9th in OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Points: Derek Henderson

After getting his feet wet last season with a couple races behind the wheel of Dan Price’s ride, Derek Henderson debuted his own car this season and was able to put together some strong runs.

Despite fighting issues in the season opener at Sunset Speedway, Henderson was able to score an 11th-place finish to start off the year.

The summer stretch, beginning at Kawartha in June and ending there in July, produced some of his best races for the season. He started off at Kawartha by finishing eighth, followed by a seventh in the series’ inaugural event at Jukasa Motor Speedway. He then finished seventh at Sunset Speedway on Canada Day weekend following a late-race pass. Returning to Kawartha, he would score a 13th-place finish.

He would miss some races through the fall stretch, though was able to make it out to the final two events. Unfortunately, neither event would work out as he planned. He finished 14th at Sunset Speedway after being involved in a heat incident. The following weekend, a wreck in the qualifying race would force Henderson to load the No. 17 on the trailer before the feature.

Even with the bad luck that plagued him during the second half of the year, the speed was clearly there as evident by the summer stretch. Combined with the knowledge that the team plans to cut and rebuild over the winter – with a mystery man helping them, expect Henderson to be faster in 2019.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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