COTY PENSYL GETS A RIDE IN THE ALL-AMERICAN RACE Easton, Pa, June 10 -- Coty Pensyl, of Nazareth, Pa., will have the opportunity to qualify for The All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships in Akron, Ohio next Sunday, June 20. The Soap...
COTY PENSYL GETS A RIDE IN THE ALL-AMERICAN RACE
Easton, Pa, June 10 -- Coty Pensyl, of Nazareth, Pa., will have the opportunity to qualify for The All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships in Akron, Ohio next Sunday, June 20. The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program, which has run nationally since 1934.
The World Championship finals are held each August at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. The goals of the Soap Box Derby program have not changed since 1934. They are to teach youngsters some of the basic skills of workmanship, the spirit of competition and the perseverance to continue a project once it has begun. The Easton event will take place on Northampton Street, beginning at Fifth and Northampton Street and passing the WEST studios during the station's weekly Sunday broadcast, "Tempo Italiano". WEST has been the hometown radio station of Easton, Pa. for 63 years and, being very involved in community events, decided to purchase an official Soap Box Derby car to compete in this year's event. The WEST staff wanted the driver of the WEST car to be from the listening area so "Monday Night MotorSports" host, John Richetta, began the search for a "race team" (a father and son or daughter) from the Quarter Midget ranks. Also, the driver for this qualifying race in downtown Easton on Father's Day, June 20, had to be at least 9 years old. Coty Pensyl, the son of Ed and Mel Pensyl, fit the bill. He attends Bushkill Tow nship Elementary School and has been racing Quarter Midgets since 1993. Coty races with the West End Quarter Midget Club in Gilbert, Pa.
Coty and Ed Pensyl, Walt Sickels and Richetta assembled the WEST Soap Box Derby racer that will compete on June 20. After its completion, the next step was to offer sponsorship on the car to local bus inesses. And, that turned out to be easier than putting the car together! Many local businesses were eager to be part of the race team. As a result, the WEST Soap Box Derby car will carry sponsorship from Brown-Daub Dodge, Edwin Stipe Inc., J&A Automotive, Mocha Mike's, The Cycle Shop, The Brake Shop, Koehler's Pharmacy, Union Square Texaco and Michael's Family Restaurant. The WEST Soap Box Derby car will make its debut at noon on Thursday June 17, at the Pennzoil/Slate Belt Auto Parts RaceCar Show in Bangor, Pa. The show will feature the Pennzoil No.1 driven by Steve Park on the NASCAR circuit. Thirty race cars expected to be on display from local racers.
Soap Box Derby racing starts in downtown Easton, Pa. at 9:00am on Sunday, June 20, with trial runs. Racing begins at 11:30am.