Derby Day in Conneaut
William A. West
Wwest News Service (WNS)
Conneaut_Once again the weather didn’t disappoint fans of weekend events in northeast Ohio. The 28th Annual Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby bathed drivers and fans in warm sunshine Saturday. It was accompanied with a cooling breeze.
The most comfortable were winners, Jenna Wolfe, 9, of North Kingsville, Stock Division, Tristan Hogan, 12, of Ashtabula, Super Stock, and Masters champion Ashley Stoneman, 14, of Ashtabula. Soap Box derby racing consists of three divisions, Stock, Super Stock and Masters.
The races were close and the rivalries friendly as competitors wished each other well. The racing was brought to halt for a short time when a couple of drivers collided with a bale of straw at the end of the course. A determined group of nine ducklings closed the lanes down when they decided to cross Broad Street.
Race Director Tracy Welton was pleased with increased amount of dedicated young drivers.
“I am very happy with this year’s field,” Welton said.”We have a good group of people here.”
A new age group was added to competition. Seven-year-olds can participate in the Stock Division for the first time.
It is good to see the younger drivers moving up to replace the veteran kids,” Welton said. Some kids and parents take about a week to prepare and others will work on their car for more than six months.”
“It is an all-year event for me,” Welton said.
The winners qualified for the World Championship Soap Box Derby competition in Akron Saturday, July 21.