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JRM Driver Josh Berry Wins UNOFFICIAL ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Pole and $5,000

Ridgeway, VA– More than sixty Late Models Stock Cars converged on the half-mile paper clip known as Martinsville Speedway for the largest and richest paying Late Model race of the year.  For some we call it Christmas for others, we simply call it Martinsville.

Single car qualifying was on tap Friday night to set the top twenty cars for Saturday night’s 200-lap feature. A change in the format from recent years where only the top two cars were locked in on speed and everyone else went into three 25-lap heat races and a Last Chance Qualifier.  JRM Late Model driver Josh Berry made a statement Friday night that he has returned to Martinsville Speedway with vengeance on his mind after how last year played out.

Laying down a 19.927 (90.330 MPH) Berry not only claimed the track record but the ability to lead the field to the green flag tomorrow night and not put an extra 50 laps on his tires. Fellow CARS Tour competitors Layne Riggs and Bobby McCarty rounded out the podium. Former NWAAS Late Model National Champions Peyton Sellers and Lee Pulliam rounded out the fastest five. He and fifteen other drivers have locked themselves into the show while the remainder of the competitors will be split into two 50-lap races where the top ten in each will advance.

“Ever since qualifying at night the cars have gotten faster,” Berry said in the media center. “We are always working on our cars making them better. Winning this race would big and something for us. [Dale} Jr. wants to be here and we want to get the win for him. We brought our car out here pretty much in race trim last week in the test session and felt really good.”

The first of two 50-lap qualifying races is set to roll off the grid at 3:00 PM EDT. Everything else will follow as time permits. The green flag for the 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is set for 7:00 PM EDT. Of course, The Weekly Racer will have you covered starting in the afternoon starting at noon!  Stay tuned for the link.

 

UNOFFICIAL ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Qualifying Results

            Pos. Car # Name Lap
1

88

Josh Berry 19.927
2 99 Layne Riggs 19.959
3 22 Bobby McCarty 20.011
4 26 Peyton Sellers 20.040
5 5P Lee Pulliam 20.060
6 88R Dustin Rumley 20.079
7 98 Bubba Pollard 20.083
8 2 Trevor Noles 20.100
9 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr. 20.111
10 57 Justin T. Carroll 20.116
11 16M Chad McCumbee 20.118
12 9 Trey Crews 20.120
13 21 Travis Swaim 20.145
14 12P Timothy Peters 20.146
15 17 Taylor Gray 20.146
16 18Y Jason York 20.159
17 5 Dexter Canipe, Jr. 20.163
18 12W Ryan Wilson 20.166
19 1 Craig Moore 20.171
20 40 CE Falk, III 20.188
21 2M Matt Leicht 20.202
22 30 Brendan Poole 20.206
23 15 Kres VanDyke 20.213
24 4F Jonathan Findley 20.217
25 01C Jake Crum 20.219
26 11O Jeff Oakley 20.222
27 87 Mike Looney 20.227
28 12S Sammy Smith 20.233
29 3 Brenden Queen 20.239
30 35 Steve Zacharias 20.239
31 24 Colin Garrett 20.247
32 25 Derrick Lancaster 20.258
33 41 Jamey Caudill 20.266
34 6 Davin Scties 20.266
35 6 Mike Darne 20.269
36 17P Stacy Puryear 20.277
37 73 Bruce Anderson 20.278
38 25L Kevin Leicht 20.280
39 2W Matt Waltz 20.292
40 12T Austin Thaxton 20.305
41 17B Brandon Clements 20.340
42 2P Brandon Pierce 20.358
43 11 Lucas Williams 20.373
44 77 Trevor Ward 20.382
45 95 Jacob Heafner 20.384
46 32 Nik Williams 20.387
47 6M BJ Mackey 20.392
48 63T Tyler Matthews 20.440
49 4D Kyle Dudley 20.445
50 01G Camden Guille 20.446
51 81 Zack Clifton 20.457
52 7 Chase Dixon 20.469
53 61H Justin Hicks 20.482
54 22C Grayson Cullather 20.495
55 21W Jimmy Wallace 20.519
56 28 Jason Barnes 20.526
57 12 Annabeth Barnes-Crum 20.550
58 1 GR Waldrop 20.629
59 36 Owen Smith 20.668
60 22E Eric Winslow 20.688
61 92 Kyle Southern 20.689
62 7 Dylan Ward 20.754
63 1S James Sweeney 20.878
64 18G Bobby Gillispie 21.210
65 4va Mack Tatum 21.547
66 2L Amber Lynn 21.913
67 15M Ryan Millington DNQ
68 1C Daryn Cockram DNQ

