Local brother duo turn in strong showing at Unique Motor Sports’ Off Road Derby

Big Rapids native Jeffrey Warner flies down the mud track in his 695 car during Wednesday’s Off Road Derby presented by Unique Motor Sports. Warner took first place in his heat. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Unique Motor Sports’ off-road derby was a sight to behold Wednesday at the Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair.

Cars plowed through the mud and fans were thrilled as drivers put their vehicles to the test.

There were several categories of races, including modified and stock cars.

Brothers Jacob and Jeffrey Warner — both of whom are Big Rapids natives — put on a show in front of their hometown crowd. Jeffrey took first place in heat two of the small stock race and Jacob finished third in the big feature run.

“It’s always a good time,” Jacob said. “It’s nice to run into people after the race and to talk about it all.”

Wednesday’s small stock race was Jeffrey’s first; winning made it all the more special.

“It was fun,” Jeffrey said. “Once you get out there on the track, you get in the zone and cancel out the noise.”

Jacob and Jeffrey have grown up around motors ports for years. Their father helped foster their love for motor sports.

We grew up watching my dad drag race.” Jacob said. I work at a machine shop for my father where we work with motor sports. I finally got Jeffrey going this year. We bought his car a week ago and put it together.”

The brothers plan on competing in Saturday’s demolition derby, as well.

“That’s the plan,” Jacob said. If we can patch these cars together, we’ll be ready to go.”

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