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Young racers roll through Martinsburg

June 09, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg boys took first place honors in their divisions during Saturday's Norwalk Soap Box Derby Roach Oil/Texaco Classic, Director Ron Butts said.

Josh Allen, 10, won first place in the stock division and Zachary Hammett, 13, won first in the super stock division, Butts said.

The 50 participants raced downhill for 630 feet on South Queen Street while more than 300 people watched, Butts said.

In the stock division, the car and driver can not weigh more than 200 pounds. The car and driver(s) in a super stock car can not weigh more than 230 pounds, Butts said. Super stock cars have a larger cockpit opening and their sides flare out to accommodate larger or taller children, Butts said.

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In both divisions, the car must weigh 62 pounds and be assembled by the drivers with adult supervision and help, Butts said. Kids who would be 9 to 16 years old on Aug. 1 this year could compete.

All the racers got trophies with the winners getting additional trophies, Butts said.

First-place finishers also received a $500 savings bond, Butts said. Second-place finishers received a $250 savings bond, third place got a $100 savings bond and fourth place got a $50 savings bond.

Other finishers in the stock division were Braxton Porterfield, second; Tracy McJilton, third; and Uriah Horst, fourth.

The other finishers in the super stock division were Daniel Coffman, second; Chris Umphrey, third; and Andrea Edwards, fourth, Butts said.

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