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Calmer day brings Josh Berry his first NASCAR Cup Series top-10

AVONDALE, Ariz. — A day after a hectic top-10 finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Josh Berry earned a calmer top-10 in the NASCAR Cup Series and impressed Sunday.

Berry finished 10th and impressed Hendrick Motorsports Vice Chairman Jeff Gordon.

Gordon noted how Berry was mixing it up with other drivers and even made him nervous. The four-time Cup champion and HMS vice chairman said that happened when he ran three and four-wide at times throughout the race.

It paid off, though, as Berry moved from 13th to 10th during overtime.

The finish was Berry’s first-ever top-10 in the NASCAR Cup Series. It was also his second top-10 of the weekend.

Berry spun twice in the first two stages in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race. After the second spin, he even joked about turning on the damp weather package’s red foglight so other drivers could see him.

In the end, Berry hung on and jumped to eighth in the final running order. He’s now eighth in NXS points, 27 points to the good for the playoffs.

Next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Berry will return to the seat of the No. 8 NASCAR Xfinity Series Chevrolet and the No. 9 NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet.

The next NXS race is the RAPTOR 250 (Green flag: 5:16 p.m. ET; TV: FS1; Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Ty Gibbs won last year’s rave.

The next NCS race is the Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Green flag: 3:16 p.m. ET; TV: FOX; Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). William Byron is the defending winner.

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