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By Georgie Kulczyk
The Courier 

Twelve Men Entered, One Man Remained

2017 Demo Derby Entertains Fairgoers


August 9, 2017

Georgie Kulcyzk / The Courier

Perennial crowd favorite, Brad Olson, kicks up mud in the arena during the 2017 demolition derby. The Derby was held during the Northeast Montana Fair in Glasgow August 10.

The combined efforts of Milk River Motorsports (MRM) and 28 team entries made for a fun demolition derby at the Northeast Montana Fair August 3.

Demolition derbys are a popular event along the hi-line this time of year. Thursday night's show was no exception as spectators packed the stands to take in the action-packed show.

Prior to the derby, several area women were driven into the arena and honored as they represented many "tough enough to wear pink" breast cancer survivors.

The main event of the night featured the "big build" cars, which had 12 entries. The lineup was packed with fan favorites, including Shawn Wersal, Brad Olson, Fred Potter and Will Lauckner, who was awarded the title of "Mad Dog" for his always-aggressive style of driving. Unfortunately for the local boys, Dave Kemsly from Glendon, Alberta, Canada came out on top, likely taking his newly-earned hardware north of the border without a look back.

Big build - 12 entries

1st Place-Dave Kemsly (Glendon, Alberta)

2nd Place-Shawn Wersal (Ggw)

3rd Place-Fred Potter (Ggw)

4th Place-Will Lauckner (Nashua)

5th Place-Garrett Powell (Chinook)

Mad Dog-Will Lauckner (Nashua)

The "chain and bang" heat, according to MRM's Rob Brunelle, is old school derbying, in which entrants take out the windows and the interior guts of the car and chain the doors shut in preparation for competition. Out of the seven entries on Thursday night, Kemsly won the event, adding more prize money to his already fat wallet.

Arguably the most popular event of the night was the "herby derby", which is similar to the chain and bang, but features small cars with four-and-six cylinder motors. There were nine entries in the event, and Nathan Murdock of Glasgow took home the top prize.

Herby derby – 9 entries (All from Glasgow)

1st Place-Nathan Murdock 

2nd Place-Ron Stahl

3rd Place-Kevin Taylor

The total prize money paid out for the evening was $12,000 with $5,200 of that coming from the Fair Commission, and the rest from sponsorships.


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