Berry beats Allgaier to win Xfinity race in Charlotte

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CONCORD, NC — Josh Berry beat teammate Justin Allgaier to give JR Motorsports its first victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.

Berry took the lead with 22 laps to go when Allgaier broke away and grazed the outside wall on Turn 1. Berry slowly pulled away and won by over 18 seconds while Allgaier finished seventh after having had a tire leak.

Ty Gibbs finished in second place and pole sitter Sam Mayer finished third.

Berry led 89 laps. He has won four career Xfinity races in 47 starts, including a win earlier this year at Dover.

JR Motorsports has won 63 Xfinity Series races and two truck races, but this was the first win at CMS. Berry said it was gratifying to get this monkey off the company’s back.

“I’ve been employed at Junior Motorsports since 2010 and have seen them wrestle a lot in Charlotte,” Berry said. “We all knew this was going to be a great reference. I think I can speak for everyone that I think it exceeded our expectations.

Berry and Allgaier raced neck and neck for most of the second half of the race on a sunny afternoon.

“That’s kind of how it’s been all year,” Berry said. “We find ourselves racing. It seems like more than anything, it was me and Justin.

Allgaier led 63 laps, but his chances of winning ended after hitting the wall. It ended any chance of a dramatic finish after both cars had consistently raced more than 15 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

With Allgaier out of the picture, all went well for Berry.

“After the first contact I felt like the tire was going soft and I had to stop,” Allgaier said. “…We put everything on the table and none of us were going to give an advantage.”

There were eight warnings in the race.

Berry emerged victorious in Stage 1, although Noah Gragson led 32 of the first 40 laps of the race. Allgaier won the second stage.

Xfinity Series leader AJ Allmendinger lost air in his tire in the second half of the race, costing him a chance to win. He finished in 19th place.

Austin Dillon was involved in a crash on Lap 110 that destroyed four other cars after his tire fell and sent him into the outside wall. Among those caught in the wreckage were Ryan Seig, Stefan Parsons, Joe Graf Jr. and Anthony Alfredo.

“There was nowhere to go and we were hit from all four sides, or so it was,” Alfredo said.

Nicholas Sanchez, who started 31st, lost a lap leaving the pits with a tire jack stuck under the right side of his black #99 Chevy. He ran an entire lap with the jack sticking out from under the car before having to stop again.

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