Reigning NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion Josh Berry claimed his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.
Berry, who is running a partial Xfinity schedule in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, took the lead from Ty Gibbs with 29 laps to go.
He went on to win by .590 of a second over JR Motorsports teammate Noah Gragson.
Upon winning, Berry told his No. 8 team over the radio: “Thank you guys for believing in me.”
With his runner-up, Gragson earned the first $100,000 Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus prize of the season.
The 250-lap race began Friday night, but was stopped by rain after 91 laps. The resumption of the race began shortly after Noon ET on Sunday.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Noah Gragson
STAGE 2 WINNER: Daniel Hemric
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: 18-year-old Ty Gibbs continued to impress with a fourth-place finish for Joe Gibbs Racing. Gibbs has now finished first, second and fourth in his first three career Xfinity starts …
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ryan Vargas‘ race ended immediately after Sunday’s initial restart at Lap 97. He lost the brakes on his No. 6 JD Motorsports Chevrolet and hit another car, suffering terminal front-end damage. … Tommy Joe Martins was running a solid 11th when he was forced to pit road for a battery issue on Lap 173. He returned to the track and finished 34th, 19 laps down.
NOTABLE: Berry became the first driver to earn their inaugural Xfinity win at Martinsville since Jeff Burton in the September 1990 race.
NEXT: The series returns to action Saturday, April 24 at Talladega Superspeedway (4 p.m. ET, FOX).
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