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September 9, 2013

JHR Up and Down World

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 12:55 pm

JHR (09-09-13) Ada, OH - Hard to express the emotional and physical ups and downs of the last three weeks…It started out with putting a new Rayburn race car together in less than a week. Taking the car to a local show at Attica and winning the first night out and then spending countless hours and sleepless nights critiquing the details for the big races ahead.

The next week we broke a motor at the Lucas Oil race at Attica. Changed motors the day after and I had one of my best runs ever at Eldora when I charged from 12th to finish 2nd at the Baltes Classic.

Three days off to prepare for the biggest dirt race in the county, the World 100. We struggled on night one trying to catch up to the slick racing surface and missed the feature. Qualified 18th quick out of 113 racers on Friday, won the b-main but pulled off in the feature. And then the big show on Saturday was exactly deja vu from one year ago. In the fifth heat race running 2nd with three laps to go when a late caution double file restart haunted me once again. I lost traction on the inside lane and got scuffled back to 5th in one turn. I missed making the World 100 once again, so exhausted and frustrated but realization sunk in of how grateful I am for the opportunity just to be so close…

This sport is a rollercoaster of ups and downs but one thing that is always constant is the support of family, friends, fans, and sponsors that are always behind you no matter what, and that’s something to be proud of!

The last few weeks would not have been possible without the help of my family and friends. Also big thanks to CJ Rayburn, Keith Berner of Accu-Force Shock Service, Steve Fultz of Fultz Fabrication, Dean Miracle, and the entire Mean Fifteen!

Mean Fifteen – Fultz Fabrications, Henry Farms, Mike and Sheila Keller, Truman Quarter Horses, Lehman & Lehman, Norada Lanes, Associated Plastic, Home Savings and Loan, William H. Bass Trucking, Ron Spencer Real Estate, Jim Weber Motorsports, Automated Transport, In Memory of Darrell Kirsch, Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio, and Fremont Speedway.

August 26, 2013

JHR Wins Attica on Last Lap Pass

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 8:46 am

Race Results:
24-Aug – Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH 1st
Upcoming Events:
30-Aug – Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH (Lucas Oil $10,000)
31-Aug – TBA
1-Sept – Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH (Baltes Classic)

Attica Raceway Park (08-24-13) The Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model feature was a dandy as Ada, Ohio’s Jon Henry slid past race-long leader Ryan Missler on the last lap to get his second win of the season. Missler would wrap up his fifth consecutive track championship. It is Henry’s 13th career feature win at Attica.

“I had my work cut out. Ryan was really good and I had nothing to lose there on that last lap…I had to give it a shot. I hope I gave him enough room. So many people to thank this week. Fultz Fabrications…I spent a hard couple days there. I got probably five hours of sleep every night. This is a new Rayburn Race Car and I’m happy to get into victory lane for them and thanks to Dean Miracle for helping put this deal together. I have to thank Keith Berner at Accuforce. I spent a day with him to really go through the car and here we are in victory lane,” said Henry beside his Mean 15 – Fultz Fabrications, Henry Farms, Mike and Sheila Keller, Truman Quarter Horses, Lehman & Lehman, Norada Lanes, Associated Plastic, Home Savings and Loan, William H. Bass Trucking, Ron Spencer Real Estate, Jim Weber Motorsports, Automated Transport, In Memory of Darrell Kirsch, Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio, and Fremont Speedway backed machine.

July 28, 2013

Eldora MudSummer Classic

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 10:07 am

Race Results:
23-July – Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH (MudSummer Classic) 7th
24-July – Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH (MudSummer Classic) 7th

Eldora Speedway: (07-23 / 07-24)
History was made at Eldora Speedway for the MudSummer Classic where the NASCAR truck series hit the dirt after a nearly 40 year absence. An invitational race for 20 Late Model teams was tagged on to this special night and I was honored to be a part of that select group. We were able to finish 7th both nights in the Keith Berner Bud’s car #18. The Mud Summer Classic was an awesome deal to be a part of and just really neat to see NASCAR back on the dirt. Not only did this sold out event get raving reviews but it also directed a lot of attention to dirt racing as a whole. I’m really excited for opportunities the future holds for our sport and I’m really proud to say that Eldora Speedway is the track that has defined my racing career!

Jon

Solid on Hell Tour

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 10:07 am

Race Results:
19-July – Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH (Hell Tour $5,000) 4th
20-July – Oakshade Raceway, Wauseon, OH (Hell Tour $10,000) 2nd

Attica: (07-19-13)
My first night piloting Keith Berner’s Accu-Force, Mean Fifteen, MasterSbilt, Bud’s car #18. A highly anticipated opportunity that I’ve been really looking forward to for many years. 40 Late Models in attendance at Attica. We qualified 2nd quick in group three. Started outside front row of the third heat race. It was a side by side battle with Jeep Van Wormer the entire race as I managed to pull off the heat win by just a nose at the line. We then started 4th in the feature and after a rougher than normal 40 laps I maintained my position and brought the #18 back to the pits with a solid 4th place finish. For our first night together and my first time ever in a MasterSbilt I’d say we had an excellent night!

