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2021 Local Race schedule for June 5, 2021.  

Registration deadline is May 20, 2021.  Racing will be held at the Baldwin Drive Track in Madisonville.  Please contact Alicia Terry 270-836-4491 to register.  For more information - click on the Local Race tab.


2020 Local Race cancelled due to Covid 19 virus.  AASBD cancels 2020 World Championships - first time since WWII.


Cash Chappell and Levi West win 2019 Local Race

On June 1, 2019, the Pennyrile Soap Box Derby hosted their 11th annual Local Race for area children in two divisions - Stock and Super Stock.  There were 24 racers competing for the title.  Cash Chappell (8 yrs old-Providence, KY) took the Local Stock win and Levi West (13 yrs old - Hanson, KY) took first the super-stock class.  Both racers qualfied to race at the 2019 World Championships.

STOCK FINISHERS:  2nd - Katelyn Salley; 3rd - LeAnn Sallley

SUPER STOCK FINISHERS:  2nd - Morgan Buntin; 3rd Bruce Gilbert

Owensboro Racers produce Soap Box Video for School Project - Great Job!

Landen Watson wins 2018 World Rally Super Stock title

Landen Watson, 14 yr. old, from Madisonville became Pennyrile Soap Box Derby Association's second World Champion!  Landen pulled out a narrow victory over his Ohio competitor by .008 seconds to take First Place.  This was Landen's second year to compete in Akron at the championships.  PSBDA also congratulates Hannah Salley for taking 2nd Place in the 2018 World Local Super Stock race.  This was Hannah's first year to compete in Akron.  She did an outstanding job making it to the championship round.  Lukas Ramey (2015 World Rally Stock Champion) was the third shining soap box star by placing 3rd in the 2018 World Rally Masters division.  Luke held the lead until the last hash mark and lost by a small margin of .031 seconds.  Levi West was the 2018 National Points Champion - overall with 258 points.  Levi also made it to the Top 6 in the Rally Challenge Race during Race Week.  Morgan Buntin did an outstanding job in the Carhartt stock car.  She fell a little short this year, but there is always next year.  Congrats to all our fantastic kids - you made us proud!! 

If you would like to watch the race, please go to You Tube and search "81st All-American Soap Box Derby Race".  This is the Saturday race only.  The Challenge Races held on Tuesday and Wednesday of Race Week are not streamed live or recorded by You Tube.


City of Madisonville announces Proclamation - August 6, 2018 - "Madisonville Soap Box Day"


Morgan Buntin (Stock) and Hannah Salley (Super Stock) took first place finishes in the Local Soap Box Derby Race on June 2, 2018. 

Also, congratulations go to our 2018 Rally Race qualifiers - Levi West - National Points Champion (all rally division) and Region 12 Points Leader (Stock Division); Lukas Ramey (Masters) 4th National Points/ 3rd Region 12 Points; Morgan Buntin - (Stock) and Landen Watson (Super Stock)

We look forward to seeing all our champions in Akron for Race Week July 15 - 22!  GOOD LUCK!!

iSurf Hopkins County for race result information.

CONGRATULATIONS - 2018 Winner of UK Tickets

J.R. Bone of Madisonville, Kentucky, was the lucky winner of (2) tickets to the UK vs. Tennessee game to be held on February 6, 2017, at Rupp Arena plus a $100 Gift Card.  Thanks to everyone that purchased a raffle ticket.  We appreciate your support of our race programs!

2017 Pumpkin Roll Rally Race - October 21-22


Congratulations, Racers!  Results: 

Stock (Saturday Double) - Morgan Buntin 1st, Connor Bledsoe 2nd, Addison Locher 3rd, Levi West 4th
Stock ( Saturday Single - Morgan Buntin 1st, , Christopher Morgan 2nd, Brayden Locher 3rd, Levi West 4th

Stock (Sunday Double) - Morgan Buntin 1st, Connor Bledsoe 2nd, Christopher Morgan 3rd, Levi West 4th

Stock (Sunday Single) - Morgan Buntin 1st, Connor Bledsoe 2nd, Addison Locher 3rd, Brayden Locher 4th

