Berry looking to leave a mark in Bristol
By Shane Tader Green
BRISTOL, Tenn.– Coming into the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, Josh Berry is one of the guys to watch to take the win in the Late Model Stock Car class.
Last weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, Berry started on the pole for the first late model part of the CARS Tour Series and led until lap 28 when his engine let go. The team was able to change engines between races and Berry rallied back to a second-place finish.
Berry currently sits fifth in CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour points and has one win so far this season.
Not the mention the last few years where Berry has been one of the hottest Late Model drivers in the Southeast. Winning track championships at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway in 2012 and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2014.
Last season, Berry had one of his best seasons while running in the CARS Tour, racking up six wins and nine top 5s in nine starts. Berry even missed one race and still finished second in points. The team also won the team owner’s championship.
Berry is a contender for the win most every year he competes at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway’s Valley Star Credit Union 300, and was a force to be reckoned with in Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway in 2015.
“The (April 29) test was good help for just getting myself and the car more comfortable, said Berry. “I feel like on race weekend, the track will change a lot with all of the cars on the track, so we are just going to have to adapt to the changes.”
When asked if he thought the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol would be like the Late Model event at Martinsville, Berry said he felt “it will be cleaner than Martinsville. It’s a lot faster and you have the respect the track.”
Since his first Late Model race at Motor Mile Speedway, Berry has come along way. From a young gun just getting started to now being one of the top names in Late Model racing.