Henson Wins At the Wire

By Ken de la Bastide

(July 29, 2013) - In one of the most dramatic finishes of the season at Anderson Speedway, Kevin Henson claimed the Front Wheel Drive Figure-8 feature win by inches.

Henson charged back over the final four laps of the feature event,
following a partial spin coming off the fourth corner, to nip Elliott
McKinney at the finish line by .03-seconds.

McKinney took the early lead chased by Nick Warner, Henson, Mike Alley and Donnie Ellis Jr. in tight racing among the front runners. Ellis got loose and was passed by both Mark Allman and Randy Hoppes on the front straight.

Warner’s night came to an abrupt end on the fourth lap when it appeared he cut down a left front tire and made heavy contact with the turn three wall.

Ellis started his climb to the front following the restart passing both
Hoppes and a slowing Allman on successive laps.

The drama started on lap 11 when Henson attempted to make a pass of McKinney coming off the fourth corner and got the car sideways.

That allowed Alley to streak pass.

A lap later Henson passed Alley on the back straight and started closing on McKinney.

Coming off the fourth corner on the final lap McKinney and Henson were running side by side. McKinney got into the grass near the cross-over which was the opportunity Henson needed to claim his fifth win of the year.

Following Henson and McKinney to the checkers were Alley, Ellis and

“I just ran as hard as I could,” Henson said following the win.

McKinney got the win in the heat race by passing Warner on the back
straight. Warner faded over the next two laps losing positions to Henson and Alley.

Following McKinney to the checkers were Henson, Alley, Warner and Jamie Valentine.