Rod Krause looked over the No. 11d2 car and made some adjustments, but claimed to be retired from driving.
He said his granddaughters, Erin and Emma Krause, would be strapping on their helmets and taking the wheel Wednesday during the NAPA Auto Parts Demolition Derby. The metal-on-metal mayhem capped off the final night of the Washington County Fair in Arlington.
“We didn’t force him (into retirement),” the young women said. “He volunteered.”
Plenty more drivers with Washington County ties volunteered to trade paint — and rust — during the event.
Blair driver Cameron Clapper said he drug his 1997 Toyota Camry out of the weeds just the Friday before the derby.
“It was already pretty trashed when I got it,” he said.
Bjorn Pedersen helped get the car ready.
“I get nervous watching Cameron,” he said.
Clapper entered the fairgrounds with about six years of demolition experience, though. He called it “addicting.”
Dillon Dishong, 17, of Blair wasn’t nearly as seasoned. Max Sherman, CJ Segebart and he pooled together about $300 just days before to buy the car Dishong painted pink for his grandmother.
“No, I wish,” he said when asked if he’d have a grandma in the stands watching. “She goes to bed at like 7 o’clock.”
Since it was his first time entering a derby, Dishong admitted that he was tad scared. His teammates didn’t put too much pressure on him to succeed, though, after they’d all spent time working on the car to make it derby-ready.
“We tried our best,” Segebart said.
“We’ve had so much fun,” Sherman added.
The fun continued when the Washington County drivers finally got in front of the crowd. The Krause sisters both qualified for the main event feature, surviving their qualifying runs in the mud.
Dishong, unfortunately, had to opt out of the compact car derby classification early after some…