Track: Martinsville Speedway– Oval (0.526-Miles)
Race: Dead On Tools 250
Date: October 30, 2021
Format: 250 Laps– 60/60/130; 131.5 Miles
No. 31 THERA-GESIC/ Solid Rock Carriers/ Tailored Media/ Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro SS – Josh Berry
Stage 1: 5
Stage 2: 17
Laps Completed: 256 of 257 (7 Laps of Overtime)
Laps Led: 0
Stage One Recap:
– Making his 22nd NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) start of the 2021 season and fifth for Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR) 30-year-old Josh Berry of Hendersonville, Tenn. would lineup in the 29th position for the Dead On Tools 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 indicating the start of the Dead On Tools 250, Berry would jump out to a blistering pace quickly moving around the No. 23 into 28th position on the opening lap.
– Running in the 28th spot for the first three laps Berry would set his sights on the No. 0 and successfully work his way around on Lap-4 moving into the 27th.
– Continuing to move forward Berry would drive around the No. 4 on Lap-5 to claim the 26th position.
– Remaining in that position for the next two laps Berry would set himself up to move around the No. 6 and No. 17 on Lap-7. With those two passes Berry would be credited with the 24th in the running order.
– A lap later the No. 15 was next on the radar. Berry would easily move around the much slower car claiming the 23rd position.
– Not stopping there, the charge to the front would continue with Berry moving around the No. 47 into the 22ndspot on Lap-9.
– Berry would remain in the 22nd position for the next four laps until he would successfully work his way around the No. 92 car on Lap-13 claiming the 21st position.
– The first caution of the day would wave on Lap-15 for the No. 90 who would spin in Turn-2. Running in the 21stposition at the time of the caution Berry would remain on track and restart in the 20th spot for the Lap-20 restart.
– NASCAR would indicate the planned competition caution would be moved to Lap-30.
– On the restart Berry would get a great jump launching in front of the No. 44 and No. 36 into the top-20 by the completion of Lap-21.
– The next lap would see Berry move around the No. 02 and No. 2 to settle into the 17th position for the next two laps.
– On Lap-24 Berry would steer the No. 31 Solid Rock Carriers Chevrolet around the No. 51 into 16th spot.
– Berry would remain in the 16th position for the next three laps as he would circle the 0.526-mile paperclip oval.
– Next in the sights of Berry was the No. 10 car and Berry would work his way around successfully on Lap-28 grabbing the 15th spot.
– Coming out of Turn-4 to the caution flag on Lap-29 Berry would slip by the No. 19 to nab the 14th position right before the caution flag would fly.
– Caution would fall over the speedway on Lap-30 for the planned competition caution.
– Running 14th at the time of the caution Crew Chief Arthur Haire would instruct Berry to remain on track in an attempt to gain valuable Stage points.
– Berry would report that the engine was running hot as visible signs of water was being pushed out.
– Under the caution period the engine would cool off, and Berry would restart the stage in the 11th position for the Lap-35 restart.
– On the restart Berry would settle into the 35th spot for two-circuits before working his way around the No. 98 into the 10th position a place Berry would stay for the next three laps.
– Lap-40 would see Berry continue to move forward driving around the No. 20 into the 9th position a place Berry would remain for the next seven laps.
– The third caution would be displayed on Lap-47 when the No. 8 car would scatter debris all over the track after encountering major front-end damage when the No. 54 would brake check him.
– Running in the 7th position at the time of the caution Berry would remain on track and restart in 5th for the Lap-53 restart.
– The remaining seven laps of Stage-1 would see Berry remain in the 5th position.
– As the Green-White-Checkered Flag would wave on Lap-60 signally the completion of Stage-1. Berry would finish in 5th place earning the No. 31 five valuable stage points.
Stage Two Recap:
– During the stage break Berry would be called to the pit lane by Crew Chief Arthur Haire for four new Goodyear Eagles, and a full tank of Sunoco fuel.
