CORNVILLE, Maine — Shelby Kimball was tired of being a bridesmaid.
After finishing second in points in the Street Stock class at Hermon’s Speedway 95 the previous two years, the 21-year-old beautician finally notched the points championship she desired this season.
And the Kimball family also claimed the second spot as her 16-year-old brother Matt wound up 80 points behind her. Harrington’s Alex Berry wound up third, 52 points behind Matt.
“It’s very exciting. After finishing second two years in a row, I was itching for the championship and I finally got it. And to top it all off, Matt was second,” said Shelby Kimball.
It was the second points title of her career. She won the women’s division championship in 2008 at Unity Raceway in her first year of racing. Her brother began racing the following year.
Speedway 95 office manager and official scorer Kim Baker Allen said Kimball is the first woman to win the Street Stocks championship since at least 1983, and she can’t recall a brother-sister tandem finishing first and second in points in any division.
“We may have had a husband and wife but never a brother and sister,” said Allen.
Matt Kimball said he was pleased with his season as well as his sister’s title.
“I’m happy for her,” he said.
Shelby Kimball said she was elated with her brother’s first ever win in a Street Stock feature this season.
“I was happier than he was,” said Shelby. “It was great to see him do well. It didn’t bother me that he beat me. It was awesome.”
The Kimballs are a close-knit family and they usually have a group of at least 15 family members and friends who make the one-hour journey from Cornville every Saturday night for racing.
They are Jeff and Kim Kimball’s only two children and they have grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who follow them religiously.
“And if someone can’t be there, we videotape it so they can see it,” said Shelby, who works at the Alice & Company Salon and Spa in Skowhegan.
Both Kimballs said they had plenty of help this season.
Matt Kimball said his father helped them with their cars along with Dave and John McCullough.
Shelby said her boyfriend, Colby Prescott, also worked on the cars and she benefited significantly from a new motor supplied to her by Bernie Thayer.
Shelby Kimball won five feature races.
Matt Kimball could be the heir apparent to his sister’s point title next season, as Shelby said she plans to buy a house with her boyfriend, so she won’t race for points.
“I’ll run a few races here or there,” said Kimball, who indicated that she could be back racing full time in 2015.
“I’ll be back,” she said.
As far as the other classes at Speedway 95, Ellsworth’s Andy Saunders captured his second straight Late Model championship, outdistancing John Kalel II of Orrington by 114 points. Harrington’s Andrew McLaughlin was third.
It is the second time Saunders has won back-to-back titles at Speedway 95. He won the Pro Stock championship in 2003 and 2004.
Sportsman champ Kris Watson of Hermon won his fourth points title in his third different class. He racked up 2,228 points with Skowhegan’s Kris Matchett in second (2,172) and Milford’s Joe Legere finishing third (2,014). Watson won the Truck series crown in 2003 and back-to-back Super Street championships in 2008 and 2009.
Carmel’s Ted Ryder annexed his second straight Sport Four title with 2,102 points. Hermon’s Andrew Crosby (1,950) and Kevin Hartley (1,854) were second and third.
Carmel’s Dennis Burns won his first points title in the Bombers by 100 points over Bangor’s Scott Bonney with Newport’s Mark Lane placing third. Lane finished 97 points behind Bonney.
95 set for final racing weekend
Speedway 95 will wrap up its season with racing on Saturday and Sunday after a day of practice 10 a.m.-5 p.m Friday.
Saturday’s racing will begin at 4 p.m. and will include Trucks, Stars of Tomorrow and 50-lap features for four, six or eight-cylinder Enduros and Bombers and a 50-lap Sport Four race. There will also be a demolition derby.
On Sunday beginning at 2 p.m., there will be extended lap races for the Sportsman/Sport and Street/Outlaw/Wildcats along with a 95-lap Late Model feature.