Jesse Henley moved up from part-time racer to full-time series champion in 2018, taking home the hardware for the Brandon Ford Wheelman Sportsman Series. The driver based out of Hernando, Florida dominated the series, winning three out of 12 races along with seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
“Last year is really the first year I really ran for points. I usually pick and choose my races,” Henley tells Speed51.com. “So to be able to win a championship in the Wheelman Series is pretty cool. There are a lot of good drivers and a lot of good cars in the field that show up regularly.”
“Every racer wants to be the best, and to be the best you have to beat the best, and this is really the largest group of drivers that show up on a consistent basis that are competitive,” Henley continued. “Ten to twelve guys could win one of these races on a regular basis. I won a race at Citrus (County Speedway, FL) and the very next race I think I finished twelfth. So to keep you on your toes and on top of your game with that level of competition is a lot better than only having two or three guys that you’re out there racing against.”
Looking forward to the 2019 season, Henley plans to have some fun by repeating his championship run. He will hit the ground running by competing in the Wheelman Series opener this weekend at CRA SpeedFest 2019 in Cordele, Georgia.
“I enjoy the far away races. I enjoy traveling,” Henley said. “You can make a weekend out of it. I like the different tracks like Cordele. I’ve never been there, so that’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Race fans can watch the 2019 Brandon Ford Wheelman Sportsman Series season opener from Crisp Motorsports Park live this Friday night by becoming a monthly or yearly subscriber to the Speed51 Network. Click here to sign up today. A 100-mile blackout will be in effect for the area surrounding Cordele, Georgia.
-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
-Photo credit: Wheelman Series Facebook