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236 girls (45%) won on the Regional level qualifying them for the national run-off. At national, Girls won four of six Soap Box Derby divisons plus the Ultimate Speed Challenge.

What is the Soap Box Derby?
Girls win four of six 2009 Soap Box Derby titles
National Champs - 2009
Local Champs - 2009
The Ultimate Speed Challenge - 2009
Former Champs
Schedule - 2010

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Sarah Whitaker
Stock
Megan Thornton
Masters
Maija Liimatainen
Super Stock
Megan Hydutsky
Masters Rally
Jamie Berndt
Ultimate Speed

Girls win four of six Soap Box Derby titles


Sarah Whitaker of Norton, Ohio, overcame rain and wind to win the Stock division at the 72nd All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. The 10-year-old, the 15th member of her family to race in the national finals, was one of four girls to claim championships in the six divisions. Other girls to win were Megan Thornton of Cleveland, in the Masters Division; Maija Liimatainen of Madison, WI in Super Stock; and Megan Hydutsky of Pottstown, PA in the Masters Rally. Two 12-year-old boys also won in the Stock Rally and Super Stock Rally divisions.
Source: USA Today, 7/28/09

Girls

Class

Total
Percent

Masters

31
49

Masters Rally

29
47

Stock

50
76

Stock Rally

26
19

Super Stock

57
90

Super Stock Rally

28
21

Ultimate

15
71
Total
236
45

National Results - 2009

The All-American Race


Local champions from each of the Stock, Super Stock and Masters division Soap Box Derby races throughout the world come to Akron, Ohio, in July each year to compete for scholarships and merchandise prizes in the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Upon their arrival, each of the young champions are whisked into Akron with a police escort. As the young boy or girl arrives at the site of the welcoming ceremonies, the Derby band strikes up a tune and an announcer introduces the champion to the crowd. After signing in on the official entry board, receive their official racing clothing for the week along with various other gifts from the AASBD and its sponsors.

As the week progresses, the young champions are reunited with their racers which have been shipped from home. The cars are weighed and thoroughly inspected to make certain they meet all the safety regulations. The champs get their first look at Derby Downs, a 954 foot racing track designed specifically for Soap Box Derby competition. Each of the contestants gets a trial run down the course to become familiar with the track. Parents and families of the Derby champs, as well as local Derby officials and fans who visit the All-American, also have a busy week. There are special entertainment programs for champions, families, and friends, while Derby officials attend meetings concerning rules and workshops on how to improve their racing programs.

Celebrities from the sports and entertainment world come to Akron to visit the champs and take part in the Derby parade and other festivities.

The week's festivities lead up to Race Day when the anxious champions prime their racers for a chance at the winner's circle. Race Day activities kick off with a spectacular opening ceremonies, followed by the traditional Oil Can Trophy Race which celebrities compete in oversized Derby Cars.

There will be three divisions at the All-American in the Local Championship and three divisions in the Rally Championship. By the afternoon's end, six new winners emerge to wear the traditonal gold jackets (local champions) and scarlet jackets (rally champions) signifying they are the world champions of the Stock, Super Stock and Masters divisions of the All-American Soap Box Derby.

All awards are presented on Saturday evening as the champions, their families and friends, Derby officials and business and civic leaders gather to pay tribute to all the contestants in the All-American Soap Box Derby and to present the awards to the winners. In Derby circles, all contestants in the All-American are considered champions because it is believed they all have greatly enriched their lives through the experience they have had in Akron during Derby Week and the lessons they have learned while building their cars and racing them in local Derby programs back home.

Local Champs - 2009 (Blue is the national champ.)


