Mahoning Valley youth do well in 77th Soap Box Derby

AKRON — Hundreds of racers have given their all in the 77th All-American Soap Box Derby.

Today's event at Akron’s famed Derby Downs Track featured competitors from the United States and other countries competing for a share of $28,500 in scholarships.

Daniel Raulli, 16, of East Syracuse, N.Y., was the winner in the Rally Masters Division. He beat Bailey Peterson of Bowling Green, Ky., who finished second, and Hailey Frederick of Niles, who finished third, in the final heat.

Raulli posted a winning time of 29.146 seconds. It was his second World Championship victory. He was the 2011 Rally Super Stock Champion.

Victor Larose, a seventh-grader from Austintown and attending Austintown Middle School, placed fourth in the Local Stock Division.

Other Mahoning Valley youths who had high finishes in their respective divisions were Abbie Postlethwait of Mineral Ridge, eighth, Rally Stock Division; Rachel Bockelman of Cortland, fifth, Rally Super Stock Division; and Melody Castner of Hubbard, first in the DQ Rally Challenge Stock Division.

For the complete story, read Sunday's Vindicator and

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