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Josh Berry went from bank teller to racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Josh Berry was working as a bank teller in Hendersonville and about ready to cash in his chips as a race car driver when Dale Earnhardt Jr. came to the rescue.

Berry, 30, was driving Legends cars at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and racing virtually on the iRacing circuit in 2008 when he ended up not only competing against, but often beating Earnhardt.

A friendship between Earnhardt and Berry came about from their simulated races, and the two started having conversations on the Internet.

Hendersonville native Josh Berry, left, was close to having to put his racing career on hold when he met Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, who added him to the JR Motorsports team in 2010.

“Dale asked me what I was doing, what I wanted to do, what my goals were in my life, with my career,” Berry said. “We just became friends.”

The relationship grew and led to Earnhardt adding Berry to his JR Motorsports team in 2010 to drive his late model stock car.

This season Earnhardt provided Berry with the opportunity to move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and Berry responded by winning at Martinsville on April 11 and finishing second last week at Darlington Raceway. 

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