Josh Berry Reveals What Actually Convinced Him to Replace Michael Annet in the Xfinity Race at Las Vegas

Published 09/27/2021, 7:34 AM EDT
JOLIET, IL – SEPTEMBER 16: Josh Berry, driver of the #71 American Club/RaceTrac Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2016 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)


Earlier in the year, Michael Annett injured his leg, so he was indisposed for a while. In response, the JR Motorsports team decided to rope in Josh Berry in his place. Needless to say, Berry turned into a super substitute and went on to win the race. In an interview after the race, he talked about how the outfit managed to convince him to compete.

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He said, “Originally, JRM and myself decided that they wanted me to participate in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 in Martinsville. That’s why I wasn’t in the Truck race last night, and we made some plans according to that. Michael’s re-injury of his leg at Bristol just changed that.

“Without a doubt, they wanted me here, they wanted me in the car. It was really no question outside of that.”

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What else did Josh Berry say?

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The driver is also preparing for his full-time Xfinity Series debut in 2022. At the end of the day, Josh Berry was simply clamoring for a good race. He even spoke to team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr and admitted that he was pretty excited for the opportunity. Back in spring, he raced at Las Vegas for JRM and that helped prepare him a little bit.

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – APRIL 11: Josh Berry, driver of the #8 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Cook Out 250 at Martinsville Speedway on April 11, 2021 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Naturally, the 2-time race winner was keen to see how much he had grown as a racer. He also revealed that he and the JR Motorsports team came into this race, seeking to win. In fact, he was pretty confident that he could reach Victory Lane, and boy did he deliver.

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For now, Berry will be hoping to get more Xfinity Series opportunities under his belt. This is because he will want to prove to JRM that they made a good decision in signing him. Meanwhile, the injured Michael Annett will be focused on recuperating as quickly as he can, so that he can return to the car.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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