Telling Josh Berry that winning the CARS Tour Late Model Stock title is out of his reach might be a bad idea.  One race after missing his first CARS race of 2016 to run for JR Motorsports at Iowa Speedway, Berry bounced back to score the win Saturday at Concord Speedway (NC).

Josh Berry celebrated his third CARS Tour win of 2016 at Concord Speedway. (Speed51.com photo)

Josh Berry celebrated his third CARS Tour win of 2016 at Concord Speedway. (Speed51.com photo)

For Berry, the win puts him back in the win column and possibly back in the points battle for the season lone title.

 

“What a car we had tonight,” said Berry late Saturday night while standing in victory lane. “Hats off to these guys for making this 88 fast. It’s been a long hot day and to end up in victory lane means a lot.  I am so glad the fans stuck around for this after all the rain.”

 

The win is the third for Berry this season and sixth career on the CARS Tour, but it was his first at Concord Speedway.  The finish helps him get back into the point battle.  Point leader Deac McCaskill finished fourth after starting 20th due to a broken lifter during time trials.

 

“We would have to have a lot of good luck to win the championship,” explained Berry.  “He (McCaskill) has been tough to beat and I have a ton of respect for those guys.  All we can do is win races… and we are going to his home track next week. It’s a tall order, but we want to win there as well.”

 

It was a long night for McCaskill, whose number-08 appeared to be shot out of a cannon from the first lap. He was consistently the fastest car on the track all night, however, track position proved to be key in the final outcome.

 

Deac McCaskill is the CARS Tour LMSC point leader. (Speed51.com photo)

Deac McCaskill is the CARS Tour LMSC point leader. (Speed51.com photo)

“Man I wanted to win this one bad,” said McCaskill after the race.  “If you look at race monitor you can see we had a car.  It’s hard to make it up when there is a 90-lap green flag run.  I am happy and I am upset at the same time. We have a quick turn around and we will be off Southern National; hopefully we can win there.”

 

Lost in the shuffle was a strong run by Myatt Snider, who took second for the second straight year in this race.

 

“We had been tight / free all race,” said Snider. “I made some adjustments; I messed it up and I had to dog it to race Josh (Berry).  I am proud of my guys; we have not run much and second is a good run.”

 

Christan Eckes was third, McCaskill fourth and Justin Carroll was fifth.  Tommy Lemons Jr., who had won the last two races, was eighth.

 

It’s a short turnaround for the CARS Tour as they will be at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenley, NC this coming Saturday, September 3rd.

 

Story By: Elgin Traylor – Speed51.com Correspondent

Photo Credit: Speed51.com

 

Unofficial Finish Order – CARS Late Model Stocks – Concord Speedway

 

1

88B

Josh Berry

2

2

Myatt Snider

3

1

Christian Eckes

4

08

Deac McCaskill

5

57

Justin Carroll

6

12M

Austin McDaniel

7

5

Stephen Leicht

8

27

Tommy Lemons

9

21

Travis Swaim

10

98

Stefan Parsons

11

28

Chris Hudspeth

12

7

Justin Crider

13

42

Craig Stallard

14

23

Terry Brooks

15

88

Chris Davis

16

31

Thomas Beane

17

99

Layne Riggs

18

74

Ronald Hill

19

25M

Shaun Mangum

20

32

Jerry Miracle

 

Berry Bounces Back But McCaskill Looks Like a Champ