Souderton hosts Soap Box Derby

Sunday, June 15, 2008

By Bob Keeler


Way to go guys. Way to go.

Of course, Yvette Crose’s favorite driver in the recent Indian Valley Soap Box Derby was her son, Hunter.

But that doesn’t mean he was the only one she cheered for. Far from it.

As the drivers crossed the finish line, each of them got a cheer from Crose.

They need to hear that down here, that they’e doing a great job, whether they win or lose, Crose said.

Family members cheering for the drivers were often up the hill at the start of the race on Main Street, Souderton, she said, but the racers also deserved a cheer at the end.

During some of the races, she cheered each of the drivers by name, first shouting a cheer for the one, then for the other.

That’s just my personality to cheer for everybody, said Crose, of Newtown.

Nieces Alexa and Cassie Flor were other favorites for Crose, who said the race has a lot of family connections.

I found that this organization is such a great family thing, so I root for everybody, Crose said.

Then came the inevitable in a race with so many family connections cousins Hunter Crose and Cassie Flor racing each other.

Can they both win? Yvette Crose shouted across to the race announcer’s trailer on the other side of Main Street, but was told that couldn’t happen.

Hunter took the first run down the hill, with Cassie taking the second and being the winner of that heat. She later followed up by outriding other competitors to become one of this year’s Indian Valley overall winners.

But as Hunter and Cassie crossed the finish line in their heat, there was Yvette Crose, flashing two thumbs up and cheering, Way to go Hunter. Way to go Cass.

The Indian Valley race, held the first Saturday of June each year, had 67 drivers this year, with two districts in each of the stock and super stock divisions.

The stock division has drivers ages 8 to 13 with cars and drivers weighing a combined 200 pounds and the super stock division has drivers ages 10 to 17 with cars and drivers weighing a combined 230 pounds.

This year’s super stock winners, Patrick Pike and Madalyn Slook, each moved up a notch after having taken second place in that category last year. Pike is a Pennridge North Middle School student. Slook is an Indian Valley Middle School student. The win is Patrick Pike’s second in Souderton, where he was a 2004 winner in the stock division.

This year’s stock division winners were Cassie Flor, a Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School student, and Tyler Fleck, a Margaret M. Seylar Elementary student.

Oliver Miller, a Penn View Christian School student, is this year’s winner of the Courtney Isabella Sportsmanship Award.

Racing went well, with no crashes and no problems, race director Ken Fleck said.

With temperatures in the high 90s, though, there had to be some adjustments for the heat, such as putting in a protective layer between steel weights and drivers.

We had a couple incidents where the kids had to cover the seat weights with shirts or a towel, Fleck said.

Other moves to battle the heat included mist-making equipment at the end of the race, provided by Perseverance Volunteer Fire Company of Souderton, whose volunteers gave drivers and their cars a ride back to the starting line for the next round.

Sitecats Web Design and the former CJ Miller vacuum cleaner store near the starting line were not open on race day, but decided to open their doors to give racers a place to go to cool down in air conditioning between races, Fleck said.