August 22, 2011
For CAP HENRY and Team CHR, the past four weeks have run the spectrum of emotions, both on and off track. The team ran nearly a dozen nights including a debut at the 2011 Knoxville Nationals plus celebrated the arrival of their newest team member as Crew Chief A.J. HAVENS and family welcomed a baby girl in the same few days.
Upon their return to their Bellevue, Ohio shop, they learned that Cap’s uncle was not going to recover from a surgical procedure from earlier in the week. It is with a feeling of great loss that Team CHR and Cap Henry Racing reports the passing of PAUL C. HENRY, the beloved brother of his father and team owner, KIT HENRY. Initially, Paul was not a huge fan of Cap’s dirt racing but in the last year, he had become an avid fan of the third generation driver’s accomplishments and a big supporter of Team CHR.
Paul was a successful racer in his own right with the SCCA in the 1970’s and 80’s, winning numerous regional Championships in Formula Atlantic and Formula Continental as well as being invited to the National Run Offs on more than one occasion, finishing as high as 6th.
Paul and Kit spent dozens of hours together working on their antique and classic car collection, especially keeping their father’s race car, a prized MG TC, running and competing with it as recently as June of 2011 at the “Put In Bay Road Race Reunion”.
“He will be greatly missed by so many…God speed, Paul !”
The team returns to action this weekend as Cap has already received approval to run Paul’s car number 54 in tribute to his uncle for the remainder of the season.
August 12, 2011
It’s the biggest week in sprint car racing with a 10-night series at various south central Iowa tracks leading into the 2011 Knoxville Nationals. Thursday is night number 8 and the second preliminary before Saturday night’s final. For CAP HENRY and Team CHR, it’s his first visit and his hopes of “just looking competitive in front of the best” is his first goal,
The team left their shop in northern Ohio over two weeks ago, running numerous races in the badlands of sprint car territory, all in prep for this huge weekend. With the rollercoaster ride they have had this summer, Cap and crew continue to focus on finishing races while running up front. Plagued with numerous “freak mechanical issues”, Cap has usually run at the front of the pack or battled with the leaders most every night.
“My guys just keep putting a great race car on the track and its up to me to get the most of it,” said the Knoxville rookie in prep for tonight’s qualifier. “I am so fired up about being here (in Knoxville) and I really can’t wait to get on track to see just how much the team and I have learned over the last two seasons. These guys are the best in the business and I can’t wait to go for it!”
With all of the adversity and incredible support from the racing community, Team CHR remains focused and they know that they are one main event away from breaking into the sprint car mainstream for good…not bad for a kid who just turned 21.
Fans can watch “pay-per-view” action on-line at: www.KnoxvilleLive.com
August 2, 2011
A little over a month ago, CAP HENRY and Team CHR was struck by a drunk driver destroying their hauler and some of their equipment. Most of the team escaped injury and bucked it up for a run thru Canada and northern New York a few days later. With the help from Tony Stewart Racing and JESSICA ZIMKEN, they barely missed a beat.
Ten days ago, in a new hauler loaded with their own gear, Team CHR headed back on the road for a three week western swing through the badlands of dirt racing with a stop in Knoxville before re-joining the All-Star Circuit of Champions schedule for runs at Husets, SD and at Red River CO-OP Speedway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The team is back in full stride with a 7th on Thursday at Red River and a 2nd following a heartbreaking pass for the lead with less than 2 laps to go Sunday night at Husets Speedway. Cap has qualified well and run strong, leading nearly every lap last night against some of the best winged sprinters from the World of Outlaws, All Stars Circuit of Champions and the best locals tracks can offer.
“Team CHR was on their game last night and showed exactly what we all know is possible from this team,” said a very proud team owner KIT HENRY. “A.J. HAVENS and crew put a rocket under Cap as he lead from the green flag, battled hard with TIM SHAFFER and held him off until TERRY McCARL finally caught us both with less than two laps to go…”
This week, the team travels to Fargo, ND for back-to-back Wednesday/Thursday nights before heading south to Knoxville, IA for a long weekend…Saturday night at Knoxville followed by a Monday nighter at Oskaloosa, Iowa’s Southern Iowa Speedway.
Cap closed the margin a little in All Stars National Points sitting 4th behind DALE BLANEY, TIM SHAFFER and DAVID GRAVEL and padded the gap to fifth ahead of PETE MILLER III…