 4.048-mile road course, raced into the lead at one point and earned his seventh top-five finish of the 2022 season with his third-place effort.

Race Rundown

  • Berry and the No. 8 Military Appreciation Chevrolet team started from the rear of the field for the 45-lap event after being forced to make unapproved adjustments following qualifying on Friday evening.
  • The No. 8 Camaro raced into the top 20 on lap 6 and was up to 16th before a lap 7 caution period bunched the field together. The yellow also ended Stage One.
  • Starting Stage Two from the sixth position after playing with some strategy during the stage-break, Berry jumped inside of the top five before ultimately sliding back to 10th.
  • Berry and the No. 8 Chevrolet pit under green from the 10th position for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The Hendersonville, Tenn. native rejoined the race in 26th and remained there until the green-and-checkered flag waved on lap 20.
  • Staying on track again to remain on strategy, the No. 8 restarted the final stage from the 13th position. The next caution waved two laps later on lap 25 as Berry raced into the eighth position. The No. 8 Chevrolet pitted under the caution for four tires and fuel.
  • Restarting eighth, Berry fell to 19th as he suffered front-end damage during the restart. Berry made the pit road commitment line just before the next caution waved on lap 34. Taking four tires, fuel and to fix damage to the front nose, Berry rejoined the race in the third position as the remaining teams came to pit road following the yellow.
  • A yellow flew with two laps remaining as Berry sat comfortably in the fifth position. The ensuing restart allowed Berry to race back into third before the checkered flag waved on lap 45 to earn his seventh top-five finish of the season.

Josh Berry, driver No. 8 Military Appreciation Chevrolet team

"At these races, I just need more laps. To come home with a third-place after everything this team went through is a testament to the fight in this group. I can't thank all of these guys enough. Without them I wouldn't have been in the position to fight for the win towards the end like we did. I'm ready for Atlanta next week now."


Noah Gragson

Noah Gragson and the Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee team rallied from a mid-race incident and a pit-road speeding penalty to earn an eighth-place finish in Saturday's Henry 180 for NASCAR Xfinity Series machines at Road America. The top-10 result was Gragson's 11th of the season in 16 races, and the young Nevadan remains fourth in series points and solidly in the playoffs with 10 races left before they begin.

Race Rundown

  • Gragson qualified his Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee Chevrolet in the seventh position for the scheduled 45-lap race around the 4.048-mile road course and took off well, gaining one position on the first lap before a tight handling condition made its presence known. Over the next five laps, Gragson fell back to eighth, but was able to get back to sixth in the order when two cars ahead of him pitted early before the stage ended. That added five valuable stage points to his total for the day.
  • The first caution period of the day at lap 8 slowed the action for a lengthy clean-up, and that took the field to the end of Stage One. Under caution, Gragson told crew chief Luke Lambert that his Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee Chevrolet was much tighter than it was the day before in practice and his brakes were getting hot, making it harder to negotiate the 14 turns of the big road course. Lambert brought his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel, a chassis adjustment to help his handling and removed some tape over the brake ducts. Several drivers stayed out, and Gragson rejoined the field in 22nd position.
  • At the start of Stage Two, Gragson had work to do. Sitting 21st the first time under the flag stand, Gragson had advanced to 17th in the next two laps and another five positions over the third to sit 13th. He broke back into the top 10 on lap 17 and held that position until the end of Stage Two at lap 20, picking up two more stage points in the process. Lambert kept Gragson on the track at the stage break, and Gragson advanced to sixth position for the final segment.
  • The beginning of the final segment showed that the energy level had cranked up, as the rush to Turn 1 saw several cars make contact, and Gragson was in the middle of it. The beating and banging in the field continued all the way to Turn 4 and resulted in a multi-car crash. Gragson spun and flat-spotted his tires, and there was damage to the right front of the No. 9 Camaro.
  • Lambert called his driver to pit road to change four tires and clear the splitter from the right front tire, sending Gragson back out in 24th position. On the following lap, Gragson ducked back to pit road to top off the fuel tank for the remaining 18 circuits.
  • Several cars pitted before the race went back to green-flag racing, and Gragson rolled back into action in 18th position. The first lap of green-flag racing saw Gragson move up to 12th, and he rejoined the top 10 the next time by at lap 30.
  • The yellow came out again at lap 36, with Gragson still in the top 10. Lambert called him to pit road for tires and fuel, but Gragson was called for speeding and was forced to drop to the rear of the field for the restart.
  • With just eight laps remaining in regulation, Gragson took the green flag at lap 38 in 16th position. He had climbed to 12th at lap 44 when the final caution flag of the race waved for an accident in Turn 5. That sent the race into overtime.
  • On the green-white-checkered restart, Gragson took off from 10th and advanced two positions over the remaining distance to finish eighth. The result is the 11th top-10 finish of the season for Gragson and the Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee Chevrolet.

