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2015 SE Georgia Soap Box Derby

Sisters & former champs in the finals


 Stock champ- Taylor Hutcheson


 Super stock winner Cole Williamson

The two divisions in the 2015 Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby came down to two interesting matchups. In the Stock Division it was sister versus sister and in the Super Stock Division two former Stock Division champs met for a return trip to Akron, Ohio. Watch Highlights   

In the Stock competition Taylor Hutcheson steered her car through a perfect day of racing. She never lost a race including in the championship round against her sister Cassidy Martin. The Super Stock Division finals featured last years Stock winner Alexie Carroll and the 2009 Stock champ Cole Williamson. Carroll was undefeated until she met Williamson in the finals. Cole won two close races and as a 17-year old student at Toombs County High School earned a second trip to Akron.  


The Carrolls rule the Soap Box Derby

 Alexie Carroll, Tucker Moxley and MaKensey Grimes

 Michael Williamson, Peyton Carroll, Tyler Spell, Cole Williamson and Madison Lynn 

Something amazing happened at the 2014 Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby. A brother and a sister each earned a trip to Akron, Ohio by winning a division at the 23rd running of the event in Lyons. Peyton Carroll, the 2012 stock champion, won the super stock and his younger sister, Alexie, won the stock division. Neither lost a race all day. They both controlled the winners bracket. Peyton defeated Cole Williamson, the 2009 stock champ, in the finals and Alexie, who finished third in 2012, beat Tucker Moxley. Tyler Spell finished third in the super stock and MaKensey Grimes, last years second place finisher, was third in the stock. Watch Highlights You Tube

Derby Dash debuts on Derby Hill


 Shane Moore wins Fun Run


Gracie Braddy first Fun Run Female 

Five weeks before over 60 cars participate in the 23rd Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby, runners on foot were competing in the first annual Derby Dash Fun Run and 5K race. Both races started at the top of Derby Hill where the ramp is set up for the soap box derby cars. Marty Edge won the the 5K (3.1 mile race) in 22:03. Alicia Papp was the first female to cross the finish line and 11-year old Clay Morris, from Vidalia Heritage, was the first young person to complete the race.

The overall Fun Run (one mile) winner was 12-year old Shane Moore, from Robert Toombs Christian Academy, and the first female was 15-year old Gracie Braddy, from Toombs County High School. Watch Highlights 5K Race  Fun Run   


Triston and Dusty are going to Akron

 Triston Tharpe and Dusty Meeks are SE GA Soap Box Derby Champs

On a rainy and windy day with a record number of 57 competitors, Triston Tharpe and Dusty Meeks earned trips to Akron, Ohio by emerging as champs in the 22nd Annual Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby in Lyons. Watch Highlights You Tube

Their were 45 area youngsters competing in stock division and the championship round came down to Tharpe and MaKensey Grimes. Grimes, who battled back through the losers bracket lost to Tharpe in a close race. Tharpe, a veteran competitor, did not lose a race all day.

For the first time in Southeast Georgia history a second racing category was added and Meeks defeated Tyler Spell in the championship round in match that was decided by the slimmest of margins, .002 seconds. There were 12 drivers competiting in superstock including three former stock champions- Cody and Cole Willimamson and last years champ Peyton Carroll.   


Peyton Carroll wins SE Georgia Soap Box Derby

(Left to Right) Peyton Carroll, Alexie Carroll and Jackson Jones 

The 21st Annual Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby final was almost a family affair. Peyton Carroll dominated the 42-driver field, the largest in years, and won the winners bracket and younger sister Alexie Carroll made it to the finals of the losers bracket. However, Alexie lost to Jackson Jones by the slimmest of margins ending the chance of a brother versus sister showdown. Instead Peyton continued his domination of Derby Hill and he won a trip to Akron, Ohio for the All-American Sopa Box Derby by beating Jones. Peyton knows how Jackson feels. In 2011 he was the runnerup. Watch video of the final stages of the race You Tube  More video from earlier in the day You Tube    


2010 runner-up Henriott wins SE Ga. Soap Box Derby


Peyton Carroll finishes second 


Justin Johnson is third  

At last years Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby Bryson Henriott (Harton Automotive- Lyons) finished second to first time competitor Reece Mixon. One year later it was Henriott's turn to win the trip to Akron, Ohio for the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Henriott raced throught the winners bracket unbeaten and then in the championship match he lost to Peyton Carroll in their first race. However, he bounced back and defeated Carroll in a close second race to claim first place. Justin Johnson finished third.

