PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Alexis Lowe proved to be the best in Oregon and now she can claim to be the 2nd-best Soap Box Derby racer in her division in the world.
The 12-year-old from Yamhill qualified for the World Championship in Akron, Ohio after she won 1st place in her class of 10-to-20 year olds at the All American Local Soap Box Derby Championship race in Salem.
This past weekend she took 2nd place in her division — Local Super Stock — going faster than others from around the country.
“It was really fun,” Alexis told KOIN 6 News. “I was a little nervous.”
She overcame those nerves and outraced all but one of the 88 total cars in her class. There were 3 lanes on the steep track and Alexis kept moving ahead through the heats into the single elimination race for the title.
As she sat at the top of the hill she was “trying to focus on how to drive that lane — outside, down the middle or inside.” In the end she decided to drive the outside of the lane.
It was a really close finish.
“I was a little disappointed,” she told KOIN 6 News. “But 2nd place isn’t that bad.”
She plans on doing it again next year but rules stipulate she’ll have to do it in a different division. Next year, she may take part in the Masters division.
Alexis also made sure to thank all her sponsors and everyone who supported her and helped her get to Akron.
“It was very exciting,” she said.