Women involved in Speedway 95 wreck still sore but eager to return to racing

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted July 27, 2012, at 2:56 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Bangor’s Nicole Smith, Howland’s Amy Houde and Penobscot’s Kayla Allen are still feeling the effects of Wednesday night’s wreck during a Ladies Division summer series auto race at Speedway 95.

Smith and Allen were transported by ambulance to Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center, treated and released.

But all three are eager to jump back into their race cars when their 25-lap series race and their regular 20-lap feature are held during Wacky Wednesday’s race card next week.

It’s now just a matter of getting their race cars repaired.

According to the drivers, race leader Becky Elston’s car got loose in turn two, her car blocked the track and they spun trying to avoid her, resulting in the wreck. Smith’s car slammed into Allen’s driver’s side door and Houde also got collected up in the wreck.

Smith had to be extricated from her car as track personnel cut the roof off her car.

“It was the longest hour of my life,” said Smith. “They were initially going to try to pull me through the sunroof but they realized they couldn’t do it.”

Smith said she may have blacked out for a second.

She said she sprained her left knee and left ankle and suffered a mild concussion.

“I’m still sore but I’m feeling a little better,” said Smith, whose car suffered heavy damage.

“It squished the whole front end of the car,” she said.

But she is determined to climb back into the car as soon as possible.

“I love racing,” said the 24-year-old Smith, who has been racing for seven years. “If I don’t get right back into the car, I may get scared to do it. I just want to get it over with.”

Smith will have her injuries re-evaluated by her doctor on Monday.

Allen said she has a “sore neck and a sore back” and significant bruises.

“But I’m definitely ready to get back into the car,” said Allen.

The 22-year-old Allen was driving a borrowed car loaned to her by Robert Dyer after she wrecked her boyfriend’s (Daymon Dodge) car in the heat race when she got tangled up with Smith.

Her own car blew an engine and she is hoping to have a new engine in time for Wednesday’s races.

Smith and Allen are both having good seasons in the Ladies Division.

Smith is currently running second in points, 35 behind leader Emma Libby of Glenburn.

Allen is in fifth place in the points.

The 26-year-old Houde said she has suffered migraine headaches and she is hoping to return to racing on Saturday night because she is also in the Bomber Division.

“I enjoy racing. It’s a passion of mine. It’s my hobby,” said Houde. “My dad [Michael] has been working on the car to get it back together.”

It has been a frustrating 2012 for Houde as her Chevy Cavalier is her fourth car of the season. Two of her cars developed mechanical problems and the other had its gas tank ruined when it was involved in a wreck.

“Things have to get better. Junior [Dale Earnhardt Jr.] is my favorite NASCAR driver and his luck changed this year. I can’t wait to get back racing,” she said.

Earnhardt Jr. snapped a 143-race Sprint Cup winless drought by taking the checkered flag at the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17. He is currently running second in points, 16 behind leader Matt Kenseth.

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