Derby day

Derby day

A crashing good time at the La Plata County Fairgrounds
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“It’s just addictingly fun,” said Durangoan Keith Martin, who won the consolation round at the 15th annual La Plata County Fair Demolition Derby.
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Ted Neergaard (No. 42) won both the car and truck competions at the demolition derby.
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From left: Spencer Zogg, Jamie Zogg, Corky Corcorren, Jen Matthews (back), Adrienne Clerice and Amanda Crites cheer on Keith Martin during the demolition derby at the fairgrounds.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - A large crowd turned out for the final round of the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - Ted Neergaard (number 42) wins yet another demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “It’s just addictingly fun,” said Durangoan Keith Martin, who competed in the demolition derby at the La Plata County Fair for the third time on Saturday. Martin won the consolation round, and almost got his battered car started in time to compete in the final round, but was forced to sit it out with friends.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - From left: Spencer Zogg, Jamie Zogg, Corky Corcorren, Jen Matthews (back), Adrienne Clerice, and Amanda Crites cheer on local Keith Martin during the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - Bobby Harmon of Monte Vista gets towed off the grounds at the end of the consolation round during the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “Everybody’s so willing to jump in and help out any time they can,” said driver Keith Martin, who struggled to get his car in shape for the final round after winning the consolation round during the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “Next thing you know, the body work’s all done,” said driver Keith Martin when talking about the help he gets from friends. Ben Molyneux, center, Cody Whitley, left, and Will Counley, right, and friends attempt to get Martin’s car back together for the final round of the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “Whose got the lug nuts?” asked a pit crew member. “I’m pretty sure I need lug nuts!” responded driver Keith Martin, who struggled to get his car in shape for the final round after winning the consolation round of the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “This is what it’s all about...he killed my car, and now I’m going to help him get his going,” said driver Baron John, right, while helping fellow driver Keith Martin get his car together for the final round of the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair. At left is Ben Molyneux, and at center is Ky Wright.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “I’m probably the only guy who gets to drive to the derby every year,” said driver Keith Martin, right, who said he lives in the Crestview neighborhood. Martin won the consolation round of the demolition derby but could not get his car going in time to compete in the final round. At left is Cody Whitley.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - Driver Keith Martin, left, winces as he tries to get his car started before the final round of the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair. At right are Ky Wright and Cody Whitley.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - Driver Keith Martin’s eyes light up as his car finally shows signs of life before the final round of the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “Well, we’ll drink beer,” said driver Keith Martin, center, who went up into the stands with his pit crew, after failing to get his car started, to watch the final round of the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon at the 2012 La Plata County Fair. “It was a hell of a run, boys!”
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