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|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Friday, June 04, 2010 9:20:07 PM
Another great week, but off the track! We are making some good progress with local sponsors and getting a meeting set up with company for next year. I also moved into first place in the Ohio State point by 1 point. We believe that is a first time in America for a female to lead the NASCAR Whelen State points. We will be contacting NASCAR this week to verify but have not heard back as of yet. It is still a long way to another championship. There is a lot of well funded and skilled completion that are also wanting that spot. It is going to be interesting. Last year, it was the second to last race of the year before I locked up the NASCAR Whelen Rookie of the Year for Ohio. This year itâ€™s not going to be as easier. I am going to be meeting with Julie w on Thursday. She has a marketing company in Indianapolis. Tony from Rainmakerâ€™s referred her to us. Hopefully, she can help put us on track for a sponsor for 2011-12 seasons in a NASCAR Camping World Truck. Last Thursday, we were going to meet with Stephine at Kil-Kare during a test. However, we chose to not test because of the green track (because by Wednesdayâ€™s rain). I am going to reschedule for sometime late this week. Iâ€™m kind glad because my brain was toast after staying over at Dayton Christian for 2.5 hours to get some help for an Algebra 2 exam. I have a couple of people that are working on sponsor from Facebook but I am not holding my breath on those.
As I am writing this, according to NASCARâ€™s official site, http://hometracks.nascar.com, I am currently leading the state points by 1 point! The exciting thing for me is that in the national points, I am 101th in the nation. I am the top ranking female in America in my division. NASCAR only ranks the top 500 drivers so I am doing very well nationally as well. I didnâ€™t get to race this weekend so I will probably drop in the rankings.
I did not race Friday night at Kil-Kare because it was Main Event cars also referred to as Super Late Models. I did go watch with Gary and the crew. It was strange sitting in the stands. It was a great evening with a ton of cautions and good racing.
Saturday, we headed to Columbus despite the threat of rain. We got the car unloaded. The rain came and then Columbus called the race. My car got a wash if you want to look at the bright side! I suppose it all works out. I have been battling a cold for a week so not feeling my best!
We made a decision on the t-shirts color and design. It was so nice to have a response from everyone with your ideas! It was a great help. I will start accepting pre-orders next week for those that have said they want them before them parade.
I will be doing an autograph signing Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at the Sonic Drive-In on Wilmington Pike in Kettering. We plan on having my car on display as well. Of course, the weather has to co-operate!
The good news is, I will be finished with finals on Wednesday. Dayton Christian has been great working with me with my schedule. However, right now it seems unfair that my brother is out of school and I am still going!
White-Allen Chevrolet has graciously given me a cool truck to ride in for the July 3th parade. My GreenPro Landscaping NASCAR Whelen LM will be on a trailer following behind as long as it in one piece from Friday nights race at Kil-Kare. It is going to be a busy day with the parade and then heading straight to Columbus afterwards. For partnership inquire 937-533-6271 or follow at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Sloan-Henderson-Motorsports/122508936584?ref=ts Have a great week!! Sloan and crew.
|Middletown Journal Article June 4, 2010
|Saturday, June 05, 2010 8:17:40 PM
2009 Rookie of Year racing with big picture in mind
By By John Bombatch, Staff Writer
1:15 AM Friday, June 4, 2010
Sloan Henderson can be excused for getting a little testy while pursuing her first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car win. While sheâ€™s come close, she knows she could be chasing an even bigger prize, possibly as soon as next season.
â€śWeâ€™ve been very close. Hopefully itâ€™ll happen soon. Iâ€™m getting a little impatient,â€ť the Dayton Christian High School junior from Franklin said. â€śIn the late model series, I donâ€™t really have the financial support to race as hard as I want to out there. I always have to keep in the back of my mind that I have to bring my car back home in one piece.â€ť
She drove her way into late models after finishing among the nationâ€™s best in the Bandolero and Legends car racing series. Now in her second year in the NASCAR Whelen Series, Henderson â€” the 2009 Ohio Rookie of the Year â€” is gunning for the state overall title.
