The driver that once bragged he had never posted on Twitter, recently made an announcement on the social media platform regarding a debut driver for his Nationwide Series team in August.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) June 16, 2014
Josh Berry, a NASCAR Home Tracks driver in the Late Model Stock Car Division, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway on August 2nd for JR Motorsports. Berry’s claim to fame at JR Motorsports is winning the team’s first overall championship in 2012, winning the home track champion honors at Motor Mile Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. More recently, Berry won a Late Model race at Hickory Speedway on June 14th while driving for Earnhardt’s team.
This season alone, Berry has competed in two NASCAR K&N Pro Series races, finishing 24th at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and 17th at Richmond International Speedway.
Currently in the Nationwide Series, both JR Motorsports cars are in the top three in points after 13 races. Regan Smith currently holds a 14 point lead over Elliott Sadler with one victory, while Chase Elliott is third in points with two victories.
When it comes to talent and giving drivers an opportunity to advance to the Sprint Cup Series, no less than three current Sprint Cup Series drivers have competed for JR Motorsports in the past. Danica Patrick, Aric Almirola, and 2012 champion Brad Keselowski have all driven for the Hendrick-affiliated race team in the recent future, so Berry appears to be setting himself up for success.
In terms of Nationwide Series starts beyond Iowa, no other races have been named, nor was a sponsor named for Berry’s debut. Speedco was a sponsor on Berry’s car for his win at Hickory, and JR Motorsports has relationships and current sponsorship deals in place with companies like NAPA, TaxSlayer, and Nationwide Insurance, among others. However, it is unclear which one–if any–of these companies will be sponsors on Berry’s car come Iowa.
The U.S. Cellular 250 will air August 2nd at 8PM ET on ESPN.
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