Watch highlights from the day Part 1  Part 2


Reece rules his 1st Soap Box Derby race

Reece Mixon vs. Bryson Henriott in the championship round   Mixon wins trophy and trip to Akron, Ohio for national race

The 19th annual Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby featured a lot of first time competitors and the best from start to finish was nine-year old Reece Mixon. The rookie driver from Lyons rolled through the winners bracket undefeated and in the championship race against Bryson Henriott he won both heats to earn a trip to Akron, Ohio for the All-American Soap Box Derby. Triston Tharpe finished third out of a field of 22 racers. Y-101 Story

Watch highlights of Reece's win Video  Check out this Soap Box Derby slideshow


Cole finishes a close second in his heat

 Cole prior to his race at Derby Downs in Akron

Cole Williamson was trying to become the first Southeast Georgia Sopa Box Derby champ to advance to the second round of the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron. Cole ran a straight line in lane three of his heat and had the lead, but, unfortunately he was edged out by a competitor in lane two. Watch Cole race Video  Cole and his father talk about the race Audio Listen to Y-101 Radio on Monday at 7:40 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for more coverage

Thanks to the Williamson family for all their help during the All-American Soap Box Derby week

The day before the big race 

Cole (new hairdo) and Cody with Orbit 

On Friday, the day before the All-American Soap Box Derby, the Williamson family visited beautiful Lake Erie and went to an Akron Aeros minor league baseball game. However, the big news was that Cole got a Cody haircut. Cole talks about his new look on Y-101 Radio Audio   Watch video from the baseball game Video  

Cole has a fun day in Akron

Cody, Cole and Veronica (from California

Thursday was a fun day for the Williamson family. They played some putt putt and then the highlight of the day was a grudge match between two champs. Cole and Cody are both Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby champs, yet they have never gone head-to-head to see who is the fastest. On Thursday the brothers dueled in go carts. Listen to Cole talk about the battle of the brothers in this Y-101 Radio interview  Audio  Watch the brothers race Video

Cole takes a practice run


Cole and his crew work on car 


Cole with his "Akron" wheels 

Even serious racers have to have fun 

On Wednesday all the competitors at the All-American Soap Box Derby, In Akron, got to take a practice run down the big hill. Toombs County's Cole Williamson made a straight run down lane number 3 and in his daily Y-101 Radio appearance he seemed pleased with his driving and the way his Antler Printing car handled. Audio  Watch Cole's practice run Video

Cole fine tunes his car


Cole Williamson, from Lyons, spent his third full day in Akron working on his Antler Printing Car. Cole will be in lane three when he goes down the big hill on Saturday. Watch Cole at Monday's parade, throwing out souvenirs and working on his car on Tuesday  Video Cole and Michael appeared on Tuesday on Y-101 Radio Audio

Cole is in Akron

Cole Williamson is in Akron and on Monday morning he was trading pins with many of his fellow competitiors. Video  Y-101 interview with Michael Williamson during the parade Audio   

Cole and Cody watch Reds shutout Brewers

Cole and Cody Williamson were in Cincinnati on Friday and they watched the Reds shutout the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0. The brothers were a part of a crowd of 25,687 at The Great American Ball Park that witnessed Bronson Arroyo extend his scoreless inning streak to 16 with seven five-hit innings of work. They didn't get to see Prince Fielder hit a bomb- the Brewers' slugger went 0-for-3, however, they did see the Reds' Edwin Encarnacion go 4-for-4 with a homer and two runs batted in. Encarnacion is now 7-for-his-last-7 and has reached base in eight straight plate appearances. Watch the boys prior to the game getting autographs Video

So far the trip to Akron has been smooth. On Thursday night they stayed in Knoxville and then on Friday they traveled up I-75 past Lexington and into Cincinnati. Cody has been enjoying the mountainous scenery while Cole has been killing time with a video game player that he brought along on the trip.    