As of May 30, Henderson led Columbusâ€™ David Carter by one point (164-163) in the Ohio point standings. Through 10 races, Henderson has seven top-5 finishes and eight top-10s. Carter has raced half as many races but has three race wins at Columbus Motor Speedway to his credit.
â€śDavid is a tremendous driver and heâ€™s got a lotta money behind him,â€ť Henderson said. â€śHeâ€™s fun to watch race and Iâ€™ve learned a lot by racing him. Weâ€™re good friends, but that doesnâ€™t change the fact that I want to beat him.â€ť
Hendersonâ€™s race car is sponsored by Middletownâ€™s Rebel 105.9 radio station, GreenPro Landscaping Services of Lebanon and Koehlke Components in Franklin. With a few more sponsors on board, the plan is to enter the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011.
â€śIâ€™d like to thank my crew for getting me this far,â€ť she said. â€śThey volunteer to do all this, and I wouldnâ€™t be here without their help and that of my sponsors.â€ť
The Truck Series is the big time. Henderson could be rubbinâ€™ fenders with the likes of Ron Hornaday and Kyle Busch as early as next February, but the team needs sponsorship help to make it happen.
Interested sponsors can call (937) 533-6271 or send e-mail inquiries to sloan@â€¨sloanhenderson.com.
|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Saturday, June 12, 2010 9:22:40 PM
Whew, it was hot and humid this weekend! However, it wasnâ€™t too bad on Friday night at Kil-Kare even though it was 92 degrees. I struggled in practice because my Koehlke GreenPro NASCAR Late Model was either drastically loose or tight. Gary and I talked it over about what the car was doing. Gary decided to make changes. I then went out and qualified 2nd. Kil-Kare decided to do a full inversion. Bobbie Justice was not happy about the inversion and decided to leave. I had to start 2nd to last. I was kind of worried about how the race was going to go with all the slower cars up front. The NASCAR Whelen Late Models usually race their feature first but because it was kidâ€™s night at Kil-Kare, we went out third.
The first couple of laps in the feature were intense. I had to battle to get up to fourth. Gary Estes was leading. Mahaffey then hit Gary. Mahaffey had to go to the tail of the line-up. Gary was unable to return to the race because his car would not restart. Mahaffey from Oakley Asphalt apologized to Gary after the race what a sportsman. After the restart I was in second, it was some great racing wheel to wheel and trading some paint but because we got to put the car back in the trailer. I settled for a third place. I learned a few more things and had a great car
Kidâ€™s night at Kil-Kare is a special evening where they offer rides to all the kids in the race cars. Each kid gets to come out to the infield and then ride a lap in one of the cars. They also get to play several games on the track. The kids and drivers really enjoy the evening.
Saturday, I woke up and it was raining. We were worried about getting the Columbus race in. We headed to Pisanelloâ€™s for lunch and discuss the weather with Gary. Tom Combs was at Pisanelloâ€™s and we got to see his pictures from a recent trip to Joe Gibbs Racing. It was decided that we would head to Columbus. The forecast was the rain would hold off until 5 or 6 pm. Dad said, â€śIf it rains, we will be the fastest car in the trailer.â€ť
We headed to Spring Valley to the Motorcar Auto Body Shop. Gary and the guys were already there working on the car. They made several adjustments. We loaded the NASCAR Whelen Rebel 105.9 car in the trailer and headed to Columbus.
Disappointingly, the rain started at Columbus when I went out to practice. The rain stopped quickly but it was then extremely humid and HOT! We were able to get two practice sessions in luckily.
We have been experiencing motor problems. A motor guy came to check out my engine. My distributor cap was the problem. Unfortunately, the problem wasnâ€™t discovered until after qualifying. I had qualified 4th.
The engine problem now discovered. I was able to go out and win the dash. I was the first female to win a dash at Columbus Motor Speedway in a NASCAR Whelen Late Model dash! It was a great moment.
