Bellevue, OH - 17 year old Cap Henry got an opportunity that not many teenagers get a chance to do - participate head-to-head with the best the sprint car world has to offer at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 30th running with the Advanced Auto Parts World Of Outlaws Sprint Series. Though they did not make the show with their 360 car, Team CHR rebounded the next evening to claim the victory at FremontFremont Speedway.
The evening found the The Sports Hut backed driver trading slide jobs with Joey Saldana during hot laps. 46 drivers showed up to try and make the 24 car starting field with Cap qualifying his under powered car 37th.
Cap’s heat race would find the young man starting eighth in a field that included sprint car standouts Kraig Kinser, Paul McMahan, Dale Blaney, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Rob Chaney, Jeremy Campbell and Mark Keegan. Cap was unable to make any forward progress, though he was able to hold his position and keep the guys behind him at bay for the complete heat race.
The C-main would be short lived for the Ohio pilot as he had a good starting position in third with only two transferring to the B-main. A loose track and inexperience caught Cap over powering the track exiting turn two and looping the Coveralls backed sprinter and eventually he was collected by Tim Shaffer ending the night. Overall the team was satisfied with the results and with the last few weeks’ struggles they were hoping to get Cap back on his game.
The team retuned to Fremont Speedway on May 31, the venue that has seemed to be their biggest struggle so far this year. “The track that action built” had seen the team have more action over the last four weeks than the team desired. The Kear’s backed sprinter has been fast every time at Fremont this year though mechanical gremlins or driver errors have ended nights extremely early. Not his night however, after avoiding a wild riding sprint car in front of him in hot laps, Cap would proceed to have the pole for his heat race. Anticipating the green, the front two drivers were over anxious on more than one occasion as they were eventually dropped back one position moving Cap to third. He was able to hold third for the entire heat race meaning the team would transfer to the A-main and with the inversion being made he would be starting on the outside pole for the main event.
The G Force Racing equipped car would jump into the lead coming down the front straight as the green flag flew only to have disaster almost strike exiting turn two. The car found a rut that no one had seen all night and looked like a bucking bronco as it bounced up the corner to the cushion. "I just held on and stood on it as I reached the cushion," explained Cap. "The car shot down the back straight and I found myself in the lead."
Over the first six laps Cap built his lead over competitors Brad Keckler and Kevin Lee, having it all end when he blew through the cushion on lap seven in turn four giving the lead over to the hard charging Keckler. The next bunch of laps would find Cap holding off Kevin Lee while trying to reel Brad Keckler back in with little results. Two cautions and a red flag would allow Brad Keckler to hold the lead with Henry running second and Lee third. The final restart came on lap 16, and it appeared the running order might remain the same. The Stewarts Custom Coatings car began to close in turns three and four dramatically, though would struggle in turns one and two. This continued through lap 20 when Cap visibly began to close the gap at both ends of the speedway. On lap 23 he would sail under the Keckler car and not look back as he took his second victory of the year and his first at Fremont Speedway. Cap thanked his fellow competitors for a very tough fought though clean race up front, and was glad to have broken the bad luck streak they had been suffering at Fremont.
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, The Sports Hut and Stewarts Custom Coating.
The Henry Motorsports Team continues to look for sponsors for the 2008 racing season. For more information and sponsorship opportunities on Cap Henry and the Henry Motorsports Team, please contact Team Manager Kit Henry at 419-217-0685, 419-217-2441 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For up-to-date news releases, race schedules, results and photos, please visit Cap Henry Racing.