Sloan Henderson
Nationality: American
Hometown: Franklin, OH
Weight and Height: 5'6", 94 pounds
Birth date: July 17, 1992
Age: 13


Henderson victorious in Humpy 100
Sparta, Kentucky - Monday, May 8th, 2006

By: Steve Henderson

    The second annual Humpy 100 was held on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at Kentucky Speedway, located in Sparta, Kentucky. Sloan Henderson of Franklin, Ohio was on a roll as she garnered to pole, won her heat race, and was victorious in the feature, claiming thee HAT TRICK!






    The Humpy 100 is named for the owner of INEX/600 Racing, Humpy Wheeler. Sloan competes in the Bandolero Young Gun division in the INEX/600 Racing both for national and KOIL tour points.


Henderson Wins Music City Motorplex
Nashville, Tennessee - Sunday, April 23, 2006

By: Steve Henderson

    Sloan Henderson captured her 3rd win of the season at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, April 23, 2006. During a practice session, a car spun in front of Sloan, with both cars making contact, leaving Sloan's car needing a wrecker to get back to the pit area. Sloan's Bandolero was heavily damaged, but after repairing her Bandolero, Sloan made it out for her heat race. Despite the damage sustained, Sloan won her heat race. Then against all odds, Sloan won the Bandolero Young Gun division feature in dominating fashion, leading the field by a half a lap at the finish! 


Sloan Henderson First Female to Win at Rock Castle Speedway!
Franklin, Ohio - Sunday, April 9, 2006

By: Steve Henderson

Sloan Henderson, 13 yr old from Franklin, OH, wheeled her way to the history books at Rock Castle Speedway in Mt. Vernon, KY, last Saturday night. Rock Castle is a new venue on the KOIL tour After struggling in practice session to get her car set up on this track. A track she had never raced at before. Sloan started 4th in her heat race but worked quickly to take the lead by lap 3. This finish awarded her the outside pole next to the Old Spice 39 car driven by John Myer.
    Unfortunately, mechanical problems caused John to not even make the grid. Sloan jumped to an early lead at the start. On lap 1, the 04 car spun which brought out the caution. Sloan once again beat the field to the first turn and did not look back. The track announcer and officials were both surprised and delighted to see the winner of the feature was a female! It was determined that no other female in the history of that track had EVER won a feature event there.
    This win was the second feature win for Sloan in the KOIL tour. Last weekend, at Kentucky Speedway she won the feature for Bandolero Young Guns. Sloan has competed in 4 races thus far this season with an impressive two-3rd place finished and two -1st place finishes which gives her a sold 3rd place in national points for INEX just 6 points out of a three way tie for first place in the nation.
    Sloan would like to thank the Lyn St. James Foundation for the support of female racers and all her local supporters. If you would like to find out how you can support Sloan's NASCAR vision contact SHM. LLC at: 937-533-6271.


Sloan Henderson Earns Back-to-Back Wins at INEX/600 Racing Winternationals
Orlando, Florida – Wednesday, February 22, 2006

By: Steve Henderson

    In the INEX/600 Racing Winternationals held, at Orlando Speed World, Sloan Henderson, of Franklin, Ohio, started in 6th place for the heat race-one. In turn two, she took to the infield to avoid contact with a number of spinning cars. This quick action moved her into third place. She was able to take the lead  two laps later, but was closely contested by the #3 car driven by Richard Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon.
In the feature race, she was awarded the pole position, starting in second place was the #46 car that had two previous wins that week. Dave Blaney's son, Ryan, was starting just behind her. Sloan was able to lead the feature start to finish and put a strong lead over most of the field. This fantastic win allowed her to complete the Winternationals Series in third place.
Racers from 17 states, Canada and England all converged on the Orlando Speed World for the INEX/600 Series Winternationals. Ohio was represented by Sloan Henderson in the Bandolero Young Gun division. Five nights of racing was included in the weeklong event. The five nights of racing were averaged, giving Sloan an overall finish of 3rd. The Young Gun division is a very competitive division featuring drivers many from North Carolina, which include some of NASCAR's elite families next generation of racers.