Columbus moved the feature race up because of the rain forecast. In the feature race, I started 9th. I started the fifth row on the inside. The inversion was 10 and I should have started 6th but the track did some weird stuff and I started 9th. There was a lot of brake checking and everyone seemed to be trying to wreck each other. I was able to avoid the wrecks. I made a few costly mistakes causing me to finish 9th. My pointâ€™s competition, David Carter, pulled off the track and did not finish the race so I was not hurt in the pointâ€™s standings for the state points.
This week was my last week of school! Yeah! I finished up my last exam and headed to Sonic on Wilmington Pike in Kettering. Surprise, it had rained all morning! I still had several fans come and I signed autographs from 5-7 pm. Several of my fans were from Facebook. It was nice to get to meet the people in the pictures. I got to meet the district manager from Sonic, Mark Laxton, as well. They asked me to do two more autograph signings at other locations. Next Wednesday, I will be at the Sonic in West Carrollton from 5-8 pm.
I also met with Julie Carpenter Grice from Indianapolis. She owns a company called Smart Sponsorships. She is a great mentor and I look forward to a long relationship with her and her company.
It was a very good week. My crew is awesome. They are always patient and helpful. Their experience and wisdom is comforting. They are my rock! I really enjoy the ride to Columbus when we all go together. We have great conversations on the way.
I am headed up to Michigan this next week for the CRA race with Gary. I hope to meet with some ownerâ€™s that have truck teams and possibly talking about racing a super late model some.
The Franklin July 4th Parade is just around the corner so donâ€™t forget to mark your calendar for July 3rd.
Sloan and Crew.
|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Sunday, June 20, 2010 9:23:35 PM
We finally have had good weather. Friday at Kil-Kare, it was hot but no rain. We struggled in practice because we put a different set-up on the NASCAR Whelen Green Pro Koehlke Late Model. We made a few more adjustments before qualifying. I was able to qualify second. We didnâ€™t run any heat races because of the special event with the figure eights cars. The feature seemed to start more quickly than usual. I worked my way up to second place. I was racing hard to try and pass the leader. I could gain on him everywhere except on turn four. I had a lot of forward bite. I decided I could get on the gas a little harder to try and get past him before turn four. Unfortunately, I got on the gas too hard and spun out. I had to go to the back of the pack. I had to work my way up by passing on the outside and I only had a few laps left. I ended up finishing in third but it was a great race and the fans loved it.
I got up Saturday and guess? It was raining. Thankfully, it quit raining by noon. We headed to the Motor Auto Body Shop early to meet Gary. We had a little confusion. Dad said he put my race bag in the trailer. I thought he meant he did that after I put it in my Jeep. We didnâ€™t take my Jeep. We had his truck and my race bag was not in the trailer! Mom ended up running it to us. We were a little bit late but we still had time to get everything ready. We were pretty fast throughout the three practice sessions. We ended up qualifying third. The interesting thing is that between the top four qualifiers, there wasnâ€™t even half a tenth of second! It was close. In the dash race, we had motor problems again. I ended up finishing fourth. We were also having battery problems all day. It made for a very hurried time between races. We made it in time for the feature. I worked my way up to fourth place. I had to settle for that.
I went with my dad to the CMN meeting at Bravoâ€™s Restaurant. It was a great networking event. It was also educational. I was asked to consider being a guess speaker sometime
There is still an opportunity to support my racing before the Parade. Local companies can be part of NASCAR Whelen history in the making, for as little as $3.33 a day. If you factor in the free general admission tickets to the race is less than .75cent a day. If you know a business that wants to benefit from a life time endorsement please ask them to contact me at 937-533-6271. I really need an anchor partner to make the second part of this year as strong as possible. My competition has two cars and more resources.
I will be at the July 3th Parade in Franklin. We will have shirts there for purchase. I will have my NASCAR Whelen Late Model there also. White Allen Chevrolet is going to provide a truck for me to ride in.
