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Student beats top NASCAR drivers in charity race

May 5, 2010 : Sarah Funderburke

Liberty University will never be considered a left-wing school, but thanks to junior Stephen Berry the Liberty name is becoming quite well known in one leftward circle: NASCAR. Liberty has been sponsoring Berry’s number nine car in the late model stock car class of NASCAR for the past three-and-a-half years, while he pursues both an undergrad degree in Sport Management and a shot at competing in the Sprint Cup Series.

On April 29, Berry competed in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Va. Competitors at the charity race included some of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, such as Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler. Despite this tough competition, Berry placed ninth overall, ahead of Sadler, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Bobby Labonte.

Berry, from Huddleston, Va., plans to compete in five other races this summer; the first is on May 22 at the Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.