Ranger: Who to Watch Under The Lights at Martinsville

 

As we edge closer and closer to the weekend the excitement continues to build for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 under the lights at Martinsville. In no particular order, I have picked five drivers who I feel can win this race. The list also includes a Sleeper – someone who might fly under the radar all weekend long but will make the right moves to put him or herself into a position to win and a Dark Horse pick – someone we think if you underestimate will prove you wrong at the end of the day. Who are your top five picks for this year’s race? Leave them in a comment below here or in the comments section of our facebook page.

Mike Looney

Coming off the best season of his career where he won the track championship at Motor Mile Speedway, won 13 total races and finished second in the national championship, Looney will be looking to win his second grandfather clock. At the practice day, Looney set the fastest time and will take his notes into the big one.

Lee Pulliam

Pulliam had a quiet race last year at Martinsville up until the last few laps and then getting involved in an accident causing him to finish 14th. Finishing fourth in points at South Boston with seven wins, he’s looking to build off that for a strong finish to the season. He placed fourth on the speed charts Thursday.

Bubba Pollard

The guy made his debut last year and almost won until a late-race incident that ended his night. He’s won just about every big race there is for Super/Late Models and wants to add Martinsville to that list. He’s teamed up with JR Motorsports this year with Josh Berry which gives him a huge boost to the top of the list of drivers to go after their first Martinsville win.

Josh Berry

Berry led the majority of the race last year and dominated it at that. Berry has had a solid 2019 season where he’s run the CARS Tour with three wins and sits second in points. Berry is on the prowl to get his hands on his first grandfather clock as well.

Jake Crum

After missing last year’s race, Crum is making his return and wants his second win at Martinsville. He didn’t have the speed he was looking for on practice day, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a strategy for Saturday.

 

Dark Horse

Kres VanDyke – With a new car under him this year, VanDyke likes his chances. He finished eighth here last year after surviving the wrecks. VanDyke finished tenth in points at Kingsport Speedway and third at Motor Mile Speedway this season. VanDyke has never won at Martinsville but he’s had multiple top-five finishes. Look for him to be up front Saturday night.

 

Sleeper

Layne Riggs – After a big run last year in this race, Riggs is looking to pick up where he left off last year, just without the wreck. Riggs hasn’t won a race since last year and has had great runs all year, but luck has not been on his side. He’s my sleeper just because he’s dealing with an arm injury and it may affect the way he can drive.

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 “Who to Watch”

Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. It’s that time! Time for some big time Late Model Stock Car Racing. Round one of the 2019 Virginia Triple Crown series kicks off this evening at South Boston Speedway for their annual Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. Thirty plus cars have converged on the .400-mile Speedway all bunting for the big pay day.

As always The Weekly Racer will have you covered from the start of practice to the checkered flag. You can follow all the action here at this link ->> https://www.24live.co/live/2289885268277396739. Coverage will begin approx. 1:00 PM EDT.

Need to know who to keep your eye on tonight. We got you covered there too! Here are our top five picks for tonight’s race. What about you? Who do you have coming home the winner?

1:30 PM: Practice

4:30 PM: Euro Qualifying

5:30 PM: On track Fan Appreciation

7:00 PM: GREEN FLAG

  • Hornets: 20
  • Pure Stock: 40
  • Late Model: 200
  • Limited Sportsman: 75

To Follow: Fireworks

Josh’s Pick 5

Phillip Morris – It’s Phillip Morris, how could you not pick him as a favorite? Yeah he’s had an up and down season, but when you put Morris and a big race at SoBo together, you’re going to get the best Morris there is. After finishing second to Sellers last year in this race, Phillip looks to get that one extra position to put him in victory lane this year.

Lee Pulliam – He’s put all his dedication into South Boston this season by running a full season there. He’s fourth in points at the track and has two wins, he’s coming off a last place finish in the most recent Late Model race. He’ll be looking to turn his luck around with a strong finish.

