HERMON, Maine — Andrew Crosby knew racing was in his blood when he was 5.
“My dad had a fleet of cars in the backyard. Some of them couldn’t run any more,” said Andrew. “I would sit in the cars and pretend to drive them. I had a fake checkered flag. I would pretend to win a race, I held a fake trophy and I would thank the sponsors I didn’t have.”
Seventeen years later, Crosby is holding a trophy and thanking his sponsors virtually every week.
The Hermon native is running in three classes at Speedway 95 and already has won races in all three.
He has four victories in the Bomber division and has a 72-point lead over Corinth’s Mark Sawyer atop the standings and he has one win apiece in the Sport Four class and Wacky Wednesday’s Little Enduro division.
He has a two-point lead over Milford’s Garrett Hayman in the Little Enduros and is sitting fifth in the Sport Fours, 74 points behind leader Steve Heath of Milo.
Crosby is quick to point out that he would be much closer to Heath if he hadn’t been black-flagged in a Sport Four race for entering the pits in the wrong direction after two tires blew on his car.
“I tried to get into the pits in the easiest and most convenient way so I wouldn’t ruin my rims,” explained Crosby, who drove his car through the pit exit next to turn three instead of going to the pit entrance near turn two. “My pit was right there [close to the pit exit].”
That was early in the season and dropped him back to 14th in points because he didn’t receive any points for that race. But he has climbed nine spots since then.
Crosby has two seconds, a fourth and a fifth in the Sport Fours along with his win. He has a third and two fifths to accompany his four wins in the Bombers and he has a second to go with his first in two Little Enduro features.
“I would like to win the points championship in all three divisions but I don’t want to make my goals too high to achieve,” said Crosby. “I would like to win more than one championship in a season.”
The Sport Four class is his favorite. All three of his race cars are Honda Preludes.
“There’s a lot more talent in the Sport Fours. There’s a lot of competition. It’s a really good division. The cars are faster,” said Crosby, who added that leaving his Bomber and Little Enduro cars to jump into his Sport Four car is like “jumping into NASCAR after racing go-karts. It handles completely differently. You can give it a lot more throttle and it handles like a dream. It’s a lot easier to drive even though you’re going faster.
“The cars all handle differently. The Bomber car has power steering but it’s a loose race car. The rear end of the car wants to do a little kick thing when it goes into the corner. The Little Enduro car doesn’t have power steering and the rear end pushes out and it pushes the car up the race track,” Crosby added.
Crosby began going to races at Speedway 95 when he was 5. His father, Brett Crosby, was a racer and won back-to-back points championships in the truck class in 2002 and 2003.
“It’s been a big part of my family life ever since,” said Crosby, who began racing in Soap Box Derby cars when he was 9.
“I placed in the top eight three different times. My best finish was third. I was two-tenths of a second away from going to Akron [for the nationals],” said Crosby.
He was handed the number 62 for his Soapbox Derby car and that is the number he has used ever since. He drove go-karts but never raced them.
Crosby began racing at Speedway 95 when he was 14.
“I had to go in front of a judge and sign a bunch of paperwork to get a waiver so I could race because I was underage and didn’t have my driver’s license,” he said.
Two years later, in 2006, he won the points championship in the Little Enduro class.
He loves racing, especially the competition aspect of it.
His dad spends a lot of time working on a fleet of race cars and trucks, including Andrew’s three cars.
“I’m his worst critic at times,” said Brett Crosby. “We debate quite a bit. That’s how we get a lot of things done. We aren’t mad at each other, that’s our way of figuring out what we have to do.”
When he isn’t racing cars, the 2007 Hermon High School graduate is working at the Coach House Restaurant on Wilson Street in Brewer. He handles a variety of chores. His sister, Katie, also works there.
He said owners Alan and Sandra Dorr have been very supportive of him and the Coach House Restaurant is even one of his sponsors.
Crosby is hoping to go to Victory Lane Wednesday night when a special 50-lap Little Enduro race is going to be held during Wacky Wednesday. It will pay the winner $500.
The regular winning share is $75.