Inside Line Promotions – KNOXVILLE, Iowa (May 11, 2020) – Justin Henderson and Mike Sandvig Racing began their sophomore season together last Friday at Knoxville Raceway, where the team made the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series main event.
While the end result was not what Henderson was hoping for, after a long offseason and with 48 of the strongest competitors in the country in attendance for the invitation-only event, he was pleased with their 2020 debut.
“I’m not really disappointed, but I think I’d be lying if I said I didn’t go in hoping for at least a top 10,” he said. “But in the grand scheme of things there were a lot of good cars that didn’t get to even run in the feature so we’ll chalk it up as not too bad of a night.”
Henderson opened the night by laying down a lap of 15.934 seconds in time trials, good enough for 12th in his group. As a result, Henderson lined up sixth in a heat race and advanced one position to finish fifth – locking himself into the feature event.
“I didn’t really know what to expect with it being the first time out this year, but I felt really fast in the heat race,” he said. “Being able to lock ourselves in and know we didn’t have to run a B Main or something was really a good feeling knowing the field of cars we were up against.”
Henderson lined up 20th in the feature and he spent most of the race hovering around that position. With the leaders fast approaching and not wanting to effect the outcome of the event, Henderson pulled off the track early and was credited with a 24th-place finish.
“I don’t think we were too bad overall, but any time you start that far back you really have an uphill battle out there,” he said. “We just didn’t quite have the speed we needed to overcome a 20th starting spot, but we left with the car in one piece and learned a bit, too.”
Next up is a trip to Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., this Friday and Saturday for the Great Lakes Shootout presented by Tweeter Contracting and Harvey’s Five Star Roofing.
With approximately 70 cars currently pre-entered to compete and with more possibly racing, Henderson noted that success will not come easy. However, he is excited to get some positive momentum rolling and see where his team stacks up against a field that represents the best drivers in the country.
“We go into every race with the confidence that we can beat anyone in the pits and that’s the way you have to do it,” he said. “Last year we had a really fast race car at Jackson and I think we found a baseline that we can be successful with so I’m looking forward to getting out there and showing what we can do.”
QUICK RESULTS –
May 8 – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa – Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 24 (20).
SEASON STATS –
1 race, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 0 top 15s, 0 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday and Saturday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., for the Great Lakes Shootout presented by Tweeter Contracting and Harvey’s Five Star Roofing
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