PETERSEN MEDIA: After making the feature event during the opening night of the Winter Heat Showdown, Dakota Hendrickson hoped to do the same during the final weekend of action, but the young driver got valuable seat time against stiff competition, and is looking forward to the rest of the season.
“It was a rough weekend, but it was not for lack of effort from my team,” Hendrickson said. “The track was really tough to pass on, and I was not able to capitalize on a few things.”
Finishing eighth in heat race action on Friday night, Hendrickson would grab a sixth place finish in his qualifier.
Running in the B Main, Hendrickson would line his Lucas Oil/K&N Products/JRI No. 5h machine up in the 12th spot, needing to get to the eighth spot to transfer into the feature.
On the slick surface, Hendrickson made some nice laps, but at the end of the day, was unable to move into a transfer spot, as he would finish 12th.
Back at it on Saturday night for the finale, the Omaha, NE driver would line up in the fourth row of his heat race, and tally a seventh place finish, before scoring a seventh place during his qualifier.
Lining up 12th in the semi, the track was right around the bottom and Hendrickson got in line and looked for any openings he could. With not much passing happening, Hendrickson’s Winter Heat would come to a close in the B.
“It was a little disappointing, but it was great to get back in a car for five races,” he added. “I am thankful for how hard my team worked, and I can’t wait to continue on with the season ahead.”
The Van Dyke Motorsports team would like to thank Lucas Oil, K&N Products, JRI Shocks, NAAKE Suspension, FSR Radiators, for their support during the year.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 5, Wins-0, Top-5’s-0, Top-10’s-0
ON TAP: The Van Dyke Motorsports team will take a bit of a break before their next race. Stay tuned for an announcement on when exactly that next race will take place.
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