March 16, 2011
CAP HENRY and Team CHR wrapped up its early season schedule with an awesome run at the “King of The 360’s” at East Bay Speedway just outside of Tampa Bay, Florida. Overcoming equipment issues in the first couple races, the team kept plugging away to come together for East Bay.
Starting out at Screven, Georgia with the “All-Star Circuit of Champions”, the team was fast right out of the trailer although mother nature would eventually prevail rescheduling the event for late in the season.
Moving on to Ocala would show that the team had speed with their new Stanton MOPAR power, although relegated to and winning the B-Main placed him 19th near the back of the A-main. He quickly moved forward up to 14th only to have the evening end early when a rut in the track would cause a brake line failure, dropping the car to a 22nd place finish. The second night at Ocala would succumb to Mother Nature again canceling the event.
The team moved on to Volusia Speedway to encounter the World of Outlaw’s two-night season warm-up. Missing the show on Night 1, the second night would fair better Cap 7th quickest out of 37 cars. But thanks to a rare mechanical failure, he bowed out while running for an “A” Main transfer spot.
Once the team pulled into East Bay, Cap and crew found a track that they really liked and the results backed it up. Overcoming an unfamiliar “starting, passing and finishing” points format, Cap would make all three A-mains as Fuzz Lyons and the crew had the car running flawlessly. Starting 17th on Night 1, he carved his way through the field to finish 6th. On Night 2, he started 6th and finished 4th overall locking the team into the final A-main for the $10,000 to win “King of the 360’s” event. Drawing the #6 starting spot lined him behind eventual winner Daryn Pittman, plus veterans Terry McCarl, Mark Smith, Danny Smith and Tim Shaffer. The grueling feature saw the leaders moving into lapped traffic rather quickly making the passing a premium in the tight quarters. Cap would eventually slice his way into third and begin looking at a way around McCarl. “I knew we were quicker than Terry but I did not see an easy way around him,” said the rapidly maturing 20 year old. “And there was no way I was going to take the chance of wrecking with him for the position.” Team CHR would finish 3rd overall their very first time at this event and head back to Ohio with momentum building for what looks to be a great season.
“With the price of fuel continuing to rise, it may have a very hard impact on Team CHR,” said team owner Kit Henry. “As an underfunded team, it not only may affect our touring with the All-Star Circuit of Champions, but our local day-to-day operations may have to be realigned like running for parts to our suppliers. And we may have to look at planning our trips leaving one day later in the week rather than just jumping in the hauler and heading out…”
Weather permitting, Team CHR plans on running with the F.A.S.T. Series at Attica Raceway Park on March 25th; back with the All Stars on April 8th & 9th at Attica and on to the NRA 360′s at Millstream in Findlay on April 10th, all in their home state of Ohio.
The team will compete with some great new alignments in 2011 as they will run Stanton Motors and utilize Lucas Oil products exclusively.