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10/04/10 — Battle in the dirt

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Battle in the dirt

By Matthew Whittle
Published in News on October 4, 2010 1:46 PM

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John Earl Pope of Goldsboro, behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Malibu, battles it out with other drivers at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair's Demolition Derby Sunday afternoon. Pope, driving in his first derby after years of helping other drivers prepare their cars, went on to win the competition. A second derby will be held Saturday.

For one driver, Sunday afternoon was about her 20 minutes of glory. For another, it was, in many ways, the crowning achievement of a 15-year demolition derby career. Running in a derby for the first time after spending more...

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