Team Completes Successful Trip to PRI Trade Show
Mifflin, PA – December 13, 2021
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: Brian Rhoad / WRT SpeedWerx
Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA recently announced their 2021 season award recipients. Among them was Austin Berry who won the Super Late Model Division’s Most Improved Driver Award. Not only was Berry appreciative of and humbled by the award, to him it validated the team’s determined efforts over the past few seasons. It’s hard to argue with that, especially when you consider it was the second time in three years the 26 year old wheelman had been recognized with the same award.
“It’s very rewarding to receive this award, especially a second time, because it’s not something they are basing off of statistics. This is awarded by speedway staff, voting based on what they observed throughout the season“, Berry commented when asked about the award during an interview at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, IN last week.
Berry, aboard the Locust Hill Custom Butcher Shop / Berry’s Siding & Seamless Gutter / Addicted2DirtPR.com / Nathan Berry Beef Farm, A&C Racing Engines / JDS Racing / Swift Springs / Penske Racing Shocks / Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic / VP Racing Fuels / Rocket Chassis XR1 No.86 logged a season that continued the team’s recent trend. Their performance demonstrated the improved consistency that has resulted from efforts to steadily build the program the right way.
Austin Berry competed in 14 events at ‘The Speed Palace’, where he captured his first career super late model victory in June and qualified for his first ever Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series main event in August.
The June triumph at Port Royal was a thrilling, drama-filled feature event that saw Berry survive multiple restarts and fend off attacks from Trever Feathers and Colton Flinner to capture the emotional victory. On that night, nearly everyone in the stands was a fan of the blue and yellow #86. It was a long time coming and it seemed to be appreciated by those who were lucky enough to witness it.
Speaking about his Lucas Oil Series achievement, Berry said, “The Lucas show for me was very humbling, because ever since we started racing super late models, time-trials have not been my strong suit. To time 2nd only to Jonathan (Davenport) was very special to me.“
The team also made the decision to travel just a little bit more regionally, believing the only way to get better was to challenge themselves by racing a variety of speedways. The team made stops at five other regional tracks: Selinsgrove Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, Hagerstown Speedway, Path Valley Speedway and Bedford Speedway. As the season progressed and the team showed more consistency and competitiveness, the approach seemed to be proving itself.
Fans can expect a similar schedule for Berry and his team in 2022. Home base will still be Port Royal Speedway and they still want to travel regionally to expand their knowledge, while hitting some of the more lucrative events at the same time.
Berry was asked how he will follow up on his 2021 victory and what his goals are for 2022.
“Winning multiple races in a season is tough around here. Sure, we want to do that, but for me it’s not about the number of wins, it’s about quality wins. We’ve won a $3,000 weekly show, so now I’d like to win a $5,000-to-win show. If you do that, it typically means you’ve won a special show or a touring series race, and that would mean we beat the best. That’s a quality win and you know you’ve really accomplished something“, Berry explained.
Performance Racing Industry Trade Show
Last week, several members of ABR made the trek west to Indianapolis, IN for the annual 3-day PRI Show. The event is so large, the product displays and educational seminars consume all available space in both the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
Teams descend on Indianapolis for the event each year to see the latest technology and newest products, while maintaining existing partnerships and developing new ones as well.
“Our number one priority at PRI is to thank our current partners and the people who provide the products we use. We thank them for their support and for everything they’ve done for us. Our number two priority is to explore the new products that might make us better and hopefully we develop some new relationships and new partners along the way. I think we accomplished all those goals this year’s trip”, Berry shared as he prepared to travel back to PA after the show.
Berry and his team will spend the next two months rebuilding their car to be ready to start the new season. That new season is a mere 83 days away as of this writing. Port Royal Speedway opens Sunday, March 6th.
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