Noah Gragson, driver No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/Black Rifle Coffee Company Chevrolet team

"It was a tough race, with a lot of contact and beating and banging. I wasn't sure on the strategy, whether we could have come down and put tires on it, but we'll move on from it. The car was super tight in the early laps and my brakes got really hot, but Luke (crew chief Luke Lambert) and the crew guys got me fixed up and they did a good job on the damage we had. We'll go to Atlanta and have a better day."


Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, led for three laps during the final stage and was running solidly inside the top five coming to the white flag of Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Road America. Then, while exiting the final corner, contact with another car knocked the JR Motorsports driver off the 4.048-mile road course. Regaining control, Allgaier rallied back to come home with a 12th-place finish. With the result, Allgaier remains third in the NXS Playoff Grid, 34 points behind the series lead.

Race Rundown

  • Allgaier was forced to take the green flag from the rear of the field for the 45-lap event after the No. 7 team discovered a mechanical issue following qualifying on Friday afternoon.  
  • Despite having to start in the back, Allgaier charged forward, needing just two laps to race into the top 20 before making his way up to the 12th position just prior to the caution coming out on lap 7. This caution ultimately brought an end to the opening stage, with Allgaier remaining in 12th when the green-and-white checkered was displayed for the first time on lap 10.
  • During the stage-ending caution, the driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet came to pit road for a set of fresh tires and fuel. With varying strategies playing out among the front runners, Allgaier returned to the track for the start of Stage Two in 18th on lap 12. Once back underway, Allgaier continued his ascent up the leaderboard, as the JRM driver needed just two laps to race into the top 10.
  • Now inside the top 10, Allgaier's march continued, as the Illinois native raced into the top five on lap 17 and remained there for the final three laps of Stage Two to take the green-and-white checkered flag in fifth on lap 20 and earn six valuable stage points.
  • Prior to the start of the third and final stage, crew chief Jason Burdett made the call to have Allgaier remain on the track, as the fuel window to make it to the end of the race had not yet opened. As a result, the driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet took the green from the fourth position and held steady inside the top five until the caution flag was once again displayed on lap 24
  • A wide-variety of strategies again played out during this caution, with Allgaier opting to remain out on-track as the fuel window was still too close to call to make it to the end of the race. As a result, the Illinois native catapulted into the race lead and held on to the top spot for the three laps that ensued following the restart before being called to pit road under green on lap 29 for four tires and fuel.                                                                                                 
  • An opportune caution just five laps after the stop bunched the field back together and allowed Allgaier to close back up to the lead pack.
  • Lining up in 15th for the lap-36 restart, the driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet wasted little time moving back to the front, as Allgaier rejoined the top 10 on lap 38 and maintained his track position until a lap-43 caution set up NASCAR's version of overtime.
  • Taking the green-white-checkered restart as the third car on outside line, Allgaier fought his way into the top five and was battling for fourth as the field came to the white flag before contact with another car sent the JRM driver off-course.
  • Regaining control of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, Allgaier rallied back over the final corners to take the checkered flag in the 12th position.

Justin Allgaier, driver No.  7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet team

"Our BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet was really fast today, we just ran into some misfortune there coming to the last lap. I hate that that happened but that doesn't take away from the speed we had today. To come from the back to the front as many times as we did today shows how this group never gives up and I can't thank Jason (Burdett, crew chief) and all the guys on this JR Motorsports team enough. We're ready to get back after it next week in Atlanta."


Sam Mayer

Sam Mayer's return to his home state of Wisconsin netted a 20th-place finish in Saturday's Henry 180 at Road America for the NASCAR Xfinity Series machines. Mayer took a fifth-place starting spot and settled in among the top 10 until making heavy contact with the wall on lap 16. The No. 1 Jockey / Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions team spent the rest of the event surviving several cautions and getting back on the lead lap with a damaged racecar to earn the result.

