It didn't take very long for the 64 cars entered in this years State Fair Enduro auto race to provide the crowd with plenty of madness on Monday night.
On only the second lap of the 150 lap (or 1.5 hour) race, over 20 cars became piled up down low in Turn 2 and created havoc right off the bat.
It took about five minutes for most of the cars to get out of the soggy corner.
A group of cars smash together in front of the grandstand during the State Fair Enduro Monday at the Nodak Speedway.
Two cars ride the top of the bank in Turn 2 in front of a packed grandstand in the background on the third lap of the State Fair Enduro Monday at the Nodak Speedway.
When the smoke cleared in the corner during the first red flag of the evening, the guard rail in Turn 2 had taken 9 of the 20 cars prisoner for the rest of the evening, including enduro veteran Kevin Dufner.
Festus Mickelson of Colfax completed the most laps and was announced as the winner of the $1,500 and the trophy, crowning him the 2009 North Dakota State Fair Enduro race champion,
Mickelson thought that is was about his 10th year behind the wheel of an enduro car, as he captured his second win on the Minot track.
Rounding out the top five were John Bosek from Garfield, Mike Durham of Watford City, and Myron and John Stern from Hazen.
As the race progressed to the half-way point, two cars dangerously located in between the concert stage and the crash fence. Ken Ihringer and Garrod Abernathy's cars came to a rest against each other and became disabled.
Numerous times other cars crashed into the two machines, as the cars are left out on the track in an enduro unlike other auto races - unless the track becomes completely blocked in a certain area.
At the half way point of the battle, veterans Mike Durham and Leroy Rink, both out of Watford City, were among the top five runners at the 50 lap mark along with John Bosek, Ric Gotbrecht, Chris Gross and Myron Stern.
During that red flag situation, the cars were turned around and sent in a clockwise direction for the rest of the race instead of the regular counter clockwise direction.
This practice keeps the drivers away from being able to "set up" their cars like regular race cars for the dirt oval. And also keeps the speeds of these regular street cars down to a reasonable speed as well.
The change of direction and a pretty good douse of water during the break once again challenged the remaining drivers after the restart.
The first major victim of the second half of the race was Dunseith's Ric Gotbrecht. Gotbrecht lost his left rear tire right in front of the grandstand, forcing him to pull off in a muddy section in the entry to Turn 4, and he became bogged down in that spot.
Gotbrecht had been in the top five at the 50 and 75 lap mark, but his night was over.
With only 10 minutes remaining in the race, the field had been whittled down to 26 cars. The cars had an open track for the rest of the event, and the speeds increased as the drivers headed for the prize waiting for the winner at the finish line.
The race reached the hour and a half time limit before the 150 laps were in the books, bringing out the checkered flag.
The motor madness at the fair continues tonight as the demolition derby hit's the grandstand at 7 pm.