We'll take a break from NASCAR here on a lazy Wednesday by taking a brief look at one of grassroots racings' dying traditions - the demolition derby.
In the world of southern motorsports, a demolition derby is as traditional as apple pies and gravy fries. That tradition continued last weekend at Mobile International Speedway, the half-mile owned by Rick Crawford. The format is essentially a bumper-car battle royale that transforms the pit area into a bullring for 20-plus cars to slam it out until only one remains standing.
Diehard fans will remember Rick Crawford as a long-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran, and five-time race winner in that division. And while he's competed in three races this season, he's moved on to a different challenge for 2012: Track Management.
Mobile International Speedway hosted its first ARCA Racing Series event in March, and will host the SUPERSEAL 150, a super late model race that could see the winner win an all-expenses paid one-race Truck Series ride at Martinsville in October.
Beyond that, hosting a demolition derby is just fun, Crawford's way of giving back to the fans on a night that also featured a 50-lap modified feature and local divisions.
"I remember coming to the race track when I was a youngster and this was the most fun I ever had on a Saturday night," Crawford said. "It's a tradition that we very much want to see continue here at Mobile and across the county."
The Derby lasted just over 10 minutes and was captured by Content Editor Matt Weaver. The Youtube video of the event can be found below
In an unusual twist, Mobile's track announcer Chris Carter was wired for sound and put in the passenger seat of Collin Kraft's car. With live audio streaming, Kraft pounded the competition into submission, won the event, and took home the $2,000 top prize.
Tying this into NASCAR, wouldn't it be cool if the Sanctioning Body and their television partners could sanction a demolition derby featuring NASCAR drivers, perhaps during the All-Star Week in Charlotte?
Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below. Would you like to see a televised NASCAR demolition derby?
Mobile International Speedway Demolition Derby 8/4/2011 (via MattWeaverNASCAR)