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Pennyrile Soap Box Derby Association, Inc.

The Local Race program is held once a year and is restricted to children living in particular city or area. Madisonville will hold its local race in June.  The winner in each division will qualify to race at the World Championships in Akron, Ohio.    The Rally Race program is a series of races held all over the United States and other countries from August 1st each year to the following May 31st of the next year.  During the designated race season, the racers accumulate points in hopes to qualify for the World Championships.  The top 5 -6 point earners from each of the 12 regions are chosen to compete.  We are in Region 12 which includes Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina.

There are normally four races held during a weekend, two (2) on each day for three (3) car divisions – stock, super stock and masters.  Registration will opens at 7:00 a.m. and racing starts at approximately 8:30 a.m. each day and usually ends late afternoon. 

The Super Kids race programs are for those children with special needs.  They are partner with an experienced driver to compete in a two-person car.  These races are held once a year during the in October.  The winner of the annual Super Kids race also qualifies to compete in Akron.

Soap Box Derby racing is more that a sport.  It exposes children to the educational concepts regarding aerodynamics, weight distribution, math, gravity and sportsmanship from this competitive activity.  It isn’t just pointing the car toward the finish line.  They have a coach who has studied the track and the child relies on advice to drive each lane based on weather conditions.  The goal is to reach the finish line with the fastest time which may not always be a straight line.  Physics and geometry collide sometimes.

Mission Statement

PSBDAcontinues to promote the values of sportsmanship, friendship, and community involvement that originated with Soapbox Derby in 1934. Youth and their families have a unique opportunity to work together as a unit spending quality time trying to achieve a common goal. Children are introduced to aspects of science and technological concepts that apply to building and racing soapbox derby cars.


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.