Soap Box Derby crowns four champions

For the first time in the derby’s 19-year history, a driver — Dayton LeBlanc — achieved the triple crown


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  • This year’s 2018 Champs, from left: Lucy McDermott, Molly McKerrell, Dylan LeBlanc, Dayton LeBlanc (Photo provided)




  • 2018 Masters Division Top 4 (Photo provided)




  • 2018 Stock Division Top 4 (Photo provided)




  • 2018 Super Kids Division Top 4 (Photo provided)




  • 2018 Super Stock Division Top 4 (Photo provided)




  • All the drivers pose for a photo (Photo provided)




  • Hiromi gets ready to race (Photo provided)




— The 19th annual Port Jervis Soap Box Derby crowned four champs on June 10.

Twelve-year old Dylan LeBlanc, 13-year old Molly McKerrell, 15-year old Dayton LeBlanc and 10-year old Lucy McDermott will all go on to represent Port Jervis in the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, in late July.

For the first time in the derby’s 19-year history, a driver achieved the triple crown. Dayton LeBlanc, who won in the masters division, has also won in both the stock and super stock divisions in years past. This achievement in the gravity racing sport that is very rare. “I can’t believe I did it," Dayton said. "It feels amazing!”

Another first for the Port Jervis event was that this year had an international flare. This year’s derby hosted it’s first-ever foreign driver, exchange student, Hiromi Nishimura, who drove in the super stock division.

This year’s derby was sponsored by several local businesses and organizations including the City of Port Jervis, Tri-State Drywall and Acoustical, Cornerstone Healthcare, the Port Jervis Outdoor Club and the YMCA Camp of New York.

Three Scholarships were also awarded on derby day. The Elizabeth Ashley “Boo” Bisland Memorial Scholarship Fund financed three $1000 awards to past drivers who are graduating this year and are going on to post-secondary education. Scholarships were awarded to Shannon Klotz, Heath Hoovler and Jessica Williams.

Results This year’s race results:

Super Stock

2018 Champion — Molly McKerrell

Second Place — Penny Jones

Third Place — Jillian Talmadge

Fourth Place — Moira Griffin

Super Kids 2018 Champion — Lucy McDermott

Second Place — Erin Brown

Third Place — Rylin Marshall

Fourth Place — Cody Eisenring

Masters 2018 Champion — Dayton LeBlanc

Second Place — Shannon Klotz

Third Place — Sabrina Hendricks

Fourth Place — Abby Ehlers

Stock 2018 Champion — Dylan LeBlanc

Second Place — Mason McKerrell

Third Place — Nicholas Bisland

Fourth Place — Olivia Hedges









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