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Stow's Harmon finishes fourth at Soap Box Derby

Staff REPORT Published: July 31, 2016 12:00 AM
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Stow resident Emily Harmon said her final run at the 79th All-American Soap Box Derby was "bittersweet."

Harmon, 20, knew coming into the derby it would be her last, as she has reached the upper age limit for racing in the AASBD.

However, Hamon said she was happy about one thing.

"I'm glad I went out with a bang," Harmon said. "I did ptretty good for my very last race."

Harmon finished in fourth place in the Rally Masters class July 16 at the AASBD, closing out her 13-year racing career with a podium finish.

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Harmon opened the derby by winning round on heat by a razor-thin margin. Harmon won her heat in 29.318 seconds, edging Caleb Kilby of Independence, Iowa by .005 seconds.

In round two, Harmon defeated Garrett Cantrell of Dallas, Iowa by .017 seconds.

Needing one more win to reach the championship race, Harmon just missed in round three. She finished second in her heat, losing by .013 seconds to Aaron Leonard of Utica, Ken.

In the final race of her career, Harmon scored a victory to claim fourth place. She won her consolation heat in 29.511 seconds, beating Stephanie Getz of North Canton and Brooke Turner of West Seneca, N.Y.

While she may be finished with racing cars herself, Harmon said she "absolutely" plans to help to help continue her family's Soap Box Derby tradition.

"I want to try to get my nephew, who's two, into it," Harmon said. "He's always talking about racing."

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