Super (Saturday Double) Halee Jo McDaniel 1st, Lane Schlafke 2nd, Phoebe Ward 3rd, Josh Ostrander

Super (Saturday Single) Audrey Rains 1st, Lane Schlafke 2nd, Landen Watson 3rd, Phoebe Ward 4th

Super (Sunday Double) Lindsey Bledsoe 1st,Landen Watson 2nd, Lane Schlafke 3rd, Josh Ostrander 4th

Super (Sunday Single) Audrey Rains 1st, Halee Jo McDaniel 2nd, Phoebe Ward 3rd, Josh Ostrander 4th

 Masters (Saturday Double) Jeanette Harris 1st, Callie Elder 2nd, Chase Schlafke 3rd, Lawson Elder 4th

                                            Lukas Ramey 5th

Masters (Saturday Single) Lawson Elder 1st, Chase Schlafke 2nd, Callie Elder 3rd, Hannah Salmon 4th

                                            Lukas Ramey 5th

Masters (Sunday Double) Jeanette Harris 1st, Callie Elder 2nd, Lawson Elder 3rd, Hannah Salmon 4th

                                           Lukas Ramey 5th

Masters (Sunday Single)  Jeanette Harris 1st, Lawson Elder 2nd, Callie Elder 3rd, Hannah Salmon 4th

                                          Lukas Ramey 5th

Masters (Sunday Single)  Jeanette Harris 1st, Lawson Elder 2nd, Callie Elder 3rd, Hannah Salmon 4th

                                          Lukas Ramey 5th

AKRON BOUND 2017 - See iSurf story on local Soap Box Champs

 2017 Local Champions

Congratulations to our 2017 Local Champions in the Stock and Super-Stock Divisions (See "Photos" for group pictures.  Thank you to all volunteers that work at Impound, Banquet and Race.  It was as great week!  Way to go champions!!!


  • 1st - Levi West 
  • 2nd -Kathlyn Eison
  • 3rd - Aiden Knight
  • 4th - Morgan Buntin
  • 1st - Landen Watson
  • 2nd - Bruce Gilbert
  • 3rd - Hannah Salley
  • 4th - Jack Wagoner
RALLY DIVISION - Lukas Ramey - Masters/ 200 Point Club
Thank you to iSurf for their coverage of Soap Box Derby Racing!

CONGRATULATIONS - 2017 Winner of UK Tickets

Brett Armstong of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was the lucky winner of (2) tickets to the UK vs. South Carolina game to be held on January 21, 2017, at Rupp Arena plus a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency.  Thanks to everyone that purchased a raffle ticket.  We appreciate your support!



We had a great turnout and great weather for our Fall race weekend.  The PSBDA hosted our annual Super Kids Race on Friday, October 14th and our fall rally race on Saturday and Sunday.  We had 11 Super Kids to participate this year.  Our winner was Geoffrey Bailey. The Hopkins County Board of Realtors helped with the operation of the race.  We appreciate all the volunteers coming out to Baldwin Drive for this special event.  For more information on the race and photos, see their Facebook page or Coldwell Bankers.

Our Pumpkin Roll Rally race brought approximately 40 race families to Madisonville, KY.  The fall weather was perfect. Race Director, Bill Farrell, did an outstanding job planning and preparating for the race.  He single-handedly put together trophies, rounded up pumpkins, haybails, mums, designed t-shirts and mowed the grounds around the track for the event.  Bill photographed each racer with their car in front of "fall backdrop" and presented the racers with a copy on Sunday.  Bill also organized a cookout after the Saturday races at the track and added a "haunted trail" for the kids to enjoy.  Bill does an outstanding job as race director for the Pennyrile Soap Box Derby.  Congratulations to those who earned a trophy this weekend and appreciate everyone that attended our race.

For more information, I have included the web news link for the races from iSurf Kentucky.

Super Kids Race:

Pumpkin Roll Race:  

What's New - GOOD LUCK Region 12 Champions at the 2016 World Championships in Akron!! 

