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|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Sunday, May 02, 2010 9:12:47 PM
Qualifying Queen -Sloan sets fast time again!
The weather was perfect Friday night. I was so excited about getting out on the track after so many rain cancelations. It was demolition trailer race night at Kil-Kare so there would be no heat race. We would only be qualifying and then the feature race. I was really happy with the Rebel 105.9 NASCAR Whelen Koehlke GreenPro #4. I went out and got fast time again! Kil-Kare inversion was a 7 so I started on the inside of the 4th row just behind Gary Estes in the Bond Machine Weiler Welding car. I was going to have to try to get to the outside row as soon as possible hopefully between the Oakley asphalt car and the Estes oil car if I had a chance to get to the front. This was going to be tough with no mirror or radios.
We did our two warm-up laps in the Rebel 105.9 Late Model and I thought something was wrong with my car. The green flag dropped and my rear end was hopping. My rear axle cap broke. In order to explain that in a little more in detail, the engine spins on a drive shaft through a Bert clutchless transmission. It then goes to the rear end where the spinning action is split between the two axles by a ring and pinion gears. Next, the 600 plus hp is delivered to the hubs by the axle. The point where the power is transferred to the hubs is where the axle caps is located. The axle caps are a small piece on aluminum that would fit in to your hand and weight around one pound. We check these regularly but stuff happens. I was done for the night. I was not a happy but those things happen in racing. My crew does a great job each week and itâ€™s very frustrating for them and me when equipment fails. We were also grateful it was not as more expensive problem.
I would like to thank Classic Style Barber Service and Chips and Clips Lawn Services for becoming one of my new sponsors this week. Hunter Water Conditioning and Coxâ€™s Service Station and Repair are considering being a local supporter. We are also still working with some local Chevy dealers and hope to fill our short fall in the co- anchor partnerships for this season. We are truly blessed by Green Pro Landscaping, Koehlke Components, The Rebel 105.9, Dempster Tire in Middletown, Estes Oil, First Command Financial, Line-X on Conover Drive, Miracle Welding, Shannon McGuire at Salon 122 in Hunter, Springboro Hardware, Larry and the crew at National Coating Systems Inc on Shotwell Drive, and Dayton Christian Schools. I have to also thank Miller printing and all of you for buying the paper. Dad gets so stressed out about the other sponsor we need but I know God will provide just like in the past.
Saturday, I got up and checked the weather. It looked like it was going to stop raining at Columbus long enough to sign in. We talked to Gary and headed to the Motorcar Shop in Spring Valley. We then got the call that Columbus was cancelled due to the pending rain. If I could make money on betting on the weather, I would be betting on rain on Friday and Saturday! Nothing can take away the bummed out mood like a pizza so I called Mom and Chase. We met at Pisenelloâ€™s for a great pizza. We got to meet some fans that were eating there. I would rather be racing but it ended up being a great afternoon. See you at Kil-Kare Friday night and hope you can tune in to the Rebel105.9 on Tues around 2:45 pm Thanks Sloan and the crew
|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:15:09 PM
|What an exciting weekend of racing at both tracks, Friday we unloaded the Rebel 105.9 late model at Kil-Kare Speedway to find out that they were going to shorten the race program to just a feature race. The incoming rain was a real threat. We had a good first practice and at that time we were the fastest car there thanks to the Estes racing fuel. We also had a great set up the by the crew. We chose not to practice and save our tires for the feature so we watched the second practice. Oakley Asphalt car was able to take me off the fast time spot. We went back out to try to pick up a half tenth then without warning the power steering line broke. I killed the engine and tried to roll off the track. We made quick work on fixing the line thanks to a competitor, Oakley Asphalt. Yes, the very team that we competing against. I was a little concerned in qualifying, because the left front tire got soaked with oil. However, the GreenPro Landscaping Koehlke Component NASCAR Whelen Late Model #4 got hooked up and we pulled out a second place qualifying time.
In the feature they inverted to 5th position so I started 4th, I missed my mark on the start and dropped to 6th. In a few laps, I was starting to get into some real tough racing with the #17 car. Every time I started to pass on the straight away, I would run out of room. I would have to back off or risk hitting the wall. After my second attempt to pass him, I decided to pass him on the outside in turn one or two and finish in the turn three, I was able to make that pass and quickly catch up to the next group of race cars. It was a three way race with Gary Estes and Oakley Asphalt car. Gary was in front by just a few feet and I was side by side and wheel to wheel for around six laps with the other car, what was awesome.
Finally, I was able to dive on the inside as the other two cars competed. Someone got Gary loose and I was able to get the second place spot. I set sail for the leader and realize my water tempeture was hotter than it should have been, probably because I was so close to the car in front not enough air was getting into the radiator, so I finished the race for a second place finish.
Saturday, we headed to Spring Valley to the Motorcar Auto Body Shop. We hooked up to the trailer and picked up the crew. We were then off to Columbus. It was a big temperature change from Saturday!