Coles car is ready and so is his hair

Cole Williamson will soon be leaving for Akron, Ohio and his car and his hair are ready for the trip. On Tuesday Cole and his brother Cody each got a haircut and then they called in to Y-101 Radio. Audio   Cole talks about his car and racing in Akron on The Toombs County Bulldog Sports Report Audio  

Cole raises Soap Box Derby funds


Cole Williamson and his family and friends spent their Saturday in the sun and heat washing cars and selling cookies, cakes and brownies raising money for his trip to Akron, Ohio for the All-American Soap Box Derby. Cole says business picked up at the Thriftway parking lot during the middle of the day. Also, Cole says his chin is almost completely healed from his wreck during the Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby, although, he says he wouldn't mind keeping the scar to remind him of that day. Cole is pictured above, with father Michael, washing a car.    

Crash and trip to the hospital don't stop

Cole Williamson from winning Soap Box Derby 

Championship round- Ruston Robinson versus Cole Williamson 


Despite six stitches in his chin 


Cole Williamson wins SE Ga. Soap Box Derby   

Call it a scary story turned good. Cole Williamson, of Lyons, overcame a crash, a trip to the hospital in an ambulance and six stitches in his chin to win the Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby in Lyons. Williamson, the older brother of last years' winner (Cody), was injured in the winners bracket semifinal. Despite dropping down to the losers bracket he was able to edge out Ruston Robinson by a small margin to win the big trophy and a trip to Akron. Ohio for the All-American Soap Box Derby. Robinson, a veteran competitor who finished fourth last season, breezed through the winners bracket unbeaten and he finished second. Carson McClellan, of Vidalia, was third. Watch highlights of a long day of competition  Video  Y-101 Interviews


Cody races in the All-American Soap Box Derby

Watch Cody win the Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby Video

Saturday- Race Day- Cody did not advance to the second round in the stock division. Driving in the second lane he finished a very close second. Michael, Cody's dad, talks about the close race Audio  
Friday- The day before the race. Cody Williamson, from Lyons went to watch the Super Kids Race and then later in the day he and his family were going to a minor league baseball game. Michael talks to Y-101 Radio Audio     
Thursday- An off day for Cody who is representing Southeast Georgia at the Soap Box Derby. So, the family was going to do some sight seeing in Akron. Michael, Cody's dad, talks about Wednesday's activities which included Cody's practice run down the big hill and Michael's fourth place finish in the Parents Race on Y-101 Radio Audio    
Wednesday- Cody finally got to run his Antler Printing car down the big hill in Akron, Ohio. Cody and his dad, Michael, talked about that and more on Y-101 Radio Audio  
Tuesday- Cody had a light day. He weighed in with his Antler Printing car and got to run it down a small hill. Michael, Cody's Dad, talks about Day 2 on Y-101 Radio Audio
Monday- Cody participated in the All-American Soap Box Derby Parade in Akron, Ohio. Audio Michael Williamson talks about the parade on Y-101 Radio  Audio  
Cody Williamson, who won the Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby in his first try, talks about going to Akron  Y-101 Story  


Register edges Bargeron in a close race   

April 2007- The 16th Annual Soap Box Derby was won by Jarrett Register (white car). Jarrett made it to the semifinals of the winners bracket before being booted to the losers bracket by April Bargeron (red car). April won the winners bracket, but then lost to Jarrett, who won the losers bracket. So, Jarrett and April squared off for the title. Jarrett was the only racer who was able to consistently win in lane one and he ended the competition by winning five straight times on that tricky lane.  Audio Interview with Jarrett