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Demolition derbies smash hit at Union Fair

Several Midcoast participants nab purse money
By Mark Haskell | Aug 27, 2013
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Kelli Stark of Swanville (72) and Alvin Peabody of Waldoboro take part in the demolition derby Aug. 22 at the Union Fair. The event was one of two derbies held at the fairgrounds during the week.

Union — One of the top draws at the annual Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival, an event that brings in hundreds of fans, is the smash-'em-up demolition derby.

It became such a popular attraction, in fact, that a few years back a second night of derby fun was added to the fair's weeklong lineup of activities.

The sounds of metal scraping and and engines roaring could be heard from well outside the event's confines as both demolition derbies were again big draws this summer, held on Thursday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 17.

Click for photos from the Aug. 22 event.

Watch video from Aug. 22 below.

The following are breakdowns of both events:

Aug. 22

Several heats and features were on tap with dozens of local drivers looking to secure bragging rights and purse money.


The four-cylinder competition featured 15 cars broken into two heats and a feature and began with Levi Esancy of Washington outlasting Alvin Peabody of Waldoboro, Eric Reed of Warren, Phillip Seekins of South Thomaston, Kelli Stark of Swanville, Isaac Moody of Nobleboro and Angela Seekins of South Thomaston to win the first heat.

The second heat saw Tyler Merrifield of Brooks prevail, defeating Caleb Conway of Cushing, Michael Lindsey of Union, Bill McKusic of Cushing, Kurt Ward of Warren, June Henderson of Troy, Charlie Henderson of Troy and Josh McConnell of Rockland.

Kurt Ward of Union picked up the win in the feature race.

In the 6-8-cylinder feature race, Mark Phelps of Topsham finished first and Ryan Hilt of Union second, while Thomas Cain of Rockland, Gary Carleton of Rockland, Craig Holmes of Union, Jacob Harper of Spruce Head, Todd Look of Waldoboro, Caleb Conway of Cushing and Ronald Cookson of Nobleboro all participated in the race.

In the minivans and mini-truck feature race, Amber Flanders of Warren bested Kurt Long of Cushing, Tyler Jones of Warren and Adam Oliveri of New Harbor to win the four-vehicle race.

The final race of the night was two 18-passenger vans going one-on-one, which saw Ted Ripley of Owls Head outlast Ryan Soule of Union.

Purse information for the Aug. 22 derby was unavailable.

Aug. 17

The fair ended its first day in style with the first of two demolition derbies.

The event started with a five-car grudge match between Chris Billings of Owls Head, Darryll Chapman of Rockland, Zack Robbins of Rockland, Ben Porter of Warren and Paul Billings of Warren. Chris Billings won the event and the $125 purse.

The next grouping was four-cylinder cars, which had 15 entrants broken into two heats, in addition to the feature race, bringing back all vehicles still deemed drivable by derby officials for the finish.

The winner of the first heat was Joe Soohey of Searsmont, who outlasted Aron Shields of Cushing, Adam Benedict of Topsham, Phillip Seekins of South Thomaston, April Smith of Thomaston, Charles Henderson of Troy, June Henderson of Troy and Matthew Turner of Montville, to earn the $50 purse.

The winner of the second heat was Seth Lawler of Waldoboro, who also outlasted several drivers, including James Smith of Waterville, Richard Varnard of Montville, Craig Holmes of Union, Angela Seekins of South Thomaston, Levi Esancy of Washington and Matt Woods of Waldoboro, to earn the $50 purse.

However, the big winner was James Smith of Waterville, who rallied and won the feature and, in turn, claimed the $275 purse.

In the 6-8 cylinder feature race, which awarded $200 to the winner and $100 for second place, Cote Baughman of Cushing earned the win, while his father, Jason Baughman of Thomaston, finished second.

Also taking part in the feature was Nick Faustini of Warren, Todd Look of Waldoboro, Rian Hilt of Union, Kurt Hilt of Rockland, Tyler Jones of Warren, Alvin Peabody of Waldoboro, Andy Edgecomb of Union, Matt Eaton of Burketville, Tom Cain of Rockland and Joe Young of Warren.

Lastly, in the minivan and mini-truck feature, Jim Smith of Spruce Head won the $100 purse for first place as he outlasted Charlie Hammond of Frankfort, Kyle Moody of Liberty and Kurt Long of Cushing, to prevail.

Demolition derby at the Union Fair
Smash-'em-up action from the demolition derby Aug. 22 at the Union Fair. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Comments (2)
Posted by: William Charles Ward | Aug 28, 2013 16:38

Kurt Ward of Warren picked up the win in the feature race for Aug. 22 in the four cylinders - car #33X - Michael Lindsay took second place.


Posted by: Roxanna Morse | Aug 27, 2013 20:57

Our gal Kelli' s got GRIT!  And she is a BAHS student who's not afraid to demonstrate it, in a very non-elitist way.

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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