Attica Raceway Park located in central Ohio was the site for the season opening UMP Late Model race series. While the night air was a bit chilly, the racing surface was in excellent condition, and the action on track was smoking.
Henry says his K&N Filters, Wide Open Graphics backed number 15 is dialed in just the way he likes it this year.
"I really felt comfortable with my racecar from the beginning and knew our team had a good shot," said Ada, Ohio's Jon Henry beside his K&N Filters, Wide Open Graphics backed number 15. Henry redrew the number two starting position for the feature which helped him on the exceptionally fast racetrack.
Although lap traffic created a struggle a few times, causing him to lose the lead, he was able to quickly regain the top.
Jon Henry won the opening UMP Late Model race at Attica Raceway Park and followed it up with another victory the next weekend.
"It was an exciting race for the fans and I was able to hold off charges from the 2010 UMP National Champion, Rusty Schlenk, and the 2009 World of Outlaw Rookie of the Year, Russ King."
Henry first battled with the 2010 National UMP Champion and then traded slide jobs with King the last half of the race before taking his second career ARP victory. For Henry, the late model victory was extra sweet as his family is fielding their own machine in 2011.
After his win at Attica Henry said he really has to thank his dad for all work and money he has invested in him.
"I first have to thank the fans for coming out on such a cold night. This year is our 'Share the Experience 2011' campaign where we share the ups and downs of racing with the fans through our in-car camera and they will get an eyeful tonight," said Henry. "I really have to thank my dad for all work and money he has invested in me."
Henry commented that he wants all his fans to know he will be posting videos from each race this season on his website, explaining in detail what transpires during the course of his races. "It's a way to keep more fans involved and also give potential fans access to see what really goes on at a dirt race," said Henry.
"After winning our first night out around home we have some high expectations for this season. I feel we have a really good package in our racecar and will continue to learn and grow throughout the season."
During his off season Henry went down to Florida to race at Volusia. "We hadn't really changed anything from the previous year and our program just wasn't where it needed to be. So we came home and spent a couple months evaluating everything and now were really headed in the right direction."
For 2011 Henry also plans on running in the Sunoco American Late Model Series Championship, splitting time between his car and the number 11 Lawrence Motorsports car.
"We will be at Attica Raceway Park for a couple more weeks until we hit the Sunoco ALMS season opener at the famed Eldora Speedway April 16th, remarked Henry at the time of this interview.
The following weekend at Attica Raceway, Henry once again held off a hard charging Rusty Schlenk, to earn his second feature win in a row. It wasn't easy, as Henry took the checkered by only a half a car length over the 2010 National UMP Champion.
"That was a little too close...I was trying to take it easy because I knew dad didn't want me hitting those tractor tires down there. I started to hear something with about two to go, and I was like, I need to stop taking it easy. Two in a row - this is awesome. I have to thank my dad and John McClain for all their help," added Henry.
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