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Josh Berry Dominates ValleyStar Credit Union 300; Takes $44,000 Back to JR Motorsports

Josh Berry working through turn three at Martinsville Speedway. (Bill Carnes/Given To Fly Photography)

Ridgeway, VA – Josh Berry is going home this morning following one of the biggest and possibly richest weekends in his Late Model career. After blistering the track record Friday night and collecting an extra $5,000 he decided to go out Saturday night and lead every single lap to collect those bonus dollars too.

From the drop of the green flag, it was clear that the 40-car field were all fighting for second place as Berry was truly in a league of his own. It didn’t matter what you threw at the brightly colored No. 88 machine – lap cars, yellow flags, red flags, and even two stage breaks – Berry and crew did what they needed to do to stay out front.

Berry did most of his defense on the restarts as the forty-car field sailed off into turn one but each time was able to get the car rotated and back to the throttle quicker than anyone, typically fully clearing the field out of turn two. Bobby McCarty – who is currently leading the CARS Tour standings and not always the most friendly with Berry – was probably the only driver to really give him a run for his money. McCarty was able to peak his nose to the inside of Berry once on a restart and race him door-to-door for a handful of laps before Berry could dispose of him.

The only other challenge came late in the race when the field saw restart after restart when former race and Gander Outdoors Truck Series Timothy Peters made his way up through the field. Berry would, however, get some relief as former NWAAS National Champion and former race winner Lee Pulliam decided to get into the mix late in the race also. As the two of them battles that allowed for both Josh Berry to create some distance as well as Bobby McCarty to join the battle for second.

With the final three laps clean and green Berry and crew were able to get the job done and remain perfect on the weekend. Pulliam was able to get around and ultimately hold off Peters for the second position. Bobby McCarty gave everything he had left in the tank trying to get around his teammate but would ultimately have to settle for the fourth position – only one position back from where he took the green flag.  JRM teammate Bubba Pollard was able to actually finish the race this year and drove up to a fifth-place finish.

After winning the pole Friday night, winning both stages, and collecting every single dollar in the laps lead bonus, Berry’s unofficial net total through the weekend calculated a cool $44,000.

“I learned a lot last year here at Martinsville,” Berry said following his victory lane celebration. “This is a great day and I’m so happy to give Dale [Earnhardt Jr., Kelly Earnhardt-Miller, LW, and everyone at JR Motorsports their first win in this prestigious race.”

Berry was asked what this race and this win meant for him and his team after being so dominate last year and to have his night end the way it did.

“To win this race you have to beat the best of the best,” said Berry. “Any of the top-five drivers tonight could be driving on Sunday’s. This field is full of talent and to win here against them is special. We were fortunate enough to build a gap with the two racing behind us there at the end.”

 

OFFICIAL 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Results.

  1. #88 Josh Berry; 200
  2. #5P Lee Pulliam; 200
  3. #12P Timothy Peters; 200
  4. #22 Bobby McCarty; 200
  5. #98 Bubba Pollard; 200
  6. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  7. #57 Justin Carroll; 200
  8. #4D Kyle Dudley; 200
  9. #88R Dustin Rumley; 200
  10. #15 Kres VanDyke; 200
  11. #24 Collin Garrett; 200
  12. #95 Jacob Heafner; 200
  13. #21 Travis Swaim; 200
  14. #6 Mike Darne; 200
  15. #30 Brendan Poole; 200
  16. #61H Justin Hicks; 200
  17. #81 Zack Clifton; 200
  18. #21W Jimmy Wallace; 200
  19. #22C Grayson Cullather; 199
  20. #06 Davin Scites; 197
  21. #40 C.E. Falk, III; 196
  22. #9 Trey Crews; 192
  23. #2M Matt Leicht; 198
  24. #17P Stacey Puryear; 181
  25. #25 Derrick Lancaster; 179
  26. #99 Layne Riggs; 147
  27. #2 Trevor Noles; 144
  28. #12W Ryan Wilson; 140
  29. #18Y Jason York; 133
  30. #12S Sammy Smith; 132
  31. #17 Taylor Gray; 132
  32. #4F Jonathan Findley; 132
  33. #5 Dexter Canipe, Jr.; 107
  34. #22E Eric Winslow; 107
  35. 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.; 94
  36. 16M Chad McCumbee; 67
  37. 87 Mike Looney; 33
  38. 1 Craig Moore; 23
  39. 12T Austin Thaxton; 4
  40. 63T Ryan Matthews; 1

Mike Looney & Jonathan Findley Win Their Heat Races and Transfer into the Show; 2019 ValleyStar 300 Field Set

The calm before the storm as the field has been set for the 2019 edition of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Ridgeway, VA – Matt Leicht was put on the pole after qualifying 21st and not making the field, Kres VanDyke, Jake Crum, Mike Looney, and Brenden Queen rounded out the starting five. The green flag flew and Leicht jumped to the lead with VanDyke on his outside. The first of eight cautions came out on just lap 4 for Lucas Williams stopping on the front stretch.

