Before joining JR Motorsports, most of Berry’s accomplishments came in the form of Legends cars in his home state of Tennessee. A graduate of the karting scene, Berry won 21 feature races at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in the Legends division.
Josh Berry was one of the top Late Model Stock Car racers for the better part of the 2010s.
Berry first joined JR Motorsports in 2010, joining the team’s Late Model program. Within two years, Berry won his first track championship, taking top honors at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia. Berry added another track championship two years later, taking the 2014 Hickory Motor Speedway track championship, as well as that year’s Bobby Isaac Memorial.
The advent of the CARS Late Model Stock Tour gave Berry a new platform in 2015, elevating his status as one of the top Late Model Stock competitors. While continuing to compete regularly at NASCAR weekly tracks such as Hickory in 2015, Berry made his first CARS Tour starts that year, winning races at Motor Mile, Orange County and Hickory.
Since then, Berry has won more CARS Tour races than any other driver, with 19 victories in the series, 11 more than the next closest driver. Berry won the series championship in 2017, and narrowly missed out on another title in 2019 to Bobby McCarty.
Berry has also won many of Late Model Stock Car racing’s crown jewel events. Berry added a second Bobby Isaac Memorial win in 2017, the same year he won the Myrtle Beach 400. In 2019, Berry won the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville, leading every lap of the biggest Late Model Stock race of the year.
In 2020, Berry added another feather to his cap, winning the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Championship. Berry won 24 NAAPWS races over the course of the 2020 season to take the national championship. Berry also won the richest Late Model Stock race of the 2020 season, the $30,000 CARS Tour Old North State Nationals at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
While the majority of Berry’s success has come in Late Model Stock Cars, he has proven to be a strong racer in Super Late Model competition as well. Berry won the Super Late Model portion of the 2019 North-South Shootout at Hickory Motor Speedway, and converted that into a trip to the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway, qualifying sixth for the biggest event in Super Late Model racing.
As it stands now, Berry is slated for six more races with JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Short track fans will certainly be hoping Berry can take this latest triumph at Martinsville and turn it into even more opportunities at the top levels of NASCAR.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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