The CFSB sent 15 cars and drivers to the 75th annual running of the weeklong event that culminated with the running of the World Finals on Saturday, July 21, and when all was said and done, the locals had claimed a Third Place Finish in the Super Stock World Champions by John Gahres and Sanford Derby Park earned the Rally Champs Favorite Race City award for the 9th time in the 12 times the award has been offered.
The 15 cars from the CFSBD were part of the 701 total racers at the event that represented most of the contiguous 48 states and Alaska as well as international entries from Japan, Germany, New Zealand and Canada.
Gahres had run in the 2011 AASBD as a Rally Super Stock Champion from Region 7, but got to move up to the World Championships this year after winning the Super Stock Division at the Local Derby back in May.
The Super Stock Division started with 117 cars and Gahres, who attends Space Coast High School in Cocoa, won four heats, but the 15-year-old got a little out of the groove in the final race and finished a close third in the Championship Heat.
The other two local representatives in the World Championships, Kathryn Lindsey in the Stock Division and Spencer Kostewicz in the Masters Division, both lost in their First Round Heats.
CFSBD had 12 cars representing Division 7, consisting of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, in the associate Rally Derby that attracted 422 entries.
Stock Rally driver Brittany Bisighini, Super Stock Rally driver Dakota Potts and Masters Rally driver Michelle Thiffault each won their first heats before going out in the second round.
Other locals in the Rally Derby were, in Stock Rally _ Haley Dabbs, Dawson Potts, Sean Rich and Zachary Kahler; in Super Stock Rally _ Sirjesim Bomm, Dylan Perry and Tessa Gagne; and in Masters Rally _ Allison Lindsey and Briana Walker.
Here are the individual race results for the Central Florida Soap Box Derby representatives:
First Round _ Tyler Miller, Culpepper, Virginia, 29.15-seconds, defeated Spencer Kostewicz, CFSBD, and Melody Castner, Youngstown, Ohio.
First Round _ John Gahres, CFSBD, 29.49-seconds, defeated Rosina Nero of DuBois, Pennsylvania, and Anthony Poggi of Silverdale, Washington.
Second Round _ John Gahres, CFSBD, 29.47-seconds, defeated Jara Opatz of Valley City, North Dakota.
Third Round _ John Gahres, CFSBD, 29.15-seconds, defeated Carly Stead of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Fourth Round _ John Gahres, CFSBD, 29.65-seconds, defeated Cassidy Bock of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Donald Edmonds of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Championship Round _ Kallie Myers of St. Clairsville, Ohio, 29.42-seconds, was first over runner-up Natalie Burkert of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and third place finisher John Gahres of the CFSBD.
First Round _ Noah Williams of Erie, Pennsylvania, 29.69-seconds, defeated Kathryn Lindsey, CFSBD, and Lanasha Stokes of Chicago Metro, Illinois.
First Round _ Michelle Thiffault, CFSBD and Deltona,
29.29-seconds, defeated Ellen Blackwell of Santa Maria (Region 2); Dylan Pujol, Ocala, 29.33-seconds, defeated Allison Lindsey, CFSBD and Winter Park; and Marlon Wells of Indianapolis, Indiana (Region 5), 29.29-seconds, defeated Briana Walker, CFSBD and Sanford.
Second Round _ Madilyn Williams of Owensboro, Kentucky (Region 12), 29.18-seconds, defeated Michelle Thiffault, CFSBD and Deltona.
First Round _ Emma Hinton of Lancaster (Region 6), 29.48-seconds, defeated Tessa Gagne, CFSBD and Winter Springs, and Thomas Lagace of Collinsville (Region 11); Garrett Fox of Hancock (Region 8), 29.52-seconds, defeated Sirjesim Bomm, CFSBD and Orlando, and Austin Anderson of Signal Mountain (Region 12); Elyssa Zablo of Copley (Region 6), 29.52-seconds, defeated Dylan Perry, CFSBD and Fern Park, and Ryan Wixson of Bremerton (Region 1); and Dakota Potts, CFSBD and Apopka, 29.63-seconds, defeated Savannah Simms of Bremen (Region 7), and Luke Whitmer of Roanoke, Virginia (Region 8).
Second Round _ Sam Fehrman of Pendleton (Region 5), 29.63-seconds, defeated Dakota Potts, CFSBD and Apopka.
First Round _ Madison Trumpold of Bristol (Region 11), 29.68-seconds, defeated Sean Rich, CFSBD and Melbourne, and Brooke Clooney of Milton (Region 10); Chris Gambill of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Region 6), 29.53-seconds, defeated Dawson Potts, CFSBD and Apopka, and Jacob Kulesa of Pottstown (Region 8); Brittany Bisighini, CFSBD and Clearwater, 29.71-seconds, defeated Trinity Schabel of Webster (Region 9); and Trevor Wiesner of Spencerport (Region 9); Blake Johnson of Ravenna (Region 6), 29.58-seconds, defeated Haley Dabbs, CFSBD and Holiday, and Lauren Nyenhuis of Brentwood (Region 12); and Logan Maves of Madison (Region 5), 29.53-seconds, defeated Zachary Kahler, CFSBD and Mount Dora, and Nicholas Probst of North Canton, Ohio (Region 6).
Second Round _ Tara Casey of Macungie (Region 8), 29.63-seconds, defeated Brittany Bisighini, CFSBD and Clearwater.