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Former T. Falls resident wins demo derby


September 6, 2018

Shana Neesvig

DERBY ACTION – Nate Clearmont of Thompson Falls (right) pushed against #14 to claim a top finish in he first heat of the demolition derby last Sunday.

It was as loud Sunday night at the Sanders County Fairgrounds as the ever-popular Demolition Derby entertained fans once again in Plains, Montana.

Recognition of military members and families kicked off the event and was followed with a moment of silence for those who have fallen while fighting for freedom. After that, silence was a thing of the past.

Paradise resident Lisa French presented a beautiful rendition of The National Anthem and then, the engines of basic stock cars roared.

The top finalists from each of the first four heats advanced to the finals. Between heats competitors could fix, modify and weld their cars to be more competitive in the final round.

The prize pot totaled $8,000. First place would take home $2,500, second received $1,500, third was awarded $1,000 and fourth and fifth place finishers received a trophy and prizes. The top two finishers in each heat received $500.

Round one paved the way for Thompson Falls resident Nate Clearmont to earn a spot in the finals round. Though unsuccessful in the finals, losing to former Thomson Falls resident Tim Densen, now of Three Forks, Clearmont claimed $500 for being a top finisher in this primary heat.

During round three officials called a brief time-out to remind drivers to play nice and behave. Rules of the derby do not allow smashing into other driver doors. After a three-car collision, it was apparent that each had broken this rule.

Intermissions during the event provided continued entertainment with mudbogging rigs performing barrel races, little guys on dirt bikes and side-by-side racing.

The future of the demolition derby was uncertain as an accident last year revealed a hole in insurance coverage. After months of planning, the fair board committee rectified the problem and so the derby continues.


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