July 28, 2005

Davis, Miller Claim Victories At 2005 Demolition Derby

Demolition derbies have traditionally been the arena for male drivers but Saturday nightís show at the Scotland County Fair was nearly stolen by the ladies. While there were just three cars in the fairís powder puff event, the trio made up for the lack of quantity with plenty of quality.

After the #11 car of Linda Cochran went out early with mechanical problems, Jess Miller and the purple 79R car went toe-to-toe with Pam Jenkins in the 823 car. Two vehicles even got stuck together at one point, but they ultimately broke free to give the crowd several more big collisions before Miller ultimately was crowned the victor when Jenkinsís car called it quits.

The girls set the stage for an exciting finale to the 2005 Demo Derby. A total of 20 cars took to the track for the event.

Jody Jones (55X), Brian Burrows (19R) and Kenny Lewis (UR12) survived Heat #1. Dustin Davis (83), Kevin Bogert (97X) and Craig Olinger (66C) outlasted the competition in Heat #2 while Scott Adams (A55), Adam Norton (613A) and Greg Kraus (460) advanced from Heat #3.

All non-qualifiers that could make it back to the track, took part in the consolation heat, which settled the final field by adding consolation winners Eric Long (14), Curtis Cochran (177) and Gene Hilpert (7).

The crowd selected Cochran as the winner of the $300 Hard Charger award sponsored by the Scotland County Fire Department, Brush Auto Repair, Hopkins Lumber and the Memphis Democrat.

Twelve cars squared off in the feature event, which started with a number of metal-crunching crashes as the cars sped to the middle of the arena bringing out a huge cheer from the crowd.

Burrows was the first to fall out as the 19R car quit early in the finale. Kraus and Lewis were the next two casualties as the field began to become littered with non-functioning cars. Cochran, Hilpert and Olinger were the next cars to go as the field was narrowed to the top 5.

Long went out fifth before Adam Norton called it quits. The final three cars lasted some time before Bogertís 1979 Lincoln gave up on him. Davis and last yearís champion Jones dueled it out before Jones finally broke off his flag as his engine had taken all the abuse it could handle.

Davis, a Floris, IA, native drove his 1985 Chevy Impala to the victory and the $492 top prize.

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