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2007 INCSA Champion Heads To Ephrata Sprint Car Event

Tony Berry turns it loose at Stateline Speedway. (Photo courtesy AJB Motorsports Marketing) (The Spokesman-Review)
Tony Berry turns it loose at Stateline Speedway. (Photo courtesy AJB Motorsports Marketing) (The Spokesman-Review)

Tony Berry will kick off Saturday night, May 2nd at the fourth annual Cast Iron Nationals sprint car event at Ephrata Raceway Park in Ephrata, WA.

Courtesy: AJB Motorsports Marketing

Tony Berry Optimistic for ’09 Season

Spokane, WA (April 30) – The 2009 season for the B&B Motorsports team with driver Tony Berry will kick off Saturday night, May 2nd at the fourth annual Cast Iron Nationals sprint car event at Ephrata Raceway Park in Ephrata, WA. This premier event will bring competitors together from at least four different sprint car associations from around the Northwest and Canada to one of the most storied quarter mile ovals in the area.

The event will also mark the debut of a new car for Berry and team in the form of a Lejeune Performance pavement car, but it will still don the familiar #53. "We are all very excited about putting this new car on the track," stated Berry. "The Lejeune name has performed at a very high level for a long time and we are very optimistic about what this year can bring."

The 2007 Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association (INSCA) Champion, Berry, will again compete at select INSCA events in 2009 in their existing Michael Bartle owned car as well as running some ASA/NSRA events in the Lejeune with a potential foray into the WESCO series towards the end of the year.

On the B&B 2009 schedule Berry had this to share, "The past several years we have run many different forms of cars: sprint cars, midgets and late models. As of right now it appears we will be focused on the sprinters for 2009, but I wouldn’t rule out potential races in other types of vehicles as the year progresses. Currently, our schedule for 2009 is highlighted by some special events and the desire to compete at some different tracks this year. We wanted to expose our sponsors, The Country Place, Kodiakwebracing.com, Sir Speedy Printing, Ed Nereaux Racing Engines, Moca Creations, Longacre Racing Products and ACRAnet to some different venues in 2009."

Perhaps the most exciting event on the 2009 schedule for Berry is the ASA/NSRA event planned for September 12th. The Rory Price Memorial event is on the 5/8th’s of a mile oval at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA and is Berry’s 'home track' having
grown up in Redmond, WA. "I've never driven a sprint car there, but I am really looking forward to it based on our experience at Spokane County Raceway’s half-mile. I have a lot of positive memories going to Monroe every weekend when I was younger to watch the NSRA cars and whole generation of late model and tour
drivers – that will definitely be the highlight of the season for me," commented the 25-year old.

The 2009 B&B Motorsports team consists of Crew Chief Loren Bartle, co-owner Michael Bartle, Kily Fleming and Bob and Jerry Records. Special thanks go out to the parents, siblings and wives that help support and put up with our sport of choice.

Additional marketing opportunities remain for the 2009 season. For more information about Tony Berry and the B&B Motorsports team visit www.AJBmotorsportsmarketing.com or call 800.336.2682.




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