Josh Berry delivered JR Motorsports something the team had never accomplished in either the NASCAR Nationwide Series or Whelen All-American Series: A championship. The 21-year-old Hendersonville, Tenn. native secured both his and the team’s first championship Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
Entering the night with a 34-point advantage of perennial Late Model contender Frank Deiny Jr., Berry knew he had to race both fast and smart to secure the title. Berry posted the second-fastest time in qualifying for the first of two 100-lap events. Josh ended the first race sixth and received a fortuitous break when the series’ random draw awarded him the pole position for the finale. Knowing he only had to manage a 14th-place finish; Berry played his cards safe and brought home a fifth-place finish.
“I’m glad to get JR Motorsports their first championship,” Berry said. “I’m just some kid they picked to drive their Late Model. To do it, man, it means a ton. I’ve been given such a great opportunity. To deliver them a championship, it’s awesome.”
Berry put together a masterful season at the .416-mile oval, notching one win, 15 top-fives and 17 top-10s in 18 races. The No. 88 Speedco team’s qualifying record was even more impressive with seven poles and 15 front-row starts in 2012.
The next race on Berry’s schedule is the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 event at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 21.
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