With multiple restarts, Leicht has some good and some bad ones. VanDyke took advantage of the bad ones and looked to take over the point, but Leicht had a strong enough car to recover and hold the lead. Looney would work his way into the battle for the lead and take second from VanDyke. With that battle, Leicht put a small lead over the field just before a caution came out.

It was halfway and the top five were Leicht, Looney, Crum, VanDyke, and Anderson. With 30 laps to go, Brenden Queen was sitting in the transfer spot and the target was on him. Another caution came out setting up a restart in which Crum took the cone to start the second. When the restart came, officials did not like Crums start as the black flagged him next lap.

With 5 laps to go, things were bound to get wild. The red flag was displayed as a pileup happened in turns one and two. Looney was able to grab the lead before the red came out with three laps to go. Jamey Caudill after running in third pulled his car to pit road unexpectedly and it ended his night.

The checkered flag flew and Mike Looney picked you the win over Matt Leicht, Jacob Heafner, Kres VanDyke, and Kyle Dudley. Mike Darne, Colon Garrett, Justin Hicks, Jimmy Wallace, and Zack Clifton all advanced into the big show.

Brenden Poole, Jonathan Findley, Jeff Oakley, Sammy Smith, and Steve Zacharias started the second heat race in the top five. This race didn’t even get a lap in as Dylan Ward came to a stop in turn one against the wall. On the restart, Poole held the lead with Findley right behind him. Brandon Pierce has problems as he fell out of the groove and back through the field.

Findley would grab the lead on lap 8 and wouldn’t look back. Poole would also fall victim to Oakley and Smith falling to fifth. With Kevin Leicht running in the transfer position, Zacharias was being patient early but he had pressure from Pierce as well. Pierce would get around Zacharias and Leicht to move into the transfer spot.

The caution came out for Eric Winslow spinning around in turn three for a flat left rear tire. On the restart, Oakley took the cone to start on the outside of Findley, but coming out of turn four, he did not go at all. After speaking with him, he believed he had a fuel pump go bad on him. The battle for the transfer spot began to heat up as laps wound down.

Chase Dixon would get into Pierce coming out of turn four and riding on two wheels over top of him. Both cars were unable to continue ending they’re hopes of making the race. With another battle for the transfer spot heating up, GR Waldrop and Nik Williams wreck on the front stretch also ending they’re night. Once again another wreck happened involving the transfer position cars, this time it was Poole, Leicht, Camden Gullie and Tyler Matthews.

The checkered flag finally flew and Jonathan Findley picked up the win with Sammy Smith, Davin Scites, Derrick Lancaster, Stacy Puryear, Eric Winslow, Tyler Matthews, Grayson Cullather, Brenden Poole, and Austin Thaxton all transferred into the big show You can find the full field rundown below.

2019 ValleyStar 300 Starting Line-up;
  1.  #88 Josh Berry 
  2. #99 Layne Riggs 
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty 
  4. #26 Peyton Sellers 
  5. #5P Lee Pulliam 
  6. #88R Dustin Rumley 
  7. #98 Bubba Pollard 
  8. #2 Trevor Noles 
  9. #27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.
  10. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  11. #16M Chad McCumbee 
  12. #9 Trey Crews 
  13. #21 Travis Swaim 
  14. #12P Timothy Peters 
  15. #17 Taylor Gray 
  16. #18Y Jason York 
  17. #5 Dexter Canipe, Jr.
  18. #12W Ryan Wilson 
  19. #1 Craig Moore 
  20. #40 CE Falk, III
  21. #87 Mike Looney
  22. #4F Jonathan Findley
  23. #2M Matt Leicht
  24. #12S Sammy Smith
  25. #95 Jacob Heafner
  26. #06 Davin Scites
  27. #15 Kres VanDyke
  28. #25 Derrick Lancaster
  29. #4D Kyle Dudley
  30. #17P Stacy Puryear
  31. #6 Mike Darnes
  32. #22E Eric Winslow
  33. #24 Colin Garrett
  34. #63T Tyler Matthews
  35. #61H Justin Hicks
  36. #22C Grayson Cullather
  37. #21W Jimmy Wallace
  38. #30 Brendan Poole
  39. #81 Zack Clifton
  40. #12T Austin Thaxton

