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June 23, 2013

Soap box racers take over Main St.

Winners advance to Akron, Ohio, for the International Soap Box Derby

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“It’s pretty fun. It’s kind of like the Pinewood Derby, but bigger,” he said of the cars. “We did the Pinewood Derby a couple of years. We got beat the first year and won next. I’m just out here trying to learn. Racing is in my blood. I used to race stocks at the Kokomo Speedway. Competition is competition no matter what you’re in.”

Greg Francis, another big race fan, was rooting for this daughter, Olivia, in the No. 199 car.

“This is our first year,” he said.

“She loves racing and loves going to the Kokomo Speedway. She’s loving every minute of it. Now she wants me to get her a quarter midget.”

Luke Hetzner standing next to his Rusty Nuts car, said his strategy is “staying closest to the rail.”

“I’ve always liked to build things,” Hetzner said of the reason he got involved with the Soap Box Derby two years ago.

At about half way through the competition, Hetzner cruised to victory in his first two heat races and was hoping to keep up the momentum. In the end, Heztner took seventh in the Super Stock Division.

Kokomo City of Firsts Soap Box Derby winners Super Stock Division First - Rachel Carden Second - Micah Gremelspacher Third - Matthew Edison Stock Division First - Ansen Russell Second - Samantha Golding Third - Elizabeth Jarrell

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