Josh Berry

Learn more about the Driver of the No. 88 Late Model

Name
Josh Berry
Birth Date
Oct. 22, 1990
Hometown
Hendersonville, Tenn.

Following a record-breaking 2020 Late Model season that culminated in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series championship, Josh Berry heads into 2021 looking to accomplish even more, but this time it will be behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Berry is a familiar face in  NXS competition, having previously made seven starts, including five with JRM, and scoring a best finish of seventh at Richmond Raceway in September 2015. Heading into 2021, Berry is set to be paired with crew chief Taylor Moyer and the No. 8 for 12 events during the first half of the year before turning the reins over to teammate Sam Mayer.

Berry, a 10-year veteran of JRM’s Late Model program, did something in 2020 that no other driver in JRM Late Model history had ever attempted, win the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series championship.

Berry did not intend to race for the NASCAR title when the season began, having committed to chasing the CARS Tour LMSC championship that escaped him by a single point in 2019. An early-season dust-up at Ace Speedway changed all that and put him in position to go for the NASCAR Weekly Series championship.

Once the decision was made, Berry took to it with a will. The results were spectacular. One season after dominating the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville—leading every lap from the pole and setting a track record in qualifying—Berry posted 27 victories in 40 starts, including the $30,000-to-win Old North State Nationals in the CARS Tour to cap a season for the ages.

Berry, carrying the familiar colors of All Things Automotive out of McConnellsburg, Pa., and wearing iRacing colors on the hood of his No. 88 Chevrolet, continued his dominance of Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, winning 14 races there over the season, including the 150-lap Fall Brawl late in the season.

Southern National Motorsports Park in North Carolina was another favorite track for Berry, who captured seven more victories there. Late in the season, Berry went where his chief rival for the national championship, Peyton Sellers, was running in an effort to limit the latter’s points potential, and it worked. Beginning Sept. 19, Berry went on a tear, winning an 80-lap event at Hickory and then sweeping the twin 40-lap features at Southern National the following day. In the two weekends that followed, Berry swept four races in Virginia—with Sellers in the field. The first two were twin 60-lap features at Dominion Raceway on Sept. 26 and the second pair were twin 50-lap mains at Langley (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 3, adding a feature win at Southern National the day after.

That left the Fall Brawl at Hickory for his 24th triumph, and the following day Berry easily swept 40-lap twin features at Southern National to lock up the title. The next weekend, Berry returned to the CARS Tour and dominated the season-ending Old North State Nationals at South Carolina’s Greenville-Pickens Speedway, banking the $30,000 winner’s prize.

Berry is the career leader in victories in the CARS LMSC division and is at or near the top in most career categories for the series including money won, poles, top-five finishes, laps led and average start. He is also the only driver in JRM history to have earned multiple championships for the team.

Berry claimed the first traveling series championship of his career in 2017, winning the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car Series crown in his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. After claiming track titles at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia in 2012 and at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2014, Berry logged six victories in his 22 starts, four of them in the CARS Tour. Berry swept the series races at Concord (March and August), and added victories at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway and Tri-County (N.C.) Speedway. Berry won his second Bobby Isaac Memorial trophy at Hickory and capped the 2017 season with a victory in the Myrtle Beach 400, giving him another crown jewel in the sport.

Following up a 10-victory season in 2015, the Tennessee native rolled to Victory Lane 14 times in 2016, including five victories in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car series. The victories added to his total as the all-time leader in CARS LMSC victories, and his triumph in the final race of the season, at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., earned Berry and his No. 88 team the car owner title for the series. He finished third in the driver championship after missing a race to drive one of JRM’s NASCAR Xfinity Series machines at Iowa Speedway in July. In five career starts for JRM in the NXS, Berry has a pair of top-10 finishes (seventh at Richmond Raceway in 2015 and ninth at Iowa Speedway in 2016) and has an average finish of 13.2 over his JRM career.

In 2016’s 24 starts, Berry earned 14 victories and added seven more top-five finishes. Berry won five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events as well, including the annual Fall Brawl at Hickory Motor Speedway. Between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Berry won 24 races in 48 starts, with 30 top-five and 42 top-10 finishes.

Berry began his racing career at age eight, competing in the Tennessee Karting Association before progressing to the highly-acclaimed World Karting Association in 2001. Following several seasons racing go-karts, Berry and his father made the decision to progress his career to U.S. Legend Cars in 2006. Over the course of three years, Berry collected 21 feature victories and track championships at the famed Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.

Berry was tabbed by team-owner Earnhardt Jr. in 2010 and joined the JRM Late Model program that spring. In only a year, he was named Late Model Most Popular Driver by Speed51.com.  Berry leveraged the popularity into on-track success in 2012, taking home track-champion honors in the NWAAS at Motor Mile Speedway. His dominating season included one win, 15 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 18 races.

From its inception in 2002, JR Motorsports has competed locally each year with drivers like TJ Majors (former spotter for Earnhardt Jr.), Richard Boswell (former engineer for JRM’s No. 88 entry in the Xfinity Series) and Jeremy McGrath (seven-time Supercross champion). Recent drivers include 2017 NXS champion William Byron, Christian Eckes, Anthony Alfredo, Mayer, Adam Lemke and Connor Mosack. Young North Carolina driver Will Cox III joins the team for 2021.

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