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Drivers crash and burn at car derby

June 8, the city of Rigby held a Figure 8 crash derby full of adrenaline rushes and crashes.
The event started at 7 p.m. with several different heats. It was standing room only with hundreds of spectators, including Rigby residents and BYU-Idaho students.
Leanda Akuoko, a senior studying biology, who is from England, said she wanted to do something fun and that was very American.
Akuoko said she was excited to see the cars and had a great experience.
“The people here are really fun and they’re just having a good time,” Akuoko said.
Akuoko said she and her roommate were worried about the drivers during the race while everyone else was cheering “Yeah! Smash ‘em!”
Akuoko said that if she had the chance, she would come watch the derby again.
Derby cars came from several places in Eastern Idaho. One of the drivers of the Stones derby team, Dan Little, who is from Tetonia, Idaho, was the finalist and winner of the car derby.
Little said he started out towing cars off the track last year and decided that he wanted a shot in the driver’s seat. There is an award, but Little said that was not why he was there.
“We’re not out here for the money or nothing, it’s just a good time to drive fast and have a wreck at it,” Little said.
Little said this was his fourth race. He said he has gotten used to being hit and now it really does not phase him.
“You kinda look back to see who it is to get back at them,” Little said. “But as long as you’re not on your top or on your side there’s nothing to really worry about. I have tunnel vision, I just see the finish line and away I go.”
The city of Rigby will host several more events like the derby this year. Steve Cook, parks and rodeo director of Rigby said two more derbies will be held July 15 and 28.
Other unrelated events will take place as well, at the same location. A tractor and truck pull will be held July 20. However, Cook said the biggest event of the year will be a Rodeo Stampede June 21.

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