July 14, 2011
Cochran Claims 2011 Demolition Derby Crown
What it lacked in quantity, was made up for with quality as the 2011 Pepsi-Cola Scotland County Fair Demolition Derby ended with a bang as Curtis Cochran's #77C car was the last one standing to take home the victory.
A limited field of cars made for a shortened show but Cochran and his fellow derby drivers kept the crowd entertained with plenty of hard hits.
The big blows started in the first heat. Gordon Hudson brought the crowd to its feet with a big hit early on. Unfortunately he went scrambling from his car a short time later after an engine fire brought out the red flag and knocked him out of the event.
Michael Garnett closed out the field to earn the right to advance to the finals.
Kahoka's Dan Trone drove the 0x car into the finals and picked up and added bonus courtesy of some big hits that led him to the victory in the second heat. Trone was selected by the crowd as the winner of the hard charger award, which brought a $500 payday courtesy of sponsors Kimberly J. Nicoli Attorney at Law, Hopkins Lumber, Keith's Cafe, Oberholtzer Plumbing, Scotland County Vending, Scotland County Assessor Jim Ward, Bob's Auto Repair, Hoozie's Sales and Service, Ketchum Heating and Cooling, Stu's Custom Crew, Probst Custom Work, Matt McBee Construction, Tri-State Timber and Pepsi-Cola.
The 4-6 Cylinder Class saw Kevin Holton take home the top prize of $400. He also won the hard charger award sponsored by S & P Performance and FredWrecks Collision repair.
Garnett and Antal were joined in the ring by Tyler Henstorf (#77T), Bill Jones (#55x) and Cochran for the grand finale.
When the green flag fell, Trone went back to work, and quickly got the crowd into the the race, as he and Jones both hit Garnett full bore. But Trone took the brunt of the blow, losing his drive shaft and knocking him out in fifth. Henstorf was the next car out.
That left Jones, Cochran and Garnett to duke it out for the top prize. They gave the crowd its money's worth, doling out several vicious collisions before Jones's 55x car dropped its drive shaft, again courtesy of a Garnett hit.
Cochran was nearly timed out of the contest, but was able to get running just in the nick of time. That proved costly for Garnett, as the two Memphis drivers came together in a huge collision that finished off the night for the #888 car.
Cochran took home the top prize of $750. He also won the $100 bonus from Brush Auto Repair as the highest finishing Scotland County driver. Garnett clamed second place and $500. He also was picked by the crowd as the winner of the pre-show Show and Shine award. The $100 prize was donated by April S. Wilson Attorney at Law.
Third place and $250 went to Jones with Henstorf earning $150 for fourth place.
The event was produced by the Scotland County Fire Department with the assistance of the Scotland County Fair Board. Tri-State Timber, Pat, Donnie and Kim Gibson provided the boundary logs for the event.