Masters (31 of 59 = 49%)
Megan Thornton, Cleveland, OH
Abby Cain Bangor ME
Katherine Craig Bucks County East PA
Allison Lindsey Central(Sanford) FL
Megan Thornton Cleveland (SUB) OH
Dennae Koenke Columbia Midlands SC
Hannah Schweinefus Columbus OH
Sarah Eldridge Cookeville TN
Ciera Backe Culpeper VA
Kara Matteo Erie PA
Heather Burgess Fredericksburg VA
Sydney Leach Hopkinsville KY
Sarah Evitt Huntersville NC
Kaylee Warner Lancaster OH
Abby King Madison WI
Lacey Howard McKeesport PA
Cassie Ouellet Meriden CT
Amy Poulin New Hampshire Stat NH
Shannon Hoffman North Summit OH
Stephanie Kellogg Northampton MA
Ariel Darden Ocala FL
Samantha Kunkle Omaha NE
Kasey Westerfield Owensboro KY
Linda Stevenson Pearl River NY
Ashley Baldassari Pottstown PA
Ashley Porter Salem OR
Arryn Evans Tallahassee FL
Ava Bahoura Tucson AZ
Abby Helbling Tuscarawas County OH
Maddie Quinn Vallejo CA
Julia Castner Youngstown OH

Masters Rally (29 of 62 = 47%)
Megan Hydutsky, Pottstown, PA
Teela Gajewski Buffalo New York
Emily Harmon Akron Ohio
Katrina Perry Fern Park Flordia
Charlotte Soucey Silver Springs Florida
Jenna Dameron Swoope Virginia
Megan Marulli Rochester New York
Tara Curry Meriden Connecticut
Kirsten Fauser Keizer Oregon
Bryanna Plog Omaha Nebraska
Alicia Kratke Sioux City Iowa
Vanessa Shake Lafayette Indiana
Olivia Murphy Lafayette Indiana
Kerry Murphy Concord Twp Ohio
Anna Heritage Mantua Ohio
Savannah Watson Crawfordville Florida
Brittany Tirrell Easthampton Massachusetts
Amber Gilbert Cromwell Connecticut
Monique Cyr Bristol Connecticut
Claire Kohut Geneva Illinois
Katherine Cole Westfield Indiana
Michelle Rich Perrysville Ohio
Rebecca Johnson Locust Grove Virginia
Megan Hydutsky Pottstown Pennsylvania
Julie Stevenson Blavelt New York
Ashley Hiller New Philadelph Ohio
Nichole McMurray Mineral City Ohio
Zoe Blubaugh Cornelius North Carolina
Laura McCaughey King of Prussia Pennsylvania

Stock (50 of 66 = 76%)
Sarah Whitaker, Norton, OH
Alexis Gallaher Ambridge PA
Mallory Robb Anderson IN
Cass Turner Athens TN
Sydney Axton Auburn NY
Kayla Kostner Bucks County East PA
Allyson McHughs Cape Girardeau MO
Brianna Raico Cleveland (SUB) OH
Lauren Burkert Conshohocken PA
Chelsea Buddle Danbury CT
Sarah Watson Erie PA
Aaliyah Gray Flushing Meadows NY
Melanie Catone Glens Falls NY
Kailyn De Blaey Green Bay WI
Kayle Kirby Harrisonburg VA
Haley Ritchie Hazard KY
Kelsey Moores Hopkinsville KY
Chelsea Sloat Houlton ME
Marydith Donnelly Houston TX
Alyssa Fulton Indianapolis IN
Bobbie Jo Ostrom Jamestown NY
Sarah Tichnell Jefferson County WV
Tara Casey Lehigh Valley PA
Miranda Hickman Louisville KY
Kayley Alioto Madison WI
Katy Williams Marietta GA
Emily Butts Martinsburg WV
Ashley Coffield McKeesport PA
Veronica Harris Mountain View CA
Paige Gear Mt Vernon WA
Samantha Forde New Hampshire Stat NH
Gabriella Paese Nobile New Rochelle NY
Laura Geer North Summit OH
Lauren Schreiber Northeast Conneaut OH
Megan Haggard Ogallala NE
Kelsey Trogolo Owensboro KY
Madeline McCollum Portage County OH
Lucy Rulon Rantoul IL
Berkeley Oglesby Richmond VA
Darcy Wheeler Rochester East NY
Nicky Vaccaro Rochester West NY
Micah White-Sanders San Diego CA
Julianna Hanson South Charleston WV
Elizabeth Beaton Southern MD
Jennifer Mihal Valparaiso IN
Emma Munsey Washington DC
Abigail Eskridge Wayne Holmes Cty OH
Myhre Waynesboro (Metro) VA
Brooklyn Jacobs West Hartford CT
Melody Castner Youngstown OH

