HICKORY, N.C. (April 26, 2014) – Not be outdone by the recent success of the JR Motorsports Nationwide Series program, Josh Berry and the No. 88 Speedco team returned to their winning ways at Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday night picking up their second win of 2014.
William Byron wheeled his No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet to his first career pole at Hickory and led early. Berry, having started 12th, quickly worked through the field find his way to the lead at lap 21. After taking the lead, Berry would not relinquish the top spot leading the final 80 laps.
“Once I got around William on that restart to take the lead, I almost was afraid that I had to get to the front too soon, so I really worked on saving the tires while I was in lead,” Berry said. “The car just stayed under me really well and I was able to gain some time late in the race maneuvering lap traffic to build a solid gap and get the win.”
Berry’s winning performance came on the heels of a 17th-place finish in the NASCAR K&N East Series race Saturday morning at Richmond International Raceway. Following the event, Berry and crew made the nearly 300 mile drive from Richmond to Hickory for Saturday night’s race.
Byron maintained his runner-up position until giving way to late model standout Dillon Bassett late. The 16-year-old rookie brought home his fourth top-three finish in as many starts at Hickory.
“It felt great to lead laps in the Liberty University car,” Byron said after his third-place result. “I learned a ton by following those two throughout the race and know it’s just a matter of time before we put the No. 9 car in victory lane.”