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Berry Wins Myrtle Beach 400 With Chip on Shoulder

November 19, 2017 • App, Archives, Late Models, Region - Southeast, Ticker

One year removed from heartbreak in the Myrtle Beach 400, Josh Berry scored redemption at Myrtle Beach Speedway (S.C.) with a victory in the 25th Annual running of the Late Model Stock classic.

 

During the 2016 edition of the Myrtle Beach 400, Josh Berry appeared destined for victory. However, last-lap contact with JR Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes placed Berry in the outside wall and Eckes in victory lane. On Saturday night, Berry went to victory lane instead, capping a successful 2017 season which included a CARS Late Model Stock Tour championship.

 

“I hate to harp on that, but last year was a difficult way to lose,” Berry told Speed51.com Powered by JEGS. “As frustrating as it was that we lost, I was happy for Christian. In the end, I just tried to handle it best that I knew how. I just put a chip on my shoulder that we could come back and win, and tonight we did that.

 

Berry took the lead on lap 211, after battling with Timothy Peters throughout the final 25 laps of the race.

 

“I could tell [Peters] was starting to get a little loose off the corner,” Berry said. “I could see that happening and I felt like we had made our car better, so I felt pretty good about our chances at that point.”

 

Berry felt one of his strongest competitors for the victory was Lee Pulliam. However, this year’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion (and Myrtle Beach Speedway champion) saw his victory hopes dashed after a pair of incidents with Jake Crum.

 

On lap 203, Crum and Pulliam made contact battling for the lead. Pulliam avoided disaster by keeping his car off the wall, but the caution flag flew and both drivers were sent to the rear of the field for the incident. The two drivers came into contact again on the ensuing restart, ending both their evenings.

 

“I thought it would come down to him, Lee, and us, but Lee had his issue, so it was me and Timothy,” Berry said. “I was able to save a little bit longer and get away from [Peters].

 

“The second half of the race just always seems to thin out,” Berry added. “It’s process of elimination, and it came down to me and Timothy.”

 

Peters hoped he could have held on for the victory. However, he took solace in a strong second-place run just one night removed from a top-ten finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

While Peters was in Florida last night, Nelson Motorsports teammate Bobby McCarty prepared Peters’ Late Model Stock machine. Peters says the car was perfect from the moment he showed up this morning.

 

“I wish we could have finished one spot further,” said Peters. “All the guys here at Nelson Motorsports work together flawlessly. Bobby McCarty shook down my car yesterday and he had never even raced here. He did a really nice job doing that, and we didn’t touch it.

 

“We were a little free at halfway, so we made a track-bar adjustment at halfway,” Peters added. “It just tightened it up a little bit too much.”

 

Rounding out the podium was Chad McCumbee, a local native and Camping World Truck Series veteran participating in his second race in as many weekends at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Last weekend, McCumbee won the 75-lap Super Truck division feature as part of the Myrtle Beach 250.

 

McCumbee didn’t feel his car was strong enough tonight to compete for a win, but was overjoyed with a strong showing in a race that has been unkind to him in the past. This was McCumbee’s best finish in the race, with his only previous top-five showing in the Myrtle Beach 400 coming in 2005.

 

“I didn’t feel like we had a car to win. I think we had a car good enough to annoy them for just a little bit. It’s all about tire conservation. With the package we’re under right now, we were chasing two Chevys with a weight break. My Ford had the straight-line speed by far, but that weight break is tough to overcome. Nobody’s fault, just circumstance, so I didn’t have enough left at the end to run with those guys.

 

“In this race we’ve had a lot of bad luck in this race, so getting a podium is pretty great, and the win last week was awesome.”

 

-By: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com

 

Pos # Driver

1 88B Josh Berry

2 12P Timothy Peters

3 16M Chad McCumbee

4 03 Brenden Queen

5 41 Sam Mayer

6 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.

7 2S Myatt Snider

8 02 Justin Milliken

9 00 Shane Lee

10 18G Ty Gibbs

11 15 Ryan Millington

12 97 Greg Edwards

13 12G Trey Gibson

14 7 Justin Crider

15 26 Peyton Sellers

16 44 Justin Johnson

17 18R David Roberts

18 25 Kevin Leicht

19 61 Justin Hicks

20 30 Brian Vause

21 60B R.A. Brown

22 1 Michael Faulk

23 36 Neil Meredith

24 70 Stuart Ricks

25 16H Colby Howard

26 23 Dexter Canipe, Jr.

27 11W Lucas Williams

28 24B Blaise Brinkley

29 88P Charles Powell, III

30 51C Matt Cox

31 46 Thad Moffitt

32 51A Blair Addis

33 5G Cole Glasson

34 2P Brandon Pierce

35 01 Jake Crum

36 5P Lee Pulliam

37 17B Bryant Barnhill

38 98 Stefan Parsons

39 8A Anthony Alfredo

40 99 Layne Riggs

41 63 Chris Throckmorton

42 8H Tyler Hughes

43 83 Jeremy McDowell

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