The "All-Star Circuit of Champions Rookie-of-the-Year Contender" Cap Henry, finishes off a slow month of April with a trip to the "Posse" land and begins May with a Heat Race win and a strong "A-Main" finish in Pennsylvania.
Thanks to a condescending "Mother Nature", the team had mediocre results but on April 10th, they were home in their own backyard at Attica Speedway with high hopes for a great homecoming run. The car was strong right off the trailer as Cap laid down the 7th fastest qualifying time out of the 45 cars attempting to make the 20 car starting field. Team CHR had a strong heat race finishing 3rd securing a spot in the A-Main. Here unfortunately is where things changed. Starting 5th, the team had hoped to come home with a Top 5 finish. With numerous caution flags, hopes turned into a harsh a reality. As Cap would go to restart, his sprinter babbled being out of fuel and he headed for the inside of the track, only to be collected by another car as the green flag fell. Officials deemed it necessary to re-fuel the rest of the field at this point though the damage had already been done to the car. Team CHR would finish the night in 17th spot which would increase the lead in the 2010 Rookie-of-the-Year quest while placing 4th overall in the All-Stars rankings.
The next stops on the tour would be in the infamous land of the "P.A. Posse" at Williams Grove (April 30th), Lincoln Speedway (May 1st) and winding up at Big Diamond on May 2nd. Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway are home turf to the posse and even the World of Outlaws drivers have difficulty making the shows, let alone winning! And only two All-Stars have done it since the 70's. Williams Grove was everything the team thought it was going to be and they went in with the idea of getting out in one piece while gaining valuable experience and that is exactly what they did. Qualifying 37th out of 43 on the big ½ mile led to an 18th finish in the "B-Main". "I gained a month's worth of experience in one night!" beamed Henry. Team CHR would move on while holding on the "R-O-Y" Lead and slipping one position to 5th place overall heading to the 3/8 mile Lincoln Speedway. Again, the team remained cautious as they knew the red clay track was fast and not a place to make mistakes. Cap would open eyes in a hurry as he threw down one of the 10 fastest practice laps before qualifying 14th out of the 39 cars, just a few thousandths of second from the top 10. The heat race was even better as Cap came out of the 3rd starting position and following a quick restart, would take the point as the green flag dropped. Looking back at the likes of Stevie Smith and the other regulars, he would win the heat race by over 4 seconds at the checkered while advancing to the main event. The "A-Main" would be the hindrance to a perfect first run at Lincoln as a missed setup caused Cap to struggle at trying to run fast while staying out of the way of the leaders. Finishing 23rd after starting 12th left Team CHR feeling pretty ecstatic as a true rookie has not come into Lincoln Speedway with the All-Stars and put on that kind of a show.
Sunday's Big Diamond race would be rained out so the team headed back to the shop to prepare for a test night at Lernerville with two nights at Port Royal this weekend for another trek back to "Posse" land…
Team CHR would like to thank the following sponsors: RaceFanRadio, Outerwear's, Green Filters, GME Steering, Mad Industry, T-N-T Graphics, Henry Motorsports Inc., FK Rods, Weld Wheels, Pro Shocks, C.J. Gilbert Co., Geck Electric, The Undeserving, Schiets Motors, Embroidery Unlimited, Scott's Lawncare, D&D Collision, Stewart's Coatings, Bell, G-Force, Race Coveralls, Kistler Racing Products and Engines, Level Performance.