BGM highlights of Motor Madness

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

PJ Granot  had a big day at the BGM racing during the Fair by winning both the Super Stock A Main and the Mini Stock A Main races.

Photo by Doreen Heintz

Saturday of the Central Montana Fair is often referred to as “motor madness” in Central Montana, as that is when the BGM and Demolition Derby take center stage at the Fair. In the afternoon, racing is held on a dirt track. Over the years, the racing has gone by different names, starting out being known as bump-n-run. Next it was AMX and run by Dick Erlandson of Lewistown. For the past few years, it has been called BGM, but even then BGM has stood for different things, such as blood-n-guts, and  now the Butz Glidewell Memorial.
Glidewell was a well-known mechanic in Lewistown for many years. He worked in many different automotive shops throughout Lewistown. Glidewell competed in both BGM and the demolition derby throughout the years, and had two sons who also competed.
“He helped everybody to race,” said Paul Grant. “We have honored him over the past few years by making several improvements at the Fairgrounds in his memory. The bleachers located on the same side of the arena as the bucking chutes at the Fairgrounds were built with funds from BGM racing and are in Glidewell’s memory.”
BGM racing will continue on Saturday, Sept 10 at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. The final BGM race of the year takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. Besides BGM, a demolition derby will also be held on Oct. 8. Both events are held in Glidewell’s memory.
Following are the results of the races held on Saturday, July 30.
Modified A Main
Shane Martin
Trent Hess
David Gwin
Shawn Essex
Paul Granot
Tyler Stidham
Super Stock A Main
P.J. Granot
Chase Gerer
Frank Williams
Dalton Bennett
Lane Lucas
Josh Carlson
Super Stock B Main
Frank Williams
Mini Stock A Main
P.J. Granot
Nick Nowak
“Sweet” Willie Jones



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