June 21, 2018
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Crosby hangs on for Speedway 95 victory


    HERMON — Wacky Wednesday lived up to its name.

In the second of a three-race series for the Little Enduro cars, which was won by Hermon’s Andrew Crosby, 26 cars took the green flag and several of them wound up spinning out or receiving some kind of contact.

In fact, Waylon Shibles of Winterport was bumped by Seal Cove’s Ken Ogden on lap 21 of the 25-lap race and his car rolled over as it slid off the track on turn one. But with the ambulance making its way to him, he was able to re-start the car and he wound up finishing the race.

Crosby took the lead from Bangor’s Donny Blanchard on a lap-21 restart and survived another restart to lead the rest of the way at Speedway 95.

“That was a really good race,” said the 20-year-old Crosby, who registered his second win of the season. “I didn’t really know if I was going to get it [the win] or not. The restarts actually helped me out. The car was going really good tonight.

“It was a tight battle the whole race. Everybody was fast,” added Crosby. “I can’t even believe I actually came in first.”

On the last restart, he started on the outside and was able to get some separation from Skowhegan’s Mike Mason before crossing the finish line two car-lengths ahead of Mason.

“I knew once I got the lead, I had a car good enough to hold on. It was just a question of being able to get out front [on the restart],” said Crosby, who started fifth. “The outside groove is the preferred groove at this racetrack.”

Mason finished where he started in second and Old Town’s David Ogden finished third. Rounding out the top five were Blanchard and Greenbush’s Chris Carroll.

“[Crosby’s] car was hooked up really good,” said David Ogden.

Mason got tangled up with Ken Ogden on lap 11 and spun out. He had to start in the back of the pack on the restart because he caused the caution but was able to make an impressive run to finish second.

Roger Smith Jr. of Clifton won the Big Enduro race by 20 car-lengths thanks to a trip to Advanced Auto Parts in Brewer between the heat race and the feature. It was his third win.

“I had to get a power steering hose,” explained Smith Jr.

Edward Cobb of Lagrange was second, Bangor’s Adam Gardner was third, Hudson’s Shawn MacNevin was fourth and A.J. Cookson of Old Town was fifth.

Smith Jr. took the lead on lap nine of the 20-lapper.

“We’ve had power steering issues all year,” said Smith Jr. “But we improved it [with the hose] and the car ran pretty good.”

Cobb said he couldn’t challenged Smith “because I need tires. The tread is gone.”

In the Truck race, Jim Carr Jr. picked up his first win by eight truck-lengths over Anthony Moore of Brewer. Corinth’s Peter Drake, who had won all five previous truck races, wound up third with Winterport’s Mike Lynch fourth and Orrington’s Jay Munson finishing fifth.

Moore and Carr swapped paint early in the race and Moore wound up sliding up the track.

“That was my mistake. I drove it in too deep,” admitted Carr.

Moore quickly recovered but in his haste to chase down the leaders, he got involved in another minor wreck.

“I tried to go three-wide. That was my fault. I shouldn’t have done it,” said Moore.

Drake said “you can’t win them all. I damaged my rim in the heat race.”

In the Ladies division, Cornville’s Shelby Kimball, who just graduated from Skowhegan High School, spent virtually the entire 20-lap race trying to pass Carmel’s Becky Elston.

Then, with two laps to go, Elston’s car slowed down and Kimball was able to pass her for her second straight win.

Chelsea Young, who will be a senior at Hampden A cademy in the fall, wound up slipping past Elston for second.

“My arms are aching,” said Kimball. “I was hoping I could pass her. I tried my hardest.”

Elston said “my car shut down on me. I have computer problems with it and I haven’t been able to find the problem.”

Benton’s Samantha Letourneau was fourth and Hermon’s Rhonda Wilbur was fifth.

The state Class B champion Hermon High School softball team was honored during the intermission.

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