The harness racing infield on the Union Fairgrounds heated up again as the second demolition derby took place Aug. 24.

As the daylight dwindled, 19 drivers took to the pit blockaded by cement slabs, to tough it out and win the honor of top driver. This derby included cars, vans and trucks — both domestic and imported.

The winner of the first feature won $125 and the winner of the second received $150. Also, each runner-up in the features won $50. Additionally, each regular heat winner won $50, while the runners-up won $25.

Deputy Mark Tibbetts of the Knox County Sherrif’s Department won the raffle and a ride in the fitting Dukes of Hazzard-themed Hazzard County sheriff’s car. Thanks to the raffle, $225 was raised for the March of Dimes.

Participants in the derby, with vehicle number, name and residence listed, were: #2 car, Fred Bishop, Oakland; #3 car, Darren Smith, Rockland; #4 car, Tim Johnson, Pittsfield; #6 car, Travis Bennett, Searsport; #7 van, Hannes Salo, Warren; #9 car, Mark Mason, Union; #10 car, Adam Dodge, Rockport; #13 car, Brian Hilt, Union; #14 car, James Smith, Rockland; #15 truck, Jim Smith, Spruce Head; #17 van, Charles Hammond Sr.; #20 car, Randy Matson, Lincolnville; #31 van, Ryan Beckett, St. George; #32 car, Adam Chaples, Jackson; #36 car, Levi Esancy, Washington; #37 car, Matt Dixon, Union; #40 car, James Ogden, Waldoboro; #115 car, Ashley Estrella, Rockport; and #150 car, Debbie Benner, Newcastle. Jim Smith and Hammond both have competed in derbies for 21 years and Tim Johnson for 10 years.

The winners were:

Heat 1 — First, #17, Charles Hammond Sr.; and second, #6, Travis Bennett.

Heat 2 — First, #14, James Smith; and second, #4, Tim Johnson.

Heat 3 — First, #20, Randy Matson; second, #13, Hilt.

Feature 1 — Winner, #17, Charles Hammond Sr.; and runner-up, #2, Fred Bishop.

Feature 2 — Winner, #13, Brian Hilt; and runner-up, #20, Randy Matson.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at