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Berry on Speedway racing: You’ve got to experience it to understand it

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 Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


Josh Berry’s recent win on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway was loved by fans and drivers all around the sport, mainly because of Berry’s career of racing at short tracks, winning championships and now getting the big chance to run 12 Xfinity races with JR Motorsports this season.

Josh’s experience on short tracks has been known to be one of the greatest, but with his limited experience on big superspeedways, fans weren’t sure what was going to come out of it. Sure enough, he adapted quickly. Berry ran top 10 at Daytona, and later posted finishes of 10th and 7th at Homestead and Las Vegas in March.

In two weeks’ time, the Xfinity series will head to NASCAR’s biggest oval, the Talladega Superspeedway, and Berry was asked what he learned at Daytona that will aid him the most as he will run for the $100,000 Dash4Cash.

“That was such a big step, there is so much to learn about speedway racing and you just got to experience it to really understand it,” said Berry. “I sat down with Dale [Earnhardt Jr.] and watched the whole prior Xfinity race at Daytona and he is just spewing all this knowledge to me and I’m just trying to absorb it the best way I can.”

Berry hopes that after racing with these Xfinity regulars, and his recent success, will help him improve his teamwork.

Josh will have an off week to learn and gain some memory from Daytona before he travels down to Alabama in search of another win to add to his already successful racing career at the age of 30.

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