The local Cub Scouts of Troop 55 had an exciting day on Saturday February 6, 2010 as they met at the First United Methodist Church to race their pinewood derby cars! Much anticipation and enthusiasm was evident in the boys and their families as they could hardly wait to submit their handcrafted, painted, and polished works of art for the big race of the day. Each boy presented their cars for an official weigh-in as they were checked into the racing lineup. Moments later, they eagerly watched and cheered as their very own cars flew down the track toward victory! The Tiger, Wolf, and Webelos packs all joined in the fun as they raced against one another as packs, and then the top finishers of each pack raced in the derby finals against one another.
Jackson Nelson took top honors with a sleek and shiny car named "The Batmobile", followed by AJ Paredez, with a blazing truck he called "Big Red", and Matthew Burkhart rounded out the top three with his car named "Black Lightning". In addition to the overall winners, the 1st through 3rd place winners in each pack included: Tiger Cubs – Justin Beck, Landon Short, and Christian Van Bibber, for the Wolf Cubs – Jackson Nelson, Joshua Whitley, and James Whitley, and for the Webelos – AJ Paredez, Matthew Burkhart, and Ernie Rogers. Certificates were also given to each participant for various categories of race cars. Cub Scouts also participating in the event were: Clayton Pierce, Dalton Pierce, Jay Short, Destin Kimball, Michael Miles, TJ Grant, Enrique Davila, Skyler Crawford, JT Moreno, Daniel Herrera, Tommy Galindo, Risien Shahan, Polo Davila, Jeremiah Jimenez, Westin Lackey, and Connor Harris.
This was a tune-up event for the regional pinewood derby race to be held in Brownwood, Texas on February 20, 2010, where Cub Scouts will converge to prove they have the fastest car of the entire region. We want to express our thanks to Randall Hawkins and the Troop 55 Boy Scouts for setting up the track for the Cub Scouts to enjoy for the day. If you perhaps know one of the Cub Scouts mentioned above, take a moment and ask him about his car this year. Be careful though, the pride and boasting may last for awhile from these boys (and their proud parents), who were no doubt proud of their own artistry and handiwork, which was fully displayed at this year’s derby!