Bobby McCarty – Bobby has ran the CARS tour series for a few years now and he won the championship last season. Anywhere McCarty goes, he’s a top three runner. This will be McCartys first appearance at South Boston since last years 200 lap race where he finished fifth.

Peyton Sellers – Sellers will be looking to defend his title as last years winner this year. He’s the points leader at the track, he’s had strong runs at multiple tracks and wins at multiple tracks this season. Being first in national points also gives him a boost to run his best with a big car count expected for more points towards a national championship.

Josh Berry – Berry has been strong in every single CARS tour race this season. Late race luck just hasn’t been on his side, but the other drivers know who’s been the top performer. After breaking through and picking up the win at Dominion last weekend, Berry looks to continue his dominant performances going into this weekend.

Dark Horse:

Thomas Scott – Scott runs well in any big race he goes to. He’s third in points at South Boston, five out of nine races this season he’s finished in the top five with two runner up finishes. He had a chance to win the inaugural Grass Roots 200 at Langley Speedway earlier this year, until a late race wreck ended his night. He finished 17th last year, he’s looking to improve that stat a lot this year.

Justin’s Pick 5

Peyton Sellers – You would be crazy to count Peyton Sellers out of any race he shows up to. It would be even more wild to count him out at his home track of South Boston. Sellers is your current points leader at the speedway as well as NWAAS points. Sellers also posted times in the low 15’s yesterday during practice. Keep your eyes in that white and orange two-six come race time.

Philip Morris – I would have to second Josh’s statement from above. It’s Philip Morris, how can you not pick this man as a favorite. He has won at just about every track he’s been to. You could also argue that Morris is not hitting on all cylinders this year like he was last year. Either way, Morris will certainly be a front runner and a contender at the end of the feature.

Mike Looney – The saying strike when the iron is hot comes to mind with this pick. The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner knows how to deal with pressure in these big races and has certainly been hitting on something out at his home track in the mountains of Virginia. Last week he picks up a win in his first visit to Langley Speedway. Look for Looney to ride that momentum into tonight feature.

Timothy Peters – So he hasn’t been in a Late Model Stock much this year but it’s Timothy Peters. Not to mention when you have the backing of Berry Nelson you know your going to have some of the best equipment out there. If Peters can keep the nose clean he will most certainly be a car to watch in the closing laps.

Brenden Queen – You might say this is more suited for a dark horse or sleeper pick but let me take a second to tell you why we don’t think so. Queen has always done well in these long distances races. He has also been more determined than ever this year to perform. He has also teamed up with car owner Andre Grier which, despite some obvious growing pains and learning the car, has proven to be a good partnership. Queen will need to focus on keeping tires under his machine and make the right moves at the right time. If he can do that there is a chance we may see him in victory lane.

Dark Horse

Mark Wertz – Yup, I said it! Don’t sleep on the Chesapeake native. Wertz stepped back from full time competition this year to assist in the development of Connor Hall. One thing this has allowed him to do is pick and choose the races he wants to run. What’s the benefit in that? Focused attention. Wertz has plenty of experience at South Boston to be a real threat. With him stepping away from full time driving it’s just enough for other drivers to “count him out” which makes him dangerous.

Berry Bounces by McCarty for CARS Tour Win at Dominion Raceway

Photo Credit: Pit Row Media / Dinah Mullins

Thornburg, VA – Josh Berry bested the field on Saturday night at Dominion Raceway in the CARS Tour Radley Cadillac & Chevrolet 125, his 16th series win. The victory came after Berry passed his closest rival, Bobby McCarty, for the race lead with 49 laps to go and it kept him within one point of the championship lead.

Following Hedgecock Pole Qualifying, McCarty appeared to be the man to beat after nearly breaking the series track record during his run. Berry, however, qualified alongside the No. 22 and the pair led the field to the green flag.

The first major caution of the evening occurred on lap 26 when Camden Gullie’s engine expired on the backstretch. Doug Barnes, Jr., and Mason Diaz made contact less than a lap after the restart, triggering a multi-car incident which eliminated Diaz and Trevor Ward from the event while also sweeping Ronald Hill into the mess.

On each of the early restarts, Berry was able to nose ahead of McCarty for a lap, but the No. 22 Toyota continued to set the pace despite Berry’s early attempts at the lead.

