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Lynch outlasts large derby field for big paycheck
The 2012 demolition derby winners Saturday included Elks Club representative Alex Plouffe, Devin Shireff (second), Jeremy Schooner (fourth), Mike Lynch (first), Brad Lehman (third) and Reed Nettles (fifth). Photo by Randy Lehman

Lynch outlasts large derby field for big paycheck

Aug 7, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Luck was on the side of Riverton's Mike Lynch on Saturday.

Lynch survived the field of 23 cars to win his first demolition derby title at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

He won $2,300 for his top position.

"This year, the prize money went up because there was more cars," Lynch said.

Devin Shireff placed second. Brad Lehman was third, Jeremy Schooner ended fourth and Reed Nettles walked away fifth.

"I was surprised with the number of cars in the field," Lynch said. "It was a good turnout. We just need to start having people build more cars around Riverton."

The derby took place in front of a packed crowd and ended the week of the Fremont County Fair.

"I was pretty excited when I won the derby," Lynch said.

Lynch said the key to the win was when Lehman knocked him away from Schooner's car.

"Schooner was dragging me across the arena," Lynch said. "Brad helped me stay alive. We were able to knock Schooner out of the derby."

Lynch eliminated Shireff on the last hit of the night.

"I hit Devin once, then I spun around," Lynch said. "I hit him one more time in the front tire. He was already dead, but I hit him again. I knew that he was done."

After the hit, the crowd went wild for Lynch's victory.

The derby was Lynch's third. He placed fourth in the 2011 derby and didn't place in the 2010 derby.

Format

The derby started off with three early heats. The heats were made up of seven cars in one heat. The other one had eight, and the last one had seven.

The winner of the heats advanced straight to the finals. Lynch's car was one of the winners in those rounds.

"After the three heats, then they have the consolation," Lynch said. "Whoever makes it into the consolation goes into the main finals."

The final had 12 cars in the field.

"It's pretty important to win your heat," Lynch said.

Lynch said his pit crew was headed by his father Bob Lynch.

"I had an awesome pit crew," Lynch said.

"My father is an awesome mechanic."

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