Henigan Secures First USMTS Triumph
VIVIAN, La. – After a wire-to-wire win in Texas on Friday, Rodney Sanders was in good shape to repeat the feat on Saturday night during the 4th Annual Lecolift Cajun Clash at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., but there was one big difference: Chris Henigan.
From the outside of the front row, Sanders jumped out to a huge lead Saturday night at Gene Boyter’s high-banked three-eighths-mile red clay. Polesitter Kelly Shryock challenged for the spot early on, but by lap 10 it looked like Sanders was going to run away and hide from the field.
Slowly but surely, however, Henigan it became apparent the Henigan was closing the gap. Two laps after the race’s only caution on lap 14, Henigan hustled his way by Shryock and then set his sights on ‘The Rocket.’
Henigan was alongside of Sanders within six laps, and by the time they crossed beneath the flagstand to complete lap 27 he was in the lead.
Using a hard-sliding low line that nobody else could seem to either discover or execute properly, he 30-year-old began to disappear from the chasing pack. By lap 35, Sanders moved down to mimic Henigan’s line but was unable to reel in the 30-year-old from Marshall, Texas.
Henigan crossed the finish line 4.238 seconds ahead of Sanders while Ryan Gustin fought off Stormy Scott for third. Shryock held on for a top five finish.
The win was worth $2,000 to Henigan and his first-ever under the USMTS banner. Driving a brand new car he recently acquired from Shryock, it was also the first win for Skyrocket Chassis since a victory by Chris Brown last June at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo.