MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Defending CARS Late Model Stock Tour champion Josh Berry will begin his title defense on Saturday by debuting a new primary sponsor for his JR Motorsports late model team.
The bright green colors of All Things Automotive will adorn Berry’s No. 88 Chevrolet for the season. The McConnellsburg, Pa.-based entity is part of the Thomas Automotive Family Dealerships, which are owned by Mark Thomas, a former car owner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
All Things Automotive is an integrator of services in the automotive aftermarket, combining sales, service and parts in one location, providing car owners with convenient service and low pricing.
“When we were involved with NASCAR back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was an exciting time to be in the sport,” Thomas said. “We are planning to expand into the Virginia and North Carolina markets, and the CARS Tour is a good match for what we plan to do. Becoming a partner with JR Motorsports, with all the history and success they have had, is an excellent opportunity to bring our brand forward. Josh Berry is a young, talented driver who has had a lot of success.”
JRM’s late model program is at the heart of the company founded by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. Both got their start in the sport, along with brother Kerry, driving late models owned by their father, Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Berry, the team’s veteran driver with 45 wins, holds track championships at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway and Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway in addition to his CARS titles.
“Having All Things Automotive on our No. 88 Chevrolet is a great way to start our CARS Tour title defense,” said Berry. “We’ve had plenty of success in the CARS Tour, with last year’s driver championship and the owner championship in 2016, and we’re proud to have Mark and All Things Automotive with us as we begin the 2018 season.”
Thomas, the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the automobile business dating back to 1909, owned cars in the Xfinity Series from 1988 through 1994. His team started 120 races and earned six top-five and 33 top-10 finishes over that span, with drivers David Donohue, Tom Peck and Stevie Reeves behind the wheel.
CREDIT: JR Motorsports