06/24/19

THORNBURG, VA (June 24, 2019) - 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 kept himself 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 bossman, 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.

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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