PHOTO GALLERY: Automotive events entertain at the Boone County Fair

Sunday, July 24, 2011 | 11:59 p.m. CDT; updated 9:52 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 25, 2011
Nelson Woods bumps the ball into his own goal during car soccer Sunday at the Boone County Fair. It was the only goal of the match.

Engines roared during the demolition derby and car soccer Sunday at the Boone County Fair.

Cars try to move the ball away from their opponents during car soccer Sunday at the Boone County Fair. Organizers have previously gone through four different balls and settled on this one, which is made out of metal. It was very difficult to move around.
Leslie Bradshaw of Centralia's car gets stuck at the edge of the field during the match Sunday at the Boone County Fair. A trailer was used to help her out of the dirt and she went on to win the match.
Fran Davis yells that there was cheating during the first demolition derby match Sunday at the Boone County Fair. The winner, Leslie Bradshaw, was assisted when her car got stuck on the side of the track. Other drivers were not given the same treatment. "I've been coming to these things since I was a baby. That's cheating," Davis said.
Kaitlan Riggs holds her daughter Izabelle Boyd as they wave to Riggs' husband, Nick Boyd, before the derby Sunday at the Boone County Fair. He went on to win second place.
A wheel flies off of car #57L after being hit in the demolition derby Sunday at the Boone County Fair. After this hit, the car was out of commission.

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Steffan Pogue July 25, 2011 | 3:14 p.m.

Thank you for reporting the truth on this "cheated Derby" and that is what it was there was NO team driving by any of the drivers in the stock class but a pitty party was given to a home town driver inorder for her to win the Stock class. Mind you there would not even have been a stock class class if the 327 369 and 74 did not show up but that does not matter to GSA. The officals aided in getting her car off the wall but not the 327 nor the 369 and 74. It was a joke and a waste of a trip to the fair GSA his an absolute joke and gave a pitty win to that driver cause she gave a sob story before the race. Then she was signed up to drive in the modified class and chickened out once she realized that she truely didn't have what it took to run build or drive a DERBY.

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Jamie C July 25, 2011 | 9:49 p.m.

First of all I'm going to point out that Fran has been to a lot of derby's in her time, but if she is going to refer to anything about cheating, she must be the only one on that side of the track that was watching w/ her eyes closed. Secondly, there is no team driving at this type of derby, as they strictly anounced at the drivers meeting, which I'm completely sure she was not apart of. Thirdly, if she was on the pit side of the track she would of noticed that the boys from Winfield, MO were just as kind as could be. Yes, they themselves were tangled, but not as expressed by Fran (above picture). Only, one of them were on the dirt mound & couldn't start his car. The other car was stuck on the bumper of the other & the 88 car couldn't start her car. I would have loved to seen the cars that the 88 car pulled out of no where to team drive, which would have been considered cheating. Cheating I don't think so. I think the home town car played by the rules, simply because she is from this town & knows the rules, probably by heart, since she has ran this same derby for many of years. I'm sorry that Fran feels like she needs to be in the media to report things that are untrue, but that seems to be her focus where ever she turns. The rest of the stands seem to understand derbys to a T. Home town gal or not this is one of the best derby's I've been too, even w/ a sad car count. I'm sorry that this is the only story that the Missourian could come up w/, maybe that is why they can not compete w/ the Tribune.

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Jamie C July 25, 2011 | 9:57 p.m.

Imagine that Steffan Pogue of Troy! There you go!

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Jamie C July 25, 2011 | 10:11 p.m.

The statement by Steffan is untrue. Leslie never signed up for the Modified class, her son-in-law did. Thank you!

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Treasa Frost July 25, 2011 | 10:23 p.m.

Sorry Steffan Pogue, you obviously don't know that this little lady has been doing this for years in towns across Missouri that wasn't her home town. She whooped a bunch of good 'ole' boys butts there too and I don't recall them crying and boo-hooing about cheating. You were told no team driving and you did it anyway that's why she was taken off the wall and you know it. As far as the ugly woman Fran Davis, you don't like her anyway and we all know why! If you can do it different, I'll see you in your derby car next year!

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Treasa Frost July 25, 2011 | 10:40 p.m.

Team Leslie!

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Brenda Proctor July 25, 2011 | 10:49 p.m.

I just want to say that we are all so proud of the Missourian cause this is all the better of a story that they could come up with! I suppose they think this is what draws the croud for the Boone County Derby but when all it does it make it where more and more people want nothin more to do with it.... I was there and seen alot more exciting stuff that occured than to have to write about this. Once again way to go Missourian!!

