Berry Working to Regain Form at Port Royal

Upcoming Schedule Revised To Get Prepared for Upcoming Big Shows

Port Royal, PA – August 8, 2023

by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Mgmt

Photo Credit:  Jeremy Zarfos Photography

Austin Berry has made some notable achievements this season as he continues to build his super late model program.  There was a runner-up finish at Selinsgrove Speedway, a podium finish at Clinton County Speedway in his first race there, and a personal best finish at Hagerstown Speedway among others.

The thing that stands out most is that he has struggled more at the place he has the most career laps, Port Royal Speedway.  His average finish after his first seven races at his home track in 2023 is 12.3.  It’s not what Berry expected from himself and his team given their steady performance improvements in recent seasons.

With only a handful of races remaining at ‘The Speed Palace’ this season for the super late models, which includes a few of the most lucrative events of the season, Berry is looking to turn things around and end the season on a high note.

  • Date:  August 5, 2023
  • Track:  Port Royal Speedway
  • City, State:   Port Royal, PA
  • Quick Stats:  29 cars, Qualifying 9th in Group 2, Heat 6th (9), A-main 14th (17)


Trying to Break the Pattern

Berry was among 29 teams signed in for action at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night where time trials within each heat race group would set the lineups for those 8-lap contests.

The Tire Mart Tire Pros of Harrisburg, Juniata Veterinary Clinic, Berry’s Siding & Seamless Gutter, SRI Performance / Stock Car Steel & Aluminum, VP Racing Fuels, JDS Racing, Locust Hill Custom Butcher Shop, Nathan Berry Beef Farm,, GO Lithium, Valvoline Pro-V Racing, Super Clean, Rocket Chassis, Austin Berry Racing No.86 has had troubles qualifying well recently, putting the team in a hole to dig out of later in the night.

Unfortunately, Saturday was more of the same.  Berry qualified 9th in Group 2 and had to start deep in the heat race lineup.  With only the top six finishers transferring to the A-main, he had his work cut out for him.

Berry was able to put on an early charge and reach 6th to make the transfer.  He would need more of the same in the feature to complete the turnaround of his night.

After taking the green in 17th for the 25-lap main event, Berry was able to make forward progress.  He reached 14th by lap three but the progress stalled there.

More of the same unfortunately.”, a frustrated Berry said.  “We just weren’t very good in time trials, then when we tightened up for the heat race, we were pretty decent.  For a while here we had really good balance in the car and we could adjust from that.  Lately we seem to have lost that sweet spot.  We’re trying to get back to that.

In the early part of the feature we had a pretty good car but something changed.  I’m not sure what but the handling went away pretty suddenly with about ten laps remaining.

The team later found a spark plug had failed and their right rear tire had a small hole in it.  One or both could have added up to the sudden changes Berry felt.

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Up Next

Berry said the team has decided to take the coming weekend off to go over their equipment and work on some changes to get the balance back that he is looking for.

The team will head to BAPS Motor Speedway Wednesday night August 16th for a test session, then will return to Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, August 19th for their final opportunity to dial in the Rocket XR1 for the upcoming Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series events.

Berry’s full schedule can be found at and at under Schedule.

Season Stats

17 races, 0 wins, 3 top 5’s, 5 top 10’s, 9 top 15’s


Trivia Question

Last week’s trivia answer is, Austin Berry’s would most like to compete at Eldora Speedway someday!

Now, on to this week’s question.  At this point in his career, what dirt super late model accomplishment would mean the most to achieve for Berry?

The answer in the next press release!


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(photo credit: Jeremy Zarfos Photography)
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Berry’s Siding & Seamless Gutter

SRI Performance / Stock Car Steel & Aluminum

VP Racing Fuels

JDS Racing

Locust Hill Custom Butcher Shop

Nathan Berry Beef Farm

GO Lithium

Valvoline Pro-V Racing

Super Clean

Peterson Fluid Systems

Barnes Systems, Inc.

Quick Car

Kevin Nouse Designs

Sweet Manufacturing

BDR Racing Products

Beyea Headers

Swift Springs

Strange Oval

DMI – Diversified Machine, Inc.

Quarter Master

Hoosier Mid-Atlantic

Rocket Chassis


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