HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (6/17/13) – The Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club is proud to announce that after nearly 9-hours of racing, three champions emerged Saturday, June 15, from the 8th Annual Soap Box Derby. A total of 117 racers competed for the titles in the Stock, Super Stock and Masters Divisions.
The first champion to be announced was 9-year-old Ryan Trapnell, who took the top spot in the Stock Division. Trapnell drove the Mohon Tractor Sales car. He skirted past Abby Moss, in the Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority car, finishing just 0.012 seconds faster in the two heats. John Tyler DeArmond, in the Hopkinsville Police Department stock car, finished in 3rd place and 54 children competed in the Stock Division.
Jordan Moores, 11-years-old, driving the blue Patriot Chevrolet super stock car, took top honors after edging out Lainey Burman in the Garland Nissan car by just over a tenth of second at the end of two heats. Lacy Patterson, in the Model Cleaners car, took 3rd place in the Super Stock Division and 55 children competed in the Super Stock Division. Moores will now retire from the local derby, as she holds titles in all divisions (Stock-2010 and Masters-2012).
The Masters Division title came down to just 0.053 seconds separating the time of the two heats. The double elimination race pitted Kaleb Hilton, in the Elks Lodge car, against challenger Kelly McGill, in the “Soap Box is for girls” Toyota of Hopkinsville car. McGill was knocked into the Challengers Bracket during the second round of racing by Marisa Barrios in the Rainbow Warrior 2.0 Toyota of Hopkinsville car. McGill came back to defeat Barrios during their second race, in the Challengers Bracket, and then faced off against Aisha Pantiere in the UK Toyota of Hopkinsville car, before facing long-time friend and soap box rival Kelly Barrios, who had just lost to Hilton. McGill and Hilton set off down the hill during their first heat and she crossed the finish line 0.101 seconds before him. During the second heat, Hilton came back finishing 0.154 seconds faster than McGill and earning the chance to head to Akron, Ohio. Nine children competed in the Masters Division.
The three champions are now eligible to compete in the 76th Annual All American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, July 27th. The Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club will provide each with a stipend for expenses. As part of their winnings Saturday, Toyota of Hopkinsville and Patriot Chevrolet awarded $500 scholarships.
The day was not only for kids as several adults participated in the Oil Can Challenges. Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp remains undefeated after beating his neighbor, and experienced racer, John Schrecker. Hoptown Hoppers Second Baseman Andrew Allen resorted to a little sabotage to beat fellow Hopper Zach Carter, who plays Outfield. Kiwanians, former 3rd District State Senator, Joey Pendleton, and Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lynn Pryor, joined in the fun, with Pryor besting Pendleton.
While an official total of funds raised is not yet in, the Soap Box Derby Committee was able to donate $17,000 back to the Kiwanis Club in 2012 to be used for the community service projects undertaken in Hopkinsville.
Information provided by Annie Catron
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