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Father, son finish 1-2 in Demo DerbyTell North Platte what you think
 
Photo by Joe Chitwood
Andy Scott in the black car bashes the back side of his son Blake's white car in the finals.
Photo by Joe Chitwood
Murphy's car, high centered
Photo by Joe Chitwood
Matt Seamann, at left, rams into an opponent
Photo by Joe Chitwood
Action in the finals of the compact division
Photo by Joe Chitwood
Blake and Andy Scott shakes hands at the end of the night.

Andy Scott of Sutherland had the last car running Friday after he finally stopped his son’s car at the Lincoln County Fair demolition derby.

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Andy claimed the title. His 15-year-old son Blake took second.

Both cars sported the name "Scotty" on the sides. Dad's car was black and numbered 1. Blake’s was white and numbered 2.

The two fought, crashed and bumped their way through preliminary rounds.

When the dust settled in the final round, they were the only two running. They pounded at each other until Blake's car finally stalled and would not start. 

After the time limit expired, the judge raised the checkered flag and declared Andy the winner. Andy and Blake jumped out and met for a victory hug.

Twelve cars entered the full-size division in the derby, divided into two heats of six in the battle for a shot at the championship. The top four finishers in each heat advanced to a semi-final round, and the top two cars there advanced to the finals.

The cars that were knocked out of the heats competed in a consolation round, with the last two running advancing to the championship field. 

The crowd was treated to some exciting races as drivers went all out to knock out the competition.

Matt Seaman received the most cheers with his hard hits. Crossing the course at full speed, he rear ended Ron Murphy's station wagon and sent it airborne onto the cement retaining wall. 

Murphy's car was high centered, unable to move and forced to drop out of the heat, but he returned for the consolation round with a vengeance, focused on repaying Seaman. It was evident he had no concern with keeping his car in one piece. Full speed passes, head-to-head collisions and continual battles between the two led to the complete destruction of Murphy's wagon.

As his car was no longer capable of moving or running, Murphy jumped out of the car and pumped his fists which brought a roar from the crowd. When asked about the race he said, "I destroyed the car but it was fun!"

Seaman's car suffered major damage but his was one of the last two running, which qualified him for the championship. But the damage from his battle with Murphy took its toll, as his car quit running in the early minutes of the championship.

 

Compacts

Along with full-size demolition cars, the derby featured a compact division of 16 cars. As in the full-size class, two heats of six cars competed, with the top four in each moving to the championship and a couple more battling back in a consolation round.

The drivers put on a great show for the crowd.

Mike Kamler of Hastings outlasted the competition and took first in the compacts, beating runner up Mike Kenberick of Gothenburg.

An enthusiastic crowd of around 1,900 enjoyed the show. The Lincoln County raceway sponsored a candy toss for the kids during intermission. As an extra bonus, raceway tee shirts were shot into the audience with a gas powered "shirt gun."

Race track officials said the demolition derby typically draws a large audience at the fair.

Racing enthusiasts can enjoy another event -- a tractor and truck pull that at the raceway Sunday evening at 5 p.m.

 


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/26/2014
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