The ninth annual Ozark Demolition Derby took place Saturday night at Parsons Stadium with four men from a Rogers family competing against each other.
The derby brought out thousands of fans to Springdale to cheer on the drivers in a competition for money, prizes and bragging rights.
The Hart family began racing in 1977. Gary Hart raised his two sons Jesse and Justin to become derby drivers as well as his seventeen-year-old grandson Caleb.
“You don’t see very many three generations of anything, and I think it’s fantastic and it does me good,” Gary said.
Gary’s oldest son Jesse said there is a lot of appeal to get out in the dirt and start smashing cars.
“It’s everything that you drive down I-49 and want to do, but you get to do it here,” Jesse said.
Gary’s second oldest son Justin said competition gets fierce between family members.
“Once we get out there it also lets us let off a little steam towards each other,” Justin said, “I’ve got a lifetime of sibling rivalries with my brother here that we are going to probably take care of some tonight.”
The Hart men explained a demolition derby as cars smashing into each other. They said the last car running is the winner.
Gary’s grandson Caleb competed Saturday night for the first time.
“I’m nervous, but really excited too,” Caleb said.
He said growing up watching his grandfather and uncles compete makes the experience even more special.
“I’ve been watching these my entire life so it’s really cool, like I’ve watched all these happen and now it’s my turn,” Caleb said.
None of the Hart men took home a win Saturday, but Gary Hart did take second in his division. As of Saturday night, the unofficial winner of the biggest race was Buddy Cox of Central Arkansas.
Cox took home a $3,000 paycheck.