Soap Box Heroes

Local Derby Gives Kids Chance To Be The ‘Champ’

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Posted: June 16, 2014

Kolby Massarella (near lane) and Shane Buracker head down East Washington Street in Harrisonburg on Saturday during a Super Stock heat of the Rockingham Rotary All-American Soap Box Derby. Winners of the local derby qualified for the national derby held in July In Akron, Ohio. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Kelli Showalter relaxes after bringing her car to a stop after a heat in Saturday’s Rockingham Rotary All-American Soap Box Derby in Harrisonburg. Kelli finished second in the Super Stock division.
Reagan Friend gets instructions from her father, Andy, before a heat in the Stock Division on Saturday afternoon.
Competitors sit near their cars during a group picture on East Washington Street in Harrisonburg on Saturday morning for the 2014 Rockingham Rotary All-American Soap Box Derby.

HARRISONBURG — In a perfect world of competitive sport, we’d all go out on top, best in our class with no room for debate.

Soap box derby racing apparently is that oasis.

On the surface, it…



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