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Car Wars

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There's no denying the thrill of watching cars smash into each other at tonight's Compact Demolition Derby at Painesville Speedway. "The spectacle of violence lights fans up," says Jason Bateman, the speedway's general manager. Drivers supply their own junkers while the speedway provides the rules (yes, drivers must follow guidelines as they turn their rides into scrap metal). Drivers are given helmets, belts, and harnesses before they get to smashin', and the speedway limits the amount of fuel in each car to prevent Michael Bay-type explosions. Says Bateman: "It's a safer crash." If only someone had told Ben Roethlisberger!
Sat., June 24, 6:30 p.m.

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