By Sally Voth firstname.lastname@example.org
There may have been an angel in the infield giving Rob Armstrong a boost in Monday's demolition derby at the Shenandoah County Fair.
The Woodstock resident's 1995 Nissan Ultima won in the 6-cylinder division.
"My car was done up for Trent Williams," Armstrong said Tuesday in a phone interview from the fairgrounds, where he is working security. "Right before he passed away, I met him and his family."
Trent died last month following a nearly two-year battle with brain cancer. The Strasburg boy captured the hearts of many in the community and beyond who rallied to support him and his family.
A picture of Trent was on a sign on top of the Nissan, and Armstrong let people sign the car with a marker.
Pictures on Armstrong's Facebook page show Trent's twin Logan and 11-year-old brother Caden signing their names. They wrote "Love Ya Trent" and drew a panda, his favorite animal, on the car.
Messages from Trent's parents include "Mommy misses you so much!" and "We Love you Buddy."
Armstrong said he plans to give his winning trophy to the Williams family, and the sign on top of the car will be auctioned at a Sept. 15 softball tournament benefiting the Trent A. Williams Foundation.
"It was a heart-touching night out there because that boy meant a lot to everybody," Armstrong said of the crowd support at the derby. "It was rough. There was only six of us out there, but there was some hard hitting."
This was the 23rd year in a row Armstrong has competed in the Shenandoah County Fair's derby.
"And, I've got 20 trophies," he said. "[I] just love it and do it for the kids. My car will be out there again [at Tuesday night's derby] with Trent's picture and everything on it."