BUSCH: Richmond II: Jimmy Henderson preview

Conyers, GA (Thursday, September 4th, 2003) - - NASCAR Busch Series rookie Jimmy Henderson heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend with all efforts of making his NASCAR Busch debut from the famous short track. "I'm very excited...

Conyers, GA (Thursday, September 4th, 2003) - - NASCAR Busch Series rookie Jimmy Henderson heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend with all efforts of making his NASCAR Busch debut from the famous short track.

"I'm very excited about moving my career to the next level," said the 20 year old. "It's every racers dream to make their mark in NASCAR, and I'm hoping for the best this weekend."

Henderson, will drive the No. 63 JB Steel & Precast Pontiac Grand Prix for Friday evening's event. "The car is from the Joe Gibbs Racing stable and is a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix body style, we're getting our engines from Morgan McClure, so I think we'll be all right Friday."

The former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver knows that he will have to make the Funai 250 on time as the team does not have any provisionals to fall back on.

"We knew heading into the race this weekend, that making the race in top 36 is important, but if it rains or we have any incidents during practice, we'll be packing up," said the Conyers, Georgia native.

"When I get on the track on Thursday morning, it will be the first time I've competed on the track in a Busch car, so the goal is simple, learn the groove, rip off some respectable lap times and most importantly qualify for the event," he added.

Before making the move to the NASCAR Busch Series, this veteran late model driver spent some time earlier this year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

In four events this year also driving the No. 63 JB Steel Chevrolet, the rookie captured a career best finish of seventh at Michigan International Speedway. He also wrapped up a ninth place finish at Lowes Motor Speedway, and earlier this season from Nashville Superspeedway Henderson crossed the line 13th.

However, in his last event on the ARCA tour from Pocono Raceway, Henderson was collected into an accident after starting from the eighth position on lap two of the event.

The incident has been named one of the scariest this season, but he was able to walk away from the accident without any major injuries thanks to all the safety equipment the ARCA RE/MAX Series mandates on the tour.

"We had a great ARCA tour until Pocono," said Henderson, who was credited with a 39th place finish for the event.

"That's racing, but we came home with a destroyed racecar and unfortunately that was our last ARCA car, I'm just thankful for the HANS device and all the safety equipment that we are required to have worked, I may not be racing this weekend if it didn't."

What's the goal for Jimmy this weekend?

"I want to go out there and attract the best finish possible. We are a rookie team, but we have some great guys on this crew, I think we have the equipment, I just think we need a little luck and we'll be all right," he said.

While the team will have JB Steel & Precast onboard the car this weekend, Henderson Motorsports is still seeking a primary sponsor that will allow the team to compete in more events in 2003, and possibly a full schedule in 2004.

"JB Steel & Precast is our family owned company, so we are definitely looking for sponsors who can continue to make our dreams come true, I think if we have a good run this weekend, we may attract someone," Henderson explained.

Henderson Motorsports, a newly formed NASCAR Busch Series team will attempt to make their NASCAR Busch debut this weekend from Richmond International Raceway, located just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The Funai 250 is set for Friday, September 5th, 2003 beginning at 8:00PM EST with live coverage on TNT and MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing