Rain doesn’t stop off-road cars at Montcalm County 4-H Fair

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 8:22 pm on Monday, June 30, 2014

Saturday’s rain soaked the track, leaving mud all around the pit area, did not stop drivers from putting on a show during Saturday night’s demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

GREENVILLE — It took a bit of working around, but there was some off-road racing at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Saturday.

After rain fell in the afternoon, making conditions muddy at both the grandstand and the back entrance, cars raced around a small oval set up on the field looking for a paycheck.

What was billed as a demolition derby was reduced to just a burnout competition and racing cars on the mud track.

That didn’t matter to Unique Motorsports president Jim Trolard.

“We are very happy we got it (the show) in, even though Mother Nature tried to beat us down,” Trolard said. “We are just so happy the rain came through early enough. It wasn’t quite the show, the action that we anticipated, but I think the crowd was still happy. We’re just thankful.”

Once the sun broke through, the racing was slowed by the mud that track officials couldn’t do much about, so the entrants raced.

In the end, Brandon Geurink of Holland and Jason Goff of Monroe were glad the racing went off as usual. They won their divisions after a 15-lap main feature.

Newlyweds Denis and Lisa Marsh were married Saturday afternoon before heading over to the fairgrounds for Saturday nights demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Denis, known as Rooster in the racing community, has been taking part in the demolition derby for 23 years.

Geurink was the winner of the small-car division of the off-road derby, followed by Chris Wittingen of Grand Haven and Andy Cook of Hamilton.

Geurink made a last-turn pass of Wittingen, who led most of the race. Geurink pocketed $600 for the win.

The big-car division was won by Goff over Doug Sutherland of Greenville and Matt Towne of Traverse City.

“It’s all driving skill,” Sutherland said of taking second. “You just have to race your race.”

Sutherland said he would be racing at the Sand Lake festival July 4th weekend.

Trolard said there were still enough cars to have racing even after the rain came down.

“We had good cars,” he said. “We had some good competitors. They just couldn’t show off all their ‘metal mayhem’ type skills with the mud. The crowd was active and the weather turned out good. The good Lord blessed us and Unique Motorsports has put this one in  the bag.”

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