Stock Rally (26 of 135 = 19%)
Jenna Mellen Los Angeles California
Danielle Wilt Akron Ohio
Tessa Gagne Winter Springs Florida
Jessica Pettit Cowpens South Carolina
Rebekah Hoak Holley New York
Danielle Spaker Rochester New York
Cheyenne Zaremba Hamlin New York
Hannah Welzbacker Seabeck Washington
Avery Anderson Port Orchard Washington
Leah Bondar Emerald Hills California
Allison Pankoff Parker Colorado
Alexis Willard Medina Ohio
Christina Morawski Guilderland New York
Rachel Spaker Rochester New York
Dana Kellogg Williamsburg Massachusetts
Abby Wester Valparasio Indiana
Natalie Anastasio Cheshire Connecticut
Hayley Beitel Mutressboro Tennessee
Rachel Packard Woodstock Illinois
Victoria Bohlsen Indianapolis Indiana
Laura Hubbell Johnstown Ohio
Ava Pell Bristow Virginia
Ellie Erb Monroe Wisconsin
Josianna Sullivan Pickerington Ohio
Hanna Allard Huntersville North Carolina
Natalie Burkert Audubon Pennsylvania

Super Stock (57 of 63 = 90%)
Maija Liimatainner, Madison, WI
Alyssa Becenti Akron (Sub) OH
Ally Burdgick Albany NY
Abby Cain Bangor ME
Christina Cyr Bristol CT
Kaitlyn Preston Bucks County West PA
Melanie Kohout Chicago IL
Emily Stepto Christiana PA
Brittney Weems Cleveland (SUB) OH
Geena Waters Coachella Valley CA
Mary Kennon Arscott Columbia Midlands SC
Isabelle Smith Columbus OH
Kellie Bowe Conshohocken PA
Leah Gunnels Cookeville TN
Alina Kube Germany
Shyanne Reynolds Green Bay WI
Lauren Baugher Harrisonburg VA
Cade Fletcher Hazard KY
Tarryn Rutherford Huntersville NC
Megan Newcomer Indianapolis IN
Hannah Lamb La Mesa CA
Kristina Meckl Lafayette IN
Victoria Ashton Lehigh Valley PA
Kristina Powell Lima OH
Victoria Leachman Louisville KY
Valerie White McKeesport PA
Sarah Burrows Moss Point MS
Alison Parman Mountain View CA
Ariel Gear Mt Vernon WA
Caitlyn Trzaski Naugatuck CT
Maegan Cerqueira New Brunswick NJ
Karan Prashar New Zealand
Shannon Hutchinson Newport RI
Brooke Ridenour North Central OH
Maia Reitz North Platte NE
Allison Bates North Summit OH
Reilly McQueston Northampton MA
Kristen Sharp Northeast (Conneuat OH
Kelsey Settles Owensboro KY
Alexandre Roy Peterborough ONT
Grace McDonald Plano TX
Andrea McKerrell Port Jervis NY
Deanna Jones Pottsville PA
Mikayla Schmidt Pueblo CO
Bridget Wheeler Rochester East NY
Lisamarie Valentin Rochester West NY
Brianna Sandoval-Montes San Diego CA
Allyson Pike Souderton PA
Christine Dayton St. Louis MO
Makenna Thomas Stanwood WA
Emily Bozogian Syracuse NY
Meghan Frantz Tuscarawas County OH
Melissa Miller Valley City ND
Emily Biggs Valparaiso IN
Brooke Hooser Wayne Holmes Cty OH
Jamie Thompson West Hartford CT
Haleigh Kuebler Youngstown OH

Super Stock Rally (28 of 136 = 21%)
Ambree Garren Breman Georgia
Johanna Barnowski Barberton Ohio
Nicole Stout Sagamore Hills Ohio
Katie Atchison Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Cheyenne Wilt Akron Ohio
Nikki Scherzi Walworth New York
Kirstan Brodie Greendale Wisconsin
Rachel Hoak Holley New York
Jenna Tippets Bremerton Washington
Tiana Masnaghetti Palo Alto California
Anne Taylor Neligh Nebraska
Jalee Miller North Platte Nebraska
Laura Shake Lafayette Indiana
Kristi Murphy Concord Twp Ohio
Kelsie Moore Tallahassee Florida
Summer Robinson Tallahassee Florida
Sierra Robinson Tallahassee Florida
Katie Scherzi Walworth New York
Sadie Borden Keene New Hampshire
Ali Borden Keene New Hampshir
Michelle Strand New Milford Connecticut
Abigail Parker Newtown Connecticut
Megan Riley New Palestine Indiana
Sheri Lazowski Aurora Illinois
Sara Mack Indianapolis Indiana
Amanda Halsey Locust Grove Virginia
Emily Perkins Duncan Falls Ohio
Kristina Jones Charlotte North Carolina