Ranger: Upsetting Qualifying Result For Mike Looney at ValleyStar Credit Union 300

Ridgeway, VA – Coming into this weekend, Mike Looney looked like the guy to beat, after posting a time of 20.088 last Thursday on practice day. That lap would’ve broke the lap record for the track if done in qualifying. On top of all the momentum he’s had throughout the season he looked to continue it coming into this weekend.

With high expectations from his fans and friends, Looney didn’t really set his expectations too high as he knows the unpredictable conditions of this race could knock anyone out. Looney was looking to make the show and ride until a few laps left to push it hard for the win.

That took a turn for the worse. The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner finished just 19th fastest when today’s practice session was over with a 20.236 lap. When it was time to qualify, Looney posted the 27th fastest time out of 68 cars. The top 20 cars are locked in the show meaning Looney will have to battle it out in a heat race tomorrow to make the show. The top ten out of both heat races advance to the 200 lap race.

Looneys going to have figure out what he can do to get more speed before tomorrow’s heat races. Looney will start 4th in one of tomorrow’s 50-lap heat races. With a strong field of cars that didn’t make the top 20, Looneys looking to stay inside the top five the whole race so he doesn’t have to worry about fighting his way back into the top ten.

The action returns tomorrow with an on-track driver autograph session starting at 12:45pm until 2:30pm. Then the heat races begin around 3:00pm and the 200 lap feature starting around 7:00pm. Follow all of the action right with us here >> https://bit.ly/2Veu0dB

#ValleyStar300: FansChoice.tv to Stream ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Live

MARTINSVILLE, VA – For the second consecutive season Fanschoice.tv will broadcast the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 live from Martinsville Speedway this Saturday.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway has become one of the marquee events in NASCAR racing and thanks to the support of partners Southern Trust Home Services, Woodall Auto Mall and the Lester Group, Inc., fans who will not be able to attend the race in person can watch online.

“While we know nothing can replace the fan experience of attending the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 in person we are happy to be able to bring this race to fans everywhere,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “This event has become one of the prominent Late Model races in the country and for us to be able to bring the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 to viewers on FansChoice.tv is huge for our fans, partners and competitors.

“We are proud to stream the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 live this Saturday on FansChoice.TV,” said NASCAR Senior Director, Media Strategy Dan Barker. “Martinsville Speedway is an iconic venue and streaming this race is an opportunity to showcase the backbone of local short tracks to fans of grassroots racing around the world.”

MRN’s call of the race will also provide the audio for the FansChoice.tv broadcast starting at 6:30 p.m.

“The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is a race every late model driver wants to win,” said Motor Racing Network President Chris Schwartz. “In addition to listening to our race on MRN through our affiliates or digital platforms, fans can also tune in to FansChoice.tv to enjoy our coverage of this prestigious event with Dave Moody and Kyle Ricky in the booth along with Ford Martin calling action in the turns. Pit road will be covered by  Woody Cain and Hannah Newhouse.”

The MRN coverage, presented by Southern Trust Home Services, Woodall Auto Mall and the Lester Group, Inc., can be streamed digitally at www.mrn.com, as well as on their app. The race will also be broadcast over the air locally on B99 (WZBB-99.9 FM) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car Race, paying $32,000 to the winner with a total purse of more than $110,000.

In addition, a total of $10,000 will be paid out to the top-three drivers in the Virginia Late Model Stock Car Triple Crown. The winner will take home $7,000 and Danville, Virginia’s Peyton Sellers leads the standings going into the final race.

The race day will kick off with a driver autograph session at 1 p.m. followed by two 50-lap heat races scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The 200-lap feature will begin at 7 p.m.

For in-depth lap by lap coverage, driver interviews, photos and pit road videos make sure you tune into our LIVE Race Day Coverage Presented by Racing Virginia

Tickets are $30 for adults and free for children 17-and-under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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
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