There are worthwhile activities that deserve our attention and participation. The annual demolition derby is certainly one of those lofty activities.
What could be more American in the midst of rodeos, parades, red and blue snow cones and teens caring for their farm animals than a demolition derby?
Every other day of the year, save Thursday night during the Delta County Fair, it's illegal to use your vehicle in the manner unabashedly displayed during the derby. The only wish unfulfilled was that there was no other pick-up truck to play smash up with #95, a brown truck.
There's always next year.
Also, ladies, where were you? No powder puff. What a shame.
There were also no engine fires which was a good thing, but we missed seeing the firemen. Although a few did show their ability of getting out of the way of station wagon #51 driven by Brice Simpson which ended up outside the course twice. Some nights it's just hard to stay within the lines.
But enough about what wasn't there. What was there was more than enough.
Take for example, the green monster otherwise known as #472 driven by Joey Graff. This car mercilessly pursued car #31 driven by Cole Johnson. Johnson must have thought he was trapped at the salvage yard with some weird car smasher after him. Graff didn't just hit Johnson, he drove right over his trunk, his front end and even drove up on his roof. Johnson kept maneuvering out from underneath Graff. The two put on quite a show all by themselves. Graff won the third heat with his over-the-top efforts.
Alex McEvoy in #000, The Widowmaker 2, won the first heat. Ryan Wells in car #6 won the second heat.
The B main was won by #08 driven by Jim Richardson with Phil Chaney in car #90 in second place. Chaney was disqualified in the first heat for hitting the driver's door on a competing vehicle.
Those two joined the winners of the first three heats and Tanner Ellenberger in #66 to hammer each other in the main.
After all the hitting and smash ups were done, Ryan Wells came in first winning a $1,000 cash prize from Hotchkiss Automotive, two trophies and $50 for winning the second heat.
Ellenberger won second place in the main and a $500 cash prize.
Sponsors of the prize money were Hotchkiss Automotive for the champion, Kwiki Tire for second prize, Duckworks Auto Parts for the B main, and for the heats — Weekender Sports, West Elk Mine and Valley Transmissions.blog comments powered by Disqus