Stephen Berry Motorsports - Racing Team  
Huddleston, VA
 
 
 

Biography

Stephen Berry, age 21, is the son of Bill and Linda Berry of Huddleston, Va.  He is currently enrolled as a Senior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.  Stephen began his racing career 8 years ago in Go-Karts.  He drove his first stock car in 2005 in the Limited Sportsman Series at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.


After 3 wins and 10 top 3 finishes in 14 starts, Stephen left before the end of his first season in Limiteds to move up to the Late Model Series to prepare for the Baileys 300 at Martinsville, the “Daytona” of Late Model races.  He was the youngest driver to qualify for the race and finished a respectable 29th out of a starting field of 42 of the best drivers in the country (over 100 drivers had tried to make the field).

He completed his first year in any kind of stock car with a 4th place finish in the Late Model division at the “Thanksgiving Classic” at the Southern National Speedway in Kenly, N.C.

In 2006 and 2007, Stephen drove a Late Model for Turn One Racing, LLC owned by
Stacy Compton of Hurt, Va.  Stacy, a well known racer for over 20 years got his start
locally and has raced in the Busch Series (now the Nationwide Series, The Winston Cup
Series, (now the Sprint Cup Series), and presently drives the #60 Truck in the Camping World Truck Series.  Stephen’s home track was the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. where he  qualified on the pole 4 times and had 11 top ten finishes.

Late in 2007, Stephen again competed in the “Thanksgiving Classic” at the Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC.  He qualified on the pole out of 68 of the best late model drivers in the country and set the new track recordDenny Hamlin, who drives the #11 Fed Ex car for Joe Gibbs, was also racing in a late model in this event. Stephen led the first 104 laps before getting tangled with a lap car and damaging his radiator.


Also, in 2007, Stephen drove several Busch East Series races (now the Camping World East Series), including the prestigious Toyota All-Star Showdown.  This race pits the East and West Series teams in a race that is the Super Bowl to this series. Stephen qualified 14th out of 65 of the best in the series.
 

Stephen has made the field for the Baileys 300 at the Martinsville Speedway in
Martinsville, VA every year since he began racing late models (2005-2008).  In 2007, he
qualified 10th out of 125 of the best drivers.

In 2008 at the Baileys 300, he started 26th after winning one of the four heat races.  About half way through the race, he was racing for 5th with Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters, when Peters got into him, taking them both out.

The economy in 2009 didn’t allow for much racing.  Stephen only competed in the Independence Day Race at South Boston, finishing 11th out of 31 of the East Coasts best drivers.

Things are looking up in 2010.  Stephen Berry drove the “Liberty University Chevy Impala” Late Model Stock Car to a 9th place finish in the 3rd annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Thursday, April 29th at the Southside Speedway in Midlothian, VA.   Stephen avoided having to run the last chance heat race by qualifying 13th out of the 38 drivers to attempt to make the field.  The top 20 qualifiers were assured a starting spot and the rest of the field had to race the 30 lap last chance race to fill 10 more spots to make up the 30 car field.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers who competed included Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Curtis Markham, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler, Marcos Ambrose, and Aric Almirola.

Stephen out qualified many of the Cup drivers and finished the race ahead of Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler, Curtis Markham, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, and Aric Almirola.

Stephen’s plans for the rest of 2010 include 7 Late Model races.


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