Cars hit the dirt track in Figure 8 derby at the Boone County Fair

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 11:15 p.m. CDT; updated 11:34 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 26, 2012

COLUMBIA — Clouds of dust and exhaust obscure the track, but even without the debris, it’s hard to tell what’s happening. The cars, dented and spray-painted, narrowly avoid T-boning each other as they speed along the figure-8 track.