Shawna Hutcheson wins the Super Kids Division in Akron

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Shawna Hutcheson’s car (right) crosses the finish line first

The Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby has been sending competitors to Akron, Ohio for All American Soap Box Derby for 25 years. However, it took a first time competitor, in a first time event for a Lyons racer, to bring home a national championship. Shawna Hutcheson was the first Southeast Georgia youngster to compete in the Super Kids race and with her teammate, from Youngstown, Ohio, she won won the final heat by a slim margin to win the national championship.

National Super Kids Classic
1 – Shawna Hutcheson, Lyons, GA
2 – Collin Caldwell, LeSage, WV

Shawna, who is entering the seventh grade at Toombs County Middle School, was thrilled to win her big trophy on the big hill. “It was very exciting,” Hutcheson said. “It was a little scary (the big hill). There were more people there than I thought there would be racing against me, but I made new friends.” Shawna said this was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to her and she would like to experience it again. “I am going to try and win again next year. I can come back every year until I am eighteen.”

Listen to Shawna talk about her big Saturday in Akron.

 

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Shawna Hutcheson (left) slows down after winning her national championship

This trip to Akron was the most successful in Southeast Georgia Soap Box history. Tucker Copeland won a heat in the Super Stock Division and Southeast Georgia Race Director Michael Williamson was named the “Race Director of the Year” for the second straight  year and the city of Lyons was awarded the “Race City Organization of the year”.

Listen to Michael Williamson talk about the best trip to Akron for the Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby contingent.

 

LANE CAR STATE PLACE TIME
1 Brooke Roth (123) NY 2nd 29.797
2 Clayton Fogler (165) NY 3rd 29.801
3 Tucker Copeland (124) GA 1st 29.710 Advances to Heat 554, Lane 1

Tucker lost in Heat 554 by the slimmest of margins- .013

LANE CAR STATE PLACE TIME
1 Tucker Copeland (124) GA 2nd 29.667
3 Chassidy Oatman (197) OH 1st 29.654 Advances to Heat 563, Lane 3

Other results involving local drivers

LANE CAR STATE PLACE TIME
1 Alesia McGhee (383) MO 3rd 29.911
2 Saleta Nichols (330) MD 1st 29.828 Advances to Heat 651, Lane 1
3 Thayne Hayes (323) GA 2nd 29.895

LANE CAR STATE PLACE TIME
1 Hunter Hawkins (616) MO 3rd 29.757
2 Cole Williamson (612) GA 2nd 29.707
3 Matthew Gajraj (613) FL 1st 29.623 Advances to Heat 224, Lane 3

LANE CAR STATE PLACE TIME
1 Cassidy Martin (713) GA 3rd 29.755
2 Cayson Hayes (714) SC 2nd 29.714
3 Kelsey Van Waart (745) NE 1st 29.709 Advances to Heat 322, Lane 1