The 67th running of the Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby Local race was held June 26 on Wabash Hill in New Philadelphia.
Two divisions competed — Stock and Super Stock. There were 16 Stock participants and 12 in Super Stock. One winner of each division will go on to compete in the All American held in Akron July 17-July 23.
The winner of the Stock Division was Jensen Stull, 8, son of Brian and Christy Stull of New Philadelphia. Jensen will be in third grade at South Elementary.
This was Jensen’s first local race, although he has participated in several rally races this season. In addition to soap box derby, Jensen is in Cub Scouts, plays soccer and is interested in NASCAR.
The winner of the Super Stock Division was Savannah Blind, 11, daughter of Wenny Denman and Scott Blind of Dover. She will be in sixth grade this coming school year in Dover. She enjoys playing soccer and basketball. She loves going to all of the rally races and making new derby friends. She loves spending time with her Papa, Tim Barnett working on her derby car. This is her second trip to the All American. Last year she was the winner of the Stock division for Tuscarawas County.
Also representing Tuscarawas County is Hudson Stull, 11, also is going to the All American in July as a 2022 Super Stock Rally Champion for Region 6 (OH/WV). Hudson earned points by racing in rally races this past season. Hudson will be in fifth grade at Central Elementary. Hudson is in Cub Scouts, enjoys rally racing, music and enjoys learning about history. He is the son of Brian and Christy Stull of New Philadelphia.
The Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby is open to children 7-21 in Tuscarawas, Carroll, Harrison, Coshocton and Muskingum counties. No experience or equipment is necessary. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tim Hiller at 330-407-7580 or follow the facebook page, Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby for updates on upcoming races.
This article originally appeared on The Times-Reporter: Locals advance to Akron race