One year ago, Josh Berry came up shy of winning the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car championship after being forced to miss one race due to a scheduled NASCAR XFINITY Series start. With a new season set to get underway Saturday at Concord Speedway (NC), Berry is planning on attending all of the scheduled races and hopes to capture the championship he missed out on in 2016.
In order to claim his first career CARS Tour championship, Berry is going to have to beat the best of the best in Late Model Stock Car racing. Defending champion Deac McCaskill and frequent LMSC winner Tommy Lemons, Jr. are both seasoned veterans who will be tough to beat.
“I hope that we will be able to pick up where we left off,” Berry told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We had a really good year last year winning five races but the CARS Tour is tough and it is not going to be easy to do that again. If we can come somewhat close to the same success we had last year I think we will be up there for sure.”
Berry will be joined by JR Motorsports teammate Anthony Alfredo who will be piloting a LMSC full-time in 2017.
Late Model standout and veteran C.E. Falk will also be taking his first run with the CARS Tour this weekend at Concord Speedway. Falk has an extensive resume in LMSC racing – including track championships at Langley Speedway (VA) and a Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown victory – and hopes to be a force to be reckoned with for the championship title.
There are also plenty of new faces and young talent joining the veterans on the CARS tour circuit for the 2017 season.
Sixteen-year-old Brandon Grosso will be making his transfer from dirt back to asphalt and making his CARS Tour debut with familiar face Myatt Snider Racing, who will also be making select starts throughout the season.
Concord native Justin Carroll looks to have his name in the hunt with the veterans after strong runs at both Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) and Concord Speedway (NC) last season.
Another fresh face to the tour is young-gun Ryan Repko who is really looking to make a name for himself in the stock car scene. He will be making his CARS Tour debut this weekend at Concord and looks to run full-time in the series.
Justin Johnson will be running under the Tommy Lemons Jr. banner as the team makes their first run at the full-time CARS Tour schedule with Johnson behind the wheel of the No. 44 machine.
Looking to carry the momentum of twin victories at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) last weekend, Cody Haskins will be starting off his CARS Tour season with a boost of confidence.
More familiar faces will be joining the rookies and veterans as Layne Riggs and Stephen Parsons are among those pre-entered for this weekends event.
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-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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