– Berry would line up in the 19th position for the Lap-68 restart.
– As the green flag waved to start the second stage Berry would immediately lose a position on Lap-69 to the No. 22.
– The next lap would see Berry fall back another two positions to 22nd as he would lose ground to the No. 16 and No. 7.
– Lap-72 would see Berry move ahead one position to 21st where he would remain for the next five laps.
– Driving around the No. 17 Berry would be credited with the 20th position at the completion of Lap-77.
– The very next lap Berry would successfully navigate his way past the slower No. 48 into 19th.
– Berry would remain in the 19th position for the next four laps until he would find an opening and work his way around the No. 02 car for 18th.
– Lap-86 Berry would drive around the No. 1 to earn the 17th position.
– Not stopping there, the next lap would see Berry would work his way around the No. 68 into the 16th spot.
– Berry would remain in the 16th position for the next 13 laps.
– Not going away the No. 1 would battle his way back around Berry on Lap-105 to claim the 16th spot.
– Continuing to logs laps around the shortest track on the NASCAR schedule Berry would remain in the 17thposition for the next 15 laps.
– When the Green-White-Checkered flag waved on Lap-120 signally the end of Stage-2, Berry would be credited with the 17th position.
Final Stage Recap:
– Under the stage break, Berry would bring the No. 31 THERA-GESIC/ Tailored Media Chevrolet to pit road for the over-the-wall crew to go to work applying four fresh Goodyear Eagles, and a can of Sunoco Fuel.
– Berry would line back up in the 18th position for the Lap-130 restart.
– On the restart Berry would remain steady in the 18th position for the next three laps until he would have the opportunity to move around the No. 39 and the No. 02 into 16th.
– As the heat would continue to build in the new tires the No. 31 Chevrolet would continue to pass cars moving his way around the No. 48 for the 15th spot on Lap-134.
– Berry would remain in 15th until Lap-138 when he would move around the No. 92 for 14th.
– The next six laps would see Berry would remain steady in the 14th position.
– Lap-157, would see Berry advance past the No. 39 into the 13th position.
– The sixth caution of the day would come out on Lap-150 when the No. 15 would spin. Running in the 13thposition at the time of the caution Berry would remain on track and restart in 10th on Lap-155.
– On the restart Berry would settle into his position in the 10th spot, and would remain there thru Lap-160 when he would find an opportunity to work around the No. 1 car into 9th.
– Battling back for the spot the No. 1 would move back around the No. 31 on Lap-163 sending Berry back into the 10th position.
– Berry would remain 10th in the running order for the next six laps until he would be able to work his way around No. 10 back into 9th.
– The No. 31 would run comfortably in the 9th spot for the next 8 Laps when the No. 19 would work its way around Berry pushing him back to the 10th spot on Lap-177.
– The No. 99 would get loose running under the No. 17 in Turn-2 on Lap-178 and would spin around bringing out the seventh caution of the day.
– Running in the 10th position at the time of the caution Berry would be instructed to come pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and a can of Sunoco fuel.
– After the completion of the service Berry would line back up in the 18th position for the Lap-184 restart.
– On the restart the caution would be displayed once again when the No. 2 would wheel hop going into the corner, and the No. 39 would get into the back of him spinning the No. 2 around.
– Running in the 16th position at the time of the caution Berry would remain on track and restart in 12th for the Lap-193 restart.
– On the restart the No. 52 with older tires would hold up the field behind him causing a crash on the backstretch involving the No. 1, No. 98, No. 2, No. 02, and No. 5.
– NASCAR would issue the Red Flag on Lap-196 in order to clean up various fluids dropped on the back stretch from the wrecked No. 1 car.
– After a 10 minute 47 second red flag the cars were re fired.
– Berry would lineup in the 9th position for the Lap-200 restart.
– However, on the restart the No. 22 would bump the No. 9 who would get into the back of the No. 54 leading the race and would spin him around in front of the field resulting in the tenth caution of the day on Lap-201.
