Crashing good times

Smash 'em up fun in Union Fair demolition derby

Second night of derby action slated for Aug. 24
By Staff | Aug 22, 2017
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Ben Porter of Warren.

Union — As far as the 148th annual Union Fair and 58th Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is concerned, the demolition derby is so nice, they do it twice — as they have for many years.

This year was no different as nearly 50 drivers brought their clunkers, jalopies and beaters out to the first derby of the fair week on Saturday night, Aug. 19, with winners crowned throughout the night.

Click for photos from the demolition derby.

Watch video below.

In the first of two 6-to-8 cylinder heats, Mark Jackson of Washington finished first, while Jessica Harriman of Rockport was second and Jacob Merithew of Belfast third.

In the second heat, Matt Eaton of Burketville finished first, while Jason Baughman of Rockport was second and Ben Clark of Belmont third.

Eight cars survived to advance to the 6-to-8 cylinder feature, and, in the end, it was Baughman who took first-place honors.

In the first of three 4-cylinder heats, James Smith of South Thomaston finished first, while Zach Robbins of South Thomaston was second and Matt Weil of Camden third.

In the second heat, Ben Porter of Warren finished first, while Logan Maddocks of Appleton was second and Eli Cushman of Northport third.

In the third heat, Mark Tibbetts of Appleton finished first and Ryan Maloney of Cushing second.

Eight cars survived to advance to the 4-cylinder feature, and, in the end, it was Smith who took first-place honors.

In the full-sized trucks feature, Jason Baughman of Rockport finished first.

In the minivan/truck/SUV feature, Randy Greenleaf of Frankfort finished first.

The individual drivers and their towns for each division were:

6-to-8-cylinders — Jacob Merithew, Belfast; Randal Goneau, South China; Mark Jackson, Washington; Vicent Rodrick, Sidney; Tyler Jones, Warren; Zac Cannon, Damariscotta; Jake Pendleton, Warren; Aaron Shields, Rockport; Brian Hilt, Union; Jessica Harriman, Rockport; Gage Hargrove, Warren; Nicki Fowlie, Appleton; Ben Clark, Belmont; Matt Eaton, Burketville; Nate Courtenay, Nobleboro; Cody Baughman, Thomaston; Jason Baughman, Rockport; Bekah Hilt, Nobleboro; Kurt Hilt, Town Hill; and Adam Chaples, Morrill.

4-cylinders — Alvin Peabody, Waldoboro; Ryan Connor, Belfast; Tyler Jones, Warren; Dayton Poland, Cushing; Mark Tibbetts, Appleton; Ryan Maloney, Cushing; Jared Drown, Waldoboro; James Smith, South Thomaston; Jasmine Barnard, Montville; Jason Barnard, Montville; Joe Young, Warren; Zach Robbins, South Thomaston; Jay Ditullio, Stockton Springs; Matt Weil, Camden; Eli Cushman, Northport; Logan Grubbs, Thomaston; Patrick Cook, Swanville; Andrew Holmes, Windsor; Ben Porter, Warren; Logan Maddocks, Appleton; and Kevin Gardiner, Thomaston.

Minis — Daigan McKusic, Friendship; Carl Hayes, Friendship; Zac Collins, Camden; Randy Greenleaf, Frankfort; Nick Faustini, Warren; and Sam Novack, Lincolnville.

Trucks — Jason Baughman, Rockport; Charles Hender, Troy; and Jane Henderson, Troy.

Mini vans/trucks — Randy Greenleaf, Frankfort.

The second demolition derby figures to bring more revving engines and metal scraping on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Demolition derby
Demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. James Smith of South Thomaston. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Jasmine Barnard of Montville. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Jasmine Barnard of Montville, left, and James Smith of South Thomaston. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Joe Young (3) of Warren. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Jason Barnard of Montville. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Matt Weil, left, and Jason Barnard of Montville. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Jasmine Barnard of Montville. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Matt Weil (68) of Camden. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Vincent Rodrick (22) of Sidney. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Jasmine Barnard of Montville. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. James Smith of South Thomaston. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Patrick Cole of Swanville. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Logan Grubbs of Thomaston. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Eli Cushman of Northport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Logan Maddocks of Appleton, right. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Logan Maddocks of Appleton. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Ben Porter of Warren. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Logan Grubbs of Thomaston. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Jared Drown of Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Ryan Maloney of Cushing. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Jared Drown of Waldoboro, left, and Ryan Maloney of Cushing. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the demolition derby on Aug. 19 at the Union Fair. Mark Tibbetts of Appleton, front. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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