HICKORY, N.C. – Josh Berry continued his strong season with a third-place effort Saturday night Hickory Motor Speedway. Teammate William Byron brought home an 11th-place finish.
For the seventh time this season, Berry and his No. 88 Speedco team posted the pole-winning speed giving them ideal track position for the 50-lap race. Once the sun set, the No. 88 car’s handling went away, leaving Berry to battle through a tight condition early. Berry managed to remain amongst the top three until a series of late cautions bunched the field. Despite being regrouped with the leaders, Berry ran out of time to rally for the victory.
“The several yellows at the end just bunched us all up and made it hard to pass,” Berry said after the third-place run. “The race got rough, so I'm glad to stay out of trouble and get a solid finish.”
Byron’s night didn’t go as planned. Early contact from Austin McDaniel’s No. 12 car damaged the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet’s front toe, thwarting any chance he would have to battle for the win.
“It was disappointing that we got involved in an early incident but I felt great about the car that we had and I cannot wait until next weekend’s race,” Byron said after the race. “We are on the right track.”