It goes without saying that Team Demolition Derby denizens are a hardy bunch and rarely is a race rescheduled. But all that changed on June 21st when a deluge of over three inches of rain hit Route 66 Raceway in Joliet. This storm turned the track into a muddy lake and management had no choice but to move the race back to October 18th.
So when Round 4 runs on September 27th, there will be no champion crowned thanks to the rain-lengthened season. But you can bet that it will be another action-packed night with points leader Mean Green Machine doing its darndest to beat back upstarts like Reel Steel, Locomotives and Junkyard Dogs who remain in the hunt.
While the Team Demo champion won’t be determined until October 18th, the September race will continue to focus on Breast Cancer Awareness with the ladies “Racin’ for Boobs” event being held for the 4th straight year. And there certainly aren’t any shrinking violets helping spectators “think pink” as there is heated competition to get a slot on Team 9 (Double D Destroyers) or Team 10 (High Risk).
High Risk holds the edge in the competition as they have won 3 out of the last 4 races but you can’t discount the Double D Destroyers who came up big last year when rookie driver Amber Domrose put the team on top after taking the checkered flag in a “huge Chrysler.” Now with one race under her belt, she will be piloting a smaller 80s Chevy Caprice wagon. She said that, “I’m feeling a little nervous but excited” and plans on keeping “my foot on the pedal and go!”
But High Risk hopes to thwart her plans and win back their title. Christy Millette has been on High Risk ever since the race’s inception and said that she is “ready to romp and get our trophy back.” Joining Millette are “the original High Risk ladies” which includes her cousin Lorna, Rebecca Ketelaar and Megan Decker, who is fresh off another season at Sycamore Speedway.
Although Decker won the 2012 Powder Puff championship at Sycamore, this season was a bit of a disappointment for her. She said that, “I am definitely looking forward to the girls’ demo to relieve the stress of my season. I know no matter what, I will have fun out there and I don’t have to worry about my car coming back in one piece!”
Like many of the ladies, Decker gets “annoyed when people talk down on the girls demo but I do love to prove people wrong.” She is confident in both her car (a 2 door Cadillac) and the fact that High Risk has the “added confidence of just being on the same team together again.”
This will be Decker’s third race as she missed the 2012 battle for the Sycamore championship but was heartened when her car took the “checkered that year with Rebecca behind the wheel.”
Team demos are a tight-knit community and the “Racin’ for Boobs” event is no exception. Taking the wheel for the Double D Destroyers will be Jenny Harvel, who also happens to be Decker’s brother, Ryan’s, girlfriend.
Harvel ‘s love for racing can be traced back to her dad who raced all around the region until he broke his neck driving a compact car in 2004. She said “after that, I was too scared to ever race or demo. I always wanted to but my fears were too much.”
She began to slowly come around after seeing her dad help her stepbrother win a championship and watching Decker “follow his dreams” of chasing a championship for the past 4 years. She decided that “if I am going to ever demo, I wanted it to be against the girls” because “men are crazy in a demo pit.” Most of the advice that Harvel has received centers around “having a blast” as it is a very select group of women who actually get this opportunity.
She might be living the dream but her car is a “pretty pink” 1979 Oldsmobile 98 that she affectionately calls Frankenstein because “it was pieced together by many people’s auto body parts to create a monster that came to life.”
Harvel was also quite effusive in heaping thanks on ALL the people who helped create the monster and said “I couldn’t have gotten it done without all the help from every single one of them.” Unfortunately, space constraints prohibit listing the extended group of family, friends, sponsors and “awesome”Double D teammates singled out by Harvel.
Harvel’s wide circle will also benefit Team Demo’s mission to raise Breast Cancer Awareness at the “Dirty O.” Harvel said, “I had 45 people buy Double D Destroyers shirts to represent our team.”
The Team Demolition Association will again be selling its popular pink-themed merchandise to commemorate the event.
The list of participants —and all-important team sponsors–in the 2014 “Racing For Boobs” event is as follows:
Mean Green Machine- Double D Destroyers- Jenny Harvel #93
Seek N Destroy- High Risk- Megan Decker #103
Junkyard Dogs- Double D Destroyers -Heather Rhyne #97
Full Throttle- High Risk- Christy Millette #104
Real Steel- Double D Destroyers -Amber Domrose #95
Orange Crush- High Risk- Rebecca Ketelaar-#106
Locomotives -Double D Destroyers -Colleen Ryan-#98
Damage Inc.-High Risk-Lorna Millette #101
Gates open at 4 for a pre-tailgate party that will feature a “Bangin’ for Boobs” event, in which participants pay to pound the heck out of a car, with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research. The race begins 7:15 following a pink balloon release. Visit the team demo website or call 1-888-629-RACE.
Stay tuned for news about how next month’s championship shakes out but September 27th belongs to “the girls!”