Saturday, January 18, 2003

Judge throws out Soap Box Derby suit over ineligible cars

The Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio - A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four All-American Soap Box Derby contestants whose cars were ruled ineligible last summer.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge James E. Murphy this week ruled that the racers had to build their cars to specifications set by the derby.

Eleven cars, including four built by the youngsters who sued, failed inspections of wooden floorboards on July 27, four days before the race. The racers were penalized by having to remove an aerodynamic airfoil on the back axle, which can make the car go faster.

Rachelle Tucker, of Muncie, Ind.; Alex Reynolds, of Rockford, Ill.; Lauren Fountain of Evans, Ga., and Ashley Christian, of South Charleston, W.Va., did not place in the top nine in their division.

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