Josh Berry to run IceBreaker before Xfinity Series schedule

Josh Berry to run IceBreaker before Xfinity Series schedule

Josh Berry pictured during championship weekend for the NASCAR Advance Vehicle Components Weekly Series at




Josh Berry pictured during championship weekend for the NASCAR Advance Vehicle Components Weekly Series at Southern Nationwide Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Jacob Kupferman/NASCAR)

Josh Berry’s frame of mind towards competing in the IceBreaker at Florence Motor Speedway is various in 2022 than it was just a pair years in the past.

This is what transpires when a small-keep track of racing virtuoso ordeals a immediate ascent that prospects to a entire-time experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence.

“Obviously factors have altered for me,” Berry explained to NASCAR.com with a snicker, very well aware of his understatement.

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Josh Berry
Josh Berry (Jacob Kupferman/NASCAR)

Berry in the past observed the annual celebration at the .4-mile paved oval in Timmonsville, South Carolina, as a untimely starting to his race time. He and his crew preferred to prolong their offseason and enable them selves at least just one more weekend to prepare their gear for the year.

But now the 31-12 months-old’s key target is his very first total-time time driving for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Sequence, an chance he gained in section because of his good results working aspect-time in 2021. Suddenly, the IceBreaker is a exceptional opportunity to race a late-model inventory — a experience equivalent in horsepower and downforce to an Xfinity Collection car — just a pair months prior to the NASCAR season opener.

“I truly feel like my time in late-product shares really ready me for the Xfinity Sequence,” claimed Berry, who received two races very last season in his fifth year of portion-time Xfinity Collection competitiveness. “I felt a great deal of similarities concerning the autos.”

Practice for NASCAR racing, nevertheless, is only a piece of Berry’s commitment guiding managing in the IceBreaker, which attributes late-model stocks in addition to tremendous trucks, restricted late versions and mini stocks as the kickoff to Florence’s race year. The remedy now to question of why Berry would contend in the IceBreaker is very simple: Why not?

“It’s about possessing enjoyment,” claimed the Hendersonville, Tennessee, native when questioned whether the sudden shortage of short-observe racing on his timetable will make achievement at an occasion like the IceBreaker additional crucial. “Obviously we want to win we place in all the perform to test to complete that. But I never sense like I have to earn or something like that. Just delight in becoming with each other and see what we can do.”

The team is the JR Motorsports crew of which Berry has been a section considering that 2010. In addition to results in the Xfinity Collection, Berry and the crew took the 2020 NASCAR Advance Vehicle Pieces Weekly Collection national championship. That, on best of various observe titles more than the a long time.

“It boils down to them loving brief-monitor racing and seeking to be component of that sequence, mainly because that is where they started,” Berry reported at the time of team proprietor Dale Earnhardt Jr. and some others who supported the method. “Dale used it as a stepping stone through the ranks. They just like it.”

Josh Berry and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Josh Berry and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pose with the 2020 NASCAR Advance Car Areas Weekly Series national championship trophy at the JR Motorsports facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, on Nov. 17, 2020. (Reagen Lunn/NASCAR)

That phrase — they just like it — is the bottom line when it will come to Berry’s IceBreaker run.

He described his affinity for the observe by itself. Florence options a worn-out surface area with reduced grip and progressive banking in the corners, a blend that makes for fantastic racing, typically facet-by-facet in mother nature. With the exception of the frontstretch, the observe has no outside wall. Berry stated it’s uncommon at initial but “no huge deal” after a couple of laps.

He also noted his respect for Florence Motor Speedway operator/promotor Steve Zacharias and his family. Zacharias has operated Florence because the closure of close by Myrtle Seashore Speedway a few decades back, and he brought the IceBreaker with him as he transitioned his procedure to a new facility.

“Steve and his total family have constantly addressed us genuinely nicely,” Berry mentioned. “They work actually really hard, and it is obvious. You check out Steve he’s accomplishing the drivers assembly, lining up vehicles and mounting tires. He’s often been a tremendous difficult employee even when he was at Myrtle Seaside.

“That form of things just resonates with me and my team. It just would make it pleasing to go race. He genuinely is a promotor, and we want to go support guys like him when we get the chance.”

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Saturday’s late-product inventory attribute will mark Berry’s fourth these kinds of probability at Florence. That consists of his next-spot run in previous year’s IceBreaker. He received at the track last April, just one particular week before he notched his initially Xfinity Collection earn after commencing 29th at Martinsville Speedway.

So sure, Berry is racing in a further IceBreaker just because he likes it. That doesn’t imply profitable is not the aim, specially supplied what occurred soon following he achieved Victory Lane at Florence nine months ago.

Repeating that accomplishment — an Xfinity Sequence acquire on the heels of a triumph at Florence — would signify a victory for Berry at Daytona Global Speedway.