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Birth date: July 17, 1992
Current Residence: Ohio
Sloan is a Senior at Dayton Christian School
where she is active in the, Worth Waiting
For" program. She is also active with Make A
Wish. Sloan traveled to Cleveland last year
to grant a wish to a young boy. On December 15,
2008, the City of Franklin, honored Sloan with the
Sloan Henderson Day. The City of
Franklin also chose Sloan as the grand marshal for
the July 4th Parade held in Franklin, OH. She was
also given the privilege of re-dedicating the
historical "Lyon's Bridge." Sloan also does a
weekly update on her racing on the Rebel 105.9
radio station and co-writes weekly stories in 5
local newspapers for the Miller Publishing company.
Sloan is also a featured writer in the e-magazine
"The Voice of the Miami Valley." In addition, Sloan
is printed in England in an e-magazine called
RacerGirl. She also makes numerous personal
appearances plus interviews on radio and TV news
programs. Sloan's combined Facebook page and fan
page numbers have exceeded 10,000 members as of
July 30th, 2010.
At 17, Sloan Henderson is on a career path
destined for Victory Lane in NASCAR's elite Cup
Sloan started racing at the age of 12, just
after an accident with her horse that broke her
jaw. Her Dad wanted her to get into something
safer, not knowing that she would end up running
door to door with some of the best on the
By her fourth race, an amazing thing happened.
Sloan was running first with just a few laps to go.
Someone tried to pass on her blind side and they
wrecked. Sloan was placed in the back of the lead
lap cars as the green flag waved. With just a few
remaining laps, Sloan skillfully passed every car
to win the Senior Novice Eastern Grand National
Championship. Sloan accomplished this task on a
track she had never raced on and in a car she had
never driven before. The rest of the season was
unforgettable; she went on to set three track
records and win more than fifty races!
She was selected to join the Women in the
Winner's Circle, a foundation formed by Lyn St.
James. Sloan was the Champion of the KOIL tour
series in the Bandolero as she set three track
records and won fifteen feature races. All this
while placing 3rd in INEX national points and
competing on tracks from Florida to Wisconsin
including Lowe Motor Speedway.
In the Legends, she won 13 feature races and
placed second in the KOIL tour, sixth in the INEX
Young Lions National division and eleventh in the
semi pro's. With wins from Florida to Wisconsin,
Sloan has proven that she belongs. With the innate
ability to unload at a new track and be
competitive, there is no challenge too great for
this skilled driver.
In the fall of 2008, Sloan silenced the skeptics
when she tested in new vehicles. Moving from the
130 HP Legend car to more than 650 HP in the NASCAR
Whelen Stock Cars. In her first test, she was able
to lay down a lap time that was just .04 of a
second off the track record in a detuned car. She
also beat the car owner who was racing on his home
track in his own car.
In October, 2008 she was contacted by Ron
Sutton's Driver Development program in California
where she made the cut to test out of 751 other
In November, after testing a USAC Focus Midget,
the programs director said, "Our judges called her
a 'Diamond in the rough'. We think she has real
potential for a career, because she has the 'human
part' that we can't give a driver. She has heart,
passion, fearlessness, drive, focus, and intensity.
We can tell this by how far she came and how much
she ramped up from her first session to her fourth
and fifth sessions. She drove the car in super deep
and carried a ton of corner speed with a loose car.
That takes courage and skill, she has it in
All of Sloan's accomplishments have given her
the faith to believe that she can take her career
to the ultimate level and prove that a girl can win
in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Sloan is moving into the NASCAR Whelen Series in
2009 where she will pilot cars with more than 650
HP. Sloan will compete for the Ohio State
Championship at the Columbus Motor Speedway &
the Kil-Kare Speedway. Testing on the edge of track
records, she is ready to garnish the NASCAR Whelen
Rookie of the year honors in her first season and
hopefully move on to NASCAR's Campers World Truck
Series for a few races in 2010.
Sloan leaased a car from Gary Estes for 2009
when she nearly broke the track record in a detuned
NASCAR Whelen Late Model. Gary's car won the
NASCAR's Ohio State Champion Whelen All America,
the Kil-Kare Championship and finished second at
the Columbus Motor Speedway in 2008. Sloan has
already written history in 2009 by setting the high
water mark in her first practice in '09 in this
superior equipment, just as she has done in the
past. You can search Sloan Henderson on U-Tube
watch her race and decide if you want YOUR NAME on
her car for as little as .34 cents a day. WARNING!!
If you don't like an aggressive fast female driver
don't go there.