Race Rundown

  • Mayer's qualifying effort landed him fifth on the starting grid, the 19-year-old's fourth-best effort of the season. Mayer methodically settled into eighth in Stage One, giving way to several aggressive competitors in an effort to keep his car clean and conserve tire wear.
  • He ended Stage One in seventh and radioed the team that the balance of the No. 1 Jockey/Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions Chevrolet was "pretty good," but that he needed "more grip in the right rear." Mayer pitted under the stage-ending caution and gained an additional spot on pit road.
  • Despite jumping ahead a position, with several cars electing to stay out under the caution, the No. 1 restarted 16th for Stage Two. With fresh tires it took Mayer only four laps to climb back inside the top 10 to sixth.
  • On lap 15 with Mayer charging hard into Turn 5, a notoriously difficult downhill high-speed braking zone, the No. 1 caught the curbing which snapped the car into the outside retaining wall. With significant right-front damage, Mayer came to pit road for repairs. He fell a lap down in the process and finished out Stage Two in 34th.
  • With the final stage underway, a massive wreck off of Turn 4 – one Mayer had to avoid – handed the team the free pass and they were back on the lead lap.
  • Over the next 20 laps, Mayer raced his way forward from the 28th spot, narrowly avoiding a spin from the No. 35 car on lap 36. The No. 1 was scored in 12th for the race's final restart with two laps remaining. But a tire issue coming to the checkered flag dropped Mayer eight positions to 20th.

Sam Mayer Jockey/Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions Chevrolet team
"It was an up-and-down day for us. We really wanted to give Jockey a good showing here. It's their home track and it's mine as well, so we set our expectations pretty high. Things started off pretty good. We just got damage early on and spent most of the race trying to rebound from that. We certainly had the car to finish in the top 10 but we just don't have the results to show for it today. I've got to thank everyone on our Jockey/Accelerate Professional Talent Solutions team. They worked their tails off all race long to keep us in it." 


Miguel Paludo

Miguel Paludo had the No. 88 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet in the top 10 in the closing stages of Saturday's Henry 180 at Road America, but contact with another car with just seven laps remaining forced the Brazilian champion to retire from the NASCAR Xfinity Series event with a 26th-place finish.

Race Rundown

  • Paludo qualified his No. 88 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet in the 25th position for the scheduled 45-lap run around the big Road America course. Just seven laps into the event, Paludo told crew chief Jason Stockert that he had picked up a vibration and that he was tight in the pivotal Turn 5, leading to the back part of the course.
  • Despite the handling issue and the vibration, Paludo was 17th and running lap times equal to the top 15 in the order when the caution flag waved at lap 8, just two laps shy of the Stage One conclusion. An extended cleanup pushed the cars to the stage break and Paludo crossed the line 17th. On pit road, Paludo received fuel and four tires with an air-pressure adjustment to help with the vibration.
  • Restarting from the 22nd position, Paludo felt out his car's handling for the first four laps before heading up the order. He was up to 16th at lap 17, three laps shy of the Stage Two conclusion, telling Stockert that his car was better in every area of the track. He gained one more position to 15th in the final laps of Stage Two to finish there. Paludo kept the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet on the track over the stage break per the planned strategy for the event, rising to eighth in the order for the restart.
  • Aware that he had cars with fresh tires behind on the restart, Paludo was intent on sticking with the strategy he and Stockert had planned. As a result, he was in position to narrowly miss a 13-car pileup in Turn 4 that caught up several others.
  • As a result, Stockert called his driver to pit road at lap 27 for four tires and fuel with another air-pressure tweak, and Paludo rolled back out in 11th position for the restart with 17 laps remaining.
  • In just one lap, Paludo jumped two positions to ninth and grabbed another spot to eighth just two laps later. Another caution flag waved at lap 35, and Stockert called Paludo to pit road once more for four tires and fuel to the end. The No. 88 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet would line up 12th for the restart.
  • On the restart, Paludo settled into 15th position, but a couple of laps later, contact with another car did damage to the front end of his Chevrolet. Heading to pit road for repairs, the damage proved too much to repair in the time remaining and Paludo's day was finished in 26th position.

Miguel Paludo, driver No. 88 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet team

"We had a fast BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet today and I can't thank Rick (Brandt) and everyone at JR Motorsports enough for the opportunity. It's unfortunate that we ran into some issues right there at the end, but I can't wait to get back behind the wheel of this No. 88 at Indy in a couple weeks."

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XFINITY Series Standings

After New Holland 250

Michigan International Speedway | 8/6/2022
RankDriverPointsBehind
1AJ Allmendinger8350
2Justin Allgaier816-19
3Ty Gibbs807-28
4Noah Gragson748-87
5Josh Berry737-98
6Austin Hill #664-171
7Brandon Jones634-201
9Sam Mayer578-257