Pinewood racers hit the track


February 16, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Jeremy Waldman took home the top prize Sunday in the annual Cub Scout Pack 55 Pinewood Derby.
Waldman was followed by Kaleb Catterson in second, Will Bath in third and Skyler Suchy in fourth.
The derby featured races from Tiger, Wolf, Bear and WEBELOS Scout troops as well as an outlaw division.
Winners in those groups: Tigers — 1. Zane Griffeth, 2. Suchy, 3. Damian Fulton; Wolf — 1. Royce Smith, 2. Travis King, 3. Michael Young; Bear — 1. Waldman, 2. Catterson, 3. Spencer Ames; WEBELOS — 1. Bath, 2. Ryan Eyster, 3. Nathan Sprague; Outlaw — 1. Andrew Waldman, 2. Tori Smith, 3. John Muhl.
Awards were handed out in recognition of the craftsmanship used to create the race cars out of small pine blocks.
Those awards: most colorful car, Guiseppe Mangrella; most creative, Braden Wiggins; most humorous, Alec Sager; best paint job Catterson, Fulton, Young and Coury Sager; overall paint job, Sean Lewis, King and Bath.
Sunday’s race, in the fish pond area at Allen County Community College, marked the inaugural event for Pack 55’s new racetrack.
Scouts sold Luther’s Jerky at Farm-City Days and traveled to Coffeyville before Christmas to wrap gifts in a pair of fund raisers. Several businesses also donated, as did Richard Muhl, whose son, John, is a former Cub Scout. John Muhl, now a Boy Scout, raced in the outlaw division.
All told, the Scouts raised the necessary $1,600 to purchase the track and necessary software, capable of telling Scouts their cars’ speed.
In previous years, Pack 55 was forced to borrow a track from a Chanute Cub Scout troop.

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