Oakshade: (07-20-13)
Once again behind the wheel of Keith Berner’s #18 Machine. $10,000 on the line for the final stop of the 2013 UMP Summer Nationals “Hell Tour”. Qualified 2nd quick in group two. Started outside front row of the second heat race and maintained my position for a 2nd place finish. Started 6th in the 66 lap main event. This race was about patience and taking care of your equipment. I struggled with the racecar for the first 20 laps riding around in 5th place. A caution on lap 22 allowed me to regroup and when we went back green I’ll really started to feel comfortable. I worked my way up to 2nd with about 15 laps to go and as the race continued caution free, 1st place Matt Miller was nowhere in sight. I took the checkered flag and settled with a very respectable runner up finish.

…What a weekend. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to race Keith Berner and George Rodler’s awesome racecar!

Time Off

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 10:06 am

JHR took some time off crewing for Frank Heckenast Jr on the UMP Summer Nationals.

June 13, 2013

JHR Makes Eldora Dream Debut

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 10:46 am

Race Results:
June 6th-8th – Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH (DREAM) 3rd Quick Overall 15:430 – 13th A Feature

Started 27th and finished 13th in my first appearance in Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway. After an up and down weekend, qualifying 3rd quick out of 84 cars with a time of 15.430. My fastest lap ever recorded around the 1/2 mile which locked me into a provisional for the Dream if needed. It was very frustrating not racing night 1 & 2 on Thursday and Friday but I did not want to risk tearing up the only car and motor I had when I was in the show for $100,000 on Saturday…Regardless I’m grateful to have been in the big race, logged laps, finished the race, and proved that we can be fast in the right situation…Most importantly I would like to thank everyone that stopped by to said hi. It was great to see a lot of friends and meet a lot of new ones. Puts everything into perspective as to why we do what we do.

Jon

May 5, 2013

JHR Wins Two in a Row!

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 8:56 pm

Race Results:
03-May – Limaland Motorsports Park, Lima, OH (Double Features) 2nd, 1st
04-May – Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH 1st

Limaland: (05-03-13)
The “Dr Javis Modifed Double Dare” featured two complete modified shows in the same night. We started 7th in the first feature event and I was able to race up to a 2nd place finish behind race winner Jeff Babcock. We then started 3rd in the second feature and I was able to take the lead early to go on to claim our first modified feature win of 2013! Big thanks to Miracle Motorsports for letting me wheel their number 23J Buzzard Modified.

Eldora Speedway Release: (05-04-13)
In the Modified feature, Ada’s Henry started on the outside pole and vaulted past inside pole sitter Brandon Vaughan of Spencerville. Henry and Wapakoneta’s Jerry Bowersock recreated their duel from Limaland Motor Sports Park on Friday night when the two battled in that Modified feature. Henry edged out Bowersock for that win, too.
Bowersock appeared to take the lead with two laps left when Henry slowed on the front stretch, but got back on the gas in Turn 1. Henry said he thought a caution came out but realized it hadn’t when Bowersock shot past him. Fortunately for Henry a caution did come out before Bowersock could click off the lap. Without the completed lap the lead reverted back to Henry.
He kept it this time with a two-lap shootout despite another caution on the white flag lap. Bowersock tried to peek under Henry on the final turn but was too far behind to pull off a slide job.
The Modified win was the first for Henry at Eldora since winning two straight on June 4 and June 28 in 2008. It was his fifth Modified win overall at Eldora.
“It’s absolutely awesome to be back here in Victory Lane at Eldora,” Henry said. “I have to thank Miracle Motorsports and Dean and Jane for letting me wheel this race car. We’re having fun out here. I’m just blessed to be able to do this.”

April 29, 2013

JHR Wins ALMS Thriller

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 9:05 am

Henry Out Duels VanWormer for Attica ALMS Win
By Brian Liskai

(Attica, OH) After an edge-of-your-seat, race-long duel with Jeep VanWormer, Ada, Ohio’s Jon Henry was able to pull away on a couple of late race restarts to take the Sunoco American Late Model Series win at Attica Raceway Park on True Value of Woodville/Merrill Lynch/Columbus Equipment Night.
The 30-lap late model main featured a tremendous battle the entire distance between Henry, Brian Ruhlman, Jeep Van Wormer and a charging Matt Miller who stormed from his 18th starting spot to be a contender at the end.

“I earned that one tonight. I tell you what, this is emotional for me. I have a lot of people supporting me and one individual in particular, Darrell Kirsch…I wanted to win one for him,” said Henry Beside his Mean 15 – individuals and businesses that sponsored his #15 this season. “It’s tough…I’ve been thinking about him and I’m thinking about Kent Robinson, a fellow racer who lost his dad today. I raced that race for them.”

