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By Gwendolyne Honrud
The Courier 

Dirty Derby a Smash Hit


Sean R. Heavey / For The Courier

Smoke rises from Nashua resident Willy Lauckner's 2002 Ford Crown Victoria at the Glasgow Fairgrounds.

Milk River Motorsports hosted their annual Spring Demo Derby on June 13, at the Glasgow Fairgrounds. While the number of participants was down from last year (29 to 10), the excitement was not. Rocky Thompson of Glasgow commented on the low number, "For only being a 10-car field, the drivers put on a great show for MRM and the Glasgow fans. After a tough final heat, Winston Anderson from Chinook edged out Fred Potter and Brad Olson from Glasgow. If these 10 cars can put on this kind of show, I can't wait to see what the fair derby will provide."

The action kicked off with the calcutta at 5 p.m. Chris Haider, Winston Anderson, Jake Brown, Willy Lauckner and Fred Potter started things going in the first heat. Brown, in his 1983 Cadillac DeVille, and Potter, with his 1987 Lincoln Continental, moved on to the final heat. The second heat saw Chris Moore, Brad Olson, Taylor Klein, Scott Skoyen and Garrett Powell duke it out. Skoyen's 1980 Ford LTD and Powell's 1977 Cadillac advanced to the final heat.

Klein, Anderson, Lauckner, Moore and Olson squared off in the arena's consolation heat. Anderson took his 1977 Cadillac on to the final heat and Olson drove on in his 1994 Mercury Marquis. Spectators cheered on their favorites through the final heat. It was Anderson, of Chinook, who ended up in first, smashing his way through the consolation and final rounds. Local Glasgow boys, Potter and Olson, finished in second and third place, respectively.

Chris Moore, of Glasgow, walked away as the Hard Luck Winner. Rob Brunelle said, "Chris had a great car and then he lost his steering during the first heat. When he went through the consolation round to try again to make it to the finals, a similar thing happened." Garrett Powell, of Chinook, took home the Mad Dog Winner, as the most aggressive driver.

Brunelle thanks all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event a success. Total payout for the derby was $8,219.87, with money coming from the Valley County Fair Commission ($5,200), Milk River Motorsports ($2,000), registration fees ($500), and calcutta and pit pass funds ($519.87).

Final Standings:

1st Place – Winston Anderson, Chinook

2nd Place – Fred Potter, Glasgow

3rd Place – Brad Olson, Glasgow

4th Place – Garrett Powell, Chinook

5th Place – Jake Brown, Chinook

Milk River Motorsports will be hosting the Fair Derby Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m.


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