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Derby provides metal crashing action
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Eddie Dixon of Turlock placed third in the first of three heats in Mondays day one of the Destruction Derby. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal


Heat 1

1st           John Hearter                      Oakdale No. 54

2nd          Austin Hammon                Modesto No. 25

3rd           Eddie Dixon                        Turlock No. 7


Heat 2

1st           Dale Nelson                        Clovis No. Dirty

2nd          Troy Lea                               Turlock No. 77

3rd           Trenton Kemps                 Modesto No. 35



1st           Brian Holt                            Modesto No. 31

2nd          Dave Nelson                       Clovis No. Dirty

3rd           Clayton Sanders                               Modesto No. 21

4th           Nathan Holt                        Oakdale No. 33


Motor Home

1st           Bryce Mathews                Gridley No. 17

2nd          Lloyd Gleaves                    Ceres No. 3

3rd           Fred Neto Jr.                      Turlock No. 7






For many the Stanislaus County Fair means visiting with friends, connecting with the area’s agricultural heritage and eating some fried treats. For others, it’s a chance to cause some destruction.

Jeff Ikari of Turlock was one of the drivers in the 42nd Annual Turlock Lions Club Demolition Derby. Ikari competed in Monday’s event from the FoodMaxx Arena.

“It's my second time being here,” said Ikari. “I placed third five years ago and it was my first time running the derby and I had the itch of coming back since then. I almost enjoy watching the RV's more than the cars so thought I would try it.”

For Turlock’s Eddie Dixon the derby is a decades-long tradition.

“I have been competing on and off for 31 years,” said Dixon, who was representing The Rock Church Turlock. “The idea of taking out some road rage in the arena is great.”

While the Lions Club has seen fewer and fewer participants in recent years, the event continues to be a fair favorite and supported by the community year after year.