Crashing, crushing at the Fair: Luneburg wins demo derby truck division

Edges Marcus Lang after extended battle

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Mighty minivan competitors make some smoke at the Brown County Fair demolition derby Wednesday night.

NEW ULM — After ten years of derby competition, Josh Luneburg finally won a big demolition derby trophy at the Brown County Fair, taking the pickup truck division after an extended battle with Marcus Lang.

Luneburg and Marcus Lang were the final two competitors. They spun each other around in circles at times before Lang was unable to continue due to vehicle issues, finishing second. Wade Schnobrich finished third and Jerry Jungers fourth.

The pickup competition, the final heat of the night, didn’t lack excitement with a dozen competitors including a number of veteran competitors from the New Ulm and Sleepy Eye area.

A number of competitors were pushed up and half way over concrete barriers, stopping the contest until they could be pulled completely back on the track.

“It’s fun, it’s the adrenaline. I got hit hard a few times myself,” Luneburg said after the demo derby as his 1960 Ford pickup with a 350 engine was pulled off the track with a wrecker. He won the hardest hitter award and extra cash.

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Josh Luneburg of New Ulm poses with his 1960 Ford pickup after winning the truck division at the Brown County Fair demolition derby Wednesday night.

Travis Schneider won the mid-size heat. Max Stevensen finished second, Cole Martin third and Dale Scharbach was fourth.

Matt Konakowitz won the 80s and newer heat, followed by Ryan Herzog (hardest hitter), Scott Kuehn and Dustin Reinhart.

Brennan Sandgren won the old iron division, followed by Robert Engelking, Jon Brand (hardest hitter) and David Engelking.

Michael McDermott won the mighty minis, followed by Anthony McDermott, Tyler Bredeson and Brady Loock.

There was no free-for-all event with just two entrants.

Saturday’s demo derby starts at 6 p.m.