Pit-Side Report

2022 Edition - Volume 17


Let's hit the LOUD PEDAL and dive right in!

In NEWS FROM THE PITS:  Halligan Victorious!
Reinhardt Ready for Ohio Speedweek!  Newlin Creating a Recipe!
In NEXT TIME BY:  Where to see or watch all of #TeamA2D this weekend!
In TALES FROM THE CAR WASH:  Dedicated or Crazy?
In SLIDE JOB:  Austin Berry Gear is Here!

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GRP Motorsports is a proud partner
of Justin Henderson & Sandvig Motorsports!

GRP Motorsports, owned and managed by sprint car racing super fan Greg Parent, supports cars, drivers and racing events throughout the Midwest.

“Greg has been a long-time supporter of mine in my own car for years and he's come on board with Mike's deal the last few years," said Henderson. "He's done a lot for me and this sport and that makes it even more special when we can provide him results and show our appreciation."



Austin Berry's 2022 Gear is Here!

T-shirts ($20)
Ladies Tank Tops ($20)
Crew Neck Sweatshirts ($25)
Hoodies ($30)

All styles are available in Dark Heather or White!
We also have some YOUTH sizes of T-shirts and Hoodies!

Contact Austin Berry Racing directly via Facebook
or if you need an item shipped, you can order online at

🛎 PLEASE NOTE:  Online orders will not ship until June 20th.
Jeff Halligan Went to Victory Lane at Port Royal Speedway on June 4th, 2022!
See his arrival in victory lane and interview with track announcer, Earl Hoon.


The goal of this section of our newsletter is to share some entertaining, funny and surprising stories.  These tales don't always originate from the late night car wash stop most team's make...but the car wash is often where the stories become lore among race teams. 

For the benefit of our new subscribers since our early installments of this newsletter, we have selected some of our favorite past columns to share a second time.
Dedicated or Crazy?
Once upon a time, not many years ago, one member of #TeamA2D was getting set to make his debut in what racers call 'the big cars'.  He would soon finally race in the top division.

The problem was he was still away at college, with his Engineering final exams approaching, and there was still a lot of work to do on the car to be ready to race.  That's when his roommate, also a racer, asked a simple question that started a course of events some might describe as crazy but others may refer to as dedication.  "So, you gonna race this weekend?" was the question asked.

The answer from our driver was "Unfortunately, probably not.  The car isn't ready.  I still need some parts that I don't have the money for, no setup work has been done, there's no decals on it...just too much to do."  Undaunted, the roommate pushed on, offering him the cash and the manpower he needed, suggesting the pair make the 2 hour drive back to the shop to work on the car on Wednesday.  Why not?  Finals aren't until Thursday and Friday, right?  That's when a deal was struck.  "Call my dad and get his ok and I'll do it", our driver agreed.

Well, dad said ok and the pair made the trip early Wednesday morning, buying parts on the way using the roommate's cash.  Dad joined them at the shop and the feverish work was underway, including a run for the vinyl wrap late in the evening.  Sometime after midnight, they finally fired the motor.  Needing to rise for work at 6am, Dad went to bed around 2am Thursday morning.  That was about the same time the college students applied the decals to the old body they had hammered out to use.  As they wrapped up some setup work, the sun started beaming through the shop windows.  It was time for a coffee run. 

Back at the shop, finishing up a few small tasks around 8am with the exhaustion of being awake for over 24 hours setting in, the pair reluctantly decided it was time to head back to school.  They had a final at 3pm that day, so if they left now, there would still be time for a quick nap and a shower before the exam.

They made it back and took the exam as planned.  After the exam, the dynamic duo fell asleep, missed dinner, and slept all night, rising just in time for their Friday morning exam.  Where to after Friday's exam?  Where else?  Back to the race shop.

This isn't how most people cram for a college final...but it is apparently how a racer does it.  Which member of #TeamA2D wanted to race so bad they did all this?  We'll let you investigate that on your own.  Stop by the pits and ask them.


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