A competition caution on lap 66 drew the field closer together and allowed Berry to once again hone in on his nemesis for the race lead. After peppering the rear bumper of McCarty with love taps for nearly ten laps, he muscled his way by with authority on lap 77 and began to pull away.

The JR Motorsports driver remained unchallenged in the final 49 circuits, cruising to Edelbrock Victory Lane in a car originally built for his boss, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., to race. McCarty finished second by a margin of 2.621 seconds. Brandon Pierce, Mini Tyrrell and Layne Riggs rounded out the top five.

“It cooled off and the track came to us,” Berry said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “When it came time to go, it went. I couldn’t believe once we got out front how well it ran and we were able to just drive away. That was pretty fun. This was a pretty amazing racecar, first race on this thing and it’s just a credit to all these guys for all their hard work.

“This is a huge weekend for us, obviously with Mark [from his sponsor] coming down here and with his support of our race team,” he continued. “I wouldn’t be doing this without him. This is a place we don’t race a whole lot and it’s only my second race here and we didn’t come test, we just kinda showed up with a brand new racecar, pinned our ears back and tried to make it work. And we were able to do that. That thing got out front at the end and it was a rocket. It was a lot of hard work, and I’m looking forward to getting to some more tracks that we’ve been to a lot.”

The next event for the CARS Racing Tour will take place July 13 at Carteret County Speedway, the Solid Rock Carriers Crystal Coast 125, a standalone event for the late model stock cars with support from various local divisions at the retro-themed facility on the coast of North Carolina. The event features one of the largest purses of the season spread throughout the field with an already-record number of pre-entries in the facility’s history.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a publicly available Amazon FireTV app.

THE FINISH

CARS Late Model Stock Tour

Radley Cadillac & Chevrolet 125

Dominion Raceway – June 22, 2019

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT

1. 88 Josh Berry 125

2. 22 Bobby McCarty 125

3. 2 Brandon Pierce 125

4. 81 Mini Tyrrell 125

5. 99 Layne Riggs 125

6. 88B Doug Barnes, Jr. 125

7. 08 Deac McCaskill 125

8. 7 Michael Hardrin 125

9. 63 Tyler Matthews 125

10. 74 Ronald Hill 125

11. 98 Adam Lemke 125

12. 55 Howie DiSavino, Jr. 125

13. 1 Craig Moore 124

14. 17P Stacy Puryear 124

15. 91 Justin S. Carroll 124

16. 57 Justin Carroll 124

17. 90 Terry Carroll 124

18. 19C Jessica Cann 121

19. 4 Jonathan Findley 93 Mechanical

20. 19 Cameron Bowen 65 Mechanical

21. 12 Mason Diaz 26 Accident

22. 77 Trevor Ward 26 Accident

23. 07 Camden Gullie 26 Engine

Josh Berry Claims CARS Tour Win After Holding Highest Hand at Ace Speedway

ALTAMAHAW, NC– Despite his involvement in two separate incidents during the night, Josh Berry executed one of the best performances of his career on Friday night at Ace Speedway, winning The Race At Ace 125 for the CARS Late Model Stock Tour. It was Berry’s 15th career victory in the series and an emotional one after his car owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., lost his mother just over a week prior.

In Hedgecock Pole Qualifying, Ryan Millington rocketed to the fast time award, the first of his CARS Late Model Stock Tour career. The youngster led the opening handful of circuits but was challenged early on restarts.

Three laps into the race, the caution flew for Trevor Ward’s smoking car, but at the exact moment the caution was called, Justin Carroll and Layne Riggs made contact, leading to a five-car pileup involving Berry, Tommy Lemons, Taylor Gray, Sammy Smith, and Jason York. Although damaged, all drivers except York were able to eventually continue. Carroll brought out the next caution six laps later when a loose wheel eventually separated itself from the car, causing him to spin in turn two.

Bobby McCarty took the lead from Ryan Millington on lap nine and appeared to be in the same form he was one year prior at Ace where he led nearly every lap en route to victory.

