Track Specs: .400-mile oval / 100-lap feature
Berry’s start/finish: 7th/1st
HUDSON, N.C. – Josh Berry played the waiting game on the final lap Saturday night at Tri-County Motor Speedway, using a crossover move to nip Garrett Campbell at the finish line by less than half a car length to win the CARS Late Model Stock Car Series Do the Dew 200.
Being mired in seventh starting spot when rain washed out qualifying, Berry ran in the top six for the first 80 laps, searching for a line that would be fast and carry him to the front. He found it, finally, with 25 laps remaining in the 100-lap LMSC feature and rode right next to the wall for several laps, eventually coming out behind Campbell in second.
A caution for an incident between two lapped cars on the final lap brought out the caution flag and sent the race to a green-white-checkered finish, and that’s where Berry made his move. Starting second on the low lane, Berry won the drag race with leader Campbell to the white flag to lead lap 100, as he and Campbell made contact several times. Entering Turn 3 on the final lap, Campbell sailed it in on the low line and pulled off a slide job on Berry to take the lead momentarily. Berry backed out of it, turned down the track in a crossover and beat Campbell to the line by 0.076 seconds to claim his career-leading 11th CARS victory. The thrilling victory, his second straight in the series at Tri-County, was his fourth CARS win of the season.
The JRM Late Model team will be in action next on July 15 at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
Josh Berry, driver No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team
“The beginning part of the race I tried to bide my time kind of like normal, but this was a shorter race for us, and I felt like I was running out of time towards the end. The car wasn't perfect, so I started searching all over and found a lot of speed on the top and picked up a couple tenths and was able to drive up towards the front at the end. We caught a break with the last caution that allowed us to have a chance to race for the win, and we were able to get it done. I have to say that this win probably tops the list because with about 25 to go I felt like we were going to run about fifth, and somehow I was able to use the high side to make up a lot of time. Tri-County is an awesome track for us and provides some great multi-groove racing. We were able to gain some points as well and put ourselves in a much better spot going into Orange County in a couple weeks.”