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Monday, July 22, 2013 8:45 PM

Demo derby driver talks good, clean, family fair fun

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer

Pit crew members work to get stalled and stuck cars out of the mud Saturday night at the Franklin County Fair’s demolition derby. Recent rain made the arena more muddy than usual, causing cars to get stuck and some vehicles to overheat. Jason Dials, the driver of car No. 11 said he’s been competing in demolition derbies around Kansas for 13 years. Dials said he had hoped to win Saturday night’s demolition derby. “I’ve never won Ottawa,” he said. “That’s my one goal before I quit. I’ve gotten second several times, but I’ve never been able to win it.” (Photo by Abby Eckel/The Ottawa Herald)

Jason Dials and friends begin to assess the damage to his No. 11 car after his heat Saturday night at the Franklin County Fair demolition derby. The arena was extra muddy from the recent rain, Dials said, which made it more difficult to get around and even tougher on his car. “[The car] got a little hot because it was muddy out there and it was hard getting around,” Dials said. “The more gas you’re giving it, the harder it’s going to get. We just had to cool it down before we had to go back in the feature.” Dials placed fourth overall in the derby he said. (Photo by Abby Eckel/The Ottawa Herald)

Demolition derby fans gather around the arena at the Franklin County Fair Saturday night to watch drivers and their cars knock it out until the last competitor was running. Jason Dials, Ottawa, driving car No. 11, has competed at the Franklin County Fair demolition derby numerous times, he said. The derby Saturday night was the third competition in which he has used his 1991 Lincoln, he said. Dials placed fourth in the feature after advancing from his heat. “It got hot and something’s broke on the motor so it just won’t start,” Dials said of his car. “It’ll go again. The car itself isn’t hurt, but I‘ve got to fix the engine.” (Photo by Abby Eckel/The Ottawa Herald)

Jason Dials, Ottawa, driving the pink and black No. 11 car, gears up for hard hits Saturday night in the second heat at the Franklin County Fair’s demolition derby at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 220 W. 17th St., Ottawa, Dials has been competing in demolition derbies for 13 years, he said, after having a short stint in bull riding. The number on Dials’ car has been the same since he started, originating from his days of high school baseball, he said. The color black always has been apart of his car, he said, but it wasn’t until his daughters recently decided to help paint his competition vehicle that the color pink was incorporated. Dials advanced from his heat to the feature round where he placed fourth. (Photo by Abby Eckel/The Ottawa Herald)

Settle it in the mud.

That’s Redneck Rampage’s motto, Jason Dials said.

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