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Sloan Henderson: NASCAR Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award 2010!
Birth date: July 17, 1992
Current Residence: Ohio
Recently, Sloan tested at the Daytona ARCA test with Brian Keselowski's team, K-Automotive Motorsports, and finished 8th out of 53 drivers. Sloan's lap time was 49.461 with a speed of 181.962.
In early 2011, Sloan was invited to Daytona for a road course test by Continental Tire in the Grand Am Series. During the test at Daytona, Sloan posted the quickest lap time for that car tested that day. The driver who tested the car before her was the previous yearâ€™s champion in the Grand Am Series.
Sloan followed the test for Continental Tire by staying at Daytona for the A.R.C.A. series tests. Sloan "flat footed" the first lap on the high banks at Daytona to earn her A.R.C.A. license. Sloanâ€™s A.R.C.A. license qualifies her to race the super speedway tracks in A.R.C.A. series. Sloan joined Coulter Motorsports as a signed development driver.
Later in the year, Sloan stepped on the other side of racing and was an assistant coach for the CMT TV series â€śMadeâ€ť. She had the privilege of joining NASCAR racing legend Ernie Irvin as they teamed up to teach a 40 year old housewife how to race.
Sloan is currently a freshman at Wright State University. She is an alumni of Dayton Christian School having graduated in June 2011. Sloan was active in the, â€śWorth Waiting For" program at Dayton Christian. She is also active with â€śMake A Wishâ€ť. Sloan traveled to Cleveland in 2009 to grant a wish to a young boy. On December 15, 2008, the City of Franklin, honored Sloan with the â€śSloan Henderson Dayâ€ť. The City of Franklin also chose Sloan as the grand marshal for the July 4th Parade held in Franklin, OH. She was also given the privilege of re-dedicating the historical "Lyon's Bridge." Sloan also has done a weekly update on her racing on the Rebel 105.9 radio station and has co-written weekly stories in 5 local newspapers for the Miller Publishing company. Sloan has also been a featured writer in the e-magazine "The Voice of the Miami Valley." In addition, Sloan is printed in England in an e-magazine called RacerGirl. She also makes numerous personal appearances plus interviews on radio and TV news programs. Sloan's combined Facebook page and fan page numbers have exceeded 11,000 members as of May 25, 2011.
2010-NASCAR Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award
2010-NASCAR Whelen Late Models:
4th-Breaks track record for the second time at Columbus Motor Speedway.
6th-Win at Kil-Kare-Robbie Dean Memorial 94 Lap race.
30th-Set new track record at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, OH. This
record breaker makes her the first female to set a record at
24th-Set new track record at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, OH.
First female to break a track record.
17th-Set fast time, won Trophy Dash, and feature at Columbus Motor
*As of August 6th-
2009 NASCAR Whelen ROY for Ohio
Highest ranked rookie female in Nation
Sloan the only First female to set fast time, win a heat race, get four
podium finishes, six top five and eighteen top ten finishes while
earning respect of most competitors with NO mirrors or radio.
2008 INEX 600 racing Legend cars:
Finished 6th in National points
13 feature wins
33 top five finishes
2006 INEX Bandoleros:
3rd in National points
KOIL tour Champ
13 features wins
3 track records
2004 Quarter Midgets Won Eastern Grandâ€™s- her 4th race ever!
3 track records
2005 and 2007 Rookie Years in Bando's and Legend's
Sloan is a self taught, first generation racer, and not a one track
wonder. She has won from Florida to Wisconsin- Connecticut to California without a "silver spoon," scales, or a crew chief. Her first and only dirt race in a legend car, she won the heat race and finished 3rd in feature.
At 17, Sloan Henderson is on a career path destined for Victory Lane in NASCAR's elite Cup Series.
Sloan started racing at the age of 12, just after an accident with her horse that broke her jaw. Her Dad wanted her to get into something safer, not knowing that she would end up running door to door with some of the best on the track.
By her fourth race, an amazing thing happened. Sloan was running first with just a few laps to go. Someone tried to pass on her blind side and they wrecked. Sloan was placed in the back of the lead lap cars as the green flag waved. With just a few remaining laps, Sloan skillfully passed every car to win the Senior Novice Eastern Grand National Championship. Sloan accomplished this task on a track she had never raced on and in a car she had never driven before. The rest of the season was unforgettable; she went on to set three track records and win more than fifty races!
She was selected to join the Women in the Winner's Circle, a foundation formed by Lyn St. James. Sloan was the Champion of the KOIL tour series in the Bandolero as she set three track records and won fifteen feature races. All this while placing 3rd in INEX national points and competing on tracks from Florida to Wisconsin including Lowe Motor Speedway.
In the Legends, she won 13 feature races and placed second in the KOIL tour, sixth in the INEX Young Lions National division and eleventh in the semi pro's. With wins from Florida to Wisconsin, Sloan has proven that she belongs. With the innate ability to unload at a new track and be competitive, there is no challenge too great for this skilled driver.
In the fall of 2008, Sloan silenced the skeptics when she tested in new vehicles. Moving from the 130 HP Legend car to more than 650 HP in the NASCAR Whelen Stock Cars. In her first test, she was able to lay down a lap time that was just .04 of a second off the track record in a detuned car. She also beat the car owner who was racing on his home track in his own car.
In October, 2008 she was contacted by Ron Sutton's Driver Development program in California where she made the cut to test out of 751 other applicants.
In November, after testing a USAC Focus Midget, the programs director said, "Our judges called her a 'Diamond in the rough'. We think she has real potential for a career, because she has the 'human part' that we can't give a driver. She has heart, passion, fearlessness, drive, focus, and intensity. We can tell this by how far she came and how much she ramped up from her first session to her fourth and fifth sessions. She drove the car in super deep and carried a ton of corner speed with a loose car. That takes courage and skill, she has it in spades."
All of Sloan's accomplishments have given her the faith to believe that she can take her career to the ultimate level and prove that a girl can win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Sloan is moving into the NASCAR Whelen Series in 2009 where she will pilot cars with more than 650 HP. Sloan will compete for the Ohio State Championship at the Columbus Motor Speedway & the Kil-Kare Speedway. Testing on the edge of track records, she is ready to garnish the NASCAR Whelen Rookie of the year honors in her first season and hopefully move on to NASCAR's Campers World Truck Series for a few races in 2010.
Sloan leaased a car from Gary Estes for 2009 when she nearly broke the track record in a detuned NASCAR Whelen Late Model. Gary's car won the NASCAR's Ohio State Champion Whelen All America, the Kil-Kare Championship and finished second at the Columbus Motor Speedway in 2008. Sloan has already written history in 2009 by setting the high water mark in her first practice in '09 in this superior equipment, just as she has done in the past. You can search Sloan Henderson on U-Tube watch her race and decide if you want YOUR NAME on her car for as little as .34 cents a day. WARNING!! If you don't like an aggressive fast female driver don't go there.
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