Live streaming is available on Saturday, July 16, 2016, starting around 8:00a.m.  Stay connected through the following:

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2016 Local Race Winners 

The following racers won their respective divisions in the Madisonville Local Race held June 11, 2016.  The Local Race is a sanctioned All-American Soap Box Derby Race.  All three have qualified to participate at the World Championships in Akron, Ohio, during Race Week July 10 - 16th.

             Christopher Morgan 8 yrs (Stock) Dawson Springs, KY - sponsored by Ron's Auto Body

             Clay England 10 yrs (Super-Stock) Madisonville, KY - sponsored by Farmers Bank & Trust 

             Lukas Ramey  11 yrs (Masters) Hanson, KY - sponsored by Douglas A. Ramey, Attorney

Luke Ramey (Region 12) Masters Rally Points Leader and 200 Points Club

Luke started the Masters Division in August, 2015.  After a challenging 2015-2016 season, he managed to accummalate enough points through first place finishes in Chattanooga and Charleston to become Rally Points Leader.  Luke accummalated 203 points and is ranked 3rd in the national standings in the masters division.  Luke will receive awards for his accomplishments at the 2016 World Championship in Akron. 

As an All-American Soap Box Derby race requirement, Luke participated in the 2016 Madisonville Local Race and took first place in the Masters Division.  This win moves him from competing in the Rally Division at the World Championships to the Local Division. 

Facebook is the place for race news!

We are now on Facebook under "Madisonville Soap Box Derby" thanks to Jordan Moores.  Jordan is a former Local and Rally Champion.  She has worked to set up the site with current race information and photos.  We will keep all our race dates and news available on both sites.  Please take a look and give us a "Like".  Many thanks to Jordan.

Lukas Ramey takes 1st in Chattanooga

Lukas Ramey takes 1st place in the Masters Division at the Chattanooga Soap Box "Scenic City" Gobbler race over Thanksgiving weekend.  Ramey along with approximately 45 racers from New York to Florida celebrated the holiday racing.  Kentucky was well represented by taking 2 other first place finishes in the Masters Division, 1st place in the Super Stock and 2nd place in stock from Owensboro and Bowling Green racers.  Ramey started the Masters Division in August, 2015, after winning the World Championship in the stock division. Ramey was also interviewed by ABC Television-Chattanooga.  See attached link:    



Dale Salmon and daughter, Hannah, (Super-Stock) from Owensboro are featured in the video.  Dale is providing the narration on the video.  Great job describing why we enjoy racing!


PSBDA Raffle Winner - Krissy Ramey!

Congratulations to Krissy Ramey of Paducah, Kentucky, for winning the Pennyrile Soap Box Derby raffle.  Krissy won tickets to the UK Boys Basketball game scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, 2016, against Missouri and a stay at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington following the game.  We appreciate everyone who donated to our fundraiser this year.  All proceeds will be used for track maintenance, derby racing education and upcoming race events in May and June, 2016. 




On Saturday, July 25, 2015, the first Kentuckian to cross the finishline in 78 years was Lukas Ramey, 11 yr old. of Hanson, Kentucky,   He won the stock division by .019 against another fellow Kentuckian, Chase Schlafke of Glasgow, Kentucky.  Following Luke came Tyler Peterson of Bowling Green, Kentucky, winning the Super Stock division.  Kelsey Settles of Owensboro, Kentucky, followed the guys for a win in the Masters division.   The news rang from coast to coast.  Local Evansville station carried the story, see:

The trio has been honored by the Warren County Fiscal Court in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the City of Madisonville City Council, and featured in the Owensboro Living magazine. The upcoming edition of Kentucky Living will feature the champions.  Kentucky should be proud! 

Luke Ramey follows two other local racers who have had amazing finishes on the World Championship track - in 2013 Alex Terry took 2nd in the Super Stock Division at the World Rally Challenge during race week along with Hannah Moore, who finished 7th in the All-American World Championship in the super-stock division


2015 Local Champions

Mathew Miller - Masters                                Slade Woodward - Super Stock

Jake Gillette - Stock

Lukas Ramey - Stock Rally Champion (Region 12 Points Leader/200 Point Club)


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