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A sudden downpour didn’t stop the demolition derby drivers from completing their efforts at the Pike County Fair on Thursday, July 25.
One of them was Aaron Walker, of Bowling Green, who has been driving headlong into other cars at demolition derbies for the last several years.
“It’s a big rush,” Walker said before taking to the track. “Basically, you go out there and smash something and have fun.”
Fourth-place winner C.J. Barnes, of Vandalia, was smashing dents out of what used to resemble a Ford Crown Victoria before he ran it in the derby.
“This is my fifth year,” of derbies, Barnes said. “It’s an awesome adrenaline rush. It’s the motors and the horsepower behind them that I like and it’s a lot of fun.”
A good crowd turned out to watch Barnes and the others and yelled with delight with each deliberate crash.
The eight top finishers of the demoltion derby were:
• First place — Jake Redd, of Hallsville.
• Second place — Keith Dawson, of Bowling Green.
• Third place —Jeremy Baker, of Bowling Green.
• Fourth place — C.J. Barnes, of Shelbina.
• Fifth place — Tom Hill, of Pleasant Hill, Ill.
• Sixth place — Chad Charmin – town unavailable.
• Seven place — Kurt Love, Louisiana.
• Eighth place —Cedric Bronson, of Bowling Green.