Henry said it was “heart” that got him to victory lane. “I just got up on the wheel and said I’m not letting this one slip away…I let the last one slip away, I’m racing my ass off,” he said. “You’d better be elbows up when Jeep’s around. I knew what I had to do to win this race and it was either wreck or win. I have to thank my dad, John; he busts his butt for me.”

Henry thanked his “Mean 15” sponsors of Fultz Fabrications, Henry Farms, Mike and Sheila Keller, Truman Quarter horses, Lehman & Lehman, Norada Lanes, Associated Plastic, Home Savings and Loan, William H. Bass Trucking, Ron Spencer Real Estate, Jim Weber Motorsports, Automated Transport, In Memory of Darrell Kirsch, Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio, and Fremont Speedway.

Jon Henry Racing Product Supporters: Wide Open Graphics, Snyder Chiropractic, BOCO Machine, K&N Filters, Hooker Harness, Outerwears, Bell, Eibach Springs, Accu Force, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Hawk Performance, VP race fuels, Wiles Drive Shaft, Team Peterson, Allstar Performance, Dargie Race Engines, Rocket Chassis, Sweet Mfg, Frankland Rear Ends, Beyea Headers, Phase II

April 2, 2013

JHR 2013 Schedule and Sponsor Release

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 5:15 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jon Henry Racing

April 2, 2013
Media Contact: Dustin Jarrett (dustinjarrett@yahoo.com)

Jon Henry Opens 2013 Season, Releases Schedule and Sponsors

ADA, OHIO (4/2/13) – After releasing his “Mean Fifteen” sponsors via Facebook and Twitter last week, Jon Henry is set to release his “key events” schedule for the 2013 racing season. Over the weekend, the “Steel Driver” also competed for the first time this season.

Henry ventured to La Salle Speedway in La Salle, IL on Friday and Saturday March 29 and 30 to compete in his first events of the year, coming away with a fast time in group qualifying and a heat race win on Friday night followed by a top 15 finish on Saturday night. “It was an up and down weekend for us,” Henry admitted. “We learned a lot of things and it was good to brush the rust off as we get ready for the rest of our season.”

Last week, Henry released the names of his “Mean Fifteen” sponsors - a group of 15 supporters who have banded together to form one mega sponsorship for the northwest Ohio hotshoe. Those sponsors are as follows: Fultz Fabrications (Mansfield, OH), Henry Farms (Ada, OH), Mike & Sheila Keller (Lima, OH), Truman Quarterhorses (Kenton, OH), Lehman & Lehman (La Porte, IN), Norada Lanes (Ada, OH), Associated Plastic (Ada, OH), Home Savings and Loan (Kenton, OH), William H. Bass Trucking (Ada, OH), Ron Spencer Real Estate (Lima, OH), Jim Weber Motorsports (Sylvania, OH), Automated Transport (Kenton, OH), In Memory of Darrell Kirsch 1957-2013 (Mansfield, OH), Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio (Ada, OH), Fremont Speedway (Fremont, OH).

In addition, Henry is releasing his “key events” schedule for 2013. The tentative list of races includes the most notable events JHR will be hitting this season.

For more information on Jon Henry Racing, please visit his webpage at www.jonhenryracing.com. Fans can also “like” his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jhr15 and “follow” him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JonHenryRacing.

JHR 2013 Key Events Schedule
DATE CLASS TRACK EVENT
03/29/13 LM La Salle Speedway, La Salle, IL UMP
03/30/13 LM La Salle Speedway, La Salle, IL ALMS
04/13/13 LM/MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH ALMS
04/19/13 MOD Limaland Motorsports Park, Lima, OH UMP
04/20/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP
04/26/13 LM Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH ALMS
04/27/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP
05/03/13 MOD Limaland Motorsports Park, Lima, OH UMP
05/04/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP
05/18/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP
05/24/13 MOD Limaland Motorsports Park, Lima, OH UMP
05/25/13 LM Oakshade Raceway, Wauseon, OH ALMS
05/26/13 LM/MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH ALMS
06/06/13 LM Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Dream
06/07/13 LM Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Dream
06/08/13 LM Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Dream
06/22/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP
07/03/13 MOD Waynesfield Raceway Park, Waynesfield, OH Bob Reynolds
07/19/13 LM/MOD Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH HellTour
07/20/13 LM/MOD Oakshade Raceway, Wauseon, OH HellTour
08/03/13 LM Oakshade Raceway, Wauseon, OH ALMS
08/10/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP
08/16/13 MOD Limaland Motorsports Park, Lima, OH UMP
08/30/13 LM Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH LucasOil
08/31/13 LM Oakshade Raceway, Wauseon, OH ALMS
09/01/13 LM/MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH ALMS
09/05/13 LM Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH World
09/06/13 LM Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH World
09/07/13 LM Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH World
09/20/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP
10/03/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP Nationals
10/04/13 MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP Nationals
10/05/13 LM/MOD Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH UMP Nationals

