Bean Becomes First Female Champion; Liquori Sweeps Action
10, 2011) –
Jessica Bean only had to start the Kenyon Midget feature at
Anderson Speedway during Ed Martin Toyota Championship night, but she made
Bean got loose on her qualifying lap and only posted the seventh quickest
During the first heat race she placed third, but her closest pursuer Damon
Harris was also having problems.
While Bean and Harris struggled, Joe Liguori was sweeping the night’s
Liguori set quick time and in the first heat race passed Travis Young on the
sixth lap with an inside move coming off the second corner.
Liguori went on to the victory followed by Young, Bean and Kyle Tilley and
Anthony McCune, making his first start in a Kenyon Midget.
The second heat saw Eric Cottingim led from start to finish, but the driver
to watch was Ray Seach, making his first start with the United States Speed
Association midget series.
Seach passed Issac Chapple on the outside entering turn three on the fourth
lap to move into the third position and four laps later dove inside of
Harris entering turn one.
In the feature event, Chapple took the early lead chased by Liguori, Tilley,
Seach and Young. Young and Seach swapped the fourth position several times
in the early stages of the race as the five front runners ran in a tight
On the fourteenth circuit, Young and Tilley brought out the caution flag
when they spun in turn four. That allowed Bean to move up to the fourth spot
followed by Cottingim.
But Bean’s run in the fourth spot ended momentarily on lap 20 when she spun
in turn two and was relegated to the back of the field.
Over the final ten laps Seach was all over the back of Liguori’s midget,
even at one point locking front and rear bumpers coming through the fourth
corner. Bean passed Harris on lap 26 for the fifth spot and two laps later
got inside of Tilley in turn three.
At the checkers it was Liguori winning by .143-seconds over Seach with
Chapple, Bean and Tilley rounding out the top five.
“This is the second time in a Kenyon Midget and to get a win is special,”
Liguori said. “We didn’t touch the car all night.”
Bean became the first women to capture a Kenyon Midget championship in the
long history of the series.
“This is awesome,” Bean said following her championship.