Auto racing news is year after winning the owner’s title in the same series, Josh Berry was the 2017 CARS Racing Tour driver champion. Berry won the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series title in 2020, marking a first for JRM and himself.
Josh Berry in Championship 4
Although Josh Berry’s résumé would suggest he is a top-tier short-track racer, the JR Motorsports driver may need to broaden that profile.
The Alsco Uniforms 302 was won by Berry’s No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, giving him two victories in the past three events over the 1.5-mile track with high banking.
Berry led a dominant 65 laps en route to the victory.
In the reports of auto racing news, with 34 laps left in the race, Berry passed A.J. Allmendinger for the lead. On the late-race restart, the two drivers raced side-by-side at the head of the pack. Even after being pushed into the outside wall, Berry recovered to take the lead and win his sixth race overall.
Noah Gragson, a resident of Las Vegas, came in second, 1.125 seconds behind Berry, after setting a race record by leading 87 laps. Third-place finisher Justin Allgaier helped JR Motorsports sweep the podium with a 1-2-3 finish.
With the victory, Berry will automatically qualify for Championship 4 in the season-ending race at Phoenix Raceway on November 5, giving him his first chance to compete for the championship.
Words of Josh Berry
During the cool-down lap, Berry said over the radio to his team, “I guess I hit the wall 12 times.” Referring to auto racing news.
Berry, who hadn’t led a lap in the previous six races, said, “I was a little bit tight off (Turn) 4 the entire time, and (Allmendinger) let me a lane but nothing more, but I wasn’t letting up.” “That was for a trip to Phoenix, and I was prepared to do anything to get there.
We’ve had a difficult few weeks or months, but we knew that we could do this if we gave it our all.
With 30 seconds left, Berry could grab the advantage from the other team and widen the distance by enough points to maintain it. I’m just speechless, I tell you.
Berry and NASCAR
Berry’s victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway added to Chevrolet’s great afternoon. It was Chevrolet’s 500th victory overall in the competition and secured the brand’s sixth straight NASCAR Xfinity Series Manufacturers Championship.
Regular-season winner Allmendinger’s day was finally derailed when he was forced to pit under green-flag circumstances after battling Berry for the lead-up front. The No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet’s 22nd-place result by Allmendinger was the worst among the eight drivers still in the Playoffs.
Ty Gibbs, a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Trevor Bayne, a past Daytona 500 victor, rounded out the top five on Saturday. Austin Hill of Richard Childress Racing, Sam Mayer of JRM, Daniel Hemric of Kaulig Racing, Brandon Jones of JGR, and Anthony Alfredo of Our Motorsports completed the top 10.
The only Playoff driver to finish outside the top 10 was Allmendinger.
With Berry’s victory and automatic entrance into Championship 4, Gragson currently holds a 19-point lead over Gibbs and a 29-point advantage over Allgaier in the rankings.
Hailie Deegan, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star, made her NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in Las Vegas and finished 13th overall.
The Saturday Contender Boats 300 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ tripleheader weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the series’ return to Playoff action the following week (4:30 p.m. ET, USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The current race champion is Myatt Snider.