Sloan Henderson is only 13 years old, yet she is
causing some eyebrows to lift in the racing arena.
Sloan, who is racing this year on the quarter
midget and bandolero circuits, loves to go fast
¾ and, even more, she loves to win! I
can't even describe the feeling I get when I am in
the car on the track ¾ nothing else in this
world matters. I live to race. I love to go fast.
And I love to WIN.
Sloan was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 17, 1992
and now resides in Franklin, Ohio where she is a 6
th grader at Laura Farrell School. Sloan began
competing in the quarter midget circuit in 2004
and, in her premiere season, was able to set many
records and take first place in several events.
(See Sloan's Firsts.)
This year, Sloan is competing in more than 280
events, racing quarter midget racecars through USAC
Midget Racing and bandolero racecars through 600
Racing Legends. (See Schedule for complete racing
Sloan has developed a career path that takes her
from quarter midget and bandolero racing through
midget racing, Craftsman truck racing and the Busch
Series to the NASCAR Nextel Series by age 24. Sloan
doesn't want to just drive in the Nextel Series,
she wants to be the first female to hoist the cup
Though only 12 years old, Sloan is able to
balance a demanding racing schedule with her
schoolwork and manages to keep her grades very high
at the same time. Thomas Turner, the principal at
Laura Farrell, comments, As Sloan's
principal, I can say that, in my 11 years in
education, rarely have I been privileged to have a
student capable of balancing successfully the
demands of academics and outside
In addition to racing, Sloan's hobbies include
fighting with her brother and talking on the
Sloan Henderson Set to
Make CRA Series Debut at Columbus
Eighteen-year-old Sloan Henderson will attempt to
make her first career start in the CRA Super Series
on Saturday, August 28 in the CRA 125 at Columbus
Motor Speedway. She will pilot the No. 4 GreenPro
Landscaping/Rebel 105.9 Chevrolet in the seventh
event held at Columbus for the CRA Super Series.
Im really looking forward to racing
with CRA at Columbus, said Sloan Henderson.
The series has some great drivers and
Im excited that my first start will take
place at a track that Im familiar with. It
should help the learning curve and the cars are
similar to what we race with the exception of a
different tire, added Sloan.
Henderson attended the CRA Super Series event at
Berlin Raceway earlier this year for an
introduction to the series. Future plans with CRA
remain tentative, but goals are to make four
additional starts if this weekends event is a
success. Henderson began her racing career in 2004
and has already established an impressive resume.
She competed in Quarter Midgets scoring over 50
feature victories and establishing three track
records during her first season of competition. As
she moved through the ranks of racing she earned
Rookie of the Year honors in Bandoleros in 2005 and
Legends Cars in 2007. Hendersons impressive
2006 season included the KOIL Championship in the
Legends Cars, third in INEX Bandoleros National
Points and 13 feature victories. In the Legends
division, Henderson finished sixth in the INEX
National Points in 2008. Season highlights included
13 feature victories and 33 top-five finishes.
The following season she was 2009 NASCAR Whelen
Rookie of the Year for Ohio competing at Columbus
and Kil-Kare speedways. This year, Henderson has
been a regular fixture at Columbus and Kil-Kare in
the Late Model division. In 22 starts, she has
collected two feature wins, 16 top-five finishes
and 18 top 10s. Her most recent victory is the
Robbie Dean Memorial event, a 94-lap event at
Columbus on August 6. Henderson will add a new
chapter to her career with the first appearance in
the CRA Super Series this weekend competing against
some of the premier Late Model drivers in the
country at her hometrack. The CRA Super Series
returns to Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday,
August 28 in the CRA 125. Practice begins at 1 p.m.
with the racing program starting at 4. Tickets are
$18 for adults and $5 for kids. Following the
racing action a free concert will feature the Blue
Though this is only her second racing season,
Sloan Henderson has already begun to amass
firsts in her career. Here are a few of
First Female to win the Senior Novice Eastern
Grand Nationals in July 2004. In her fourth race
ever, an amazing thing happened. Sloan was running
first with just a few laps to go. 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 to win the Senior Novice
Eastern Grand National Championship! She
accomplished this amazing feat on a track where she
had never driven before and in a car in which she
had never raced before!
First Female to set three track records in one
year. Sloan set three track records within the
Mid-Ohio Series, at Miami Valley and Mac-O-Chee
racetracks in her rookie year.
Sloan posted wins on every QMA track she raced
on during her 2004 rookie season.
