May 3, 2011
Editors Note: Team CHR would like to send prayers of support to all of the families, fans and friends in Alabama and the surrounding states following the devastating weather that hit the region a few days after their trip to Glencoe. The team truly appreciated the hospitality shown by the track ownership and personnel as well as their fans and the team wants all to know that they are thinking about them.
What initially was a joke by owner KIT HENRY to crew chief FUZZ LYONS, turned out to be a very successful outing for Team CHR at Green Valley Raceway in Glencoe, Alabama.
“I read about this event called the “Rumble in the Jungle in Alabama” on the internet and jokingly mentioned it to Fuzz (Lyons) that we ought to go as the weather here has not been conducive to racing, PLUS…they are paying $5000.00 to win the final night!”
After a short discussion and some talk with the promoters, the team loaded the hauler and headed 10 hours south. Their brand new Beaberbuilt chassis would finally get its debut at a facility the team had never seen before and they were anxious to see how well that Stanton 360 motor was going to perform.
Thursday night was the warm-up event with the top three cars locking in for the Saturday night “A” Main and the crew was confident even though the small field was packed with strong 360 racers like MIKE DUPUY, TIM GRAY and others. CAP HENRY would run a solid second in his heat race, redraw 4th starting spot for the “A” Main and run an impressive race to finish third, locking him in for the “$5000.00 to Win” Saturday night final.
Friday night would offer a great opportunity to tweak changes to the chassis, motor and gearing as the 20-year old turned in the fastest time of hot laps and was ready to “rumble”. Starting 6th in the “A” Main, Cap immediately jumped to 3rd but was a little to eager and got caught between good adhesion and the part of the track that had slicked up, spinning the car and relegating him to the tail of the field. As usual, Cap wasn’t finished and when the green flag flew, he was gassing it up carving his way through the field to finish 5th for the evening.
Saturday would turn out to be even tougher as veteran dirt standouts BRAD LOYETT, TIM CRAWLEY and World of Outlaws regular JASON SIDES would join in. The Top 6 would redraw for starting spots with a slight twist as each driver had to pull the pill and then give it to somebody else. Typically, Cap would draw the #1 pill and proceeded to give it to MIKE HESS whom had been quick, though maybe not as consistent as some of the other cars. Cap would end up in the #5 spot behind Hess, Dupuy, MATT LINDER, Loyett with Crawley lining up on his outside
Following a great start, “the Kid” was running a solid 5th place with 12 laps to go out of 30, though not making any headway on the leaders. During an ensuing caution, Cap pulled the wing all the way back and began to look at running the high side up on the cushion, something only the leader had done a few times during the event. For the remainder, Cap and Dupuy would run the upper cushion moving into second before anybody would get the idea of what was working for the leaders. In the last 2 laps, everyone knew Cap would make a run for the win although he came up about a car length short of victory. Mike Dupuy would tell Cap afterward that “he could hear that MOPAR coming and knew exactly who it was!”
Overall the team was very pleased with the outing running 3rd, 5th and 2nd to some of the best 360 cars and drivers in the country. Tim Gray invited Cap to run with them more often as he felt the young man was a “ball to race with clean AND a contender’”.
Next up for Team CHR is a return to “P-A Posse Country” with the All-Star Circuit of Champions, Friday night, April 29th at Williams Grove and Saturday April 30th at Port Royal Speedway.