June 18, 2018
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Husband-wife, Emma Libby have memorable night at Speedway 95

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

HERMON — It was a good night for the Beal family and for 14-year-old Emma Libby during Wacky Wednesday’s racing at Speedway 95.

Travis Beal won the first Chummy’s Groundhog 50-lap Little Enduro race and his wife, Danielle, wound up fourth.

Libby, meanwhile, expanded her points lead in the Ladies Division by winning a pair of races.

She captured the 25-lap summer series race that was rescheduled from last Wednesday after a wreck on lap two resulted in Kayla Allen and Nicole Smith being taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Libby then took the checkered flag in the regularly scheduled 20-lap feature.

She had entered Wednesday’s racing with a 44-point lead over Bangor’s Smith, who finished fourth in the first race and second in the 20-lapper.

Beal, who is from Hampden, took the lead from Newburgh’s Darrin Durrell on the first lap and he never looked back although Fred Ashmore of Hancock closed to within three car-lengths with five laps remaining.

But Ashmore got caught up in some lapped traffic and Beal was able to pull away to win by 14 car-lengths.

Ashmore was disqualified after the race when his car failed to pass the technical inspection.

That bumped Garett Hayman of Milford up into second; Hermon’s Andrew Crosby into third, Danielle Beal into fourth and Bangor’s Scott Bonney moved up from sixth to fifth.

“I saw [Ashmore] coming up quickly in my rearview mirror,” said Beal, who earned his second win at Speedway 95 to go with two at Caribou’s Spud Speedway. “I overheated the right front [tire] and there was oil coming out of the motor. It was making a lot of smoke.

“I knew I had to put it right down to the floor and get every ounce out of it that I could,” added the 26-year- old Beal, who drove a Chevy Cavalier. “The car was good. It picked up a push halfway through which is typical of a front-wheel drive car. I had been trying to save the car but when I saw [Ashmore] coming, I knew I had to get going.”

Ashmore said, “It would have been nice to get close enough to make it interesting at the end. I think we did. We gave the fans something to watch for. I ran out of time and a little bit of lapped traffic didn’t really help us.”

Hayman overcame two spins to finish second.

“I was real happy with the car,” said Hayman, who was driving a 1993 Acura. “I wasn’t happy with some of the stuff that happened on the track. But that’s racing.”

Travis Beal was proud of his wife’s finish and said he hopes she will continue driving in the class.

The Ladies Division saw Libby claim her fifth and sixth victories of the season.

She won the first race by three car-lengths over Hermon’s Rhonda Wilbur. Becky Elston-Burns was third with Smith fourth and Milo’s Erin Armstrong fifth.

Allen had also returned to race but her car had some structural issues that forced her to park it.

Libby won the next race by 10 car-lengths over Smith. Wilbur was third, Amy Houde of West Enfield was fourth and Armstrong was fifth.

In the Big Enduros, Frankfort’s Bobby Seger continued his dominance of the class with a comfortable win.

Hudson’s Shawn MacNevin finished second, 25 car-lengths behind Seger.

Edward Cobb Jr. of Lagrange was third, Alvin MacNevin of Clifton was fourth and Shawn Racila of Dover-Foxcroft was fifth.

Racila finished fourth but he spun out Alvin MacNevin on the last lap and was penalized for it.

In the Truck race, one of the three-race series, Jim Carr Jr. of Clifton claimed his 55th career truck victory.

His margin of victory was 30 car-lengths.

Roger Smith Jr. of Bangor, who spent a healthy portion of the last week fixing sister Nicole’s car, was second and rounding out the top five were Levant’s Jason Haskell, Bucksport’s Dana Harlow and Winterport’s Mike Lynch.

The Stars of Tomorrow race for youngsters 17 and under was won by points leader Austin Clemons of Norridgewock.

Ellsworth’ Whitney Saunders was second, Old Town’s Dylan Street was third and Ricky Pease Jr. of Detroit and Robert Dyer of Canaan were fourth and fifth.

Pease Jr. and Dyer were penalized two finishing positions for passing cars before taking the green flag in front of the grandstand to the start of the race.

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