Entering tonight’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, Hendersonville, Tennessee’s Josh Berry finds himself in ninth spot in the inaugural NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship (NiSWC) points race.   Although the veteran online racer has yet to find the form that garnered nearly a dozen wins and third spot in last year’s iRacing Pro Series Oval (iPSO) competition, his consistent run of top twenty finishes has put him just 43 points out of the top five and 68 markers behind second-placed Thomas Hazard.

Josh Berry

Josh Berry is making a name in online and real world racing.

Of course, Berry’s had other priorities of late, including making his debut in NASCAR Late Models driving for fellow iRacer Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsports team.  The karter and Legends racer acquitted himself well in two outings at Motor Mile Speedway, starting and finishing fifteenth in his initial race before coming home ninth last Saturday.  inRacingNews correspondent Jameson Spies recently caught-up with Berry to discuss his accomplishments in both the real and virtual worlds of racing.

Spies:  How did you progress in iRacing? Which series and cars did you start-out with, and how did you move-up the ranks into the Pro Series?

Berry:  I ran legends for a long time, I just thought that they were fun since I ran them at the time.  After those got old, I moved up to the Late Models and Trucks before eventually running the COT for the Pro Series last year.

Spies:  Has sim racing helped you with your real life racing career?

Berry:  I would like to think the driving aspect helps, but I don’t really know.  I do think that it has helped my abilities in the setup department, just learning about which different adjustments do what to the car.

Spies:  You recently got a ride in a JR Motorsports Late model, how did that come about?

Berry:  The simple answer would just be iRacing, but I was a real racer before I was an iRacer.  iRacing was the bridge that got my racing career noticed by Dale Jr. and JR Motorsports.  This has been such an awesome experience over the past couple months.  I cannot thank everyone at JRM, R&B Transport Refinishing, and iRacing enough.

Berry made his NASCAR Late Model debut at Motor Mile Speedway with JR Motorsports.

Berry made a successful NASCAR Late Model debut at Motor Mile Speedway with JR Motorsports.

Spies:  You compete in the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship, which is the top of the top. You’ve had a few chances to win, but have had bad luck late in races, how do you deal with that, and what can you try to do to overcome it?

Berry:  The NiSWC is something else.  These first five races have just been crazy.  All you can really do is work hard on having a good car and just hope for the best.  I feel like that I have had a car capable of contending for a win in each race, and that’s all I can really ask for.

Spies:  You’ve had a lot of success in the COT, what advice would you give to people who just can get this car figured out?

Berry:  Patience, patience, and more patience. The COT is the toughest car in the service to setup and drive.  It differs from many of the other cars in the service because you cannot just load a “magic” setup and race.  The car itself takes tons of practice to get used to it on the top of the time spent setting it up.

Spies:  On average, how many hours a day do you find yourself sim racing, or doing something involved with sim racing?

Berry:  Two to three hours usually.

Berry is in ninth place in the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship heading into tonight's race at Darlington.

Berry is ninth in the NASCAR iRacing.com Series World Championship heading to Talladega.

Spies:  iRacing, just like real world racing, has people that don’t always see eye to eye. How do you deal with racing around people you might not necessarily like?

Berry:  Race people how they race you.

Spies:  With the second iPSO starting soon, there are many newcomers just getting into the now expanded field. You’ve had tons of success in this series, how were you able to be so consistent on a weekly basis?

Berry:  Practice, and lots of it.  The COT requires you to have the knowledge to adjust the car to fit your driving style to be up front week in and week out.

Spies:  You finished fifteenth in your first ever late model race for JR Motorsports at Motor Mile, then came back and got a top ten in your second race.  When will we see you in the car again?

Berry:   We qualified a solid 10th place and ran in the top five the majority of the race.  A few late race cautions caused us to slide back to ninth place at the finish, but we still had a great run overall and (it) was a major improvement compared to the first race.  I feel that these first two races were successful, and I hope to be doing many more in the future.

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The article cuts off half-way through in Internet Explorer.

And the race tonight is at Talladega.

You’re in my house now.

Tim “The Rocket” Brown
April 20th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

“inRacingNews correspondent Jameson Spies recently caught-up with Berry to discuss his exploits in both the real and virtual worlds of racing.”

Exploits?

OBJP
April 20th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Tim, I’m calling it right now. Jberry, Thaz and the crew will be sitting all in the top 10 in qual if not start pole on down……….

Molly Maid
April 20th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Too bad jberry is a douchebag to everyone but his buddys.. Races like a jerk and acts like one to boot.

berry fan
April 20th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Wonder how much it cost daddy for the jr motorsports ride haha

berry fan
April 20th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Hello Mr.Berry Fan, While we do appreciate your support we would like all fan mail to be sent to JB@JBNATION.com

Josh Berry’s PR
April 20th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Too bad Parker Hammons is a douchebag to everyone but his buddys.. Races like a jerk and acts like one to boot.

Wonder how much mommy paid for that ASA ride and all his legends cars????????????

PHRfanboy
April 20th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Jb nation hahahaha wow what a joke.. Its hard to wish someone the best when they act like josh berry. I am sorry

berry fan
April 20th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

No need to get nasty about it. It’s apparent that you don’t REALLY know Josh, “berryfan”. I do agree with what you said though, “you are sorry”. Jealousy will get you nowhere which is exactly where you are headed with an attitude like that and a mouth to go with it. Enjoy the race, we’ll be looking back at ya!

TheSkinCareLady
April 20th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Why are there so many ball less trolls on here, who think bashing others under a false name, some how gives them power or it some how makes them feel better about being ball less. Internet bad asse’s you guys are, maybe you should put more effort into working up some courage and try and to get laid for the first time. Instead of sitting in front of mommys PC counting your 5 pubs and bashing these guys.

Robert Dunn
April 21st, 2010 at 2:38 am

Very good article Jameson

Robert Dunn
April 22nd, 2010 at 1:12 am

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