You can now order my t-shirts at http://www.sloanhenderson .com/fan-wear.asp! You can also opt to pick up your t-shirt so no shipping charges. Supplies are limited! So hurry! http://www.sloanhenderson.com/fan-wear.asp
I will be at Sonic at West Carrollton this Wednesday from 5pm-8pm! Weather permitting!!
Thanks! Sloan and Crew!
|Henderson at West Carrollton Sonic-Middletown Journal
|Monday, June 21, 2010 8:46:07 AM
|Middletown Journal, written by John Bombatch
Franklin teen-aged driving sensation Sloan Henderson, NASCARâ€™S 2009 Whelen Late Model Series Ohio Rookie of the Year, will be at the Sonic restaurant, located at 801 East Dixie Drive, in West Carrollton, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday June 23rd.
Itâ€™s quite possible that Henderson will be racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the very near future. Sheâ€™ll be on hand Wednesday to sign autographs and take pictures.
You can also catch her on Friday nightâ€™s racing at the famed Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, or Saturdayâ€™s at Columbus Motor Speedway.
Sloan is currently in contention for the Ohio Whelen Series overall championship.
|Franklin Chronicle Article
|Saturday, June 26, 2010 9:25:43 PM
No rain but lots of humidity! Yuk! I went to Sonic on Wednesday. The humidity was terrible. Several people came out which was nice. Hopefully, I will get a referral to their corporate office to help with Camping World Trucks in 2011.
Also, this week a film company came to the shop and Kil-Kare to do a promotional film for Richard Petty Company. The local company called NASCAR and they gave them my name to help do some of the commercial. It was awesome that they referred me to them. I sometimes I think NASCAR doesnâ€™t know I exist all the way up here in Ohio.
Friday at Kil-Kare, Channel 2 and Miller Media both came to the track to do interviews. I had no idea they were coming. It made for very hurried evening. I missed my first practice. The second practice went well. I had fast time at that point even thought the car was bottoming out. Gary and the guys made the adjustments on the Rebel 105.9 Koehlke Components NASCAR Whelen LM. There was a bad wreck in the street stock practice so Kil-Kare cancelled the third practice. We couldnâ€™t get a good feel for how the car would act in feature. I qualified second with the Sunoco racing fuel provide by Estes Oil in Franklin. We had fast time till the last Oakley Asphalt car came out. I ended up finishing 3rd in the feature. I was happy that I finished in the top three. I thought I had a great chance to win this race but my strategy didnâ€™t work out. You will have to see it on utube. It was a good night for my sponsors. I had 30 plus people take advantage of the free tickets they get for sponsoring me. Dad really worked hard to get them to come out. I heard GreenPro Landscaping brought a big group and some people came from Cincinnati.
I will most likely only be racing at Columbus on Saturdays for the rest of the season. I will be racing at Kil-Kare on a limited basis because of budget constraints. We needed four co anchor and a primary anchor but havenâ€™t got it done, in spite of being the top ranked female NASCAR Whelen LM driver in America. Plus Iâ€™m the first female to lead a State championship. Sometimes God works in strange ways. I just have to live with it. I got to thank the two co anchors Green Pro Landscaping and Koehlke Componentsâ€™ because I would of never made it this far. Hopefully something will come in and we can but together the new car Gary just picked up and start racing at Kil-Kare again soon.
There was no race for late models in Columbus this week so I enjoyed the night off.
My Facebook friend page is at limit so I can no longer add new friends. My fan page is doing very well. It is at 4,600 fans. I really enjoy all the encouragement and great comments that I get on Facebook. Itâ€™s a lot of work trying to keep up with it all.
I will see you all at the July 4th Parade in Franklin on Saturday, July 3rd at 10am. White Allen Chevrolet is supply the truck to pull my car. I want to send them a big thank you! If you want a SHM T-shirt for the parade you can get them online if we still got any.
Sloan and the crew.