ABR Looking to Return to Form Saturday at Port Royal
Port Royal Speedway, PA – April 11, 2023
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Mgmt
Photo Credit: Derick Kriner Photography
After opening the season with a top ten run, Austin Berry suffered mechanical issues in his second outing, taking away another likely top ten.
The team returned to Port Royal Speedway Saturday night with that issue behind them and ready to take on a stout field of 43 super late models.
- Date: April 8, 2023
- Track: Port Royal Speedway
- City, State: Port Royal, PA
- Quick Stats: 43 cars, Heat DNS (3), B-main 11th (22)
Sure, it was Easter weekend at Port Royal Speedway, but the candy scattered on the infield grass wasn’t the only thing that caused a scramble.
After discovering their powerplant wasn’t running at full steam during hot laps, Austin Berry Racing was thrust into an early scramble to diagnose the issue. With a quick repair in place, Berry lined up inside row two and attempted to take the green for his heat race. It wasn’t to be and Berry took his still ailing machine pit-side just before the green flag dropped.
A short time later is when the second scramble began for ABR. The team determined what part they would need to resolve the issue permanently but they were unable to locate the proper part anywhere in the pits.
Teams often help each other generously, but in this particular case, nobody had what Berry needed. That sent team members to the race shop fifteen minutes away, and then to local businesses in search of the $20 part. Their adventure took them over 20 miles from the track to locate what they needed.
The part was found in the nick of time, delivered to the pit area and installed in The Tire Mart Tire Pros of Harrisburg, Juniata Veterinary Clinic, Berry’s Siding & Seamless Gutter, SRI Performance, VP Racing Fuels, JDS Racing, Locust Hill Custom Butcher Shop, Nathan Berry Beef Farm, Addicted2DirtPR.com, A&C Racing Engines, GO Lithium, Valvoline Pro-V Racing, Super Clean, Rocket Chassis No.86 just in time to make the grid for the B-main.
Berry knew it would be highly unlikely he could race his way to a top four transfer spot from his 24th starting spot. At this point, the primary goal was simply to prove the issue was resolved, make some laps and learn how his car was responding to the team’s setup choices. Track time is never wasted.
While they didn’t make the show, Berry and his team were able to at least breathe a sigh of relief at the end of the night. He raced all 12 laps without issue and advanced 13 positions to an 11th place finish in the B-main. It was a positive (of sorts) to end the night on.
“I don’t know when we are gonna catch a break.”, a clearly upset Berry said. “These guys we compete against here (at Port Royal) are a step ahead of us now, so we just have to go to work even harder to catch up.“
Berry will return to Port Royal Speedway Saturday night, April 15th. The entire ABR team will be looking to break this short streak of bad luck and get back to running up front.
3 races, 0 wins, 0 top 5’s, 1 top 10’s, 1 top 15’s
Austin Berry picked up his first super late model victory in 2021 at Port Royal Speedway!
Now, on to this week’s question. Austin Berry began racing go-karts in 2005. What year did he begin racing karts in the WKA, VDKA and other series in the Southeastern U.S.?
The answer in the next press release!
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