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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!

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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

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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.