The Ultimate Speed Challenge - 2009
The Ultimate Speed Challenge is an All-American Soap Box Derby sanctioned racing format developed to preserve the tradition of innovation, creativity, and craftsmanship in the design of a gravity powered racing vehicle while generating intrigue, excitement, and engaging the audience at the annual All-American Soap Box Derby competition. The goal of the event is to attract creative entries designed to reach speeds never before

attainable on the historic Akron hill. The competition will consist of three timed runs (one run in each lane), down Akron’s 989’ hill. The car and team that achieve the fastest single run will be declared the winner. The timed runs will are completed during the All-American Soap Box Derby race week.

The spirit of the rules ensures the following:

  • The event must be safe for contestants andspectators.
  • The cars must be able to be launched from the existing Akron starting gates and trip the timing equipment.
  • The cars must not damage the track facilities or the run-out area.
  • The cars are limited to gravity power only and will include no propelling or driving assisting devices of any kind.

Team Selection Criteria: The All-American Soap Box Derby headquarters will accept applications for the Ultimate Speed Challenge during a specified open registration period. All applications must name the Crew Chief and Driver. A registration fee must accompany the application. Only mailed (postmarked) applications will be accepted. Top finishing teams that have participated in the most recent completed Ultimate Speed Challenge will be given registration priority if a valid qualified application is received from the Crew Chief during the open application period. Crew Chiefs will be notified if their application is accepted for participation in the Ultimate Speed challenge. The registration fee will be returned for those applications that are not accepted

Ultimate Speed Challenge (15 of 21 = 71%)
Jamie Berndt
Catherine Carney
Juliane Englemann
Haley Luense
Karla Osborne
Laura Overmyer
Mary Jane Graves
Alexandria Terrigno
Elizabeth Underwood
Courtney Rayle
Kayla Albertoni
Danielle Hughes
Rachael Dyer
Breanna Boothe
Katelyn Mattix

Former Champs


Kit Car - Rally
1993 - Heather Crowe-District 7 Kettering OH
1994 - Jamee Clemens-District 4 Blue Springs MO
1995 - Loren Hurst-District 7 Hudson OH

Masters
2009 - Megan Thornton, Cleveland, OH

Masters - Rally
1994 - Kristin Miller-District 7 Springfield OH
1996 - Danielle DelFerraro-District 7 Stow OH
1999 - Melissa LaPointe-District 9 E Hampstead NH
2002 - Amy Clemens-District 4 Blue Springs MO
2003 - Alexis Rhodes-District 7 Conneaut OH
2009 - Megan Hydutsky, Pottstown, PA

Stock
2009 - Sarah Whitaker, Norton, OH

Stock - Rally
1993 - Kristal Calin-District 6 Merritt Island FL
1996 - Heather Fountain-District 6 Martinez GA
1997 - Lucy Wagner-District 7 Oxford OH
1999 - Megan Taylor-District 7 Charleston WV
2000 - Brooke Wallace-District 5 Muncie IN
2001 - Anna Diring-District 5 Green Bay WI
2008 - Megan Newcomer-Region 5 Danville, IN

Super Stock
2009 - Maija Liimatainner, Madison, WI

Super Stock - Rally
1994 - Christie Carroll-District 7 Dry Branch WV
1999 - Carleigh LeBlanc-District 9 Bristol CT
2000 - Megan Evans-District 4 Lee’s Summit MO
2001 - Ashley VanFossen-District 7 Barberton OH
2006 - Olivia Murphy-District 5 Lafayette IN
2008 - Caitlin Smith-Region 8 Federalsburg, MD

Schedule - 2010


July, 2010 - 73rd All-American Soapbox Derby Rally Championship - Derby Downs, Akron, OH

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