Champ Regains Points Lead
By: Jack Korpela
Barry Henson is in position to collect his second straight
Rockingham Dragway Street Bike Shootout championship, after
overcoming a weekend of adversity from the Schnitz Summer
Sizzler and regaining the points lead.
"We had an
unbelievable weekend," Henson said. "We worked hard
and it paid off big."
did not start as ideally as he hoped as he failed to get into
the seven-second zone during qualifying with an 8.02 at 178
had just repaved the track so there was no rubber beyond the
eigth-mile mark," Henson said. "The way my bike
is set-up, with the weight distribution and all, it was very
difficult to get into the sevens. We just decided that we
were going to try to run consistent low 8.0s all weekend."
paid off in round number-one as he defeated Jason Coff with
an 8.07 at 180 mph. In round two Henson used a holeshot and
an 8.089 to edge out Lee Shierts' quicker 8.088, in the closest
race of the day.
"Me and Lee
had one heck of a battle," Henson said. "We ran
almost identical passes and we were side-by-side the whole
way down. It was awesome. We couldn't even tell who crossed
In the final, Henson
picked up his first event victory of the year after beating
David Stewart to the finish line with an 8.13 to Stewart's
"I had my work cut out for me in the final," Henson
said. "I blew the tire away off the starting line and
David got out to a huge lead on me. Fortunately, I put together
a good back-half pass and was able to pass him."
With two races left
to go, Henson now enjoys a 19 point lead over Alphonso Thompson
Sr. in the championship series.
important to me to win the Rock championship again this season,"
Henson said. "I sponsor the class and I am a big supporter
of Shootout racing, so I want to generate some interest from
these Prostar guys to come down and race at the Rock. I also
am out to prove how well the Velocity Turbo systems work for
the drag racing application."
A major difference
in Henson's racing program from last year, is that this season
he has made the switch from his old Suzuki Hayabusa to his
new Honda CBR1100XX. Despite the different rides Henson's
goals remain the same.
to the Honda pretty quickly," Henson said. "The
bike is running great so my plans are the same as last season.
I want to go to every race and win. I think if we can at least
make it to the finals for the next two races, we've got the
Henson's next race
at Rockingham Dragway is scheduled for September 27th-28th
for the Fish's Custom Bike Fest.
his dedicated sponsors for all of their support;