Track Specs: .395-mile oval / Twin 65-lap features
Race 1 Winner: Josh Berry
Race 2 Winner: Danny Edwards Jr.
Berry’s Finishes: 1st first race, 2nd second race
Josh Berry made his first visit to Langley Speedway in Virginia one to remember, winning the first of twin 65-lpa Late Model features and placing second in the nightcap Saturday on the .395-mile oval.
Berry, behind the wheel of JR Motorsports’ No. 88 Speedco Chevrolet, qualified third for the first feature and had to wait until the eighth lap to take the lead. When he did, he made the most of it, surging to a five-length lead as the field battled behind him. Despite a few cautions near the end, Berry held off Danny Edwards Jr., polesitter Tyler Hughes, Matt Waltz and Mark Wertz.
In the second feature, Berry started from the pole, but lost out to Edwards Jr. on the backstretch of the first lap. He matched the leader’s pace throughout the rest of the race, but his Speedco Chevrolet got progressively looser as the race went along. Edwards pulled away over the final 15 laps to win by more than two seconds.
Greg Edwards was third, followed by Brenden “Butterbean” Queen and Wertz.
Josh Berry, driver No. 88 Speedco Chevrolet team
“I hadn't seen Langley Speedway until Friday, and neither had JR Motorsports as a company, so we weren't exactly sure what to expect come time to race. We felt like the car was solid in practice, and in the first race it was pretty good. We ended up a little too loose towards the end of the first race, which I think hurt us for the second race. I saved the best I could but having those cautions at the end forced us to run hard to get the win, which you have to do in those situations. In the second race, we just got too loose and had to settle for second. Overall, I feel like it is really impressive for us to go to a new track like that and win. I really wanted to sweep the twin races, but a first- and second-place showing isn't too bad. Big thanks to Speedco and everyone at JRM for letting us make the trip up there.”