– Running in the 6th position at the time of the caution Berry would remain on track and would line back up in the 6th spot for the Lap-207 restart.
– Immediately on the restart Berry would be shuffled back to the 7th spot as the No. 19 would move its way past.
– Berry would run in the 7th position for two laps before getting a run on the No. 16 to move past for 6th.
– Fighting back a lap later the No. 16 would move back around Berry to re-capture the 6th position.
– The 11th caution flag would wave on Lap-217 when the No. 20 would lose debris on the track. Running in the 7th position at the time of the caution Berry would elect to remain on track for the Lap-224 restart.
– Do to the choose rule Berry would line up 8th for the Lap-224 restart.
– Lap-226 would see Berry move past the No. 8 car for the 7th spot in the running order.
– A lap later the No. 8 would move back around shuffling the No. 31 Chevrolet back to 8th once again.
– Berry would remain in the 8th position for the next five laps until the No. 98 would work his way around on Lap-233 shuffling Berry back to the 9th position.
– Running in the 9th position for the next 10-Laps Berry would hold his ground until the caution flag would once again be displayed for the 12th time on Lap-243 for the No. 11 who would spin and come to a rest in Turn-4.
– Berry would remain on track and restart in the 9th spot for the first attempt at NASCAR Overtime on Lap-250.
– On the restart the No. 98 would get into the back of Berry in Turn-3 spinning him around bringing out the 13th caution flag on Lap-251.
– Having to restart at the back of the longest line Berry would come to pit road on Lap-253 to bolt on fresher tire.
– During the pit stop a glued-on lug nut would get knocked off the Left Rear in the process of changing tires causing a longer than normal stop.
– Berry would line back up in the 25th position for the Lap-256 restart.
– On the restart Berry would have a left rear get cut down causing Berry to have to come to pit road once again.
– The over the wall crew would get the flat changed and get Berry sent back out to complete the final lap.
– When the checkered flag would fly on Lap-257, Berry would be credited with the 28th finishing position, 1-Lap down.
Dead On Tools 250 Race Recap:
– Prior to the Xfinity Series’ Dead On Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway, #9-Noah Gragson called his shot, vowing to win the race. After leading 153 of 257 laps and winning the second stage, Gragson found himself in victory lane after passing #18-Daniel Hemric in the first overtime from the outside lane. In the second overtime, #22-Austin Cindric made a charge to Gragson’s bumper, but came up short of the win.
– This is Gragson’s third victory of the season, and assures he will compete for the Xfinity Series championship next weekend at Phoenix. Cindric (won the opening stage) finished runner-up, while #18-Daniel Hemric, who looked to be on his way to his first NASCAR victory before a caution flew with seven laps remaining in regulation, rounded out the podium. #8-Sam Mayer and #7-Justin Allgaier completed the top five.
– #19-Brandon Jones finished sixth, as #16-AJ Allmendinger, #36-Alex Labbe, #51-Jeremy Clements and #98-Riley Herbst made up the rest of the top 10.
– Cindric, Allmendinger, Gragson and Hemric are the four drivers that will battle for the championship at Phoenix.
– Allgaier, Jones, #11-Justin Haley and #20-Harrison Burton have been eliminated from the playoffs.
– There were 13 lead changes among six drivers and 13 cautions for 75 yellow flag laps.
– The average speed of the race was: 62.010 mph.
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NASCAR Xfinity Series Owners Point Standings:
After 32 events and the 22nd race JAR has been eligible for, JAR advances to 25th position in the NXS Owner Point Standings after Berry’s 28th place finish on Saturday.
Sage Karam will make his fourth NXS start of 2021 behind the wheel of the Jordan Anderson Racing No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro SS when the NASCAR Xfinity Series concludes it season at Phoenix Raceway; Saturday, November 6, 2021. LIVE coverage will begin at 8:30 PM ET on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), Motor Racing Network (MRN), and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.