Josh Berry celebrates winning Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)
CONCORD, NC — It’s taken more than 16 years, but Josh Berry has finally given JR Motorsports their first NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Known for his short-track prowess, Berry put his superspeedway skills on full display, leading a race-high for 89 laps and beating Ty Gibbs to the checkered flag by 18.039 seconds.
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“I felt like we had a good car,” said Berry. “I wasn’t sure if I could tear the fence from Charlotte for 200 laps, but we did it. The fight with Justin (Allgaier) was so intense that we just fought and raced each other. All in all an incredible day. I’m really excited about Harrison’s, they’re a regional company with six stores in the Carolinas so I know they’re excited.”
Berry took the lead from fellow JRM driver Justin Allgaier with 23 laps to go and never gave it up despite a thrilling battle between the two teammates. Allgaier’s hopes of victory were eventually dashed by a puncture after hitting the perimeter wall as he attempted to retake the lead.
“The reality is all our cars are phenomenal at the moment and we have to compete against each other,” said Berry. “Mostly Justin and I fight for victories. i respect justin He’s an underrated racer who’s very, very good. That was a tough fight. It depended on who would slip. Luckily I didn’t. It is wonderful. I’ve been running up and down the East Coast, the Carolinas, Virginia. The reality is I never thought I would get opportunities like this but the guys at JR Motorsports stuck with me. We grinded on the short stretches and never gave up, just kept fighting. So thankful to be here. Winning in Charlotte is something very special. It’s always something special to race here. This has always been a great measure of where we stand as a company and it has exceeded our expectations.”
JR Motorsports made three drivers in the top four, pole sitter Sam Mayer third and Noah Gragson fourth. Ryan Preece was fifth.
Defending champion Daniel Hemric was sixth, Allgaier seventh, Sheldon Creed eighth, Trevor Bayne ninth and Myatt Snider tenth.
Berry’s win was the first for JRM in Charlotte since Kasey Kahne won the 2015 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.