Steven Messer, 22, of Sidney, Mont., has been competing in demolition derby events since 2012 and was hooked on the sport since the moment of his first hit. “When I went in there for the first time it was way different than watching it. I’m sitting there getting ready to do my first heat ever [in 2012] and then the butterflies kicked in and I realized ‘Oh man, this is real.’ They dropped the flag, I was so nervous I just punched the throttle and turned in..I “arena shotted” this guy, totally smashed up my front end, my head hit the steering wheel…I came back up and was all sorts of excited. I knew right then and there I could not get enough of this sport.”
However, in 2013, Steven endured the biggest hardship of his life: the passing of his father, Craig. Thanks to the support of his family, girlfriend and best friend he overcame that intense tragedy and continued building the life that his dad would be proud of. Meet Steven, his pastime and the people that have seen him through thick and thin .
“ITS SUCH A THRILL…YOU JUST DON’T GET THE FULL GRASP OF IT UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY GET TO RUN IN A DERBY.” – STEVEN MESSER
“I learned so much from him, all of what I can do is thanks to what he taught me,” steven said about his dad, craig.