HICKORY, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2014) – Josh Berry finished second in his return to Late Model Stock action at Hickory Motor Speedway over the weekend. The race marked Berry’s first Late Model start since making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway (Aug. 2).
William Byron earned the pole for the race and was overtaken by Berry on the opening lap. Berry jumped out to an early lead for the opening lead over Dillon Bassett.
While running fourth, Byron suffered a broken right-front wheel, forcing him to bring his No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet to pit road for an unscheduled pit stop. The misfortune dropped Byron to a 14th-place finish.
Berry and Bassett battled for the lead with Bassett’s No. 44 taking over the top spot around the race’s midway point and leading the remainder of the race with Berry in tow.
“I felt like we had a solid run today,” Berry said after the race. “We just needed a tick more to be able to run with the 44 (Bassett), but we were pretty close to him. We hadn't run the Speedco car in over a month, so I think we just have a little bit of catching up to do the next couple weeks.”