Berlin Is Home For Gary Sherman; Cleary Motorsports LANSING, Mich (July 13, 2006) - - It's been a quieter than normal season for Michigan's Cleary Motorsports and driver Gary Sherman. Despite posting three top ten finishes in four starts last ...
Berlin Is Home For Gary Sherman; Cleary Motorsports
LANSING, Mich (July 13, 2006) - - It's been a quieter than normal season for Michigan's Cleary Motorsports and driver Gary Sherman. Despite posting three top ten finishes in four starts last season, the lack of sponsorship has plagued the team this season only allowing them to compete in one race at Toledo Speedway in May.
Amidst the financial hardship, Cleary Motorsports couldn't pass up the opportunity to return to Berlin Raceway. Berlin Raceway, located just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan is the home and site of the team's best finish together last season coming in their debut last July thundering home with a powerful fifth place finish.
"I can't wait to get back to racing," said driver Gary Sherman, an avid late model competitor from Michigan. "We've been working since Toledo to get the car ready for this race. There is no doubt in our mind that we are able to arrive this weekend and pull off the same kind of performance we did last year. We played it smart last year and that's what we need to do on Saturday. We don't have the opportunity to compete in a lot of these races so we have to make our mark as often as we can."
Earlier this year, Cleary Motorsports made their 2006 debut at Toledo Speedway. After struggling in practice (30th) the team made some massive changes to the car in preparation for qualifying. Sherman showed his short track experience in time trials, putting his No. 62 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 24th on the board. During the course of the race, Sherman battled several issues but vowed not to give up. It was no top-ten finish, but Cleary Motorsports crossed the line 20th, a solid finish.
"We weren't thrilled with our Toledo finish, but we got our first race out of the way pretty clean. We had to shake out the bugs with the new car. We weren't as prepared for Toledo as we will be for Berlin and that will make a difference. Our fourth top-ten finish is almost guaranteed Saturday night"
Again, much like last year, Cleary Motorsports enters the 11th race of the season sponsorless. In addition to working fiercely on cars, the team has worked productively towards finding a sponsor for the No. 62 machine.
"It's been tough sitting on the sidelines," stated Cleary Motorsports team owner Rob Cleary. "We've been working hard to try and find something that can put this team back on track. Unfortunately, every member on this team is a volunteer. We all have full time jobs so we can't concentrate 100 percent on the sponsorship search but every waking moment that we can spend on it, we do."
Cleary continued, "We are continuing to talk to some companies but nothing has been finalized. We would like to compete in about four to six more races this season, but it will take some financial security to do so. A good run for our team on Saturday could put an extra incentive to our presentation."
Despite the lack of dollars, the team's goals remain the same. "I would like to return to finishing in the top-ten," explained Sherman. "I'm putting extra pressure on myself to be fast. I want to do well for my team. They are an awesome bunch of people and they deserve to be in the spotlight."
Rolling into Berlin, Sherman a former American Speed Association driver has five ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his resume with a career best finish of fifth at Berlin Raceway (July 2005) while holding two additional top ten finishes at Lake Erie Speedway (August 2005) and Salem Speedway (September 2005). He also has a career best short qualifying effort of tenth at Lake Erie Speedway (August 2005) followed by a career best superspeedway time trials effort of 25th at Gateway International Raceway (July 2005).