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Berry Wins for Mackay Foundation

Tony Berry in Spokane County Raceway's victory circle. (Photo courtesy of AJB Motorsports Marketing) (The Spokesman-Review)
Tony Berry in Spokane County Raceway's victory circle. (Photo courtesy of AJB Motorsports Marketing) (The Spokesman-Review)

Tony Berry's win last weekend was special as it was the first in nearly four years but it also added to a growing fund for Washington State University football player, Cory Mackay, who was injured in an automobile accident earlier this month.

Source: AJB Motorsports Marketing
 Spokane, WA (May 20, 2009) – Tony Berry and the B&B Motorsports team began the 2009 racing season with a bang Saturday May 16th at Spokane County Raceway in Airway Heights, WA – capturing the fast time award and cruising to the team’s first win and Berry’s third since 2005 with the Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association (INSCA).
 
"I'll tell you what, racing is a game of preparation and circumstance and we have struggled in the luck department for several years. It was a trying time, but I have the best and most dedicated crew around and we all persevered for this one," commented Berry.
 
That was especially true this past weekend when at the very end of practice as the team was attempting to scuff their qualifying tires Berry experienced injection problems. Co-owner Michael Bartle explained, "We were mystified what was causing the problem. We drew from well over 100 years of experience from individuals at the racetrack, consulted with our motor builder, Ed Nereaux and searched for what seemed like an hour for a problem. We were never able to come up with the cause and fortunately it didn't happen again."
 
After not getting the opportunity to utilize the remainder of practice for a scuff session, the #53 Mackay Spinal Injury Foundation, Country Place, Whitley Fuel, Kodiakwebracing.com, Sir Speedy Printing Spokane, Ed Nereaux Racing Engines sprinter ran a fast lap of 16.48 seconds around the high banked half mile oval, averaging over 110 mph and good enough for quick time.
 
After missing the trophy dash due to continued injection struggles, Berry lined up outside of row three for the feature event. Quickly moving into second place behind the Red Perkins owned #65-1 driven by Donnie Kudrna, the #53 stalked Kudrna for several laps before making the move on the outside of turns three and four. Once the pass was completed Berry checked out and easily cruised to his first victory of 2009.
 
"That was perhaps the best car I've ever had. This was our debut race with our new Lejeune Performance Chassis and we couldn't be happier. The car was so consistently fast that we didn’t have to adjust the set up once all day long. It was a little freer than we had hoped for in the main, but since we weren't being pressured we were able to just cruise out front. What a great way to start the season for our team and marketing partners," said the ecstatic Berry.
 
"Perhaps the coolest thing about this win is that we were able to do this for Cory Mackay and Mackay Spinal Injury Foundation. This is a trying time for him and his family and in our own little way; I hope this helps contribute to his recovery." Mackay, a student and football player at Washington State University was on his way home after finals recently and was involved in a single car accident; breaking his back in two places. The B&B Motorsports team will be contributing half of their 2009 winnings to Mackay Spinal Injury Foundation – "stay strong #6."
 
Video from this event can be seen at one of Berry’s longtime sponsors: www.kodiakwebracing.com with a featured in-car camera from qualifying.
 
The #53 B&B Motorsports sprint car will take to the track again this coming Saturday, May 23rd at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, ID. Come out and cheer on the team with qualifying beginning at 5 pm.
 
For more information on Tony Berry and the B&B Motorsports team call 800.336.2682 or visit www. AJBMotorsportsMarketing.com.



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