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2013 Tournament of Destruction Round 4 highlight video presented by LKQ Auto Parts.
Team Demolition Derby does not have playoffs, but Round 4 certainly was an elimination game for several teams. Last year's champions Reckoning and Mean Green Machine intensified their rivalry for a 3rd time this season only to both end up out of reach of this year's title. With 1 event left in the season, it's down to 3 teams vying for the overall Championship.
Real Steel won Round 4 to pull into a tie with Orange Crush atop the standings and Junkyard Dogs remain in the pack as well after defeating, and surviving, against OC in an incredible first round rampage of destruction. Real Steal holds the upper-hand heading into Round 5 by virtue of their 2 event wins. But nothing is safe or guaranteed in Team Demolition Derby -- especially at Round 5.
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2013 Tournament of Destruction series sponsor LKQ Auto Parts presents the Round 4 "LKQ Most Valuable Driver" AND "LKQ Hit of the Night" awards to #66 Ron Tyrakowski of Orange Crush! Watch the video below!
The "Shot Heard 'Round the World".... to start the Revolutionary War at Battle of Lexington, .... Bobby Thomson's 3-run homer to win the 1951 National League pennant 5-4, ... Tyrakowski's self-sacrificing, race-saving smash on Bleuer at the finish line.
Coming into Round 4, Orange Crush held a 4-point lead over Junkyard Dogs for 1st place in the points standings. The bracket draw seeded OC vs. JYD in the opening round; a race that, if OC won and got to the Finals, would've nearly cemented them as the 2013 Champions. Avid Team Demolition Derby fanatics know the history and rivalry between these two juggernauts. What no one knew was just how far they could 'take it.'
Tyrakowski led the race early behind several key blocks out front not only from his teammates, but from JYD crushers' knocking other cars out of his path. Bleuer charged back and took a 1-lap lead at the halfway point thanks to back-to-back head on shots delivered to Tyrakowski by #36 Tom Lewis and #33 Joe Snow. OC's blockers struck back. #62 Jason Ritacco, perhaps the season's MVP thus far, dismantled #35 Gerritt Vanderbilt and Lewis' cars leaving only Bleuer running at near full strength.
Bleuer's lead began to shrink and he all of a sudden had company in his rear view. Tyrakowski tapped Bleuer's back bumper and they crossed into the final lap together! Bleuer's right-front tire spun off the rim, Tyrakowski continue to push them through Turn 1 and they piled up against Snow's car. Despite the missing tire, Bleuer regained speed first and pulled away down the back stretch and had clear sight to the finish. Tyrakowski charged from the opposite side to greet Bleuer head-on. Tyrakowski won the race to the line and connected with jaw-dropping impact!
"The Shot" leveled Bleuer 10-feet from the finish, kept Orange Crush in the race, but took a toll on more than just machine. Safety personnel threw the red flag in order to check on both drivers. Tyrakowski was extracted from the car for medical attention, while Bleuer appeared to be no worse for wear and remained in his car. When the race resumed, Ritacco collected 4 laps while dodging the slow-moving, wrecked remains of JYD. They didn't do anything dramatic, but the 'Dogs managed to get in the way just long enough to force Ritacco's engine to die out 1/4 of the way into Lap 5. With all 8 cars reduced to rubble, the countdown finish secured the win for Junkyard Dogs, though "winning" pales in comparison to "surviving."
Tyrakowski's resilient lap running and overt obliteration of his opponent are more than enough to earn the Round 4 LKQ Auto Parts "Hit of the Night" and "Most Valuable Driver."
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