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funeral – many traveling long        you were always greeted with that    the largest privately held third-
        distances to pay their respects to   big Brett Henry smile whenever       party logistics companies in the
        this friend - including racers that   you saw him. For the Henrys, it     United States.
        competed at the event in California   has always been about family,
        along with Brett. He is survived by   regardless of what was involved.      Knowing Brett as I did, I have no
        his best friend and wife of 21 years,   The family attended many events,   doubt that he would say “the show
        Laura; daughters, Crystal and Faith;  with son Wyatt working in the       must go on”, and the fuel altereds
        son, Wyatt; parents Jim and Jan      pits. Brett’s brother Brent was also   did just that on the final day of
        Henry; brother, Brent and his wife,   involved in the racing operation –   competition. With little additional
        Kristy, and their three children.    both in the pits and often driving   news on Sunday about the severity
                                                                                  of his condition, the fuel altered
                                             “Big Iron”, a ’65 Plymouth “cheater
          The Henry family is a racing                                            class finished their Chicago-style
        family. Brett’s dad, Jim Henry, has   car” with a ’64 front-end, rear axle   qualifying and final eliminations at
        been involved in drag racing since   moved forward a couple of inches, a   Famoso Raceway.
        the 60’s, often hanging out at DeTar   426 hemi stroked to 489 cu. in., with   The altered class was qualifying
        Automotive in Wichita. Ted DeTar’s   ported heads, Hilborn injection,
        cars of that era were winners, often   burning 85% nitro.                 against an index of 6.0. Brett had
        putting the factory-backed altered     Brett, along with his father       qualified in the top 8 with his one
        wheelbase cars on the trailer in     Jim and brother Brent, founded       qualifying pass, laboring through
        short order. Ultimately, Jim turned   Henry Industries, Inc. in the Fall   the lights with a 7.848/205.76 mph.
        the wrenches for Harold Wilson,      of 1991. Brett served as CEO for       The final round saw Nick Davies
        also in Wichita, on a front-engine   twenty-six years until his passing.   in “Havoc” vs. top qualifier Vince
        top fuel dragster running iron block   The emphasis of the company is     Generaleo in “Nanook”. Davies
        392’s on 80% nitro. This was quite a   logistic excellence, with a focus   hails from Silverstone, England,
        change from the 426 blocks that he   on helping companies that own or     making the long trip to race in this
        was used to working on, but a great   manage large distribution centers   prestigious field. At the lights, it
        experience as he learned a lot in the   and warehouses with their logistical   was Davies in “Havoc” with the
        process and pursued his ambition     needs. They wanted to assist         win, laying down a 6.117/231.36
        to build and race altered wheelbase   companies with changes in how       mph to Generaleo’s slightly quicker
        mid-60’s Chrysler cars.                                                   6.136/232.51 mph.
                                             they operate and provide services.
          Although Brett and I lived in      Since founding the company,            In the three other fuel classes,
        the same metropolitan area, I first   they have become a leader in        #3 qualifier Jim Young won top fuel
        met him in 2014 - where else but     assisting others with warehousing,   over #1 qualifier Jim Murphy, with
        in his pit at a drag race. One thing   distribution, and 3rd party logistics.   both cars having a difficult time
        I learned from that day forward -    Today, Henry Industries is one of    getting down the track. Young’s

                                            FINAL TOP EIGHT QUALIFIERS
              Driver                 Car Name                     Home                 Elapsed Time         Speed

          Vince Generaleo              Nanook                  Las Vegas, NV               6.125            221.96
            Nick Davies                 Havoc               Silverstone, England           6.135            232.15
             Ron Hope                  Rat Trap                Franklin, TN                6.469            201.91
            Bryan Hall                 Tramp                   Rio Linda, CA               6.663            200.47

           Jason Richey              The Patriot               Livermore, CA               6.715            209.30
          Shawn Callen              High Heaven                  Boise, ID                 6.738            186.74
          Randy Bradford          Bradford’s Altered        Camano Island, WA              6.918            235.93
            Brett Henry             Iron Mistress                Maize, KS                 7.848            205.76

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