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Berry Heads to SCR in Search of Win and Supporting a Good Cause

The B&B team was able to test last weekend at the Spokane County Raceway facility and had great reviews.

Source: AJB Motorsports Marketing

Spokane, WA (May 14, 2009) – Tony Berry and the B&B Motorsports team will once
again head to the track this weekend with the intent of beginning their 2009 season. After enduring several rainouts, the official maiden voyage of their Lejeune Performance chassis will come this Saturday night at Spokane County Raceway in Spokane, WA.

“This is perhaps the most prepared that we’ve ever been for a race season,” shared
Berry, the 2007 Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association Champion. “With all of the rainouts that we’ve had on race day, we’ve been able to get more practice days in than ever before. We’ve been very happy with how the car has responded at three very different racetracks and we’re just hoping that we can put it through the paces in a race this weekend.”

The B&B team was able to test last weekend at the Spokane County Raceway facility and had great reviews, “The team that has been put into place at SCR has obviously taken on a huge task to get that facility race ready again, but from our perspective their efforts have been numerous and the place really looks good. They’ve spent a lot of time trying to make it safer and more user friendly and we’re just thrilled to have SCR as an option to race at again in 2009,” commented B&B co-owner Michael Bartle. 

Last weekend, the Lejeune Performance chassis, winner of the 2009 Spokane Auto Boat Speed Show racecar division, was on display at The Country Place a restaurant and bar located in Hillyard, WA and one of Berry’s longtime sponsors. “It was a great turnout at The CP for sure. The food was great, but the sheer number of cool hot rods, rat rods and racecars at one location was neat to see,” said Berry.

Racecar drivers and the men and women that work on them are clearly impassioned about their sport of choice, but every so often an event occurs that takes precedence over all else and puts your everyday activities into perspective. A freshman football player at Washingtson State University, Cory Mackay, recently was on his way home to Redmond, WA from Pullman upon completion of finals.

While in transit, Mackay was involved in a single car accident near Washtucna after falling asleep just after 5 pm. Mackay was air lifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA where it was determined that he had broken his back. The Mackay family has established a foundation in Cory’s honor to help offset the building medical costs and the necessary remodeling of the family’s home to accommodate Cory’s movement. The B&B Motorsports team will be contributing half of their 2009 winnings to the Mackay Spinal Injury Foundation and additional donations can be made on behalf of Cory Mackay by sending to: Mackay Spinal Injury Foundation, PO Box 814; Redmond, WA 98073-0814. Stay strong #6.

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