First 305 Feature Victory
Bellevue, Ohio - Saturday April 14 did not start the way Cap Henry and Team CHR had hoped as a fuel problem caused some drama after the practice session forcing Henry and crew to work quick. After all was said and done, Team CHR along with its 17-year-old driver managed to score their first 305 victory of his career. After a good pill draw meaning a good heat race start things turned up side down after the first hot lap practice session. The car looked strong on the track, though little did anyone know of what was going on under the hood of the HMS backed sprinter. When the car pulled into the pits it appeared the evening might be done as oil was coating everything under the hood and smoke was rolling off the headers.
Diagnosis took a few minutes and with the help of the engine builders from Level Performance a solution was drawn. It appeared the fuel on and off valve was either left on or gone bad and dumped raw alcohol into the oil system causing the overflow issue. Quick work by the team led by Crew Chief K. Whaley would have the car ready for its heat race.
The D&D collision machine would start the heat race inside row three with the top four finishers transferring to the A-main event. Cap made quick work of getting into a transfer spot, though he had to work a little harder to get to his eventual second place finishing position behind heat race winner Cody Runion. The top four from each heat race redraw for the top 12 starting positions in the A main event and the number one pill would go to Cap Henry for the first time in his sprint car career.
The young driver was used to starting deep in the fields the majority of the time since he began racing sprint cars. Starting on the pole would bring new challenges as now Cap had to pace the field to the green flag. From the drop of the flag to the checkers, the Kearís Speed Shop Sprinter led all 25 laps to score his first career 305 feature victory. Two cautions caused some concern as the field would bunch back up giving several drivers a shot at the young and talented pilot.
"I was a little nervous starting from the pole," stated Ohio pilot Cap Henry. "I have never started from the front row but felt I did a pretty good job. Experience helped me after the caution restarts and making quick work of back markers was key to locking up the win. I can't wait until the next event."
Cap would like to thank all the sponsor that have come on board for 2008: Kear's Speed Shop, Ramshackle Supplies, T-N-T Graphics, G-FORCE Racing, Race Coveralls, J&H Concrete, Bell Racing, Maxim Racing, Butler Built, Green Filters, C&R Hobbies, Henry MotorSports Inc., Level Performance, Ludwig Propane, Missler Industries, Aim sports, Embroidery Unlimited, D&D Collision, GME steering, and Stewarts Custom Coating.