Josh Berry added another major accomplishment to his resume in 2020, winning the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Championship. Berry hopes to put an exclamation mark on an incredible season with a win in the inaugural South Carolina 400 at Florence Motor Speedway.
This weekend marks Berry’s first trip to Florence Motor Speedway, which reopened this summer under the guidance of an ownership group including former Myrtle Beach Speedway General Manager Steve Zacharias.
“I’ve never been to Florence, but it looks like it’s going to be a fun track,” Berry told Speed51. “We, as a team, want to support Steve Zacharias and his efforts starting this deal up, so we wanted to come race with him.”
The South Carolina 400 is the spiritual successor to the Myrtle Beach 400, a crown jewel event for Late Model Stock Cars which most considered second only to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville in prestige for the discipline. While it may take some time for the South Carolina 400 to reach that same level of status, Berry is optimistic for the event’s future.
“I think it’s really good. I think it’s going to take some time to build it up to the type of prestige they’re hoping for. It definitely has potential, and I hope Steve and his group are able to be successful at this and make it a great place for us to race for years to come.”
While Berry has not raced at Florence, he has watched some video ahead of his debut at the track to get an idea what to expect.
“Aside from watching the CARS Tour race, as well as the Limited race last weekend on Speed51, that’s about it. I wanted to see how the race played out, and the lines, who ran what and who was fast at the end. It’ll be a little bit of a learning experience, but it’s always fun to go somewhere new.”
Berry scored 24 wins en route to the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series title, as well as a $30,000 victory in the CARS Tour Old North State Nationals at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Now, Berry hopes for one more big win to close out a memorable 2020 season.
“After the year we’ve had, that would be another amazing accomplishment for our year. We’re going to try to prepare the same we have all year. We’ll try to have fun and hopefully we’ll have a fast car and be there at the end.”
Fans unable to attend the South Carolina 400 can watch live Saturday on Speed51.TV.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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