Centennial Soap Box Racers Take First Place at Sertoma Derby
Soap Box Derby Drivers took over the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds last weekend near Centennial. Racing season begins as soon as the school year ends for the young participants. The eighth annual Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby was the highlight of the events that took place. The winner will continue to the World Championship finals in July.
Sertoma has sponsored the event for eight years to help people with speech and hearing disabilities. Previously held in Littleton, the race has become so popular that they had to move it to the fairgrounds.
One of the volunteers from Sertoma Diane Oppenheim said that the fairgrounds benefit a great deal from the annual event. “That was our longtime goal,” she said in the Centennial Citizen article, “to get a permanent place to block off the street.”
In the soap box race there are two weight classes: stock cars, which weigh 200 pounds, and super stock cars, which weigh 230 pounds. According to the article, drivers race in heats consisting of two one-on-one races. Racers swap two wheels with their competitors before phase one of each heat and then swap all four wheels before phase two of each heat.
Coming out in first place was first-year racer Camden Martin, 10, who won the super stock division. Taking the lead in the stock car division were siblings AJ Sipres, 8, and Chaelyn Sipres, 11, that were close, but Chaelyn took first.