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Smashing the competition in Hope

Annual summer motorsports event returns July 14-15

Drivers are revving up their engines for the eighth annual Summer Smash event.

More than 40 competitors are expected to participate in the races and demolition derbies this weekend at the Sixth Avenue Sportsbowl.

“People like the destruction and mayhem,” said co-organizer Dusty Smith. “With the 4×4 races, you get to watch guys wreck their vehicles. It’s fun for everybody.”

Saturday will focus on 4×4 and mini-stock races, as well as a heat of the truck demolition derby. An outdoor concert is also planned for Saturday night with Swampwater featuring local performer Keith Campbell. The show runs from 8-12 p.m. in the demolition derby pit.

On Sunday, the action continues with mini-stock racing, and car and truck demolition derbies.

Trophies built from old vehicle parts will be handed out to winners and the top three in each class receives a cash prize.

There will also be a beer garden set up throughout the weekend and concession provided by the Hope Eagles.

Organizers are hoping warmer weather will draw more people to the Sportsbowl this year to support local competitors. Smith said each driver spends on average $800 and 100 hours on their derby cars and trucks.

“It’s gratifying having people in the stands watching you,” he added.

Summer Smash gets underway at 1 p.m. each day, with vehicle registration and inspection starting at 10 a.m. Hope Search and Rescue is providing safety checks, while Hope Crime Prevention looks after ticket sales. Entry for participants is $40 per vehicle. Weekend wristbands to the event are $10, or $25 for admission to the motorsports events and outdoor concert.