Josh Berry has been borderline unbeatable in the last month and he continued his streak Saturday night. After setting fast time, the driver of the No. 88 machine appeared to put it on cruise control over the final 75 laps of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 100-lap event at North Carolina’s historic Hickory Motor Speedway.
“You’re always worried about the late race caution and restarts and everything because you know that people who lose ground are saving, so we tried to keep that in mind and manage the lead the best we could,” Berry told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “But at the same time just being precise, getting through the lapped cars and just try and keep our gap and manage it.”
Landon Huffman got out to the early lead from the outside of the front row, but polesitter Berry wasted little time chasing him down.
By lap nine Berry had reeled in Huffman and took the lead on lap 11. Berry never looked back, opening up and maintaining at least a 10 car-length lead for the final 89 laps.
“You never know what happens at the end of these races. We just always seem to struggle in the first couple laps, but once the car got rolling it was really good,” said Berry. “I was able to get around Landon pretty early there and I wanted to do that before our tires all got worn out and everything, so I got the lead and just tried to manage it the best I could the rest of the way.”
This marks Berry’s fourth straight win, including back to back CARS Racing Tour wins at Motor Mile (VA) and Orange County (NC).
“It’s just credit to hard work and great people around me,” Berry said. “We’ve had great race cars here the past month. I’m just exited to get to the next one. I went through a lot of racing in late models and didn’t win and the past two years I think this is 19 or 20, so it’s awesome to win.”
-Jana Wimmer, Speed51 Midwest Editor, Twitter: @jwimm22
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