In our first practice, we were in the mid fourteen forties. The second practice, Gary made some good adjustments to the car. I was able to run low teens. A few spectators said they clocked me close to the track record. Unfortunately in qualifying, the best I could get was a 14.33. This time put me in the 6th fastest. This put me on the inside for the start of the feature which was not the preferred line that night. I had to drop back in the field four positions before I could get an opening to get to the outside. I finally was able to start racing towards the front. The 28 car spun out in turn one. I finished 5th. I was not the finish I wanted put it was a good day at the track.
Last week, we were rained out at Columbus on Saturday but as it turns out, it was a blessing as Tom and all the crew at Pisanelloâ€™s is now a new sponsor. I love the bread sticks there! Yum!
I have few upcoming media things. I will be in Susie Magazine next month. I was invited by a British company, Girl Racer, to write a weekly article just like this one. I will be doing an interview with a Canadian radio station in the next few weeks. WOW who would of guessed. Thanks again to Oakley Asphalt Team for lending use the hose what great drivers and people. Hope to see you This Friday at Kil-Kare and if you can lessen at 2:45 Tuesday I will be on the Rebel 105.9FM
Thanks Sloan and the Crew
|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Sunday, May 16, 2010 9:16:35 PM
What an exciting weekend again! This week we spent time in shop going over the front end. We set the camber and caster. We made sure all the settings were perfect. What a difference it made! The Green Pro Landscaping/Rebel 105.9 #4 was good as before I got wrecked. I hate to qualify first (just a thing). Friday at Kil-Kare it would have been good if I did. I would have had the track record 13.44. However, unfortunately, the Oakley Asphalt sponsored car broke the record just before me.
In the feature, the inversion was a five. I was hoping the outside pole car could beat the Bond Machine car. I could hopefully get around him. The Oakley car made it three wide on the inside coming out of turn four so I had to back down. I moved down to the fifth position. I quickly passed for third. Late in the race there was a caution. I just didnâ€™t have enough to make it the front.
It was an awesome night because there were a lot of people in the stands. This Friday at Kil-Kare it is going to be a school bus race. The bus race is after our feature. The school buses are raced on the quarter mile (the small track) and they do a figure eight in order to try to flip the school buses. It is very fun and a fan favorite.
Saturday at Columbus Motor Speedway, we bought a new Hoosier racing tire but the stagger was off. Stagger is the difference in the circumference of the tire. We used the _____ gas in our tires that we get from Weiler Welding. It is possible to put extra air in them and stretch the tire. I guess this worked I qualified second. This was three spots faster than last week. The gas we use help control tired growth on the race track. Regular air has moisture and as the tire heats up the moister expands this causes the tire to grow too rapidly and this changes how the car handles.
In the feature, there were three wrecks and two spin-outs right in front of me. The fourteen car spun on lap one and I were getting ready to pass him. Unfortunately, I took the air off his spoiler and he spun. The track called it on me so I had to go to the tail. The driver of the fourteen car was nice enough after the race to come to me and tell me he spun on his own. He told me it was not my fault that he spun. GreenPro Landscaping/Koehlke #4 was fast but I couldnâ€™t drive it back through the field so I had to settle for 8th. I felt terrible. The crew gave me a great car. I just didnâ€™t get it done.
I crew all looked very handsome in their new crew shirts! They are a very talented, hard working, handsome group of guys!
I want to say â€śthanksâ€ť to Dan from Rulesâ€™ Excavating for volunteering this weekend.
I hope to see you at Kil-Kare on Friday! Just a reminder to my sponsors and partner the Kil-Kare tickets are not good this weekend because the bus race is a special event. Thanks Sloan and the Crew
|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Sunday, May 23, 2010 9:17:32 PM
It was a great weekend again! However, it was a disappointment that Kil-Kare was rained out Friday night. It was to be the bus races at Kil-Kare which are rescheduled for this weekend and we really wanted to try the new gas from Estes Oil in Franklin.
Saturday we went to Pisanelloâ€™s for pizza and headed to the shop around 1 p.m. We got to Motorcar Auto Body just in time to help get the car loaded. Gary and some of the guys had already been working on the car since 9 a.m. We are trying different racing fuels from Estes Oil. We are also trying different staggers to try to get the Koehlke GreenPro Landscaping #4 faster. We got a new 12 volt battery this week with 1300 cranking amps. Ok Iâ€™m not sure what that means either but it more then the diesel truck we use to pull the trailer so starting the car should be easier.
At Columbus, we unloaded the Rebel 105.9 car and went out for the first practice. It had been raining and the track was still green. They also have a weep hold in the track in turn four where ground water can seep onto the track. They were trying to get it dried up. Our second practice, we found that we needed to make some chassis adjustments because our tire temp was off. By the third practice, we were right in line with most of the other cars. Just my luck, we drew 4 and was to be the first to qualify. I qualified at a 13.44 which was third fastest. In the dash race on was on the outside pole and as I described earlier there was a wet spot on the track on the outside of turn four. I was unable to get on the gas as hard as I like to come to the green flag. I ended up finishing the dash race in third.
