Brother, sister win soap box derby honors

Published 9:54 am Tuesday, June 21, 2016


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two soap box derby drivers made history at a South Charleston track when they became the first brother and sister to win a local championship in their individual division on the same day.

Noah Thomas, of Hurricane, West Virginia, won his first race of the season when he captured the regional local championship trophy in the stock division. Dakota Thomas, also of Hurricane, and a past regional local champion in the stock division and winner of more than 50 rally races and other titles, also won the regional local championship trophy in the super stock division.

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The Regional Local Championship Race of the All-American Soap Box Derby was recently ran with Ohio and West Virginia racers eligible to participate in South Charleston, West Virginia.

The duo earned a starting position for the World Championship Finals in their respective division. They will compete with more than 100 drivers in each division for the world championship title that includes university scholarship awards and other prizes.

The All-American Soap Box Derby World Finals Championship Race will be run in Akron, on July 16.

Noah and Dakota are the children of Duane and Jennifer Thomas, and Ronald Thomas, of Ironton.