FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown


Derby Spotlight - Bob Ballard 08.24.2017 Bob Ballard was born to be an engineer. The moment he set foot on the Derby track his fate was aligned. Even at a young age, Bob found that building, designing, testing and engineering Soap Box Derby cars intrigued him. His racing lead him to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering; a second degree in electrical engineering would soon follow. Read More New Rule and Car Plan Changes For 2017-2018 AASBD Racing Season 08.24.2017 The International Soap Box Derby announced rule changes and car plan changes that will go into effect immediately for the 2017-2018 All-American Soap Box Derby racing season. Read More 2018 Openings On The Racing Commission and A-Team 08.17.2017 The FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Racing Commission is looking for new members for the 2018 racing season.

Applications for the Racing Commission and A-Team are being accepted from the public until October 1, 2017. Elections will be held electronically in October.
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Soap Box Derby Champion Cayson Hayes will appear on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" on Wednesday, August 2 08.01.2017 Nine-year-old Cayson Hayes of Summerville, S,C., who won the world championship title in the local Stock division in the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby here on July 22, will be a guest on the nationally syndicated television program “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Cayson and his family are traveling to New York City, where he...
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Derby Spotlight- Jenn Baugher 07.24.2017 Jenn Baugher grew up in Akron, Ohio beginning her Soap Box Derby racing career in 1992 at the age of eight. She was the first and only member of her family to take part in the sport. By participating in the Derby, it allowed Jenn to become closer to her father, an engineer who enjoyed helping her build her Stock and Super Stock Derby cars. Jenn’s already existing interest in cars paired with her father’s engineering insight helped lead her to the STEM career field she works in today! Read More The Graphite Kid Returns To Derby Downs 07.19.2017 Gilbert (Gil) Klecan, of San Diego, Calif., the 1946 world champion of the All-American Soap Box Derby, will serve as Grand Marshal of Saturday’s pre-race parade at the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby. Klecan, 85, is returning to Derby Downs for the first time since the 50th anniversary race in 1987. Read More Soap Box Derby Partners With Eaton Corporation For The Eaton Local Challenge During The 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship 07.12.2017 The International Soap Box Derby announced today that it has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Eaton Corporation.

The Eaton Corporation will be the presenting sponsor of the Local Challenge race during the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship. The Eaton Local Challenge will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 starting at 7:30 a.m. and only local champions from the Stock, Super Stock and Masters divisions will compete.
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Derby Spotlight- Shannon Hoffman 06.24.2017 “I enjoyed chemistry because it has always amazed me how tiny interactions that are way too small to see are so critical to every aspect of life.”

The above quote is the wise words of Shannon Hoffman. While reading, we wonder about the decisions we make in life and the people we interact with—how do they shape our future. Shannon currently attends the University of Dayton where she studies Chemical Engineering. It was her thoughts on the tiny particles of life making us who we are that motivated her to pursue a career in Engineering...
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Creative Designs of Cars In United Way Corporate Derby Challenge presented by Fallsway Equipment Company will be unveiled at Derby Downs Party on Thursday, July 13 06.21.2017 Read More Thank You Thursday - Swensons 06.15.2017 In 1934 the first official All-American Soap Box Derby race was held. Also in 1934 Wesley T. “Pop” Swenson opened the first Swensons drive in fast food location in Akron, Ohio. The restaurant chain, with its iconic running car-hops, now has seven locations in the Akron area. Read More