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November 20, 2021 - Henderson wraps up 2021 with a pair of Top-10 finishes at Needmore
1Matt Henderson put a wrap on the 2022 campaign over the weekend a pair of Top-10 finishes in Crate Racin’ USA action at Needmore Speedway in his Stanco Equipment Co. No. 17 Vineyard Lawn / CVR Race Car / Hendren Racing Engine Crate Late Model.

With his weekend performances, Henderson ended the 2021 season with 16 wins, 29 Top-5 finishes, and 37 Top-10 finishes in 45 starts.

“It was a great year for me behind the wheel. I won several races in the CVR House Car and was honored to get to take a couple of other cars to the winner’s circle along the way as well. We were going to round the year out with the Dome (Gateway Dirt Nationals), but we decided after Needmore (Speedway) last weekend to go ahead and get a jump on preparing for the 2022 season with the CVR House Car, so our year is over,” Henderson shared. “I don’t think I’ve ever been as fired up as I am looking ahead to 2022. We have something really special in place here with the CVR House Car, and I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running next season.

“We’ve got an amazing group of supporters on this hot rod, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for all they do for our team. I also want to thank my family, my team, and the great fans who root for us each week. We’ll see everyone early in 2022.”

Friday night saw Matt Henderson return to action with the Crate Racin’ USA Series at Needmore Speedway (Norman Park, Ga.) in the opening round of the doubleheader weekend.

Drawing 40 cars for the Early Bird, Henderson’s qualifying effort relegated him into a B-Main, where he had another shot at qualifying for the preliminary feature. Streaking to a 10-lap consolation victory, Matt earned the 12th-starting position for the show. With $2,000 on the line, Henderson advanced two spots to finish 10th.

On Saturday, Matt recorded a fourth-place finish in his heat race, which positioned him 12th on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win finale. Breaking into the Top-10, Henderson gained three spots in the 50-lapper to register a ninth-place finish.

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November 6, 2021 - Podium finish at Magnolia Motor Speedway
1Matt Henderson had a great weekend of racing at Magnolia Motor Speedway. He visited Victory Lane on Friday night in the Boleware Motorsports No. 18B Street Stock before piloting his Stanco Equipment Co. No. 17 Vineyard Lawn / CVR Race Car / Hendren Racing Engine Crate Late Model to a podium finish in Saturday night’s Crate Racin’ USA $10,000-to-win E-Z-GO Challenge finale.

The victory was his 16th of the year.

“I tell you what The Mag is absolutely one of the best tracks in the country. What a weekend we had there. We finished third in the CVR Race Car House Car in the $10,000 Crate Racin’ Late Model feature, and we took the Boleware Motorsports Street Stock to Victory Lane on Friday night and finished fifth on Saturday night,” Henderson said. “We had a great weekend with great people, and now this week we’ll head to Kentucky looking for two more wins.”

1Matt Henderson returned to the driver’s seat of the CVR Race Cars No. 17 Late Model on Friday afternoon at Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, Miss.) for the opening round of the two-day Crate Racin’ USA series sanctioned contest. In a field of 58 cars, Henderson followed up the fastest time in his group with a 10-lap heat race victory.

He also competed in the Street Stock division in the Boleware Motorsports No. 18B entry. With 23 entries on hand, Matt finished fourth in his heat race to earn the 10th-starting spot for the feature. In the main event he rallied to the front of the field on lap 7 and went on to claim the victory over Shay Knight, Brandon Hill, Eddie Rickman, and Shelby Sheedy.

Starting Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win A-Main in second, Matt lost one spot in the 75-lap affair to register a third-place finish. He followed Mark Whitener and Spencer Hughes across the line with Jason Welshan and Wil Herrington rounding out the Top-5.

Meanwhile, in Saturday’s Street Stock action he finished fifth behind Lee Ray, Gary Tucker, Dewayne Estes, and Brandon Hill.

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October 23, 2021 - Early exit in Powell Memorial at All-Tech Raceway
1On Friday afternoon, Matt Henderson trekked to All-Tech Raceway (Lake City, Fla.) to return with the Crate Racin’ USA series for the Powell Family Memorial weekend. With the massive 73-car field divided into six groups, Matt topped his time trial group in qualifying before placing second in his heat race. (Brian McLeod photo | Dirt Scenes)

Earning the 12th-starting position for Saturday’s $26,000-to-win A-Main, Henderson was an early retiree from the 67-lapper on the 28th circuit.

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October 12, 2021 - Matt Henderson bags 15th win of 2021 at 411 Motor Speedway
1Matt Henderson narrowly avoided disaster when the frontrunners tangled in front of him on Tuesday night at 411 Motor Speedway. Sneaking past the melee, Henderson inherited the lead and went on to register the $1,500 victory in his Stanco Equipment Co. No. 17 Vineyard Lawn / CVR Race Car / Hendren Racing Engine Crate Late Model. (Josh James Artwork)

“I still don’t know how I wasn’t collected in the crash when Rusty (Ballenger) and Cameron (Marlar) got together there. Those guys were racing hard for the win, and I hated to see them got knocked out, but we were in the right place to capitalize on the opportunity and got the win,” Henderson said after claiming his 15th win of the 2021 campaign. “This team is clicking better every week, and it seems as we continue to learn and improve. Can’t thank this great group that is part of this enough.

“We’re going to take this weekend off to get ready for the Powell Memorial at All-Tech (Raceway) next weekend. We’ve had a great year, but a $26,000 payday would really be the icing on the cake.”

Matt Henderson was one of 20 competitors entered at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) on Tuesday evening to compete in the Crate Late Model portion of the Castrol FloRacing Night in America event.

With the fourth-fastest qualifying effort placing him on the second row for the feature, Henderson took advantage of a late-race tangle between the front-runners to capture his 15th win of the season and a $1,500 payday. He finished ahead of Josh Henry, Perry Delaney, Greg Martin, and Bradley Lewelling.

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October 1, 2021 - Henderson grabs Crate Racin' USA opener at TST
1Friday night found Matt Henderson adding another accolade to his stellar 2021 campaign. The Tennessee racer piloted his Stanco Equipment Co. No. 17 Vineyard Lawn / CVR Race Car / Hendren Racing Engine Late Model to the $3,700 triumph in Friday night’s Red Farmer Tribute Race opener with the Crate Racin’ USA Late Model Series. (Zackary Washington photo)

The victory was his 14th of the season.

“Friday night was a picture-perfect night for our team with the exception of my hand getting burned after hot laps. We had a coolant system problem, and I burnt my hand bleeding the system off. It probably looked worse than it was, and it didn’t help that my firesuit and gloves kept rubbing it, but we made it through the night and got the win,” Henderson shared. “On Saturday night it unfortunately rained during our qualifying laps, which left us starting 10th in a heat race. We made the decision to call it a night and save our equipment. Just one of those deals, but still a great weekend for our team.”

1On Friday evening, Matt Henderson visited Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) to enter his Vineyard Lawn No. 17 Late Model into the opening round of the two-day Red Farmer Tribute.

With 39 Crate Racin’ USA Late Model entries on hand, Henderson’s 13.627-second lap in time trials earned him the fast time honors and the pole position for the opening night feature.

Leading flag-to-flag in the 37-lap affair, Matt cruised to his 14th win of the season, which came ahead of Tim Busha, Jadon Frame, Jimmy Thomas, and Josh Adkins. He earned $3,700.

With rain striking during qualifications on Saturday, Matt took part in his time trial session but was a scratch from the remainder of the evening.

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