FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

About Us

The Omaha Soap Box Derby:

Omaha was one of the original 34 cities at the first All-American Soap Box Derby in 1934.  Omaha held a local race until 1966.  The race was restarted by the Bellevue Optimist Club in 1979 and raced on Galvin Road (in Bellevue, NE) for 8 years before moving to it's current location at Seymour Smith Park, Omaha, NE. 

Soap box derby is a racing program for girls and boys ages 7 to 21 years old.


2017 Important Dates

All events at the track (Seymour Smith Park, 72nd & Washington, NW Corner)


  • Rookie Free Test Rides (Looking for new drivers)
  • Every Wednesday in May 6-8 pm.
  • Call 402-960-5782 for more information


  • Wednesday, June 7 (Practice runs and scale check) 6-8 pm.
  • Saturday, June 17 (Local mandatory inspections 10-2 pm.)
  • Wednesday, June 21 (Practice runs and scale check) 6-8 pm.
  • Friday, June 23 (Track set-up, practice runs, scale check) 10 am.-8 pm.
  • Saturday, June 24 (Omaha Local Championships) (On site by 7 am.)
  • Sunday, June 25 (Rain out date) (SuperKids) (Awards Presentation) TBA

Three divisional Champs will advance to Akron, Ohio for the 80th All-American SBD on August 22


  • Wednesday, July 5 (Load championship cars for shipment to Akron)


  • Wednesday, September 20 and 27 (Practice runs and scale check) 6-8 pm.
  • Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 1 (Monster Rally)

All-American Monster Points Rally

  • Must be pre-registered by September 27 ( All divisions)
  • Call JVW at 402-960-5782
  • Must come ready to race (Scaled, new brake pad, aligned)
  • Track opens Saturday at 6:30 am.
  • Must be on site and checked in by 7 am. (Ramp drops by 8:30 am.)
  • Saturday (Double elimination followed by single elimination under lights)
  • Halloween activities TBA
  • Sunday, October 1 (Double elimination only) (Stock single consolation TBA)
  • Sunday (On site by 8 am. Ramp drops at 9 am.)











Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.