Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
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Race car starts as a 5-ounce block


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SEBRING - When Payne Duvall, 6, hugged his father for a long time Saturday after winning the biggest trophy at the Pinewood Derby, Lance Duvall didn't mind saying he was moved to tears. It was a big deal.

"Oh, it was," said Lance Duvall, a Sebring paramedic.

Beginning in February, the father and his Tiger Cub Scout spent about 25 hours carving and drilling and painting and shaping a five-ounce block of wood into a General Lee, an orange racer with a rebel flag that would slide down a 49-foot track in under 3 seconds.

"He likes the Duke boys," Lance Duvall said.

After it was all over, Payne, a first grader at Cracker Trail Elementary, was too modest to talk about beating the big boys - the Bears, the Wolves and even the 11-year-old Webelos - in the final race, but his grin couldn't keep his pride a secret.

As a Scout, Dad also won Pinewood Derby trophies. "But I don't think they were that big."

Payne is a reader, Lance said. "How many books did he read?"

As many as 36 just in the past few months, said his mother, Nancy.

Twenty-six Cub Scouts competed from every pack in Highlands and Hardee counties, which is the Calusa District.

Payne, said his father, "gets so broken-hearted." So his Lance prepared him on the way to Lakeshore Mall on Saturday morning: "You can't get upset if you don't win. We can try again next year."

Turns out, next year, the big boys will know who the champ is.

The Winners

TIGER

Third: Harley Seppala

Second: Isaiah Jackson

First: Payne Duvall

BEARS

Third: Johnathan Townsend

Second: William Jackson

First: Ralph Stivala

WOLVES

Third: Cole Walters

Second: Brendon Nietubicz

First: Gabrial Demers

WEBELOS

Third: Travis Screws

Second: McMahon

First: Wyatt Land

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The original Pinewood Derby was conceived when the son of Cubmaster Don Murphy, Pack 280C, Manhattan Beach, Ca. was unable to compete in a local gravity-powered car competition. Murphy, his son and his pack made and raced miniature gravity-powered cars on a small indoor track.

The first derby was held May 15, 1953. By 1955, the Pinewood Derby was an optional part of the official Cub Scouting program, and has become a key to many Cub Scout packs' annual programs.

Source: Scouting.org

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