Demo Derby: Kremmling teen didn’t win, but he’s revved to drive again
Sixteen-year-old Mason Lemon was a hometown favorite at Saturday’s Get Smashed Demolition Derby in Kremmling, perhaps because the young driver only got his license about nine months ago.
Judging by the volume of the grandstands, the teen from Kremmling was one of the crowd’s picks to win as he competed with a black 1994 Chevy Astro in the derby’s first-ever classification for minivans.
The teenager almost didn’t make it, though, because he barely arrived in time for the event, said Amber Lemon, his mom.
Mason admitted that the Astro, which he got from one of his neighbors, came together at the 11th hour, and perhaps a little later. But he said the work he and his team did to get it ready was comprehensive.
“We did way too much to it,” Mason said. “We completely stripped it, put a roll cage in it, wired it, put a gas tank in it and ran fuel lines…”
On Saturday, Mason didn’t win the event, but he came away hooked on the derby.
“Yes,” his mom was nervous watching her son drive, she said, but after all the work he did, she thought it was well worth it.
“They spent many nights (building the van),” Amber Lemon said. “Like the last five nights, they’ve been sleeping in the shop. They were doing it with pure determination — they got it done.”
After the wrecked vans had been cleared from the ring, Mason and his friends climbed on top of his and posed for triumphant photos, his third-place finish seemingly far from mind.
As for the van, Mason said he’s going to keep it for another derby, though he really wants to bang steel with the trucks and in the fully welded classification.
“I want to do all the classes except compact,” he said.
Mason recalled growing up watching his uncle and Chuck Martinson, who also ran in Saturday’s derby, and has known since he was 5 or 6 years old that he wanted to drive in one someday too.
Now that he’s done it, Mason can’t wait to do it again.
Put on by the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo, Saturday’s demo derby awarded drivers cash prizes in multiple classes. Entertainment came from the many wrecks and, while cleanup crews did their work, a live band, acrobatics from Candela Collective Performance Troupe, and children’s games. Fireworks capped off the night.
For his reckless abandonment, Kelly Faylor won the highly coveted Most Aggressive Driver (MAD) Dog Award.
Compact Class — 1. Jordan Lutz; 2. Hannah Sheldon; 3. Scott Webber; 4. Anja Ley; 5. Andrew Oliver. Flag: Craig Claunch.
Limited Weld — 1. JD Docheff; 2. Kelly Faylor; 3. Bud Carpenter; 4. Chuck Martinson; 5. Jace Lay. Flag: Jace Lay
Minivan — 1. Bubba Alvarado; 2. Brandon Cordel; 3. Mason Lemon. Flag: Mason Lemon.
Fully Weld — 1. Jeremy Neitzel; 2. Bud Carpenter; 3. Nate Cole; 4. Clint Wolfe; 5. Mike Dewey. Flag: Bud Carpenter.
Truck — 1. Kelly Faylor; 2. Brad Faylor; 3. Bud Carpenter; 4. JD Docheff; 5. Chuck Martinson. Flag: Blake Saint.
Theme — 1. Curtis Docheff; 2. Mike Dewey; 3. Blake Saint.
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