After his father Donnie Bradshaw Jr. helped him build the car, Donnie Bradshaw III., 16, took the wheel in his first derby ever. "It was awesome. You get to hit people for fun," says Donnie III.
After his starter gave out right before getting to the field, first year competitor Brandon Henry was glad just to make it. Along with his stepdad and stepbrother, Henry built his car for only $150.
David Smith takes a swings at his smashed up derby car as he attempts to keep it together between races at the Delaware County Fair. Smith has been racing for years and placed second to his sister in this year's competition.
Natalie Smith faced her brother David as one of the last two cars left on the field during the demolition derby at the Delaware County Fair. She and her family have been racing for years. This year was different, as Smith walked away the winner, defeating her brother and becoming the first woman to win the derby in recent memory.
Joe Johns Jr. center, is surrounded by his family, wife Kindra, Payton, 8, bottom left, and twin daughters Taylor, 7, and Braydee, 7. Johns let his girls paint his red car with silver polka-dots for this year's race.
Know as Outlaw, Shannon Conwell of Muncie, has participated in many derby's and he wasn't going to miss this year's race, even after suffering a heart attack a week before. "I wait all year for this derby. These are my people here," he said.
Holding her giant first-place trophy, Natalie Smith poses with her friends and family after becoming the first female to win the demolition derby at the Delaware County Fair.