JHR Debuts 2013 at LaSalle

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 5:13 pm

LaSalle Speedway, La Salle, IL (03/29/2013) 46 Late Models. $2,000 to win.
Fast time in group five. Won the fifth heat holding off Kevin Weaver, Billy Drake, Brian Birkhofer, and Chris Simpson. Started 5th in the feature. Made the wrong adjustments and tire choice. I maintained my position for the first ten laps until I started searching around to try and gain some ground. Unfortunately I got to high in turns one and two catching the wall, which ended up tearing off my spoiler. The car very ill handling after that point forcing me to pull in and resulting in a DNF.
-JH

LaSalle Speedway, La Salle, IL (03/30/2013) 40 Late Models. $10,000 to win.
Third quick in group four. Started 2nd the heat and lead most of the race until a late side by side battle with Austin Hubbard. I was unable to hang on to the top spot and settled in for 2nd place finish. Started 8th in the feature, was rolling good until 10 laps to go when my right rear shock broke. It was difficult to maintain but I was still able to finish the race in 15th. All in all it was a great weekend to finally get back behind the wheel. I feel like we showed a lot of potential and will continue to improve from here on out.
-JH

March 22, 2013

Jon Henry Readies for 2013 Season by Releasing “Mean 15” Sponsors

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 12:36 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jon Henry Racing

March 22, 2013
Media Contact: Dustin Jarrett (dustinjarrett@yahoo.com)

Jon Henry Readies for 2013 Season by Releasing “Mean 15” Sponsors

ADA, OHIO (3/22/13) – As Old Man Winter continues to his forge into Spring, Jon Henry is putting the final touches on his 2013 racing plans. Next week, the Late Model hotshoe will begin to release his “Mean 15” sponsors beginning Monday, March 25.

The success of last season’s “Dirty Dozen” promotion – a group of 12 supporters who banded together to form one mega sponsorship – prompted Henry to expand the program in 2013 by adding three additional sponsors to create the “Mean 15”.

“The support I have from these people, organizations, and businesses is simply amazing,” Henry stated. “To be able to expand this to a group of 15 is more than I could have ever asked for and is definitely a sign of great things here at Jon Henry Racing”.

Beginning Monday, March 25, Henry will randomly reveal the names of his 15 supporters – three per day over a period of five days. The names of the sponsors will be released on Henry’s website www.jonhenryracing.com as well as the team’s facebook page www.facebook.com/jhr15.

Racing his own Late Model and a Dean Miracle-owned Modified in 2013, Henry plans to pursue an Eldora Speedway track championship in both divisions. A tentative 2013 schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

Those interested in contacting Henry can do so by visiting his webpage at www.jonhenryracing.com or by emailing him at jon@jonhenryracing.com.

July 30, 2012

JHR to Sit Out the Remainder of 2012

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 8:23 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jon Henry Racing

July 30, 2012
Media Contact: Dustin Jarrett (dustinjarrett@yahoo.com)

Jon Henry to Sit Out the Remainder of the 2012 Racing Season

ADA, OHIO (7/30/12) – Two time and defending Sunoco American Late Model Series champion Jon Henry has made a tough decision to sit out the remainder of the 2012 racing season. Citing the loss of financial backing, Henry will not be behind the wheel of his own race car for rest of the year.

“It’s a tough decision,” Henry admitted. “But I need to take the time to save my money and do things right in order to continue my success. I recently reached one of my goals by completing the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour. As most folks know, the grueling schedule can take its toll on a car and motor. At this point in the game, after losing one of my main financial backers and with two motors that need freshened, I simply do not have the funds to continue competing this year.”

Henry grabbed a highly-publicized win on the “Hell Tour” with his victory at Spoon River (IL) Speedway, where he competed and won without any crew members. In addition to his win, Henry netted six UMP Summer Nationals heat race victories which he parlayed into nine top ten finishes. Aside from his Summer Nationals success, Henry has five UMP DirtCar sanctioned wins this year and currently sits 13th in the UMP DirtCar National Late Model points standings.

For the rest of 2012, Henry plans to stay active in the sport assuming various roles. This weekend, he will travel to Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway to turn wrenches for Frank Heckenast Jr. at the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals.

“While I may be on the sidelines, I won’t be idle,” Henry said. “I want to continue to learn, study and grow so that I can come back stronger than ever when the time is right. I’m disappointed to be letting down my sponsors and my fans, but hopefully they understand the tough decision I had to make.”

Becoming arguable the hottest “free agent” in the sport, Henry would be open to racing for a team if the situation was right. Aside from holding five consecutive UMP DirtCar titles, including the honor of being co-Late Model champion at Eldora Speedway, Henry netted an impressive 14 Late Model wins last season with 32 top fives and 41 top ten finishes along with making the World 100. His consistent finishes and strong runs garnered him a third place finish in last season’s final UMP DirtCar National Late Model points tally.

