Demolition derby – 143th Edition

The road used to be a small dirt track in the middle of nowhere. Last year, something changed: A horde of off-road racers tore it open, churning loose a yellow ribbon of sand and tire tracks tearing off in the direction of Death Valley. And like any bad gash, it turned into a scar — a 100 foot-wide rut sunk some 18 inches into the desert floor. Kicking up dust, Laura Cunningham trudged toward a plant in the center. The shrub appeared to be flourishing in its rocky home. Was it a sign of renewal?

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