FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

Portage County 2023 - Halloween Race

09/30/2023 - 10/01/2023
All American Derby Downs, 789 Derby Downs, Akron OH 44306

Race City: Portage County
Race Date(s): Saturday, September 30, 2023 & Sunday, October 1, 2023

Rain Date: N/A
Divisions: Stock, Super Stock, and Masters
Race Fee: 4 races is $100 dollars (applies to all racers)Each race is $35 for the double and single if not pre-registered or racing 3 or less races (also prices apply if you don’t start all races after paying for 4).No other family discounts will be available.
Contact Person: Vickie Beck 330-388-8200, email; Race Director - Dale Smutny 330-518-9981,  email
Location of Track: All American Derby Downs, 789 Derby Downs, Akron OH 44306

There is a limit of 16 cars per division..

Pre-Registration will be requested due to limited fields. Please contact Vickie Beck or Dale Smutny. For any fields where we reach our limits, you will be put on a waiting list.   

We will be holding our Halloween race and between the Double and single elimination Race on Saturday, we will pause to allow time some Pit n' Treat as well as a costume judging contest and pit decorating contest (TIME can change depending on race progress)

There will be prizes for best decorated pit as well as a costume contest. 

Please remember to bring treats!

We hope to see you there!

 There will be concessions available for purchase at the track on both race days!

Registration opens Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 am and closes at 8:00 am.

Scales will be open at 7:00 am for official weights.

There will be a Max 15lb Tail Weight Limit for Stock and Super Stock. New 5lb max tail to be enforced for Masters.

Please see below for a list of the Rules to be followed during the race:

We are looking to make sure the race is run quickly and efficiently.  Please note the rules about the calling of tickets and heading to the trailers.  

All American Soap Box Derby Rules will apply:

  1. No lubricants, other than lighter fluid are permitted on the spindles.
  2. No spinning of the wheels after the driver’s meeting.
  3. Working on cars is permitted between heats, not between phases. However, it cannot delay the race and when a driver is called they need to report to get tickets.
  4. All drivers must maintain race position (as weighed), no ducking, shifting of weight or movement in the cars while on the track from the moment the paddles are dropped until the crossing of the finish line.
  5. There will be no coaching of the drivers after the paddles are dropped. Any and all guidance to take place prior to the paddle drop. First offense is a warning, second is a forfeit.
  6. No rags on the ramps.  Wiping of the wheels are permitted prior to the cars being placed on the ramps.
  7. Cars are to be set in the ramps, rear of the car is to be set (no touching or setting of the wheels). Drivers are to then get in the car.  There will be NO rocking of the cars.
  8.  Cars must maintain in the lane during race and in runout (if more than two wheels cross in either area – DQ [no warning given]) for the heat.  Hitting of the guardrail or timers is a DQ for the heat. Any damage to wheels, you will be responsible for that person’s wheels.
  9. When cars are stopped in runout, please expedite getting the drivers out of the cars and cars off of the track so we can get the cars down the track as quickly as possible.
  10. Drivers will be called twice for their cars.  If you are called a third time you will forfeit that heat. We will not wait for you to get your ticket.  There will be a time limit between getting tickets and when arriving at the trailers.
  11. All wheels must remain on the cars between the heats and not be removed prior to the wheel swaps.
  12. Smoking is not permitted near the pits or under the pavilion, it must be done near on the other side of the road or by the port-a- johns at the top away from the drivers.
  13. Wheel swap will be 2-4-2 progressive. If you are leaving and need to get your wheels.  You will need to make sure that you don’t just take your set of wheels. You need to make sure the other driver is there and you give the other driver a set of wheels to replace the ones you are retrieving.  You cannot take a set of wheels that are in the middle of a heat you must wait until the heat is completed.

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