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Berry dominates The Replacements at Kansas

Photo by SETH EGGERT for KICKIN' THE TIRES / iRacing

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

The first race for The Replacements iRacing Series at Kansas Speedway was dominated by one of iRacing’s first stars, Josh Berry.

The JR Motorsports Late Model driver qualified on the pole in his virtual No. 73 iRacing/allthings automotive Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and never looked back. Berry was challenged on restarts by Josh Williams, the winner of The Replacements 100 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Richard Petty Motorsports’ Bubba Wallace.

Berry’s most serious competition came on the final restart. Williams dove below the veteran on the backstretch. Berry pinched the No. 12 NewCollegeInstitute.org Ford Mustang in the corner, breaking Williams’ momentum. The JRM driver sped away and slowly increased his lead. By the time the checkered flag waved, Berry was over one second ahead.

Two mid-race cautions changed the entire complexion of The Replacements 100. First, Chad Knaus bounced off the outside wall entering turn one. That set off a chain reaction that collected 15 cars including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Harrison Burton, Taylor Gray, and others.

Contact between Chase Briscoe and Jordan Erickson set off another multi-car accident on the ensuing restart. That accident involved many of the same drivers. With no quick repairs available, Earnhardt was out of the race.

William Byron was also involved in the melee. The Hendrick Motorsports driver ducked onto pit road for a quick repair and a splash of fuel. Byron climbed through the field to battle with Wallace and Parker Kligerman. His battle with the duo kept the driver of the No. 24 from catching the lead duo before the checkered flag.

Coleman Pressley, involved in both wrecks, limped around the track until his engine failed. Harrison Burton, Tim Dugger, Ryan Truex, and each fell out due to the damage they sustained. NHRA Funny Car’s Ron Capps, Anthony Alfredo, and Knaus circulated until the checkered flag waved.

The second edition of The Replacements 100 featured new faces. In addition to Berry, Garrett Smithley, Tyler Overstreet, AJ Mccarron, Capps, and Rodney Childers took part. The star-studded line-up brought NASCAR drivers, former NFL players, and celebrities from all walks of life together.

The Replacements iRacing Series will be back in action on April 7 using the Street Stock instead of the NASCAR Cup Series Gen 6 machines.

The Finish:

Josh Berry, Josh Williams, William Byron, Parker Kligerman, Bryan Boris Cook, Bubba Wallace, Kevin Hamlin, TJ Majors, Garrett Smithley, Todd Gilliland, Ben Rhodes, Ross Chastain, Jonathan Davis, Tyler Overstreet, Justin Allgaier, Regan Smith, Kevin Iannarelli, Justin Haley, AJ Mccarron, Drew Herring, Anthony Alfredo, Kyle Long, Chase Briscoe, Rodney Childers, Chad Knaus, Ron Capps, Ryan Truex, Tim Dugger, Harrison Burton, Taylor Gray, Coleman Pressley, Jordan Erickson, Tim Clauson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Christian Eckes, Ty Majeski.

Lead Changes: 0

Lap Leaders: Josh Berry 1-100.

Laps Led: Josh Berry 100.

Cautions: Two for eight laps.

Margin of Victory: 1.196 seconds.

Average Speed: 150.290 mph.

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