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Josh Berry scores pole for CARS Tour (LMSC) Throwback 276

Matt Weaver | STS

The Lethal Weapon will start the Late Model Stock portion of the Throwback 276 from the pole.

Kind of.

Josh Berry drove his LW Miller JR Motorsports paint scheme to the top of the charts in single-car qualifying for the CARS Tour retro race on Saturday afternoon. The reigning CARS Tour Late Model Stock champion is paying homage to Miller (his boss at JRM) by running the design he drove in the Whelen NASCAR Modified Tour paint scheme in the early 2000s.

Berry took to the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars with a 15.219 second lap. Berry won the 2014 track championship in the foothills of the North Carolina high country.

That makes him the favorite.

READ MORE: CARS Tour Throwback 276 photo gallery

“I’ve always had a good feel for this place,” Berry said. “But I’m not sure what we have. We’re trying some things. The competition for this race is so good, too.”

Deac McCaskill, the 2016 CARS Tour champion, will line up to his outside for the start of the race. McCaskill is driving a No. 60 designed to mimic the Mark Martin Winn-Dixie NASCAR Busch Series paint scheme from the mid-90s.

A total of 31 drivers took a lap, one of the most impressive fields to date in Late Model Stock racing in the Carolinas and Virginia.

The complete starting lineup can be found below.

1. Josh Berry 15.219
2. Deac McCaskill 15.231
3. Layne Riggs 15.267
4. Brandon Pierce 15.278
5. Timothy Peters 15.299
6. Bobby McCarty 15.302
7. Ty Gibbs 15.305
8. Lee Pulliam 15.310
9. Cole Glasson 15.312
10. Mason Diaz 15.323
11. Landon Huffman 15.325
12. Austin McDaniel 15.336
13. Cody Haskins 15.340
14. Bradley McCaskill 15.342
15. Kevin Leicht 15.355
16. Riley Herbst 15.380
17. Craig Moore 15.397
18. Charlie Watson 15.402
19. Tommy Lemons 15.420
20. Justin Carroll 15.421
21. Thomas Beane 15.423
22. Mitch Walker 15.428
23. Grayson Cullather 15.428
24. Sam Mayer 15.430
25. Dylon Wilson 15.437
26. Christopher Denny 15.443
27. Craig Stallard 15.455
28. Zach Bruenger 15.481
29. Ronald Hill 15.506
30. Trevor Ward 15.566
31. Joel Courage 15.721

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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