Despite Saturday night’s crash at New Paris Speedway, Tuesday’s demolition derby show went on. Did Saturday’s crash phase fans Tuesday? Not that it was visually detected. The crowd was carefree … dancing, singing and cheering on drivers.
While many racing fans talked about Saturday's sudden twist of events, most said it's the risk you take being a fan of this sport. It's in their blood. A night at the track for these racing fans is the highlight of their week.
"My husband is racing tonight," said Jenny Hare. Hare is from Ligonier. Her husband is an avid racer, and they travel to three races every week.
Jenny's second home is the speedway. On Tuesday night, she was sitting directly behind Saturday’s accident site. "I'm gonna risk it I guess," Hare said.
As for fear, Nicole Reilly says she’s not scared when it comes to accidents. Racing fan Steve Crowe said, “It’s just a freak accident that happened, really.”
Sabrina Rife, with New Paris Speedway, said, “It was a scary situation, but it could have been a lot worse. We want to keep the fans and families safe. That’s our No. 1 here at New Paris.”
New Paris Speedway is up to code on speedway regulations and it was before the accident.