Set the pole in her first Senior Honda Race -
Hot out of the chute, Sloan set the pole for this
highly competitive race at Miami Valley Racetrack
in Dayton, Ohio on September 25. The officials were
so impressed with Sloan's performance, they
dismantled the engine to ensure that the equipment
met the requirements for that race. Sloan's racecar
passed the inspection with flying colors and she
was awarded the pole position!
The above information is believed to be
accurate, but is not warrented.
13-year-old Thinks 'Dismantle this!'
Three years ago, when I was 13, I was worried about
whether or not I was going to pass Math.
Well, Sloan Henderson not only goes to school,
she also races and is in her third year of it. Such
an amazing accomplishment for such a young
"In my rookie year in bandolaro...I was only
home two days out of a week [and] the rest
of the days I was racing," Henderson said. "It got
hard for me to have a lot of tests to study for and
homework to do. But I thought of a way that I could
manage all of this stuff with time to spare. It's
very simple; I just studied and did my homework
when I was on the road."
Henderson, who resides in Franklin, Ohio, began
competing in quarter midgets in 2004 and set some
amazing records for a female and racer of her age.
According to her website, www.sloanhenderson.com,
Henderson was the first female to win the Senior
Novice Eastern Grand Nationals, which she won in
only her fourth race ever. She is the first female
to set three track records in one year.
Henderson even won the pole for her first Senior
Honda Race. According to the website, the officials
were so impressed with her performance, that they
completely dismantled the engine to make sure the
equipment met the requirements.
"It was really hard for me to see my engine
dismantled...because the people who I thought were
my friends said that there was no way that
[I] could do that," Henderson said. "But
that night I made a huge step [in] my
career. I learned how to manage how I react to the
mean things people can say to me." Henderson passed
the inspection with "flying colors" as she put
Engine dismantling is a close call in the world
of racing, but wrecking is a closer call than
anything. The one that was the worst, I
think, was at Concord, North Carolina. I was second
place on the last lap when a guy decided to shove
me into the wall. One second I was at full
throttle, but the next second I was [at] 0
mph, Henderson said. Without my HANS
device, I dont think I would be here right
Henderson is already on her way to making her
goals come alive by making a career plan. We
came up with my career plan by looking at what
other pro drivers went through and what would be
the best way for people to know my name,
Her career plan is set from when she started to
when she is projected to make a start in the NASCAR
Nextel Cup Series, which is in 2015. Henderson will
start her third season of racing this year.
Henderson recently won at Winternationals held
in Orlando, Florida.
- 2010-NASCAR Whelen Late Models:
- September 4th-Breaks track record for the
second time at Columbus Motor Speedway.
- August 6th-Win at Kil-Kare-Robbie Dean
Memorial 94 Lap race.
- July 30th-Set new track record at Kil-Kare
Speedway in Xenia, OH. Thisnrecord breaker makes
her the first female to set a record atnthis
- 24th-Set new track record at Columbus Motor
Speedway in Columbus, OH.
- First female to break a track record.
- 17th-Set fast time, won Trophy Dash, and
feature at Columbus MotornSpeedway.
- *As of August 6th-22 starts, 2-wins,16-top
fives, 18-top tens
2009 NASCAR Whelen ROY for Ohio
- Highest ranked rookie female in Nation
- Sloan the only First female to set fast
time, win a heat race, get four podium finishes,
six top five and eighteen top ten finishes while
earning respect of most competitors with NO
mirrors or radio.
2008 INEX 600 racing Legend cars:
- Finished 6th in National points 13 feature
wins 33 top five finishes
2006 INEX Bandoleros:
- 3rd in National points
- KOIL tour Champ
- 13 features wins
- 3 track records
2004 Quarter Midgets Won Eastern
Grands- her 4th race ever!
3 track records 50+ wins
2005 and 2007 Rookie Years in Bando's and
Sloan is a self taught, first generation racer,
and not a one track wonder. She has won from
Florida to Wisconsin- Connecticut to California
without a "silver spoon," scales, or a crew chief.
Her first and only dirt race in a legend car, she
won the heat race and finished 3rd in feature.
Sloan Henderson's Projected Career
Year Race Race Series Age
Sr. Honda/Sr. STOCK/Half Midget 12-13
2005 600 Racing
2006 USAC Kenyon Midget/Half Midget
2006 600 Racing Bandolero 14-15
2007 USAC Kenyon Midgets 15-16
2007 600 Racing
2008-2017 NASCAR Craftsman Trucks
2010-2017 NASCAR Busch Cars 19-23
2015- NASCAR Nextel Series 24-??
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