Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 23, 2020) - Justin Henderson led Mike Sandvig Racing to a ninth-place outing during weekly competition at Knoxville Raceway last Saturday night.
It marked the second top 10 of the season for the team and moved Henderson into sixth place in the Knoxville Raceway championship standings after two events.
"We worked at it all night trying to get the car dialed in, but just never quite got there," he said. "We have to figure out how to be better in dirty air and if we can we'll have the speed we need to run up front consistently."
Saturday night began in time trials as Henderson laid down a lap of 15.980 seconds, good enough for sixth quickest out of 22 cars in attendance. Henderson lined up fifth in a heat race and he advanced two positions to place third, locking the team into the main event.
"We have not really been too good all year in time trials so to be sixth quick felt good," he said. "We made a few changes after the heat to see if we could be a little more consistent."
An eight-car inversion started Henderson on the inside of the third row in the feature and he struggled on the initial start at the bottom of the track. With the feature going caution free and the front runners setting a quick pace, Henderson never could make up any ground as he hung on for a ninth-place result.
"I ran seventh almost the entire the race as the leaders were gone at the drop of the green," he said. "We have to figure out something about our late-race program as we just seem to lose speed toward the end of the night."
Henderson and Sandvig will next head to Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., this Thursday through Saturday for the 42nd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
Henderson competed at the track Friday night in his own 360ci sprint car and he advanced from 24th to finish sixth in the feature. With his car using the same equipment as the Sandvig Racing 410ci sprint car, Henderson believes he learned a lot that he can hopefully utilize for the upcoming weekend's competition.
"We did a bar change at the end of the night and my car was like night and day in terms of better," he said. "I think we'll start off there in Mike's car and hopefully we hit on something that will pay off this weekend."
QUICK RESULTS -
June 20 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 3 (5); Feature: 9 (5).
SEASON STATS -
8 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 5 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Thursday through Saturday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., for the 42nd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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