LOWVILLE-For the first time since the track was taken over by new management, the Adirondack Speedway held their first Slush Crush Derby.
Gates opened at 10am and dozens of cars and their drivers arrived at the track. The entire derby benefitted the Backpack club at the Lowville Academy Central School District.
The Backpack club provides food for families on days when kids are not in schools to receive meals.
The cars that competed in the race were old cars that were originally meant for the junk yard. They were then repurposed for racing in today's derby race.
Speedway General Manager Frank Nortz says events like these gives racers a fun event to participate in during the offseason.
"The reason we did this was because we opened up with new management and we had some extra momentum going into next spring and we wanted to keep it going. The people out here in this type of area, this is what people enjoy, if they don’t snow sled or are any kind of motor head, then they wanna go racing."
"It’s the middle of winter, I race in the spring and summer. Everybody has got that cabin fever and we got cars here that are junk so we strip them out, make them look pretty and have some fun with them." said racer Jeff Trap
The 100-lap race had exciting battles for position. A lot of crashes as well, the race was stopped for a period of time do to a fire in one of the cars, nobody was injured during the race.
Sponsor companies of the race contributed a total of $1000 dollars for the prize money for today's derby.
The Speedway hopes that today's derby gives racers some excitement for the start of the race season this spring.