Krajewski drives stock car for PCYDC
Carter Krajewski participated in the Wild West All American Soap Box Derby race in Ogallala Saturday, June 4, driving a car sponsored by the Perkins County Youth Development Club. It is the second in a series of races held in Ogallala from May-September.
The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program that has run nationally since 1934. World Championship Finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Its goals are to teach youngsters basic skills of workmanship, the spirit of competition and the perserverence to finish a project.
Krajewski became interested in racing when he and his parents, Kami and Terry Krajewski attended the Ogallala home show in the spring and visited a booth with members of the Wild West Soapbox Derby Racing Inc.
The Krajewskis began searching for an available car to race, and were thrilled to discover that Perkins County Youth Development Club did not as aof yet have a driver for their car.
Other area cars are sponsored by Midwest Electric, Garry Lawyer, and Rod and Robin Cornelius.
Carter drives in the stock division, for racers age 8-13. Stock cars can accommodate a racer up to approximately 5-foot-3 tall and 125 pounds.
Although the car was already assembled, Carter and his dad were required to attend a clinic at which they disassembled the car and put it back together. This teaches them the regulations and the building of a safe and competitive car.
His first race was held May 7 and 8. He won two out of eight races and gained some valuable experience.
At the June 4 race, Carter was one of 13 out of 35 racers who reached VIP status. This honor requires that participants sell ads and raffle tickets, attend meetings, and pass a car inspection to make sure everything was properly assembled.
The next races are on Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 10-11 at the Wild West Soapbox track just north of Ogallala.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and cheer on the racers.