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April 23, 2021 - Henderson visits Victory Lane at Talladega in emotional win
1Matt Henderson picked up his fourth and by far most meaningful victory of the 2021 season on Friday night at Talladega Short Track. He piloted his Stanco Equipment Co. No. 17 Vineyard Lawn / CVR Race Car / Hendren Racing Engine Late Model to the $2,000 Crate Racin’ USA victory on a night where heavy hearts were all around. (Brian McLeod photo | Dirt Scenes)

The win came just a few days after Henderson’s close friend and racing supporter, Luke Crass, lost his 17-and-19 year-old sons.

“It’s unbelievable the way this stuff works out sometimes,” Henderson said. “It’s almost like this victory was supposed to happen, and they were riding with me. All the way down here, I kept thinking, ‘Man, if there’s just some way I can win this thing for those guys’, and we had put that sticker on there after Adam Ahl designed and printed it for us. It was like I could almost feel their presence.”

“I was miserable coming down here, because Luke [Crass] is back home and has lost his two sons who meant the world to him, and he’s facing a horrible reality that is never, ever going to leave his memory. That family’s normal existence will never be the same again. Then here I am out here racing while he’s going through that. It’s terrible, and it didn’t seem right for me to be here, but he called before we left and told me to go win the race for his boys. Somehow, we did that. Luke is holding up well and helping to support his wife during these hard times, and I’m sure it’ll take some time for him to get it all sorted out mentally, but he told me that racing is like his safe place, and where he’s most comfortable. He said he feels like he’s got to get back to racing, because that would be the best thing for him.”

1Matt Henderson entered Crate Racin’ USA action on Friday evening at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.), behind the wheel of the CVR Race Cars No. 17 house car. With 32 Late Models on hand, Henderson laid down the fastest time in his group, which locked him on the front row for the feature. Blasting into the lead on the opening circuit, Matt led flag-to-flag in the 30-lapper to capture his fourth win of the season and $2,000 prize. He finished ahead of Cody Overton, Jason Welshan, Jake Knowles, and Austin Horton.

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April 17, 2021 - Fourth-place finish in Rockin' with the Stars at Smoky Mountain
1 Taking part in the Steel Block Bandits Dirt Late Model Challenge season debut, Matt Henderson invaded Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) on Saturday night for the Rockin’ with the Stars. In a field of 27 cars, Henderson followed up the 12th fastest time overall with a third-place finish in his heat. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in ninth, Matt advanced forward five spots in the 40-lapper to place fourth, trailing Mack McCarter, Cory Hedgecock, and Jason Manley to the checkers with Russell Erwin coming in fifth.

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April 12, 2021 - Luke Crass Motorsports & Matt Henderson welcome Vision Wheel & Discount Tire to their 2021 Campaign
1As Luke Crass Motorsports readies for their run at the Topless Outlaws Dirt Late Model Series points championship they are getting additional sponsors to help with the burden of getting the job done.

Vision Wheel with partnership from Discount Tire has become a sponsor on the 00 driven by veteran driver Matt Henderson. <<MORE>>

April 12, 2021 - CVR House Car team partners with Vision Wheel & Discount Tire
1The CVR Race Cars house car team driven by veteran driver Matt Henderson is excited to announce a new sponsor to their program.

Vision Wheel & Discount Tire will now be on the familiar orange number 17 raced out of Chip Vineyards shop. <<MORE>>

April 12, 2021 - Vineyard Enterprises Agrees To Join CVR Race Cars House Car Team for 2021
1Coming off their 2nd win of the season the CVR Race Cars house car team has more exciting news to share. As the momentum continues to roll they have united with a new sponsor in Vineyard Enterprises.

Vineyard Enterprises is a East Tennessee based construction contractor who specializes in commercial and residential framing, as well as shingle roofing, roof replacements, hardie siding, & vinyl siding. <<MORE>>

April 9, 2021 - Henderson takes home third win of 2021 in thriller at 411
1Matt Henderson registered his third victory of the 2021 season on Friday night in his Stanco Equipment Co. No. 17 Vineyard Lawn / CVR Race Car / Hendren Racing Engine Late Model. His latest trip to the winner’s circle came at Tennessee’s 411 Motor Speedway.

“Thank God we were blessed with another win, which gives us three on the season now,” Henderson shared. “What a dog fight with sliders from Greg Martin and Jake Teague. That was a challenging race for all of us, and I was just the fortunate one that came out on top.

“Thanks to Chip Vineyard for putting me in such excellent equipment, and everybody who makes this possible. We’ve got a lot of momentum in our corner, and we couldn’t be happier with the direction our program is headed.”

1Friday night found Matt Henderson in action at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.), piloting the Vineyard Lawn No. 17 CVR Race Car house car. With time trials setting the grid for the A-Main, Henderson topped the 20-car field to lock into the pole position. Wrestling away the lead on the eighth lap, Matt fended off multiple sliders throughout the 25-lapper to secure his third win of the season. Cory Hedgecock, Jake Teague, Jesse Lowe, and Josh Henry trailed him to the checkers.

Saturday night's event at I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tenn.) fell victim to Mother Nature.

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April 3, 2021 - Podium finish in American Crate All-Star Series opener at Mountain View
1With Friday night’s opener getting axed by Mother Nature, Matt Henderson made his lone start of the weekend on Saturday at Mountain View Raceway (Spring City, Tenn.) for the American Crate All-Star Series-sanctioned Rocky Top Rumble 40. Following the sixth fastest lap overall in time trials, Henderson scored a fourth-place finish in Dash, which locked him on the second row for the $2,500-to-win A-Main. Clawing forward one spot in the 40-lap affair, Matt notched a third-place finish, trailing Brandon Miller and Barry Goodman across the line. Trevor Sise and Logan Roberson rounded out the Top-5 finishers in the 40-lap affair.

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