“Making the main event would be the biggest thing I’ve accomplished in racing,” said Hensley, who was born with femoral hypoplasia and uses hand controls to accelerate and brake his IMCA Modified.
The Green River, Wyo., driver just turned 22 and is making his second visit to Iowa this summer. He raced at Marshalltown, Boone and Stuart during an earlier trip, then returned to Marshalltown for their Sept. 2 show, then got rained out at Boone the next night.
The tow from Green River is more than 15 hours. Along with the racing here in the Hawkeye State, Hensley says he enjoys the friendliness of the locals.
“We’ve really had a good time here,” said Hensley, pitted outside turn three. He’ll start outside row three in tonight’s 28th heat race and his car is already equipped with X.SPAN cameras for broadcast next week.
Since starting his season in early March, Hensley has been home just three weekends. He’s been a regular in the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour and will end the year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Duel In The Desert, another of the jewels on the IMCA Modified schedule of special events.
Just guesstimating, the 26Z Team has put somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 miles on their tow vehicle this season.
One more Modified went through tech today, putting the total number of entries for the division at 254 and nudging the all-time event car count record to 843.
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