It was privilege to go over to the fan section to sign autographs before the intermission. It was exciting to meet all my supports and answer questions. I had a great time greeting each one of them. The look on the girl face as she skipped off says it all
In the feature, I started in the outside of row four in eighth In the Green Pro landscaping Koehlke components NASCAR Whelen LM . Just like playing checkers, you need to know what the other players could do. The guy leading my row was not great on the outside and was having problems with his car earlier. As I quested it I got pushed back to the tenth position it should have been ninth but a guy came in to my line and I choose to let him in because it was early in the race, I did leave the door open a little so it was somewhat my faulty. Unfortunately he hit me and we going to have to do some bodywork and paint. ( no Mirrors or radios in these cars) I had to wait for the right time to start passing. The opportunity to start passing came late in the race. I quickly moved up to the fifth position in just a few laps to go.
We have been doing a poll on Facebook with our new t-shirt designs. We hope to have a few of them available soon for purchase. We hope also have some exciting things to announce next week so be sure to tune in!
We are still hoping to get a tire sponsor so we can do some more testing. Dad is meeting with some people at Sport clips and we still waiting to hear from some others. I still need an anchor sponsor to finish out the year. Have a great week! Sloan and crew!! Follow me at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/pages/Sloan-Henderson-Motorsports/122508936584?ref=ts and sloan-henderson on twitter for race day updates
|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Sunday, May 30, 2010 9:18:46 PM
I would like to start out my article by thanking all the veterans! My crew consists of mostly veterans. Their talents, â€ścan-doâ€ť attitudes, and work ethics are all things I admire and appreciate. Link Burgess is a WW II vet and was knighted by the British for his effort in the Battle of the Bulge.
I was very honored and humbled to be chosen as the Grand Marshall for Franklinâ€™s July 4th Parade. It is a huge honor! I want to send a sincere thanks to Mr. Lukas, the city manager for his support of me. Also, many thanks to the parade committee and the whole community. The parade is Saturday, July 3rd and starts at 10 a.m. I will be available for a short time after the parade for autographs and pictures. I have to leave for Columbus Motor Speedway to race the NASCAR Whelen Late Model race so I will not be staying too long afterwards. If my car doesnâ€™t get torn up racing the night before at Kil-Kare, we are hoping to have it on a trailer for the parade.
I also appreciate all of you that are following my races on Twitter and Facebook. We have made the decision to shut down the MySpace account. Also, my Facebook page is nearing or probably will be over the 5,000 friends limit by the time this article is published so please join my Facebook fan page. Also, thanks to all the fans that voted on the t-shirt designs posted on my Facebook page. A decision will be made this week. T-shirts will be for sale on line shortly and we hope to have them available for purchase at the parade. I know many of you have asked to have them purchased so you can wear them to the parade. We are working hard to make that happen.
I was also invited to do an article for a British on-line racing news website. I have seen a tremendous response on my Facebook account from Britain as a result. It is humbling to see all the fans from all over the world.
We made a lot of changes to my car during the week and I was really looking forward to testing on Thursday at Kil-Kare. However, Mother Nature did not cooperate and practice was cancelled due to rain. It put us in an awkward place-not knowing on race day if the changes were what we needed.
With the fuel from Esteâ€™s oil, I ended up getting a strong fast time on Friday night in the Rebel 105.9 NASCAR Whelen Late Model. Kil-Kare did a five inversion so I started on the inside third row back. I still did not know for sure how my car was going to handle in the long run. As it turned out, it was very loose. The right rear tire grew more than expected and threw the stager off. In the middle of the race, the car was super. I should have tried to pass then but I thought the two Oakley Asphalt cars in front of me would get slower as the race went on. They didnâ€™t get slower and I settled for 3rd in the feature.
I want all of the readers to know that we work on a shoe-string budget. We havenâ€™t gotten an anchor partner this season. However, we are grateful for GreenPro Landscaping and Koehlke components in the co-anchor spots. I know it is tough for most people in this economy but it is very frustrating for me. The competition in Columbus, that is beating me, have a shop full of parts and tires plus extra engines. I hear they have three 40k motors!! We donâ€™t have those luxuries. I have to do well on the track plus put the car back in the trailer in one piece. I am not complaining, quite the opposite. I am very blessed to have the opportunities I do have. The people and local partners behind me are a God send as well. It is just amazing that we are consistently finishing most weeks in the top five when we are being out spent 5 to 1.
Columbus did not have any races this weekend. The Nichols family that owns Columbus Speedway is a terrific group of people. Their son comes down and races at Kil-Kare as well.
In addition, I had a wonderful time two Sundays ago at the Arthritis Walk at Sawyer Point in Cincinnati. I went as part of Cincinnati Bone and Jointâ€™s team; itâ€™s where my mom works. Her boss, Dr. Patrick Kirk, was an honorary co-chairman. It was fun meeting several fans while I was there. The best part was they were giving away free massages! It is a great event and they raised a lot of money for arthritis cure research.
Also, I am on the cover for Susie Magazine for the month of June. Susie is a wonderful Christian girlâ€™s magazine. I enjoyed working with the editor Susie Shellenberger and her writing staff.
Thanks Sloan and crew!