First-ever All-Women’s Team Demolition Derby this Saturday
Joliet, IL (September 19, 2011) – Two all-female driven demolition derby teams will crash and smash against each other in the first ever “Racin’ For Boobs” event as part of the Tournament of Destruction this Saturday at Route 66 Raceway’s Dirt Oval. The entire evening will focus on breast cancer awareness and raising donations in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
“I have two aunts who beat breast cancer and my late grandma Maggie fought cancer until she died,” said High Risk driver Lorna Millette, “that’s where the name High Risk came from. I was born to crush cancer!”
Team #9 “Double-D Destroyers” and Team #10 “High Risk” join the Team Demo ranks for the final event of the season, bucking the trend in a male-dominated sport. Millette participated in the last all-women’s traditional demo derby in 2006 and actively competes in the Tournament of Destruction’s Figure-8 division along with other female racers.
Millette's cousin Christy Millette-Kacynski and their High Risk teammates Megan Decker and Rebecca Ketelaar were all influenced by a long line of male family members whom previously or currently compete in Team Demolition Derby.
“My uncle Brian Southwick is the reason I got involved in the first place,” said Ketelaar. “He founded the original Orange Crush team and I started watching him race in the early 80's. My brother Gene Ketelaar and cousin Dan Ketelaar both raced several years.”
Unlike traditional demolition derbies seen at county fairs, Team Demolition Derby blends a racing element and high-speed crashes into the nation’s only event of its kind. One of the team’s four cars must complete 5 laps around the oval track to win while the opposing cars can do anything in their power to stop them.
“I raced the powder puff division at Santa Fe Speedway in the early 90s, but it just wasn’t for me,” said Double-D Destroyer driver Branka Stephens. “After years of pleading, my then-husband allowed me to do a demo derby and I was hooked! I’ve never raced in Team Demo before and I’m ready to be a crusher.”
Everyone has the opportunity to be a “crusher” at the “Bangin’ For Boobs” interactive display from 4-7pm outside the main grandstand entrance. For a $5 donation, fans will be rewarded with two sledgehammer smashes into a helpless junk car. Additionally, exclusive limited edition pink-themed merchandise will be on sale with all proceeds benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
“October is national breast cancer awareness month and we are taking the early lead in raising awareness in the most unique ways we can,” said Team Demo Association (TDA) President Sherri Heckenast. “The women have begged for years to race and the fans want to see it. We’re ready for a fantastic finale to the 2011 Tournament of Destruction.”
A full night of action is on tap including the battle for the Team Demolition Derby national championship between Reckoning and Orange Crush and two Figure-8 races. Fans will also be treated to a special fireworks display, pink balloons, and an up-close look at the competition vehicles in the free pit party from 5-6pm. Parking lot gates open at 4:00 for tailgating, grandstands open at 5:30 and the racing begins at 7:15.
Tickets are available by calling the Route 66 Raceway box office at 888-629-7223 or online at route66raceway.com. Visit TeamDemo.com for more information.
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