KINGSTON TWP. — Cub Scouts of Pack 155 each had a good time at the Pinewood Derby Sunday afternoon but Thomas Figura had the best.
The 10-year-old from West Wyoming took first place when his wooden race car recorded the fastest time of 4.255 seconds on the 48-foot track set up in the basement of the Trucksville Early Childhood Education.
Figura carried away a first-place trophy and flashed a smile as he carried it. But he kept mum about what it took to earn it and protected his design details.
“I wouldn’t like to reveal my secrets,” he said.
The derby consisted of two heats on the six-lane metal track that started at steep angle and descended to a flat stretch. The times were clocked electronically and posted above each lane at the finish line. A total of 21 Scouts participated in the friendly competition, earning participation ribbons and enjoying pizza, drinks and snacks. The top three winners will move on to the district competition.
Third-place winner Christian Patts was upfront about what put the speed in his speedster. “Graphite,” he said.
The lubricant applied to his car made it roll across the finish line in 4.374 seconds, a tenth of a second slower than Nicholas Godin’s second-place time. They also took home trophies.
Like many of the Scouts, Patts, 9, of Wyoming, teamed up with an adult to shape the car from a wood block, put the nail axles through the wheels and hammer them in place. Each entry had a weight limit of 5 ounces. Patts chose a blue with a red stripe paint scheme.
“He had help,” said Linda Burczyk, Patts’ grandmother. She sat among the 50 people, mainly family members, in the rows of chairs lined up facing the track. “We spent so much time on it,” Burczyk said, adding the Scout’s grandfather assisted.
Family members spending time together was a big part of the preparation said Jack Kottler, a den leader from Harveys Lake.
“It’s a good father and son activity,” Kottler said.
His 9-year-old son David posted the fastest time of 4.423 in one of the races. “Awesome,” the youngster reacted.
Not yet a Scout, 5-year-old Zachary Sales, of Edwardsville, signed up for the fun race. His Batmobile racer, painted black and fitted with side mounted guns, rear wings and a Batman decal, placed first with a time of 4.350 seconds.
Sales was clear about the secret to his success. “Weights,” he said.
Oh, and he did work on it, said his mother Samantha. “He painted it,” she said.
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