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Ben Ashline hopes to write new history in Coastal 200

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 27, 2017 5:04 am

Ben Ashline hopes to write new history in Coastal 200
Fairfield driver returns to Late Model ranks for 1st time in 3 years.

...AUTO RACING Posted Yesterday at 6:09 PM Updated May 26
Ben Ashline hopes to write new history in Coastal 200
Fairfield driver returns to Late Model ranks for 1st time in 3 years.

BY TRAVIS BARRETTSTAFF WRITER
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Like a category on the television game show “Jeopardy,” it’s the answer that leads you to the question.

Ben Ashline knows the answer even before he’s heard the question.

“2012.”


That was the year that Ashline, a native of Pittston who now lives in Fairfield, was the talk of Late Model racing circles in northern New England. He’d won his first career American-Canadian Tour race in early July at Oxford Plains Speedway — in a thoroughly dominating peformance — and his name was stamped at the top of a very short list of Oxford 250 favorites later that month.

But when race day rolled around, Ashline, now 26, was marching his way through his qualifying heat race at a torrid clip when disaster struck. He’d opted to take his No. 15 Chevrolet (which was already in a qualified position) three-wide when he ran out of real estate, cars tangling all around him, and sending him through the dirt and into a collision with the backstretch wall.

His car, which he affectionately refers to as “Sweet Marie,” was destroyed and hasn’t been back on a race track since.

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