Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway- Oval (1.54 Miles)
Race: Credit Karma Money 250
Date: July 10, 2021
Format: 163 Laps –40/40/83; 251.02 Miles
No. 31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro SS – Josh Berry
Stage 1: 14
Stage 2: 37
Laps Completed: 164 (1 Lap of Overtime)
Laps Led: 0
Stage One Recap:
– Berry would line up 28th on the grid for the Credit Karma Money 250 after the starting lineup was determined by the competition-based performance metrics system; fastest lap in the previous race 15 percent, driver finish from previous race 25 percent, owner points 25 percent, and driver points 35 percent.
– As the green flag waved Berry would fall back three positions on the opening two circuits to 31st.
– With the extremely abrasive surface Atlanta Motor Speedway provides teams would take it easy to see how things would play out at the start.
– The first caution of the day would fly on Lap-20 for the planned competition caution.
– Running in the 30th position Crew Chief Arthur (Artie) Haire would call Berry to the pit lane for four tires, fuel, and adjustment.
– Berry would restart in the 35th on Lap-24.
– New tires proved to be what the No. 31 needed as Berry sped around all the cars that stayed out on track working his way to the 16th position by Lap-30.
– Picking off two more cars by Lap-35, Berry would run solidly in the 14th spot the remainder of the Stage.
– At the completion of Stage 1 at Lap-40, Berry would cross the Green and White checkered flag in the 14thspot.
Stage Two Recap:
– During the Stage break Berry would come to pit lane for a scheduled 4 tires, and fuel stop. Berry would line up 21st for the re-start on Lap-47.
– The third caution of the day would come out on Lap-50 when the No. 60 would hit the wall hard after making contact with the No. 5.
– Restarting in the 20th spot on Lap-55 Berry’s tires would start to fall off tremendously loosing multiple spots.
– Lap-62 would see the fourth caution when the Berry would lose the handle and spin coming off Turn-4.
– Berry would come to pit lane for 4 new tires, and fuel and would restart in the 37th position on Lap-66.
– Holding his position Berry would go on to finish Stage-2 in the 37th position.
– Under the Stage break Berry would receive the free pass to earn his lap around allowing the No. 31 back on the lead lap. Berry would then come to pit road for a fuel only stop and would restart in the 35th position.
– Holding his ground on track Berry would remain in the 35th position on Lap-90
– The sixth caution of the day would come out on Lap-98 when the No. 52 would spin and hit the wall.
– Berry would come to pit lane for four scuff tires and fuel and would return to the track in the 26th spot for the Lap-101 restart.
– Lap-119 saw the caution displayed again for the seventh time as the No. 19 would get into the wall.
– Under the caution Berry would come to pit-road for his final scheduled stop for four tires, fuel and an adjustment and would line back up in 28th.
– Losing a spot on the restart Berry would remain in the 29th position as he would continue to circle the 1.54 Mile Atlanta Motor Speedway logging laps trying to conserve tires.
– The No. 17 would cause the eighth caution on Lap-148 when he would spin around. Running in the 29th Berry would remain on track and would restart in 24th.
– The restart on Lap-153 would see the No. 47 stay out on track with old tires restarting on the front row. That decision would result in the ninth caution period as the No. 47 would spin the tires and miss a shift causing the No. 68 and No. 20 to pile into the back. Berry would remain on track during the caution and would restart in 17th.
– The next restart on Lap-158 would see the No. 54 get into the back of teammate No. 18 attempting to give a push ahead of the No. 10. The result was the No. 18 into the wall and the tenth caution. Berry would line back up in 16th.
– Lining back up for Overtime restart, Berry would remain on track with old tires and simply would have no match for the cars with newer tires.
– When the final checkered flag flew on Lap-164, Berry would cross the finish line in the 23rd position.
Credit Karma Money 250 Recap:
– Kyle Busch earned his record 102nd NASCAR Xfinity Series race victory Saturday afternoon in the Credit Karma Money 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway – taking the checkered flag in overtime to top a perfect 5-for-5 record in Xfinity starts this season.
– On a restart with six laps to go, #54-Kyle Busch got into the rear of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate #18-Daniel Hemric and Hemric turned sideways. That’s all Busch needed in order to win the Credit Karma Money 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his fifth Xfinity Series win in as many starts this season.
– #10-Jeb Burton rebounded from running outside the top 10 for the majority of the race to finish second. #9-Noah Gragson, #11-Justin Haley and #23-Ty Dillon rounded out the top five.
– Another Our Motorsports car, #02-Brett Moffitt, finished sixth. #7-Justin Allgaier, #51-Jeremy Clements, #8-Sam Mayer and #22-Austin Cindric made up the rest of the top 10.
– Busch swept all three stages. If his Xfinity career is indeed complete, he ends it with 102 victories, 225 top-five and 263 top-10 finishes in 362 starts.
– There were 16 lead changes among nine drivers and 10 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
– Bommarito Automotive Group; Bommarito Automotive Group is celebrating its 50th year in the St. Louis marketplace, the Bommarito Automotive Group currently operates 20 automotive franchises throughout every St. Louis neighborhood led by president John Bommarito and the over 900 dedicated team members. Bommarito is recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as Missouri’s No. 1 selling automotive group and is currently ranked 52nd in the nation. What once started as a vision to have one Bommarito vehicle in every driveway, is today a reality thanks to the family’s ‘Where Price Sells Cars” mission.
For more information on the Bommarito Automotive Group or to see the vehicles they currently have in stock, visit them online at Bommarito.com, and follow their social channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Standings:
After 18 events and the eighth event JAR was eligible for, JAR remains steady in the 32nd position in the NXS Owner Point Standings after Berry’s 23rd place finish on Saturday afternoon.
Jordan Anderson will make his second start behind the wheel of the Jordan Anderson Racing No. 31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro SS when the NASCAR Xfinity Series travels to New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Saturday, July 17, 2021, for the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200. LIVE coverage will be on NBCSN. Motor Racing Network (MRN), and SiriusXM Channel 90 at 3:00 P.M. EST.