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Oak Harbor man wins demolition derby at fair PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON/Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:08
Jason Crowe (left) drives his truck 'Bad Attitude' into Allen Swayne's truck 'Mr. Chevy' pushing it over the concreete barricades and out of the arena Monday evening during the closing demolition derby at the Wood County Fair. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Jason Crowe (left) drives his truck "Bad Attitude" into Allen Swayne's truck "Mr. Chevy" pushing it over the concreete barricades and out of the arena Monday evening during the closing demolition derby at the Wood County Fair. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Josh Dusseau provided himself with a birthday gift Monday night.
The 34-year-old resident of Oak Harbor won the Demolition Derby at the Wood County Fair.
Dusseau defeated 10 other drivers in the feature, including runnerup Bill Edge.
Dan Avers finished third and Steve Snyder was fourth.
“I knew I had a chance to win because I’ve done well here before and I thought I had a good car,” said Dusseau, who finished fourth last year.
Dusseau rammed his 1974 Buick station wagon into Avers’ vehicle, putting it on top of the concrete barriers that form a rectangle that makes up the competition area.
That gave Avers third place, and left Dusseau and Edge as the final two drivers.
Edge also was trapped in a corner, next to Avers. Dusseau then made the final hit on Edge to end the competition.
“I knew I had it pretty much won when I had them in the same corner,” Dusseau said.
Dusseau bought his winning car from a friend in Abilene, Texas. The friend could no longer afford to compete in the sport.
“I like trying to figure how things work and how things will respond to different things,” said Dusseau, who studied engineering at the University of Toledo. “Every car has its weak points and its strong points, and you have to figure them out.”
Most of the cars in the event were station wagons or larger-built models.
“There’s a lot more science to this now,” Dusseau said. “This isn’t your grandma’s demolition derby where you go out and hit each other as hard as you can. The cars made since 2000 are a lot stronger now, so you have to give what you’re going to do a lot more thought. There’s a lot more planning involved each time you drive.
“I like doing the prep work and figuring out how I’ll have to do things.”
In addition to protecting the front end of the vehicle, Dusseau tries to attack the other tires on the other cars.
“I like to hit the tires,” said Dusseau, who has been competing in demolition derbies since he was 16. He also is a promoter of demolition derbies at county fairs in the area. “The metal on my car is stronger than rubber on their tires. If it’s metal on metal, my car has weak points, too.”
Shane Coger won the compact car division, while Gary Cole Jr. was second.
The truck competition was won by Jason Crowe, with Allen Swayne finishing second.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 12:29
 

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