(Editor’s Note: Josh Berry was disqualified on Monday for an issue with the right-rear shock that was found in post-race tech inspection. Read the full story here: http://speed51.com/berrys-hot-streak-ends-in-hickory-post-race-tech/)
Josh Berry continued his hot streak Saturday, picking up his second straight win at Hickory Motor Speedway and his fifth in as many races. The only difference this time, though, was that Berry was piloting the black No. 5 Lee Faulk Racing machine and not the yellow and blue No. 88 fans have grown accustomed to seeing him race.
“It is weird to not drive the 88, but I wouldn’t be here without the opportunities these people (Lee Faulk) have given me,” Berry told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I love everyone in that family and the opportunities they give me to drive these race cars just made me able to do what I did tonight. I learned how to race because of them and to put these people in victory lane, that’s cool. It was a blast out there and I’m just soaking it in, the success I’m having.”
Berry, who set fast time earlier in the day, started from the pole position. He got a good start and never looked back, leading all 100 laps.
“It’s cool I love this place,” said Berry. “I’ve had so much success at this race track, it’s always nice to win here. It’s meaningful too to put these people back in victory lane, as I said, they’ve put two, three sometimes four or five cars out here every week and haven’t won in a long time, so to get them back to victory lane is what I came here to do for these guys and I’m lucky to have the opportunity and that was cool.”
While Berry hopped behind the wheel of the #5 machine, the #88 was on track as well, but this week with dirt regular Bobby Pierce behind the wheel. Pierce, who finished second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Eldora Speedway (OH) a few weeks ago has tested the asphalt waters before and continues to improve each time out.
“It’s definitely a lot different than dirt for sure,” Pierce told Speed51.com powered by JEGS, “There’s a lot of habits from dirt that you have to throw out the window when you race an asphalt car and it really helps when you have a good car. These guys are great and every time I race asphalt I’m getting a little better. There’s just a lot of stuff that no matter what you’re racing sometimes it just takes multiple times, when you’re searching for tenths and half of tenths, there’s little tiny driver things you need to learn.”
Pierce timed in second in qualifying and fell back to third at the drop of the green. He settled into third and held off a few tough challenges to bring home a podium finish.
“That was my goal,” said Pierce, “So I’m definitely happy with that.”
-Jana Wimmer Speed51.com Midwest Editor, Twitter: @JWimm22