Track Specs: .500-mile oval / 125 laps
Berry’s start/finish: 3rd/1st
CONCORD, N.C. – The Race to Remember 250 for CARS Late Model Stock Cars at Concord Motor Speedway on Saturday was certainly one to remember for JR Motorsports Late Model driver Josh Berry, as he won the 125-lap LMSC feature on the high-banked half-mile and gained ground in the point standings with just one race left to run in the season.
Berry started the race from second place, after Deac McCaskill had to go to the back after changing a tire before the start, and immediately started battling with polesitter Bradley McCaskill. Berry ran second behind McCaskill for the first 54 laps until a caution waved, then upped the pressure on the ensuing restart. Four laps later, Berry took his No. 88 The Decal Source Chevrolet to the lead and held it the rest of the way despite a rash of yellow flags for incidents around the track.
Berry held the top spot through the remaining caution periods, and the race came down to a 12-lap shootout with Berry leading Brandon Grosso and Deac McCaskill. Berry kept the top spot with a flawless restart and cruised to his 12th CARS Tour victory by 1.018 seconds over Grosso. Deac McCaskill was third, followed by Tommy Lemons and Cody Haskins. Berry’s victory—which extended his record as the all-time leading winner in CARS LMSC history—also saw him leapfrog Alfredo in the point battle, and Berry is just one point behind Riggs headed to the series finale on Oct. 14 at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway. Alfredo now trails by nine points in third.
The Concord sweep - Berry won the season opener there as well - was Berry’s fifth win of the season and fourth in CARS LMSC competition. Alfredo has two CARS victories to his credit, giving the JRM Late Model team seven victories overall.
Dozens of fallen military heroes and veterans, along with first responders, were honored by teams and the CARS Tour during the event. Each car carried the name of someone who paid the ultimate price for their country in addition to various branches of service and charity organizations. Alfredo carried the name of PFC James F. McClamrock on his car, the same driver honored by team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. during this year’s World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Berry will be in action this coming Saturday in the Bobby Isaac Memorial at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Berry won the event last season.
Josh Berry, driver No. 88 The Decal Source Chevrolet team
“It was pretty awesome to be able to rebound after our last race and get back in Victory Lane at Concord. I felt like being out front was big, so we raced really hard on all of the restarts to keep the lead. Luckily, we were able to stay out front and get the win. It was exciting to win with several guys from The Decal Source there supporting us and our new paint scheme. Our points deal is tight, but we have a lot of racing to do before we go to South Boston, so we are going to focus on trying to win the Bobby Isaac Memorial this weekend at Hickory.”