Those interested in contacting Henry can do so by emailing him at jon@jonhenryracing.com or by calling him at (419) 235-2675.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

July 19, 2012

JHR Hell Tour Experience

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 12:14 pm

JHR - Hell Tour
What an experience! I just did 25 races in 30 days! Let me explain the Hell Tour to you as a metaphor to easily understand. Its biggest oldest wooden roller coaster ride in the country. It’s the ride that defines roller coasters. It’s the bumpiest roughest most uncomfortable up and down ride of your life, but if you survive, your proud to walk away saying you did it!
I can’t count how many times I thought for sure I wasn’t going to make it another day, but always continued to push forward. Driving roughly three hours every night with only about five hours of sleep. Not to mention working on the car each day in the scorching heat. I didn’t even plan on running the whole tour so I wasn’t prepared or organized which really made for a much more difficult process. One thing I told myself though is that I’ll take it day by day and go until I simply can’t go anymore…There really is a reason for everything, I went through a lot of ups and downs but I’m very thankful for the experience. This will definitely take my career to another level.
Thanks to all my sponsors and fans for your support through this deal. You’re the reason I continued to push forward and never gave up!
-Jon

JHR - Hell Tour - Recap
25 races
1-win
3-top 5s
10-top 10s
-First ever attempted to complete the Hell Tour
-Won at Spoon River with no crew
-Set fast time overall at I-55 and Peoria

JHR - Hell Tour - Results
06/13/12 Brownstown Speedway, Brownstown, IN DNS
06/14/12 Kankakee County Speedway, Kankakee, IL 19th
06/15/12 Cedar Lake Speedway, Somerset, WI DNS
06/16/12 Cedar Lake Speedway, Somerset, WI 21st
06/17/12 Wilmot Raceway, Wilmot, WI 14th
06/19/12 Spoon River Speedway, Canton, IL 1st
06/20/12 Highland Speedway, Highland, IL 13th
06/21/12 Fayette County Speedway, Brownstown, IL 5th
06/22/12 Tri City Speedway, Pontoon Beach, IL 9th
06/23/12 Fairbury Speedway, Fairbury, IL 17th
06/24/12 I 96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI 9th
06/26/12 Lincoln Park Speedway, Putnamville, IN 19th
06/27/12 Belle-Clair Speedway, Belleville, IL 17th
06/28/12 Clay Hill Motorsports Park, Atwood, TN 14th
06/29/12 Paducah Int. Raceway, Paducah, KY 21st
06/30/12 I 55 Raceway, Pevely, MO 18th
07/01/12 Lincoln Speedway, Lincoln, IL Canc
07/02/12 Peoria Speedway, Peoria, IL 9th
07/03/12 Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, IL 9th
07/04/12 Lasalle Speedway, Lasalle, IL 7th
07/05/12 Macon Speedway, Macon, IL 9th
07/06/12 Quincy Raceway, Quincy, IL 8th
07/07/12 Clarksville Speedway, Clarksville, TN Skip
07/08/12 Tri State Speedway, Haubstadt, IN Skip
07/10/12 Florence Speedway, Florence, KY 20th
07/11/12 Brushcreek Motorsports Park, Peebles, OH 16th
07/12/12 Terre Haute, Terre Haute, IN Skip
07/13/12 Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH 5th
07/14/12 Oakshade Raceway, Wauseon, OH 16th

JON HENRY RACING 2012 “DIRTY DOZEN” MEMBERS:
Mike & Sheila Keller (Lima, OH)
Truman Quarterhorses (Kenton, OH)
Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio (Ada, OH) - www.redeckonwo.com
Norada Lanes (Ada, OH)
The JLH Company (Fremont, OH) www.jlhcompany.com
Home Savings & Loan (Kenton, OH) www.hslc-kenton.com
William H. Bass Trucking (Ada, OH)
Automated Transport (Kenton, OH)
Reproductive Assistance (Terrace Park, OH) www.reproassistinc.com
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June 13, 2012

Danica Patrick “Prelude to the Dream”

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Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH (06/06/2012) Danica Patrick “Prelude to the Dream”

The end result of the “Prelude to the Dream” was a totally success! Danica finished 15th and continued to get faster and faster all night. She is an awesome person to work with and very professional. What an absolute honor for JHR. We all had a great time and raised a lot of money for Feed the Children!

