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Wood blocks have their day at the races

POULSBO — At 8 years old, Ewen Parkingson is too young to have Dale Earnhardt’s signature mustache, but he was every bit the Intimidator as his car outraced its opponents Sunday.

Parkingson was one of 24 Cub Scouts from Pack 4571 competing in the pack’s pine wood derby with the top place finishers from each division advancing to the district derby in April.

“This is my second time racing and I worked on it and my dad helped out, too,” Parkingson said of his Dukes of Hazard orange racer. “Last year, I did pretty good and I was in third place.”

After winning his first race in the round-robin competition, Parkingson said he was feeling pretty good, but would wait and see before getting too excited.

His second race was a near repeat of the first as once again his five-ounce speed demon won by a wide margin. However, Parkingson remained calm and cool, knowing that there was at least one more contest to go.

With two wins under his belt and a target on his back, the youngster stepped up to the starting line one more time.

Then it happened, the orange rocket pulled away in the last quarter of the race en route to a third consecutive victory and this time Parkingson let his emotions show.

With fists pumping in the air and jumps of excitement, he said, “It feels pretty good.”

A veteran of pine wood derbies, Boy Scout Conner Warren from Troop 1571 felt the highs and lows of racing as a Cub Scout and was on hand to serve as the official starter.

With the myriad of designs scattered among the 24 competing cars, Warren said experience has taught him that design doesn’t always matter.

“I’ve seen some block ones go faster than ones that were designed,” Warren said.

For Cubmaster Ken Severund, Sunday’s races were the culmination of a month of hard work for both the Cub Scouts and their parents.

“They’ve had about a month to get ready,” Severund said. “The only requirement is that the cars weigh five ounces.”

With 24 cars in the field at the conclusion of the race registration, Severund said he was pleased with the turnout for the race, which has been a regular event for the pack for more than 50 years.

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