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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Troy Henderson: DragChamp Jr Racer Spotlight

Troy Henderson is in this week’s DragChamp Jr Racer Spotlight. Learn all about this DragChamp Pro Member in his spotlight below!

ANDALUSIA, AL- Troy Henderson started racing Junior Dragsters just a year and a half ago and since then, he has proved to be a fierce competitor. He was first introduced to the sport of drag racing by his dad who raced back in the day but took about a 10 year break. His dad decided to get back in the driver’s seat and this time around, he brought Troy to the races with him. Troy fell in love with the sport right off the bat and eventually they purchased a Junior Dragster so he can race also.

Troy competes in the 7.90 class in the WDRA points series at a few different tracks and also follows the FTI Bracket Series, American Outlaw Index Series and King of the Coast Series. He mainly races at Atmore Dragway, Gulfport Dragway, North Florida Motorplex and Montgomery International Dragway.

Learn more about Troy below!

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His Race Car

Troy’s current Junior Dragster is a 2020 Halfscale that he purchased from Velicity Morris in January 2023. It has a ZR4 motor with a Shockwave Clutch built by S&S Motorsports onboard. In addition to his driving duties, Troy also helps his dad get his car prepped between rounds.

Troy Henderson

Outside of Racing

When Troy isn’t behind the wheel of his Junior Dragster, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hanging out with his friends. He also loves to cheer on his favorite football team, the Georgia Bulldogs. His favorite movie is Where the Red Fern Grows and his favorite music artist is Country music star, Riley Green. One thing people may not realize about Troy is that he has only been racing for a year and a half.

Atmore Dragway WDRA Champion

This season, Troy qualified to represent Atmore Dragway at the Inaugural WDRA World Championship at Darlington Dragway. His main goal for 2023 was to race in the Championship race and he was able to do so by earning the Atmore Dragway WDRA Track Championship.

Troy Henderson
Photo by Jessica Spears

Troy’s Q&A

Which win are you most proud of? 

I am most proud of my first win – June 4, 2022, American Outlaw 7.90 Index Race in Montgomery it was my third race ever and one I will never forget.

What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve? 

To win a big money bracket race, win a WDRA Championship and win Eastern Conference Finals.

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success? 

My parents, they do everything they can to make sure I get to race just about every weekend and they encourage me to always be better than I was the race before.

Who do you look up to in the sport? 

Donnie Hagar

Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why? 

My friends because of course I want to win the race but at the same time I want my friends to win too.

What’s the hardest part of drag racing? 

Letting stuff get in my head but I have learned some tricks to block it all out.

What do you enjoy the most about racing? 

All the people I have met and the friends I have made.

Do you love to win or hate to lose? 

Love to win.

Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line? 

Finish Line

Where do you spend the most time on the internet?

TikTok

What’s your favorite thing to eat?  Individual item, meal, or restaurant? 

Crawfish Etouffee from The Buckboard in Gantt, Alabama

Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most? 

First and foremost the Good Lord Above and my Cousin/Guardian Angel, Caroline they make every pass with me to make sure I make it down the track safe and also my parents, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be able to do what I love.

What advice would you give to young aspiring racers?

No matter what anyone says about you, your talent or lack of talent never give up.  

For more DragChamp Jr. Spotlights, click here.

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