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Man vs. Machine

Fair offers metal grinding, high horsepower motorsports fun

Man vs. Machine

The crowd-pleasing destruction derby events at the Stanislaus County Fair are moving to Friday and Saturday nights this year.

POSTED July 11, 2012 3:12 p.m.

Do you like the smell of gasoline? Love to hear an engine rev, see tires burnout, and watch people throw caution to the wind? If so, you’re in for a treat when the Stanislaus County Fair comes to town on July 13.

This year’s county fair will feature an array of motor sports on nine separate nights in the FoodMaxx Arena. The ever popular Destruction Derby I: Traditional Turmoil, will welcome a host of local drivers on opening day; kick starting a nonstop exhibition of man, machine, and speed. Friday’s derby will be followed by the Destruction Derby II: Metal Mayhem, on Saturday. Unlike the first night, where drivers score and win based on the number of hits, Saturday’s derby consists of five separate categories and the last car running in each category is deemed the winner.

“Traditional Turmoil had been around the longest and it always sells out,” Destruction Derby committee chairman and former Turlock Lions Club president Carl Mikkelsen said. “Metal Mayhem hasn’t quite sold out yet, but I expect it too. People like the different aspects involved with it, the fast pace, and the wrecks.”

The first weekend of the fair will be capped off with another local favorite, Sunday’s Truck and Tractor Pulls. Originally created by farmers itching to test each other’s engine power, the tractor pulls now consist of 15 different weight classes and attracts participants and spectators from across California.

“Turlock is basically where tractor pulling started in California,” event promoter John Shipman. “The trucks and tractors are all modified now. Some tractors have five engines, so it’s always exciting to watch.”

Sunday’s pulls will be followed by the Tuff Truck and Monster Trucks on July 16, Quad Drags and Extreme Freestyle Motocross on July 17, Valley Stock Tractor Pulls on July 18, Flat Track Motocross on July 20, Motocross/QuadCross and Pee Wee Bikes on July 21, and finally, the always entertaining, Mud Bog and Lawn Mower Races on July 22.

“There’s really nothing better than high horsepower and mud,” Shipman said. “It’s very exciting, which is why we decided to end the fair with those two events.”


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