Tucker and Thayne rule the 25th Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby

56 Drivers competed in the stock and super stock divisions at the 25th annual Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby and when the racing was over at Partin Park a local boy and an out-of-towner each earned a trip to Akron, Ohio for the All-American Soap Box Derby in July.

Tucker Copeland, who attends Toombs County Middle School, and Thayne Hayes from Summerville, South Carolina won the super stock and stock divisions respectively. Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby Archive

In a field of 14 drivers in the super stock  division, Copeland defeated Alexie Carroll, who has been to Akron, in the championship round. Carroll won phase one by .333 seconds and Copland rallied in the second phase and won by .371 giving him a margin of victory of .038 seconds. Kassidy Montford, who was a Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby Queen last year, placed third.

Tucker Copeland takes phase to by .371 seconds
Tucker Copeland (right) takes phase two by .371 seconds
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Tucker Copeland and his Allcare Pharmacy car
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From left- 2nd place finisher Alexie Carroll, race director Michael Williamson, super stock winner Tucker Copeland, Derby Queen Megan Dukes and 3rd place finisher Kassidy Montford

Haynes, who has been racing for years with a lot of success, had never earned a trip to Akron until his second trip to Lyons. He participated in a rally race, but, like all the racers, had never competed on the newly repaved track with the 6-foot starters ramp. In a field of 40 stock drivers, Thane defeated Cassidy Martin by .o63 seconds. Cassidy won the phase one by .160 and Thane took phase two by a .223 second margin. Thane’s younger brother, Cayson, finished  third.

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Thayne Hayes (left) wins phase two by .223 seconds
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Thayne Hayes and his Blue Streak Racing car
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From left- second place finisher Cassidy Martin, Michael Williamson, stock winner Thayne Hayes, Megan Dukes and Cayson Hayes.

The first Southeast Georgia Soap Derby staged a Partin Park was deemed a success by race director Michael Williamson and the competitors all liked the course and the setting.