BUSTI - Brian Horner's Stateline Auto Parts has agreed to partner with Bill Catania's Stateline Speedway to revive a favorite-fan tradition, the annual Epic Labor Day Demolition Derby.
The two businesses have often partnered over the years and this is a "natural fit" for a salvage yard, where many early race cars were built. Speedway CEO Bill Catania stated "Stateline Speedway is thrilled to partner with Brian Horner and Stateline Auto Parts as our exclusive Auto Recycling Partner for Labor Day Demo Derby." ''Brian has been a friend of Stateline Speedway for a long time and we are thankful to continue that relationship for years to come".
The annual tradition began in 1962 and was known as the "100-Car Demo Derby" and will now be known as the Brian J. Horner Inc. Epic Demo. This year the event will begin at 1 p.m., Monday with gates opening at 9 a.m. for the pit. Fan gates open at noon.
A guaranteed purse of more than $7,000 will be paid to competitors in two classes, full-size cars and compact cars. The top prize is $3,500 for the full-size winner and the compact winner will get $1,000. Second will be $1,000 for full sized and $500 for compacts. Third places will receive $500 (full size) and $250 (compact). There will also be a "Best of Show" award of $250. The car deemed the hardest hitterwill be awarded $25 in each heat and $50 in both features.
Any stock automobile can be used, including station wagons, but must be a two-wheel drive, no 4x4s, even if the front drive shaft is removed. Also no ambulances, hearses, trucks, checkers, or any other oversized vehicles. No convertibles or T-tops will be permitted and all sunroofs must be covered with sheet metal, screwed in place.
All drivers must wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants (no shorts). Coveralls are preferred. Drivers must wear an approved helmet, eye protection and a safety belt, both lap and shoulder.