Ringoes, NJ resident, Tommy Carberry, is ready to take on the veteran competition of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series this coming season, in hopes of capturing more feature wins after ending 2016 with his very first victory at Grandview Speedway, and if all goes well, Carberry hopes to take home the series championship in 2017.
“I plan on running every race with MAS this year, as well as a few PASS 305 events also,” Carberry stated. “I’m hoping to kick-off my season by traveling down to South Carolina to race with the Carolina Racesaver Sprint Series. They have a two-day national event on April 28th & 29th that I would love to get down to. Then, I’m going to drive home that Saturday night so that I can participate in our season opener at Bridgeport on Sunday April 30th”.
Tommy comes from a large and well known racing family, with his Grandfather Tom being a mechanic on many modified teams back in the 60’s and 70’s, his father Tom and uncles Kenny and Chuck Carberry both former Modified and Sprint Car drivers, as well as his cousin Adam Carberry who formerly raced in the 305 ranks, recently moving to URC this past year. He is also recently married to 305 Sprint Car driver Stefanie Palmai Carberry, who also collected her second career feature win in 2016 at Bridgeport Speedway at the final points race in September.
Tommy started racing go-karts at the age of fifteen, and after two years, he moved up to the Rookie Sportsman Modified division at New Egypt Speedway in 2006 where he would win two features before moving forward to the regular Sportsman class. In 2009, Carberry bought a Big-Block Modified engine where he competed at New Egypt Speedway for four years before finally purchasing a Racesaver 305 Sprint Car.
“It was something that I have always wanted to do,” Tommy said about switching to Sprint Cars. “I have always loved Sprint Car racing, so when New Egypt dropped the Big-Blocks at the end of 2012, it was a great opportunity to try something new, and it was an affordable way for me to race something that I am competitive in, without having to go broke doing”.
Not able to ever run the full schedule due to other life commitments and events, Carberry commends the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series for keeping the schedule under twenty races for 2017 so that he can run for the championship. After already winning at Grandview in 2016, Carberry is confident and excited to see what “new beginnings” will bring for himself and the series at the booked events at Bridgeport, Georgetown, Big Diamond, and the new tracks that will be a new experience for the twenty-nine year old driver.
“I’m excited for 2017 for a number of reasons,” Carberry expressed. “I’m happy that the schedule is not going to be overwhelming, so that I won’t have to worry about missing races for other life events that may come up for me. I have also taken the time to better my racing program, seriously going over my stuff so that I can have top-notch equipment so that I can be a top car every week, winning more races. In our division, there is definitely a handful of cars that you can count on winning every week, and I want to be one of those cars this year”.
Carberry, a full time auto body technician at Integrity Auto Body located in Ringoes, NJ, is currently searching for sponsors to help financially back his 2017 aspirations, but would like to welcome back aboard Champion Tire and Integrity Auto Body to his team for the upcoming season. Also helping him weekly at the track is his father Tom Carberry and long-time friend Brian Hendrickson.