SWANSBORO, NC – Zach Henshaw is hoping he can extend the streak of first time winners at Carteret County Speedway on Saturday by scoring his first career Late Model victory.
Henshaw, 23, from Maysville, North Carolina has competed in every Late Model race at Carteret County Speedway, scoring a season high fourth place finish back on April 30th. He’s looking to improve on that and become the fifth different Late Model winner in five races at Carteret County Speedway.
“We haven’t had a caution free race yet this year,” Henshaw said. “My car has been perfect on the first green flag run. We’ve been testing a lot and getting tips and hopefully I can get my first win. We have a good car to win with, I just got to make sure I don’t make any mistakes and use what I got.”
Henshaw says he has been at a horsepower disadvantage all season and what he needs is long green flag runs so he can win the race on tire management.
“What’s killing me is having a stock crate motor going against these built crates and Late Model Stock motors,” Henshaw explained. “I feel like I’m down on horsepower compared to everyone but I got a good handling car which helps on the long run when the guys with all the power burn their tires up.
“No car should be able to run the bottom grove and wash up the track in the turns and have his wheels turned all the way to the left and pull me two car lengths down the straightaway. If I can just get that green flag run and click off those consistent lap times like I’ve been doing, we should be golden.”
The last race, which was run on July 6th, provided the long green flag run Henshaw needed to flex his muscle but a plug wire burned up, knocking him out of the race after 66 laps. This week, he hopes to rebound and take advantage during the race’s halfway break.
“Last race killed me,” Henshaw remarked. “I burned a plug wire up which ruined my chances of doing anything but hopefully this race we can do something. Who knows this halfway break may be what I need do some adjustments or if it feels right go with my gut and trust my car.”
If Henshaw scores the victory, he would be the fifth different Late Model winner at Carteret County Speedway and would collect a $200 bonus put up by track owner Bobby Watson. Henshaw also races at East Carolina Motor Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park.
Tickets for Saturday’s NAPA/Walker Auto Stores Southern All-Star Showdown are available at the gate for $15 for adults and $5 for kids five and under. For more information about the NAPA/Walker Auto Stores Southern All-Star Showdown, visit the event page at: http://carteretspeedway.com/events/napa-southern-all-star-showdown-august-6th/
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