Rookie of the Year Contender Rolls into New Season
Bellevue, Ohio - The primary goal set by Cap Henry and the Henry MotorSports Team was to be able to vie for the rookie of the year honors at both Attica Raceway Park, and Fremont Speedways in the 305 Dirt Sprint Car Division, after getting his feet wet at both tracks in the end of 2006. The young Elite Collision backed driver finished off the 2006 season having run very successfully with four top ten results and was looking to carry that momentum into 2007.
Unfortunately with the beginning of '07, the majority of the Henry MotorSports Team was not maintained from the previous year, and their previous engine builder decided not to build motors for 2007 season. Unwilling to pull the plug for the 2007 season Team Manager Kit Henry began to search for a deal to keep the young drivers career alive. The team missed the Attica Raceway Park opener May 30, 2007 as they just weren't ready, and had no motor at the time. Luckily the weather was not conducive for the next couple weeks of racing, and the team would miss no more events to date.
With the help of the 2007 technical consultant Guy Meyers the team was able to work a deal to purchase a motor from Dennis Level at Level Performance and with the team being guided by crew chief Keith Whaley, they where ready to assemble the car for the season opener at Fremont Raceway on April 21st. The HMC Internet backed car would be starting 8th out of the ten car heat, with only four making it to the feature event. Cap shook off the winter rust and went right to work, making it to the fourth spot, transferring directly to the A-main. The Embroidery Unlimited clothing backed car started the feature in the 11th position to bring the car home 17th.
The next event would be the following weekend at Fremont Speedway, with 44 cars showing up trying to make the 20 car A-main event. Again a not so promising pill draw would put the young driver deep in his heat starting 8th once again, with only three making it right into the main event on this evening. With heads up driving, Cap moved into the top four, needing one more position to make the main event. He tried twice to make the pass for the third position though the door was closed on him twice. Showing his experience in maintaining his equipment he came home fourth relegating him to a strong starting spot in the B-main. As the drivers were waiting for the B-main to begin, the rains came washing out the rest of the evening, moving the remainder of the event to the next weekend forcing a double header race.
The team seemed to begin to jell as they went in to the May 5th event looking to make both shows that evening. Starting fourth in the b-main from the previous week the rookie contending driver made quick work of the third and second place cars to jump into the final transfer spot which he held with ease. Cap was gaining valuable experience week to week trying to get a grip on the very hard Fremont race surface. Adjustments to the throttle linkage and suggestions made during the week from both crew chief Keith Whaley, and technical consultant Guy Meyers, the determined driver started 18th in the first A-Main of the evening, and finished 16th.
The team them returned to the pits, checked over the car and proceeded to try and make the show again. 35 cars were present for the 20 starting spots for the second race of the evening. Another poor pill draw would place the driver deep in his heat race again starting ninth out of ten with four making the A-main event. Using his growing experience the 16-year-old went right to work making his way to the fourth position to make the a-main for the fourth week in a row, only once having to go through the B-main. The team thought they had the new Hoosier tires and the track figured out as the driver went from 13th to ninth position, looking for his first top ten finish though it was not to be as he slipped back to 15th to finish out the event.
May 11th the G-Force racing driver would get a crack at Attica Speedway for the first time in 2007. With a strong pill draw the youngster went to work. He started on the pole of his heat race and had built a sizeable lead until a late red flag came out for a flipped car. When the green flew again, the youngster was unable to hold off a quicker car and finished second. Cap started sixth in the a-main and ran a very steady pace to come home seventh.
May 12th the team returned to Fremont Raceway Park and young Cap showed why he is up and coming and will be a strong contender with just a little more experience. He started for his heat race that was loaded with best in the 305 class in the local area. He showed his skills as he held his own to finish second, again putting him into the a-main. The A-main line up was figured by the average points to date, and with his strong runs this put Cap in the third starting position. He quickly jumped in to second and began to chase the leader. On lap ten he began to look for a way to get onto the point but the current leader was not about to let him have the low line. He tried unsuccessfully for four laps to try to find away into the lead. Unfortunately this allowed the third, fourth and fidth place cars to catch the lead duo. Using their experience they went around the leaders on the high side which is not done very often at Fremont. Cap picked up on this immediately and jumped up to take fourth and began chasing the lead group. With one lap to go the third place driver slid high and Cap took advantage of the opening to score a podium result. Overall his results of the last few weeks have moved him in to tenth in the points at Fremont Speedway and should have him running high in the rookie standings at both facilities.
For more information and sponsorship opportunities on Cap Henry and the Henry Motorsports Team, please contact Team Manager Kit Henry at 419-217-0685 or via e-mail. For up-to-date news releases, race schedules, results and photos, please visit Cap Henry Racing.