One year after paying homage to Kelley Earnhardt-Miller in the inaugural CARS Tour Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway, the reigning Late Model Stock champion is staying in the JR Motorsports family for his 2018 retro decision.
The 27-year-old will carry the colors of L.W. Miller next weekend for the second Throwback 276 at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. Miller is the Director of Motorsports for JR Motorsports, Kelley’s husband, and one of the most responsible figures for Berry’s success since joining the team.
Before taking up a full-time job at JRM, Miller was a successful short track driver and the 2007 Whelen NASCAR Southern Modified Tour champion. In addition to his Modified Tour exploits, Miller also made starts in the Xfinity Series, Trucks Series and ARCA Racing Series.
After using a Kelley Earnhardt scheme last season, it was a natural fit for Berry to run the Modified Tour paint scheme that Miller first drove to regional prominence.
“I’m pretty excited about this years Throwback 276 ride for Hickory,” Berry said. “This ride was LW Miller’s Modified scheme from 2002-2004 — multiple wins and championships and a win at Martinsville.
“LW has been such a great friend, boss, and mentor to me for the last eight years. He taught me how to be a better driver, racer, worker and person. Some throwbacks might be more recognizable, but I like to go for meaning. We have worked our tails off on this ride to get it ready for next week.”
Berry is the winningest driver in CARS Tour history, the reigning champion and a weekly track champion at both Hickory and Motor Mile Speedway — all with JR Motorsports.
In addition to Hut Strickin, who will be honored by his son Taylor with a throwback scheme, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Ron Hornaday Jr., Randy LaJoie and Robert Pressley will be on-hand to sign autographs and take part in a Q&A session before the race.
As is the case with all CARS Tour races, the Throwback 276 can be viewed live with a CARSTour.TV subscription package. A condensed version of the race will also air on MAVTV on September 6 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.