On a lap 30 restart, Zack St. Onge apparently missed a shift, a mistake which led the field to fan out and subsequently multiple competitors made contact in the first turn, leading to a multi-car incident where Brandon Pierce impacted the outside wall. Leland Honeyman, Jr., was also involved, ramping his machine over the entire right rear quarter panel of Josh Berry before also making contact with the concrete which ultimately ended his night.

A slew of additional minor cautions occurred through the middle stages of the race (laps 38, 55, 57, and 89) but Bobby McCarty continued to set the pace over his closest pursuer, Deac McCaskill, who shadowed the No. 22 for most of the event. Despite his issues early, Josh Berry worked his way up to third and passed McCaskill on lap 76 before chasing down leader McCarty under green.

The caution for Taylor Gray and Mini Tyrrell’s encounter on lap 89 set up a pivotal restart for McCarty and Berry within sight of the finish. As the field raced into turn three, Berry eased into McCarty’s rear bumper, moved him up the racetrack and stole the preferred line as the field raced into turn one. Following additional contact, Berry emerged as the leader and quickly opened up a sizeable advantage of Deac McCaskill who also bypassed McCarty during the same sequence.

Even a late-race caution for a single-car spin on lap 103 could not slow down Berry. He extended his lead to 2.421 seconds in the final 22 laps and handily beat Ryan Millington, McCaskill, McCarty, and his JR Motorsports teammate Adam Lemke to the stripe.

“At the beginning, when we got turned around, that wasn’t good,” Berry said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “But, man, I felt calm. I could tell early on we had a good car, we just didn’t get a good qualifying lap.”

Before climbing out of the car, Berry pointed to the roof of the car where a memorial decal was placed in remembrance of his car owner’s late mother, Brenda Jackson, who passed away just over a week prior. He then shared how important she was in his racing career.

“It’s obviously been a long week for everyone at JR Motorsports with the passing of Brenda,” he said while visibly holding back some emotion. “Willie and Brenda are a large part of why I’m here. Ten years ago when I moved here to drive late models, they let me live at their house for like two months. Without them, and their hospitality doing that, I might not be here today. It’s just been a long week for everyone this week. Dale, Kelley, L.W., I know they’ve been going through a lot so this one’s for them.

“This has been a place we’ve struggled a little bit, but I don’t know, I guess we just figured it out tonight,” he continued. “There were a couple little things we were able to work on and make our car better. I think, for me, it had such a feel like Martinsville [last year] where I could get it turned and point it straight to come right off the bottom. It was just a matter of time until we kept picking them off and picking them off. I wanna thank the good Lord above that we didn’t get caught up in a lot of trouble when we were back there in the back. We were able to sneak through it, there, and miss the big one on the front stretch because it was a bad situation and I didn’t know which way to go.”

The win, coupled with the misfortune of his closest two-point pursuers Taylor Gray and Brandon Pierce, extended Berry’s point lead entering race five of the tour at Motor Mile Speedway on May 18. The CARS Super Late Model Tour will also be in action in yet another twin-bill race format, and the tour’s first visit to southwestern Virginia since its inaugural season in 2015.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a new Amazon FireTV app released this week.

THE FINISH
CARS Late Model Stock Tour
The Race At Ace 125
Ace Speedway – May 3, 2019
POS  NUM    DRIVER                 LAPS        REASON OUT
1.      88       Josh Berry                125
2.      15        Ryan Millington        125
3.      08        Deac McCaskill         125
4.      22        Bobby McCarty         125
5.      98        Adam Lemke            125
6.      25        Zack St. Onge           125
7.      07        Bradley McCaskill      125
8.      81        Mini Tyrrell               125
9.      12        Sammy Smith           125
10.    17P       Stacy Puryear           125
11.     1         Craig Moore              125
12.    4          Jonathan Findley       125
13.    01        Camden Gullie           125
14.    63        Tyler Matthews          125
15.    74        Ronald Hill                125
16.     2         Brandon Pierce         124
17.    19C      Jessica Cann             120
18.    77        Trevor Ward             119
19.    17        Taylor Gray                73         Accident
20.    99        Layne Riggs               69        Mechanical
21.    19        Cameron Bowen         54        Mechanical
22.    27        Tommy Lemons, Jr.     48        Accident
23.    57        Justin Carroll              36        Wheel Studs
24.    4H        Leland Honeyman, Jr. 30        Accident
25.     18       Jason York 3                          Accident
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