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Grant Hodder July 25, 2011 | 11:30 p.m.

Hey all,

Night sports editor Grant Hodder here. Just wanted to point out some other stories the Missourian has posted of driving competitions at this year's fair:

Hope you enjoy them.

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Kim Small July 26, 2011 | 8:06 a.m.

Wow. I am amazed that the Missourian would print such an offensive and unfounded accusation without investigating to at least try and substantiate or dispute the claims first. Way to exercise journalistic integrity!! Witnesses (without a "dog" in this fight) as well as derby officials could tell you that team driving did occur, and several drivers together pushed Leslie into that dirt pile she got stuck in, and that is why she was "assisted." And of course the other drivers weren't given the same treatment--because they weren't ganged up on! So if you're going to report on something so inconsequential that was obviously said by a sore loser and/or their friends/family, you could at least give proper perspective or a counterpoint. Leave it to these crybabies to try and find some other reason for being beaten besides the real one--because Miss Bradshaw outdrove them all! I think an apology and retraction is in order here. This is ludicrous!

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Donna Chandler July 27, 2011 | 2:35 p.m.

Outsider lookin in!!!!!!!! Did not attend the Derby. Wish I had of though to see this! I have known Leslie for years and her family. She would be the first to do the Derby, The first to tell u the rules. And as we all know the FIRST!!!! U go Girl! After that bein said. See the Missourian all the time for free at my work. Which is MU. Will never attempt to pick it up and read it again!!! This is a ridiculous and bad way to tell a story. The story should have been a tribute to the people in the Derby and why they are in the Derby for years. SHe was there for a reason! That was NOT to Cheat. The people at the Missourian are all a JOKE! Truth being said.

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Joy Mayer July 28, 2011 | 1:39 p.m.

Posted by the Missourian, on behalf of Gail Lawrence:
Just to set the record straight. Wil Lawrence's car, number 57L, was NOT out of commission after the tire came off as previously reported. He continued to run in the heat until he was pushed onto the mud pile, by two competitors, causing his car to become high centered. He was unable to continue in the heat at that time. After the heat when his car was removed from the mud pile he drove his car off the track. At the end of the evening the compact drivers were allowed one more heat for a $200 dollar prize, Wil Lawrence, #57L, drove in the final heat of the evening being one of the last 3 cars left, he did so without the front tire on his car. Also Leslie Bradshaw was not given special treatment on Sunday evening at the derby. She was pushed on the mud pile by two of her competitors, who teamed up to put her out, even after being instructed by derby officials, that team driving was forbidden. Please verify the information before you print it. Thank you

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kurt colbert August 9, 2011 | 1:21 a.m.

Let's see where do I start first off GSA is the biggest joke of a Derby outfit there is I have drove at three of their shows and got screwed by there officials in two of them I was in the stock class race that night first of all the GSA announcer said that Leslie Bradshaw was a hometown driver and when she got pushed over the wall it was a legal hit I have it on video to prove it the 369 hit her in the front end and pushed her by him self the 74 came in and hit both cars in the front corner and when Leslie went over the wall the 74 was at the side of both cars and the 369 was still pushing her the front of his car was directly in front of hers so that means only one car pushed her over the wall so if that is team driving somebody please explain it to me cause I thought a team was more than one car but when I got pushed over the wall (also on video) the 74 and the 369 hit me at the exact same time the 74 hit me in the trunk and the 369 hit me in the rear passenger door but to the officials that was not team driving so I did not get the same treatment as Leslie did just because I was not a hometown favorite and I didn't give a sob story about my daddy dying to the officials and as for Mrs. Pogue she was on the pit wall side of things and she was also at the drivers meeting the officials did say no team driving but since there was only four of us out there they told us to put on a show and that's what we tried to do until the cheating officials felt bad because she did not stand a chance against my car so I did not get the same help as she did witch is a bunch of B S because I spent the same time and money to build my car as she did so why does one driver get special treatment and not the other cause it it was not for myself the 369 and the 74 driving two hours to get there they would not even had a stock class but any way Congrats to Leslie Bradshaw on your pity win and Thanks to the missourian for reporting the truth about our race

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Michael Williams August 9, 2011 | 7:54 a.m.

Somebody needs to take Kurt's run-on post outside and shoot it.

I think it moved!

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