Smash It as a company is no stranger to massive
elimination motorsports events. Founded in 1998, Smash It started when the
Clark Brothers bought out Paulus demo derbies a company that was based in Ohio,
the first order of the new demo venture was to change the name and give a new
attitude to the local derby world and make the company more driver friendly.
From day one our mission was to treat all drivers with the respect that they
deserve. Smash it began with 8 local shows and over the next few years with
hard work and an open mind with a willingness to work with drivers we grew to
24 shows. In 2009 we decided to promote a national event named the bash for
cash the show consisted of 4 classes and a purse of $30,000.00 and it was a
success so we decided to make the show an annual event.
Smash it bought out Back to back promotions a promoter based in Ohio with shows
in Ohio and Kentucky and that added another 25 shows to our schedule. That
purchase allowed us to take over the show named Turn Back the Clock. We decided
to take the turn back the clock class and add it to our bash for cash event by
doing this we knew we would have to expand the show to 2 days. In 2016 we
decided to pay $10,000 to win the compact division also and that took the event
to a mammoth three-day Bash for Cash. The event outgrew its initial home in
Bellfountaine, Ohio and moved to Washington Courthouse, and outgrew it within
three years. Bash for Cash is now held at the expansive Ross County
Fairgrounds, and is the largest outdoor demolition derby in the United States.
In taking over Blizzard Bash and Capital City Carnage, Smash It breaks through
one of the Demolition Derby borderlines, becoming the first "eastern"
event hosts to crack the tough mid-west market. There will now be open avenues
for the drivers to hopefully cross over, and it's hopeful more of the East
Coast / Ohio drivers will try to venture to Topeka, and more of the western
drivers will venture to Ohio which will be a boon for the derby community.
While they are known for their premier events in March, May and November, Smash
Its summer season includes more than 40 events in Ohio, West Virginia and
Kentucky. Often through the fair season, Smash It will have two and three
derbies going on, dividing their talented staff among the shows to ensure
parity, equality and fairness.
Now, isolating only the $30,000 paid to the winners of the National Team
Bracket at Blizzard Bash, and combining that money with the winners' share of
the headline Bash for Cash divisions: $11,000 for the 80's Kicker Class,
$10,000 to the Turn Back the Clock Class and $10,000 for compacts, and the
$10,000 to win Capital City Carnage a total of eight drivers will share in
$71,000 in prize money. While Blizzard Bash is limited in the number of entries
in the team ranks (16 teams of four max, or 64 cars per bracket), Bash for Cash
is nearly wide open. There were more than 500 entries among 11 divisions at
Bash for Cash last year, with total purses at that event alone approaching the
Blizzard Bash is in
very able hands going forward, and the brothers are eager to get moving on the
four days of wrecking cars, and have a list of news-making announcements to
reveal this week. The one thing that has not changed in the 19 years of
promoting derby’s is the commitment to the drivers they are the show and all of
us at Smash it will never forget that.