Girls Beat Boys in Soap-Box Derby

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I am girl-driver, hear me roar


Don't tell 10-year-old Sarah Whitaker it's a man's world. Or Megan Thornton, or Maija Liimatainen or Megan Hydutsky. The young soap-box racers muscled their way past the boys to take four of six championships at the 72 All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday, according to the Associated Press and FoxNews.com.

All-American Soap-Box Derby

    Sarah Whitaker of Norton, Ohio is greeted by All-American Soap-Box Derby President Jim Huntsman and Bruce Hunsicker after winning the stock division championship at the 72nd annual All-American Soap-Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, July 2009.

    Tom E. Puskar, AP

    Tara Casey of Lehigh Valley, Pa., David Kolek of Northampton, Mass., and Kelsey Moores of Hopkinsville, Ky., cross the finish line in their stock division heat race.

    Tom E. Puskar, AP

    Tim Fleck of Perkasie, Pa. takes the checked flag at to win the rally stock division championship.

    Tom E. Puskar, AP

    Megan Hydutsky of Pottstown, Pa. celebrates her victory in the rally masters division championship at the 72nd annual All-American Soap-Box Derby.

    Tom E. Puskar, AP

    Maija Liimatainen of Madison, Wis. climbs from her car after winning the super stock division championship.

    Tom E. Puskar, AP

    Megan Thornton of Strongsville, Ohio is greeted by her mother, Andrea Thornton, as she climbs from her car after winning the masters division championship.

    Tom E. Puskar, AP

    Spectators watch as Jordan Magnuson, of Valley City, N.D. and Taylor Byers of Tallahassee, Fla., race down the track during their stock division heat race at the 72nd annual All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

    Tom E. Puskar, AP



Battling occasional wind gusts and a light drizzle, hometown girl Whitaker claimed the Stock Division title before a crowd of some 16,000 soap-box fans. The win makes her the 15th Akron-area resident to do so in the race's history and the 15th member of her family to race in the national Stock Car finals, reported Ohio.com.

On a racetrack where soap-box cars decorated in pink flowers ruled, Thornton, of Cleveland, Ohio, took the Masters Division; Liimatainen, of Madison, Wis., won Super Stock; and Hydutsky, of Pottstown, Pa., won Rally Masters. The boys did their part: Tyler Fleck, of Perkasie, Pa., became the Rally Stock champion and Alex Seither, of Mason, Ohio, won the Rally Super Stock title.

Nearly 600 drivers from five countries and 34 states competed in this year's finals.


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