Story by J. Gordon
Bakersfield, CA –
San Francisco native Mike Henry will be making his Pro Street/Pro Mod debut this weekend at the NMCA West Finals at Famosa Raceway. Henry who is a 6.90 Pro Slammers standout will be competing with some of the best drivers on the west coast. The DXL Transport sponsored 1981 Camaro will take a shot at the 1320 with a 773ci fuel injected, nitrous powered big block built by Luther Lane and Henry. As always nitrous tuner Pat Watson will be on hand while the rest of the team preps the car for competition, including his son 16yr old Michael Henry III.
It has always been Mike’s dream to compete in pro mod and with very little financial help he will make his dream come true. The car has run some good numbers in the Pro Slammers class but now they’ll have to turn up the power to compete at this level. We spoke to Henry and he had this to say, “We made some changes to the car to get it ready for this event and hopefully they work out. But our main goal is to make some good runs and qualify for the program.
I know exactly what I’m up against but I believe I have just as good a chance as any other team out there. I plan on using everything I have both physically and mentally to get the job done and with this being my first time running the class I’m real focused on the task at hand”. The team plans on making a few test hits before qualifying to work out any issues that might pop up and we wish them the best.
Throughout the 15 years Henry has been racing, he has struggled financially to continue racing but he’s one of the fiercest drivers around. He has been 6.900 in the 6.90 class at over 200mph and has won multiple events including the 2011 Governor’s Cup Championships at Sacramento Raceway Park as well as the Pinks All Out Quick 8 in 2010. Stop by and assay hello to him and his team if you happen to go to the event