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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

http://www.knfilters.com/news/news.aspx?ID=3886

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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March 28, 2012

Danica Patrick to Drive for Jon Henry Racing at Eldora’s Prelude!

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 7:30 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jon Henry Racing
March 27, 2012
Media Contact: Dustin Jarrett (dustinjarrett@yahoo.com)

Danica Patrick to Drive for Jon Henry Racing at Eldora’s Prelude!

ADA, OH (3/27/12) – When Eldora Speedway announced that Danica Patrick would be racing in their Feed The Children Prelude to the Dream on Wednesday, June 6, many folks began asking which Dirt Late Model driver would be fielding a car for the popular female racer. The answer is 2011 Eldora Speedway Late Model Champion Jon Henry.
During the last several months, parties from Jon Henry Racing and Danica Patrick’s team have been working diligently to get the deal in 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.

“What an awesome opportunity!” said Henry. “To have Danica drive my car at the Prelude is really special. My team and I are certainly looking forward to it and I know Danica is too.”

“I raced on dirt once before in a go-kart when I was young, but that’s about it. It’s going to be a challenge for sure, but I know Tony has offered to help in any way possible. I’m excited about it, but I’m also nervous,” Patrick said in an Eldora Speedway press release. “It’s a totally different style of racing, so I’m not sure what to expect. But, it’s for a great cause with Feed The Children benefiting from the money raised this year, so I’m ready to give it a shot.”
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.

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

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
Ron Spencer Real Estate (Lima, OH) www.rsre.com
Lehman & Lehman (Milford Center, OH)
Associated Plastics (Ada, OH) www.associatedplasticscorp.com

Jon Henry Racing Affiliate Supporters: Fultz Fabrications & Speed Shop, 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, Dyer Rods, Dargie Race Engines, Rocket Chassis, Sweet Mfg, Frankland Rear Ends, Micro-Armor

March 19, 2012

Spring 50 Results

Filed under: JHR Blogs — jon @ 8:59 am

Florence Speedway, Union, KY (03/17/2012) 33 Late Models. Qualified 7th quick overall. Started 2nd in the first heat race finished 2nd. Started 4th in the feature and was up 2nd then fell back to 4th but then was forced to pull off on Lap 17 for a bad vibration. The racing surface was super fast and heavy and started rolling up quite a bit in the corners which created survival mode. There was a long red flag on lap two for an eight car pileup. Once we resumed I was able to take advantage of the inside lane on a double file restart and pass Don O’Neal and close in on leader Darrell Lanigan. My run to the lead didn’t last long as continued to struggle getting my car to turn on entry and fell back behind O’Neal in third. The track was very demanding and my racecar started to really feel the abuse. I was riding in fourth until a bad vibration caused me no choice but to pull off and end my night early. Not the way we wanted to start the season but we were in the hunt with the heavy hitters and showed a lot of potential. Looking forward to starting the racing season around home as I foresee another solid year upon us!

*Special thanks to the Snider family for purchasing us two new tires for the Spring 50!

Jon

JON HENRY RACING 2012 “DIRTY DOZEN” MEMBERS:
Mike & Sheila Keller (Lima, OH)
Truman Quarterhorses (Kenton, OH)
Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio (Ada, OH)
Norada Lanes (Ada, OH)
The JLH Company (Fremont, OH)
Home Savings & Loan (Kenton, OH)
William H. Bass Trucking (Ada, OH)
Automated Transport (Kenton, OH)
Reproductive Assistance (Terrace Park, OH)
Ron Spencer Real Estate (Lima, OH)
Lehman & Lehman (Milford Center, OH)
Associated Plastics (Ada, OH)

Jon Henry Racing Affiliate Supporters: Fultz Fabrications & Speed Shop, 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, Dyer Rods, Dargie Race Engines, Rocket Chassis, Sweet Mfg, Frankland Rear Ends, Micro-Armor