Last-Lap Pass Lifts Henry At Placerville

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Kalib Henry in victory lane Saturday night at Placerville Speedway. (Jason Tucker Photo)
Kalib Henry in victory lane Saturday night at Placerville Speedway. (Jason Tucker Photo)

PLACERVILLE, Calif. – Kalib Henry executed a final corner slider to get past Andy Gregg and score his second-straight victory at Placerville Speedway Saturday night.

The 25-lap Thompson’s Family of Dealerships winged 360 sprint car feature came to the line with point leader Andy Forsberg and Gregg sharing the front row. A caution on the initial attempt made for a complete restart and during it Forsberg caught the cushion just hard enough in the first set of corners, sending him sideways and to a stop off turn two.

The third attempt at getting the race underway saw new pole sitter Jodie Robinson and Gregg drag race down the front stretch. Gregg then rode the famed Placerville Speedway cushion around Robinson and into the lead off turn two.

A well-prepared surface by track prep specialist Scott Russell saw drivers race high and low on both ends of the speedway during the main event. Cautions on lap seven and 12 kept traffic from being a factor though each time it would come into play, as the fast moving Gregg kept the field at bay with the open track.

Henry, who captured his first Placerville win last week, battled his way up to second by lap 12, but when going back green Gregg once again got a great restart to put distance between himself and the field. Kyle Hirst was also on the move from his 13th starting spot and thrilled the fans riding the ragged edge of the red clay bullring.

The final yellow of the race waved on lap 19 that set up a six-lap shootout to the finish. Gregg had committed to the high side while Henry ran the bottom with extreme patience.

The 19-year-old son of former track champ Mike Henry stayed right with the leader as the race wound down and when flagman Ron Stahl waved the white flag, he made his move. Henry got a good run off the second corner and as the pair header into turn three he powered to the inside, sliding up in front of Gregg.

The duo raced down to the checkered flag and saw Henry narrowly win out as the crowd went into a frenzy after the exhilarating finish.

Henry has shown the ability to perform well driving any car he steps foot in. On this night his victory came aboard the Jensen Motorsports No. 5J machine. Coming down to the checkered contact sent current point leader Forsberg for a ride that saw him come to a stop just before the start-finish-line, resulting in a 16th place finish.

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