Her first ever time behind the wheel of a dirt late model and basically first ever on dirt. Danica Qualified 21st quick with a time of 17.743 after only getting eight laps of total practice. I was very impressed with how quickly she caught on to everything. When she first arrived we got the seat adjusted to her liking then was able to take the car to the backstretch and get her comfortable with the transmission. After practice she told me that she thought the car felt like it was going to flip over when the weight transferred to the right side entering the corner. I knew it was going to be an awkward feeling for her but explained how the rear-ends work in these cars to give her a better understanding of how the car reacts. I also told her to just go at her own pace and walked her through an aerial shot of Eldora to show her different characteristics of the speedway. The heat race was going really well and she continued to get faster ever lap. On lap eight of ten of the heat she entered turn one just a little too high and the wall sucked her in forcing her to come to a stop in turn two. There was no major damage from the incident and we quickly had the car back rolling again. Eldora speedway has bit me more than I can even count and I expressed to her that every driver finds the wall at Eldora at least once. She felt really bad about the situation but I told her the car was fine and we didn’t lose any performance from it. Her goal for the feature was to get just seat time, not tear up the race car, and finish the race…and she did just that. She continued to get faster as the race went on and showed good car control dodging multiple wrecks in front of her. When it was all said and done she successfully finished the race 15th out of 26 drivers. It definitely took some getting used to but she proved that she is truly a professional. I was privileged and honored to coach her during her first dirt experience and most importantly we helped raise a lot of money for Feed the Children! Special thanks to Go Daddy and .ORG for their contribution.

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Danica Patrick- Question
You’ve finished your first Prelude. What did you learn from start to finish?
“I realized early that I wasn’t really in the mix, so I figured I would take the chance to get comfortable driving sideways a little bit more as I’ve found that that helps in driving a stock car. I was just feeling it out and I really wanted to bring the car home without balling it up. I sort of did that. It was a good experience for me but, more than anything, I’m proud to be a part of this event. Tony is definitely my role model for charity work. This is a big deal. It’s very cool that he puts this on, and it’s obviously his party, but he invites all of his friends and that’s cool.”

May 16, 2012

Norada Lanes to Host Jon Henry & Danica Patrick Dirt Cars on Memorial Day May 28th

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jon Henry Racing
May 16, 2012
Media Contact: Dustin Jarrett (dustinjarrett@yahoo.com)

Norada Lanes to Host Jon Henry & Danica Patrick Dirt Cars on Memorial Day May 28th

ADA, OH (5/14/12) – On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, Jon Henry Racing will have the Dirt Late Models of Danica Patrick and Jon Henry on display at Norada Lanes from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Henry will also be on hand to sign autographs, merchandise will be for sale, and a chicken dinner will be served from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Jon Henry, of Ada, Ohio, has won three straight Dirt Late Model races at three different tracks with victories at Fremont (OH) Speedway, Attica (OH) Raceway Park, and Oakshade (OH) Raceway. He currently leads the points at Attica Raceway Park and has five straight UMP DirtCar Championships under his belt.

Henry and his team will prepare a car for international motorsports star Danica Patrick to race at Eldora (OH) Speedway’s Feed The Children “Prelude to the Dream”, a charity event featuring over 25 different stars from NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, and the World of Outlaws. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 6th and will also be televised live on pay-per-view.

On Monday, May 28th, Henry will have Patrick’s Prelude car as well as his own car on display at Norada Lanes, a sponsor on Henry’s No. 15, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Merchandise for both Henry and Patrick will be on sale and Henry himself will be on hand for photo opportunities and to sign autographs for eager fans. Norada will also host a chicken dinner from 11:00am to 2:00pm for anyone wanting to come out and support the cause.

Norada Lanes is located one mile north of Ada, Ohio on State Route 235. For more information, you can contact Norada Lanes at (419) 634-8900.

For more information on Jon Henry, visit his website at www.jonhenryracing.com.

May 13, 2012

JHR Rolls on Three in a Row!

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 9:58 pm

Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH (05/11/2012) 25 Late Models.
By Brian Liskai

In the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models, Ada , Ohio ’s Jon Henry is proving his 14-win season in 2011 was no fluke. The Steel Driver passed Cody Scott on lap five and survived a late race caution to take his second win of the season at Attica and second straight, as he posted a victory at Fremont last Saturday. It was Henry’s 11th career Attica super late model win.

“This car is awesome. I can basically put it any where I want to. We tried some stuff tonight…we were just experimenting a little bit. I have to get the slick program a little bit better and I think we did pretty good tonight. My Dad, Randy, John and Casey…these guys help me put this car together…it helps me a lot having them and all these Dirty Dozen members and Fultz Fabrications. I really appreciate everything they do for me. All these fans out here…it’s good to be back in victory lane. We have three wins now and a second…that’s pretty good. We parked that other car (last year’s) in the corner and got this one out…I think we’re going to stick with this one awhile,” said Henry adding thanks to sponsors JLH General Contractor, William H. Bass Trucking, Reproductive Assistance, Truman Quarter Horses, Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio, Home Savings and Loan, Mike and Sheila Keller, Ron Spencer Real Estate, Automated Transport, Lehman & Lehman, Norada Lanes and APC – the Dirty Dozen.

Oakshade Raceway, Wauseon, OH (05/12/2012) 34 Late Models.

