Josh Berry to run part-time Xfinity schedule in 21’ with JR Motorsports

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

It came as quite a surprise announcement on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Thursday. JR Motorsports team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr announced that Josh Berry will drive for the team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021.

Berry is slated to drive the No. 8 Chevrolet in what now stands at approximately 12 races in the first half of the season. Sam Mayer will run the second half of the season after he turns 18.

Via his Twitter account, Dale Earnhardt Jr said, “I’m excited to see Josh and Sam Mayer wheel that car together next year. 2021 is going to be fun at JR Motorsports.”

The news comes following Berry’s extremely successful late model season for JR Motorsports that included 26 victories, 36 top-five and 38 top-10 finishes.

Berry a Hendersonville, TN native is a 10-year veteran of JR Motorsport’s late model program. He also is not new to making starts in the Xfinity Series. Between 2014 and 2017, he made seven total starts, five of those with JRM. The 29-year old has a best finish of seventh at Richmond Raceway in 2015 piloting the No. 88 Chevrolet.

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Sarah Handy
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and is slated to graduate in October of this year. At that time, she will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2016, after starting her own blog not to much avail, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet. Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few. In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also in charge of Marketing Outreach for NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series driver, Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends. .

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