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Ceres Greg Mathews, brother Bryce, friend Lloyd team up at Fair
Greg Mathews piloted his 1976 Dodge Tioga to a third-place finish at the Stanislaus County Fairs Motor Home Class C Demolition Derby last week in Turlock. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Greg Mathews, Bryce Mathews and Lloyd Gleaves teamed up during the Stanislaus County Fair's Motor Home Class C Demolition Derby on July 13 in Turlock.

"We did great," said Greg, a Ceres resident. "My brother got first place. I got third place. And our friend got fourth. We tried to make sure we took the other three competitors out first. My brother rolled one of them over. The other one broke his drive line."

Greg has competed in the majority of Stanislaus County Fair's destruction derbies since 1993.

He was a spectator from 2011-14 as he missed the last three years for religious reasons.

A schedule change for this year's destruction-derby contests allowed Greg to get back into the driver's seat.

"I enjoyed getting back out there again and racing with my brother and friend," he said. "I hadn't done it in four years. The butterflies turned into exhilaration from all the adrenaline."

Greg, 55, drove a 1976 Dodge Tioga during the first night of Destruction Derby at the Stanislaus County Fair.

Younger brother Bryce, 50, of Gridley drove a 1975 Doge Tioga.

Ceres' Gleaves, 59, piloted a Dodge while making his destruction-derby debut.

Bryce, Greg and Lloyd were awarded $2,000, $500 and $250, respectively.

"I had a great time," Greg said. "You get a pretty big adrenaline rush chasing and being chased. I was chuckling to myself. I couldn't see anything behind me. I did a lot of front hitting. That was a little bit different. I still had half of my motor home left on my frame. Six or eight feet of it fell off. The rest got smashed. The bathroom went from the back bumper to the front on the first hit."

Greg Mathews' youngest daughter, 23-year-old Kinsey, won $150 during the second night of Destruction Derby at the Stanislaus County Fair.

Kinsey took third in the Powder-Puff division. She didn't plan on competing but Turlock's Mark Cabral lent her one of his cars.