Jon Henry’s narrow win in the UMP Late Model feature at Oakshade Raceway highlighted an incredible weekend of racing action with close finishes in racing events on both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Things heated up quickly in heat race action on Saturday night when Josh Scott’s UMP Late Model got upside down in a multi-car wreck on the backstretch that involved last week’s feature winner Matt Miller. Scott was not injured, but his car was done for the night. Miller was able to make repairs and race his way into the feature through one of the two UMP Late Model consolation events.

Chris Keller led the first two laps of the UMP Late Model feature. After a caution on lap two, Jon Henry took command on the restart. One lap later, Dan Wallace spun on the backstretch and Matt Miller slowed to a stop at the same time. Both drivers went to the pits. Andrew Reaume from Blenheim, Ontario, Canada got by Keller on the restart to move into the second position.

Reaume, looking for his first ever Oakshade feature win after coming close on several occasions, stayed right with Henry as the two raced for the lead all the way to the finish. Brian Ruhlman closed in on the leaders to make it a great three-car battle for the lead late in the race. With all three drivers vying for position, Reaume made one last run off the outside of the final corner to get up alongside Henry. With the crowd on their feet, Henry edged out a narrow victory by just inches over a disappointed Andrew Reaume.

May 10, 2012

Danica Patrick & Jon Henry Racing Team-up

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 7:38 am

Eldora Speedway the legendary dirt track located near Rossburg, Ohio will host the “Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream” charity race on Wednesday, June 6. Adding her particular celebrity spotlight to the event will be popular female racer Danica Patrick. Patrick will be racing Jon Henry’s the 2011 Eldora Speedway Late Model Championship car. Jon Henry Racing and Patrick’s team worked diligently to put this deal into place. Patrick was looking for a top-notch ride and Henry was looking for a popular driver. When an agreement was reached, both sides were excited about having Patrick race for charity in one of the country’s premier Dirt Late Model events. Patrick is quoted saying that she hasn’t raced on dirt since she was 10, and that was once in a go-kart.

“I feel like the biggest challenge will be getting comfortable behind the wheel of a Dirt Late Model,” Patrick told K&N. “As someone who has raced my entire life, there are times when even I don’t feel as comfortable as I did the week before, or even the race before. Knowing the race is only for charity will most likely ease some of those concerns, but also knowing you’re racing a $40,000 Dirt Late Model that doesn’t belong to you brings about a few stresses. In addition, I think the above-mentioned car control and throttle control may prove to be big learning curves. I think any racer - no matter what type of car or surface - will tell you that controlling a 2300 pound, 900 horsepower race car on dirt is a challenge no matter how much or how little experience you have.”

Henry, a two-time Sunoco American Late Model Series Champion, last fielded a car in the Prelude to the Dream in 2010. The driver of his car that year was another worldwide motorsports star, Travis Pastrana. Pastrana finished 23rd in his dirt track debut, but stated the opportunity to race a Dirt Late Model was something he’d never forget. We talked with Henry to get his take on having Patrick pilot his championship car.

What does it mean to you and to the Prelude event to have Patrick sign on?

“It’s a huge honor for me to have Danica Patrick drive my car at the Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway. She’s a worldwide superstar and well-known on so many different levels that the amount of exposure it brings to my team can only benefit us. As for the Prelude itself, I’m sure everyone associated with Eldora Speedway, and to that event, is just as proud to have her signed on as I am. She brings a following of fans that, most likely, will have never been to a dirt track stock car race before. Bringing new fans into our sport is great for the sport itself, as well as a prestigious venue like Eldora Speedway.”

Tell us a bit about the charity and your involvement with it.

“Although I’m not directly involved with Feed the Children in any way, I know they have signed on a sponsor at Eldora Speedway, not just for this event, but for the entire year. Their mission is to have served over 320,000 families by the end of the year. What I enjoy most about the organization is their desire to not just feed kids in the literal sense, but also on the education side of things. They’re big on nourishment for the mind as well, which I think is great for the underprivileged children of the world.”

How do you feel Patrick will do in the Late Model world, has she practiced in your car yet, and how did it go?

“As you probably know, Danica has been progressively getting more involved with the stock car type of racing the past few years. Racing Dirt Late Models will undoubtedly give her an experience she has probably never had before. Honestly, I feel as though racing Dirt Late Models can often benefit anyone racing on asphalt as it teaches you an unbelievable amount of both car control and throttle control. Although she has not yet practiced for the June 6th event, we’re currently working on getting her a test date in the near future.”

This may be a tough question to answer, but is she thinking of trying other dirt racing formats or is this a one-time thing?

“That’s a good question and, honestly, I’m not sure. I would imagine, for the time being, this is simply a one-shot deal. However, in the same sense, I doubt she would pass up the opportunity to race for charity again if the opportunity presented itself and the event fit into her busy schedule.”