    The following is a rundown of the week's finishes by Sloan Henderson:
          Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006- Sloan finished 3rd.
       Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006-Sloan's chain broke-DNF,
                                                    Sloan was in 2nd place until her
                                                    mechanical problems ended her evening
                                                    on the last lap.
      Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006-Sloan finished 6th.
       Friday, Feb. 17, 2006- Sloan finished 3rd.
         Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006- Sloan finishes 1st.
    Sloan Henderson is the niece of Kyle and Julie Latham of Perrysburg, Ohio.


Middletown Collision Center sponsors Sloan Henderson
Franklin, Ohio - Friday, January 13, 2006

By: Steve Henderson

    Jim Herman and staff from Middletown Collision Center have graciously provided their expertise in the painting of Sloan Henderson's Bandolero.  Sloan competes nationally in her Bandolero in the 600 Racing Series.

left to right: Gary, Kevin, Sloan Henderson, Ed, and Jim Herman
    Sloan is in 7th grade at Franklin Jr. High School.  Sloan's first race of the season is Jan. 21, 2006 at the Winter Heat road course event held at Lowe's Motor Speedway.


Local Up and Rising Star Headed to Prestigious Racing School
Franklin, Ohio - Thursday, October 17, 2005


    Just one week after NASCAR invaded PIR, Phoenix International Raceway, Franklin, Ohio, native, Sloan Henderson will attend the annual LSJ Foundation event, Lyn St. James Foundation Driver Development Program, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, November 18-21 at various locations throughout the Phoenix area.
Sloan, just 13 years of age, attends Franklin Jr. High. She will attend the LSJ Foundation event along with twenty-three other female racers from thirteen states and Australia, ranging in ages from 13-29 years of age.
Sloan has had an extremely successful summer of auto racing in 2005. Throughout her busy summer she competed in more than sixty-races!
    Sloan won the
Bandolero Nationals Championship, held at the Music City Motorplex, located in Nashville, Tennessee, after qualifying sixth, the only female to qualify in the top-ten!
She also won two Kentucky Bandoleros-Young Guns Championships on the quarter-mile oval at the Kentucky Speedway this summer.
Sloan competed in the Bandolero Summer Shootout series at Lowes Motor Speedway, recording a series finish of fourteenth and Rookie of the Year Honors, including four first-places finishes. The ten- week Shootout series is taped throughout the summer for airing throughout the winter on SPEED. Two week’s of racing will be shown Saturdays beginning December 10, at 3 pm. Following shows will air on December 17 and 24, January 7 and 14.
Sloan Henderson quotes her most memorable moment of 2005 as her meeting of Humpy Wheeler, President and General Manager of Lowes Motor Speedway.
    If her summer hasn’t been busy enough, Sloan has raced in nearly twenty quarter-midget races this year.
But all her attention this weekend will be with Lyn St. James and her Foundation Driver Development Program. Sloan has been working closely with St. James for the past year with hopes of more success in Bandoleros next year, as well as, breaking into the USAC, United States Auto Club, Kenyon Midget Series.
Lyn St. James is a seven-time Indy 500 competitor who retired from racing in 2001. She now serves on the Board of Directors for Kettering University, located in Flint, Michigan, is the Vice Chairperson of the Indiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport, and serves on NASCAR’s Diversity Council and Appeals Commission.
    St. James continues to actively work in advising auto racing team owners, drivers, and other racing industry leaders in all areas of auto racing, including diversity in motorsports, as well as, making numerous lectures around the country.
“I'm truly pleased and excited about holding this year's LSJ Foundation event, in Phoenix,” said St. James. “Phoenix is ideal for our program because we're able to utilize so many of the facilities in the area. Also the opportunity to work with the Bob Bondurant School is such a perfect addition to what we do on track, as well as the world class sports facility, Athlete’s Performance in Tempe. What's important is to have facilities that provide enough variety and resources to enable us to deliver a quality program.”
Notable contributors lending their time and expertise at the LSJ Foundation event are Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Ph.D., Founder and President of Human Performance International, Inc., Joe Stimola of SRP Engineering, businessman, racer, and former Indy 500 pole winner, Billy Boat, and Johanna Mahler, former VP Marketing of Argent Mortgage.
Activities included in this four day event involve; on-track training with a portion being provided by the Bob Bondurant High Performance School, including their cars, instructors, mental and physical preparation testing and training provided by Human Performance International at Athlete’s Performance, located in Tempe, Arizona, public speaking, media training, and seminars on the business of auto racing. Candidates must have prior racing experience and be dedicated to the pursuance of a career in professional motorsports. The list of past graduates include, Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher, Erin Crocker, Melanie Troxel, and Allison Duncan, all of whom are pursuing successful careers in auto racing today.


