Josh Berry fought a loose No. 88 Speedco Chevrolet most of the night on Saturday at South Boston Speedway, but clawed back enough grip over the 154-lap distance to earn a top-five finish in the NASCAR Whelen Late Model event at the iconic Virginia track.
Berry started sixth, just behind JR Motorsports teammate William Byron, but immediately fell back because of his loose condition. Falling as far as 15th, Berry made the most of what he had and stayed on the lead lap as the race progressed.
With 10 laps to go, Berry was 12th in the running order when the caution flag waved. Moving up two spots to eighth for the restart, Berry held position until the final green-white-checkered and picked up three more places in the final two laps to finish fifth.
Josh Berry, driver No. 88 Speedco Chevrolet team
“I was really loose at the beginning and that cost us a ton of track position. We just kind of missed it today. We had been working on tightening up the car during practice, and we just didn't go far enough with it. Frustrated with how the race went, but we fought hard and still ended up fifth somehow at the end. Overall, we came here to learn for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown in a couple weeks, so I think we did that."