For the second time in three years, Franklin racers brought home the local Soap Box Derby championship. D.J. Kriser, the 11-year-old son of Doug and Taran Kriser, won the stock championship held May 17-18 at Phil Moore Park in Bowling Green. D.J. won an all-expense paid trip to the 82nd world championship held in Akron, Ohio from July 14-20.
D.J. lost the championship bracket to Mason Blankenship from Bowling Green, but came back strong in the challenger's bracket, beating two other finalists, to set up a faceoff with Blankenship. D.J. won the second meeting with Blankenship in the double elimination race, and then won the final heat by 0.022 seconds to claim the championship. D.J. drove Conleigh Wilson's "White Lightning" car that she raced from 2014-2018 before aging out in the stock division last year.
Two other Franklin drivers competed in the 22nd annual BB&T Soap Box Derby. Kenlee Montgomery, 12 year old daughter of Kacee Montgomery, finished fifth in the Stock division, while Cooper Hale, 10 year old son of Brad and Brandy Hale, won several heats in the Super Stock division.
Since the Soap Box Derby was resurrected in Franklin in 2014, Franklin's drivers have become feared competitors in the local race with at least top four finishes each year. In 2017, Chase Wilson won the Super Stock Division, the first time a Franklin driver had won the Bowling Green race since 1963.
The BB&T Soap Box Derby is held the third week of May each year. Each year the Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green holds "build clinics" at Phil Moore Park from March to May. Any Franklin child who is interested in racing next year should contact the Kiwanis Club at http://bgkiwanis.org/soapbox. The Soap Box Derby is an excellent bonding opportunity for parents and children.