Sloan Henderson – A Young Girl on a Mission
Franklin, Ohio - Thursday, June 23, 2005


    Over the years I’ve written many newspaper columns on auto racing, as well as, produced and hosted several auto racing radio shows. I recently had the privilege of meeting a young, up-and-coming race driver. This young lady, on the eve of becoming a teenager, so impressed me that her parents had to pry her away from my interview with her. It has been many years since I felt the way she does about auto racing!
    Sloan Henderson, from Franklin, Ohio, is a young dynamo at 5’6” and just 94 pounds. As I mentioned above, she will turn 13 years old the middle of July. Sloan attends Franklin City Schools where she excels in both her studies, as well as, her racing.

Sloan with her car and best friend, Jillian, a miniature Australian Shepard

    “In my 11 years in the education profession, rarely, have I been privileged to have a student capable of balancing successfully the demands of academics and outside interests.” Said Franklin City Schools Principal, Thomas Turner. “There is no question that academics and character go hand in hand to produce students that are prepared and eager for the challenges of what lies ahead for them. Along with Sloan's desire to learn, come the strong traits of dedication, honesty, respect, responsibility, self worth and integrity.”
    Although this is just her second year of racing, Sloan has developed a remarkable record. In 2004 she raced quarter midgets winning the Senior Novice Eastern Grand Nationals, in just her fourth race ever! She was the first female driver to ever win this championship. This was held in Thompson, Connecticut, on a track that she had never even seen before. What was truly amazing was that Sloan was running first with just a few laps to go, when a competitor tried to pass on her blind side and there was a wreck. She received a call against her, which put her at the back of the pack. In just the few remaining laps, Sloan purposefully and methodically passed every single car in route to the victory!
    Also, in 2005, Sloan was the First Female to set three track records in one year. She set three track records at the Mid-Ohio Series, at Miami Valley and Mac-O-Chee racetracks.
    Sloan posted wins on every QMA, Quarter Midget Association, track she raced on during her 2004 rookie season.
    And finally in 2004, Sloan set the pole in her first Senior Honda Race. She set the pole for the highly competitive race at the Miami Valley Racetrack in Dayton, Ohio, on September 25. The officials were so skeptical of her performance; they totally dismantled the engine to ensure that all parts met the requirements for that race. Sloan's racecar passed the inspection with flying colors and she was awarded the pole position!
    Due to an age/experience rule in quarter midget racing, Sloan has switched to racing Bandolero’s in 2005. So far this season She has raced at Kentucky Speedway, Kil-Kare Speedway, the Music Motorplex in Nashville, and the Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Sloan is also running the “Summer Shootout Series,” at Lowes Motor Speedway. This 10-week series is shown on the Speed Channel during the winter.

Sloan prepares to pass Kyle Curry in route to her victory at the Nashville Music Motorplex

    Sloan is currently 7th in the National Bandolero standings out of 107 drivers! Quite a mark this young lady has already established.
    "Racing is not just a hobby to me. It's my passion, and it will be my career.” Said Sloan. “I want to be the first female ever to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup. I know a lot of young people dream of winning the Nextel Cup, but I fully intend on making my dream come true. I love the feeling I get when I am racing and especially when I win! When I am in the car on the racetrack, nothing else matters. I love to race. I love to go fast. And I love to win!"

Sloan Henderson in victory lane at the Music Motorplex in Nashville

    Sloan has developed a career path that takes her from quarter midget and bandolero racing through full size midget racing, moving to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the Busch Series, ultimately to the NASCAR Nextel Series.
    With the full support and assistance, Sloan’s parents, Shelly and Steve Henderson are nurturing their daughter’s dream. That dream doesn’t come easily financially, as sponsorship is always being sought.
    Oh, and the name thing. Sloan’s full name is Sloan Elizabeth Henderson. Sloan stands for ‘Warrior,’ and Elizabeth stands for ‘God’s Promise.’ Sloan drives like a warrior and with God on her side I’m sure she will be a success.