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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 16:51

Wauneta-Palisade students line the arena as WP teacher Chad Cochran takes part in the Aug. 13 Demo Derby at the Chase County Fair. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)


By Russ Pankonin

The Wauneta Breeze

Demolition derby driver Mike Stadler of Beaver City, in his 1974 Chevy, outlasted 15 other drivers to win the 27th annual Imperial Jaycees Demo Derby.

After qualifying and consolation heats, 10 cars competed in the final heat to vie for the top prize in the no-weld division.

As the final heat progressed, it came down to four drivers exchanging blows in their cars: Stadler, Nick Jacobitz of Benkelman, Chris Reichert of McCook and Josh Graczyk of Elm Creek.

While Graczyk was the first of the four to stall out, he was named the “Mad Dog” winner for being the most aggressive driver in the final heat.

Reichert was the next to go down, leaving Jacobitz and Stadler to battle it out for first.

Stadler jolted Jacobitz up against another stalled car and Jacobitz’s engine died. Stadler edged his car up to Jacobitz to see if the car restarted.

When it didn’t, Jacobitz conceded to Stadler for the top prize.

Pickup division

Four pickups battled it out in that division for the top prize that went to Heath Ehlers of Maywood in a 1974 Ford pickup.

Trent Harger of Madrid took second with Ethan Johnson of Holdrege in third and Travis Landreth of Wilsonville rounding out the field.

There were no entries in the weld car division or compacts.

Power wheels a big hit

An added attraction to this year’s demo derby came in the form of a power wheels derby for kids.

The event was added just a week before the derby but word got around, as 19 young girls and boys entered the competition.

This was the first time the Jaycees have offered the event and it proved to be fun for both the kids and the spectators.

Balloons were attached to the front and back of the battery-powered units. Once a contestant had both balloons popped, they had to leave the small arena formed with straw bales.

In the end, the Kelley cousins, Porter and Spencer, took first and second respectively with Damon Spady finishing third. All three were awarded trophies.

Porter is the son of Skip and Anne Kelley, Spencer is the son of Scott and Marcie Kelly and Damon is the son of Trent and Jodi Spady.

The top 10 finishers in the demo derby this year were as follows:

1. Mike Stadler, Beaver City;

2. Nick Jacobitz, Benkelman;

3. Chris Reichert, McCook;

4.  Josh Graczyk,  Elm Creek;

5. Steve Taylor, Elm Creek;

6. Logan Miller, Oxford;

7. Lane King, Benkelman;

8. Hunter Spady, Imperial;

9. Shelby Schroeder, Elm Creek;

10. Jared Sharp, Imperial.