Too cool for school: Dawson Carpenter


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Dawson Carpenter is a regular competitor in demolition derbies.

Jacob Hawn, Staff Writer

Dawson Carpenter, a B-A senior, participates in demolition derby events outside of school. According to Dawson, this has been his hobby since a very young age. 

“My dad got me into it when I was about 5 years old,” said Dawson. “It’s like bumper cars, just with real cars and a lot more danger, but a hundred times more fun.” 

Dawson ran 4 times last year, and said this number could change based on the availability and price of cars. 

“Just in the last three cars I have run I have about $3,000 to $5,000 in all of them,” said Dawson. “And I work to pay for it.”

Dawson normally runs at the Huntingdon County fairgrounds, Cambria County fairgrounds, and sometimes the New Alexandria Lions Club. 

Carpenter would eventually like to run a big show with a big pay out, and said there is no end in sight for this hobby. 

“I’d eventually like to run a big show, like a $10,000 to win,” he said. “I’ll probably derby until the day I die.”