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Win #2 ALMS Fremont Speedway

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 7:37 am

Henry takes Fremont ALMS win
Saturday, May 5, 2012
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – Jon Henry knew on a tight bullring like Fremont Speedway, lapped traffic would come into play. He and Curtis Roberts battled each other and heavy lapped traffic during the middle portion of the Sunoco American Late Model Series feature at “The Track That Action Built” before Henry used the high line in turn four to grab the lead on lap 16 and then survived several late race cautions to score his second career win at the track on Underground Utilities Inc. Night.
“You do what you have to do. The guys were telling me it seems like the high side was fastest. So I figured if I just calm down a little bit on the top and get through the bumps, I didn’t think anyone could pass me on the bottom. I have to thank all these fans for coming out here. This is a fun place to come race. We don’t get to race here that often. I really have to thank my Dad, John and Randy for all their help. I have to thank Rocket Chassis. This is a brand new orange front end Rocket and has two heat race wins and two wins,” said Henry beside his Fultz Fabrications backed machine.
“That’s one thing when you come to Fremont…you know it’s tight and you know you’re going to have to battle around traffic. I knew when I rolled up there pretty quick and got to Roberts…he was kind of dicing and I was able to hang with him and I knew I had to go back to the top shelf and see if I can get around him,” added Henry from the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
“I really have to thank the Dirty Dozen. They are the reason I’m able to do this this year…all 12 of them,” said Henry of the sponsors JLH General Contractor, William H. Bass Trucking, Reproductive Assistance, Truman Quarter Horses, Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio, Home Savings and Loan, Mike and Sheila Keller, Ron Spencer Real Estate, Automated Transport, Lehman & Lehman, Norada Lanes and Associated Plastic.

April 16, 2012

JHR Win #1

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 8:10 am

April 13th-Attica Win #1 : Finally got the first taste of victory for 2012! It was our first night in our all new 2012 orange front-end Rocket with a new set of Accu-Force Shocks. We struggled in practice and in the heat race with a vibration but we were able to solve the problem before the feature event. I started 6th and quickly made my move to the front taking the lead on lap 3. Lap traffic started to become an issue by lap 15 but thankfully a caution bunched the field back together. On lap 22 with only three laps to go I started to hear some pressure from hard charging Matt Miller on the high side. But Matt over drove the cushion which gave me some breathing room and I was able to hold on to the lead and pull off our first win of the season!

Jon

March 31, 2012

K&N: Jon Henry Racing and Their New Rocket Ready to Blastoff Into 2012

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 9:04 am

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Sometimes just knowing you’re ready to run with the big dogs is all you get, and often that’s plenty good enough to spark a highly success year. Third-generation racer Jon Henry and his Ada, Ohio team opened the 2012 season in promising style, even though their car may not have seen it that way.

The Jon Henry Racing LTD crew traveled to Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky to be part of 33 Late Model field for the opening of their 2012 race schedule. Henry finished second in his heat race and started 4th in the feature. The racing surface was super fast, abusively demanding, and started rolling up quite a bit in the corners, which created a survival mode for racers. Henry moved up into 2nd in the feature before having to surrender on lap 17 after the vibration in his car got too severe.

“Well we were rolling really good until the vibration continued to get worse and worse forcing me to pull off before any major damage occurred,” explained Henry. “Come to find out we had a bad u-joint from our driveshaft and it was almost to the point of slipping out. But take the good with the bad in these situations- we weren’t able to finish, but we showed a lot of potential running in the top three with some heavy hitters.”

Henry has every intention of keeping the momentum train rolling down his tracks after a stellar 2011 season. “Last season was an awesome year!” adds Henry. “I became a two-time Sunoco American Late Model Series Champion, I was co-Late Model Champion at the famed Eldora Speedway, I finished 3rd in the UMP national points, and won the East region for UMP. It was a very successful year!”

During the off season the team sold their 2001 Rocket that won a lot of races for them last year, including making it into the 2011 World 100. “After that I bought a brand new 2012 Rocket,” said the K&N sponsored driver. “Thanks to everyone at Rocket we were able to spend three days down in Shinnston, West Virginia at Rocket Chassis to completely assembly the car from top to bottom. I also still have my 2003 Rocket that we just kicked off our 2012 season with, but I’m really looking forward to getting out that new Rocket soon.”

The highly motivated and thoroughly promising team made some other key changes during the off season by hiring some very experienced part-time help. “Scott Smith, also known as ‘Schoolboy,’ has been a big help to getting our program headed to the next level,” said Henry. “Another big change was me personally spending some time at Accu-Force Shock Service in Millersburg, Ohio with owner Keith Berner. Keith is very sharp with shocks and with these racecars; he taught me a lot in a short amount of time and it’s going to be a huge help to my performance in 2012.”

“Our goal is to run in the Summer Nationals this year, which is also called the ‘Hell Tour.’ It consists of 28 races in 31 days over seven different states. We will also be contending for another Eldora Speedway Championship, and hopefully we’re in the mix again for another run at the UMP national championship.”

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