Super Sub Josh Berry Clinches His Second Career Xfinity Series Win

Published 09/27/2021, 6:25 AM EDT
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)


Recently, Michael Annett injured his leg and was forced to four races. Later on, it emerged that he aggravated it yet again and would have to miss the Las Vegas race. This effectively eliminated him from Playoff contention, and his team roped in Josh Berry for the Vegas.

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Needless to say, Berry reaped a handsome reward, as he romped to his second Xfinity Series win in his career. To make matters even better, he led a JR Motorsports to a 1-2-3 finish. In all honesty, this was a first for the sport, and comes on the back of ThorSport’s 1-2-3-4 in the Truck Series.

Berry said, “Oh my gosh, this thing was so fast. It just took me a while to figure out. I knew the race would go down to the bottom (lane) at the end, I felt like. I just wanted to work hard and made sure my car worked good on the bottom. I just had to stay disciplined and keep working on it. These guys made the right adjustments. It was fast. Just finally got a long run and put everything together and was able to do it.”

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Of course, since he is a substitute driver, he is not eligible for the Playoffs.

How did the race pan out behind Josh Berry?

Justin Allgaier finished second to give him a leg up in the playoff battle, with Noah Gragson finishing third. It is worth noting that Gragson’s third place was impressive, as he managed to overcome two pit road penalties.

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MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – APRIL 11: Josh Berry, driver of the #8 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane 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)

Meanwhile, defending champion Austin Cindric could only muster fourth, while Daniel Hemric was fifth.

On an interesting note, Josh Berry almost ended his race early in the event. This is because he and Jeb Burton collided during a restart and triggered a 12-car crash. During the melee, he clipped Riley Herbst and turned him to the left into traffic.

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While all this was happening, AJ Allmendinger took top honors in Stage 1, while Justin Allgaier clinched Stage 2. Among the drivers who had a poor race were Riley Herbst, Jeb Burton and Jeremy Clements. On the other end of the scale, Bayley Currey snatched a 13th to record his second-best result of the season. Meanwhile, Tommy Joe Martins also took his second best finish of 14th.

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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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