Aug 5, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton's Bret Mosbrucker was declared the winner Saturday night at the annual demolition derby at the Fremont County Fairgrounds
The derby wrapped up the busy slate of Fremont County Fair events for the year.
Mosbrucker won $1,800.
The derby started at 7:30 p.m. and finished around 10 p.m.
Mosbrucker was one of 18 cars entered in the popular attraction before a packed grandstand.
"It was awesome to see a local guy win it," derby organizer Drew Glanz said.
Mosbrucker was the fan favorite as the derby produced a final showdown between Mosbrucker and Pat Baltolo from Rock Springs.
In the end, Mosbrucker had enough steam in his car to outlast Baltolo.
"The finals were great," Glanz said. "Everybody was hitting hard. They all had good cars. His engine helped him, and the way he didn't give up."
Baltolo took home $900 for his runner-up position.
"It was a good participation from the local guys" Glanz said. "There were more local drivers than out-of-town cars."
Riverton's Mike Lynch finished third and won $600. Brad Lehman, also of Riverton, won $400.
Ryan Mosbrucker rounded out the top five, winning $300.
Lynch and Ryan Mosbrucker won the first heat to advance. Baltolo and Carla Mead won the second heat, and Dusty Watts and Jordon Martin emerged from the third heat.
Consolation heat winners were Jesse Olson, Ty Cantrell and Lehman.
Mead's car was voted best looking in the field that included drivers from Riverton, Rock Springs, Casper and Thermopolis.
Derby fans also saw a separate truck event on Saturday night.
"A lot of the other (demolition derbys) have been running trucks," Glanz said. "We decided to give it a whirl"
There were four trucks in the derby.
"We should get more trucks next year," Glanz said.
The trucks collided with each other in the same heat, with the heat winner taking top money.
"The trucks went by pretty quick," Glanz said. "It seemed like it was pretty intense."
Casper's Levi Wyatt won $1,800 for the top spot in the truck division.
Bob White was second ($900), Jordon Martin third ($600), and Pat King claimed fourth for $400.
The Riverton Elks Club sponsored the derby with the Fremont County Fair.
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