Thursday, September 10, 2015

Derby, other races held at fairgrounds Saturday

There’ll be some paint swapping at the fairgrounds next week. But unlike NASCAR, it will be perfectly accepted ... perhaps even encouraged.

Crittenden County Lions Club will be hosting a series of circle track races at the fairground arena in Marion next week. The feature event will be demolition derby cars making plenty of contact en route to the finish line.

Organizer and Lions Club member Kenny Hardesty Jr. said it won’t be like the traditional demolition derby that is the highlight of the county fair each year, but it should satisfy those who enjoy a good collision.

“There’ll definitely be hitting and rubbing,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting.”

But there will also be more controlled circle track events for those who enjoy all types of racing. Other races will feature stock cars, ATVs and UTVs and four cylinder “warrior” cars.

“We’re trying to get something out there to interest everybody,” Hardesty said.

The races are essentially a reschedule of the Thursday night event at last month’s county fair that was rained out. The races are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 12. The gate is only $5 for all ages, except those 5 and under. They enter for free. The concession stand will be open, Hardesty said.

Entry fees are $40 for those wishing to race. Drivers must be at least 18 or have a parent’s signature.

The derby car class is for any type of demolition derby vehicle built to typical derby specifications. ATV racing is flat track-style. And warrior cars must be built to certain specs.

“Stock is stock,” Hardesty explained, but cars must be stripped of plastic and glass.

Entry details and rules can be found at For more information on entering the races, contact Kenny Hardesty Jr. at (270) 704-2818 or Tim Cosby at (270) 704-9241.