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SS Green Light tabs crew chief Berry for Chastain

February 03, 2012, Team Release,

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- SS Green Light Racing has announced that Bryan Berry has joined the team as the crew chief for the No. 08 Toyota driven by rookie Ross Chastain for the 2012 Camping World Truck Series season.

The longtime crew chief for Brendan Gaughan in both the Truck and Nationwide series joins a SS Green Light Racing team that has 270 consecutive starts in the Truck Series. Also joining the team, as truck chief, is Joel Martino, who has worked together with Berry for the past two seasons.

Berry is a native of Homestead, Fla., and started his racing career on the short tracks in South Florida. "It's funny because when Ross and I talked for the first time we found out that he started racing at the same track [Charlotte County Speedway in Punta Gorda] that I raced at when they first opened the place," Berry said. "It's ironic because right where their farm is I have family living all around that part of Florida. It's kind of bizarre how this works out.

"I was talking with Mark Smith, our motor builder, the other day and he is excited about our deal. He said it was cool because he watched Ross last year and he's very happy to see more young guys come up and get involved. He's excited about what we are putting together here.

"I'm excited to have Joe come with us, too, he's a real racer, you know. We've had those days that we show up at the shop at 3:00 in the morning together. We do what we need to do to get to the race."

Berry also loves the enthusiasm of his new driver. "I am excited to see Ross' interest in working on the trucks, you just don't see that all the time anymore. He's got that fire in him wanting to do this, it's really cool," he said.

Team co-owner Bobby Dotter is pleased to have Berry on top of the pit box for the 2012 season. "I've known Bryan for a long time and we've been close to getting together in the past. I feel he will be a great with Ross; the two have really hit it off well in the shop. Bryan has worked a lot with Toyota in the past and that is a real positive for the team. Ken [Smith, co-owner] and I feel fortunate to have both Bryan and Joel come on board," he said.

Sponsorship for Ross Chastain and the SS Green Light Racing No. 08 team will be released in the coming weeks before the season opener at Daytona.