2015 FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Champions
Tyler Peterson, 15 years of age, of Bowling Green placed first in the Super Stock Division at The 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Saturday, July 25, 2015 held at Derby Downs in Akron Ohio. Other Kentucky winners include Rally Masters Winner, Kelsey Settles of Owensboro, KY and Rally Stock winner Lukas A. Ramey of Hanson, KY. Chase Schlafke of Glasgow, KY finished second in the Rally Stock Division. Congratulations to all!
The FirstEnergy AASBD Championship is held annually in Akron, Ohio and features more than 400 qualifiers from 40 U.S. states and several foreign countries. The Championship event has more than 1,000 volunteers and 10,000 spectators each year.
The Soap Box Derby season runs year-round in more than 115 districts across the United States and overseas culminating with the FirstEnergy AASBD World Championship in Akron. Each competitor builds his/her own gravity-powered car from kits purchased from the AASBD, typically with assistance from an adult or mentor.
Soap Box Divisions:
Stock Division—Racers (7-13) compete in cars built from readyto-assemble kits, which assist the Derby novice by providing a stepby-step layout and components for construction of a basic style car. This division is designed to give the first-time builder a learning experience.
Super Stock Division—Racers (9-18) have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a larger, heavier model car, also from a kit.
Masters Division—Racers (10-20) build a more sophisticated designed car in this advanced class of racing. Masters entrants purchase a Masters Kit from the International Soap Box Derby.
Ultimate Speed— A team competition staged during championship week in Akron. Cars are innovative and must meet safety regulations. Drivers are 16 through 24 and must have competed in previous All-American races in Akron.
QUALIFYING: Participants become eligible to compete in the FirstEnergy AASBD World Championship by winning their Local Race or by accumulating points in the Rally Program. The Local Race is an annual race held in an AASBD licensed city. The winner of a Local Race is called a “Local Champion” and is eligible to compete in the FirstEnergy AASBD World Championship against other Local Champions. The Rally Program allows participants to earn points by racing in various Rally Races throughout the twelve “Rally Regions” into which the United States is divided. A participant in this program races to win a “Rally Regional Title.” A winner of a Rally Regional Title is considered a “Rally Champion” and is eligible to compete in the FirstEnergy AASBD World Championship against other Rally Champions.