Mud, sweat and cheers at annual demolition derby; STGnews Photo Gallery

Car No. 30 gets high-centered on a tire that was knocked off of another car; but, with a roar from the engine, he gets bounced high in the air to get free. Demolition derby, Washington County Fair, Washington County Regional Park, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 9, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

HURRICANE – Once again, the annual demolition derby sold out as hundreds of fans packed the stands at the Washington County Fairgrounds Saturday for the main event of the two-day derby.

Dozens of derby cars got down, dirty and demolished as drivers young and old competed for prize money and for the pure adrenaline rush.

Dirt flies high as the competitors bang and crash into each other, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 9, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Dirt flies high as the competitors bang and crash into each other, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 9, 2014 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

One of the events in the derby was the youth circle track race. Young drivers competed like there was no tomorrow as parents coached them on strategy.

In the Outlaw Class, only two cars showed up for Saturday’s derby, and one of them failed to start so car No. 57 won by default.

There were plenty of crashes and collisions, sending out-of-commission cars into exile and audience members into cheers.

Hundreds of hours go into building a derby car, and it can all come to a quick end with a well-placed hit that breaks an axle sends a wheel flying. Repairs have to be quick to get cars ready for the main event after they have been crashed and bent in the heat races.

Another successful year of mud, sweat and cheers concluded, and demolition fans will now have another year to wait until the 2015 derby rolls around.

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