Dale Jr. names new Nationwide driver on Twitter
June 17, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
One night after taking on a variety of questions from fans, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made news again on Twitter.
In his role as owner of NASCAR Nationwide Series team JR Motorsports, Earnhardt Jr. named his Late Model driver, Josh Berry, as the driver for his No. 5 ride on Aug. 2 at Iowa Speedway.
Berry won his fourth race of the season at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night for the No. 88 Speedco team, which earned its eighth pole of the year.
The 23-year-old Hendersonville, Tennessee native earned JR Motorsports' first overall championship in 2012 when he took home track champion honors in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. In 2011, Berry was named 2011 Late Model Most Popular Driver by a Speed51.com vote.
Berry was excited about to receive the news on Twitter and responded in kind.
What a day! So pumped to make my NNS debut in the #5 @JRMotorsports at Iowa. Hard work and great people believing in you CAN make it happen!— Josh Berry (@joshberry) June 16, 2014
The No. 5 JR Motorsports Nationwide team is 11th in owner points and has been driven by Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Austin Theriault in 2014. Harvick has recorded a win, a pole, six top-fives and seven top-10 finishes in the ride this year.