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Pinewood Derby gives cub scouts valuable building experience

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 06:42 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It was the wee hours of Saturday morning and Dr. Vivek Neginhal couldn't sleep -- not because he didn't want to, but because of the importance of the coming afternoon's events.

Neginhal worked what "felt like forever," he said, alongside his 9-year-old son, Ajay, putting the finishing touches on his third pinewood derby car in as many years in preparation for Saturday's Pinewood Derby for Cub Scout Pack 62. The contest took place at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church.

"We spent six to seven hours on Sunday, four to five hours on Monday, every night working on making that car," Neginhal said. "My son has been polishing it and putting graphite powder on it for the past two days."

Neginhal had not one but two pinewood derby cars to prepare with sons Ajay and Sunjit, 10. Ajay's car, dubbed Dragon Rocket, featured a dragon emblem and a rocket-shaped body.

"This is a great experience for kids. It helps them learn about mechanics and patience. It's a good way to get them to focus," Neginhal said.

More than 30 scouts and their fathers, mothers and siblings at Saturday's event would likely have echoed similar sentiments.

"Every boy likes fast cars," said Cubmaster Todd Bacon. "And, this is a great parent-child activity to do."

Bacon said Saturday's event would feature a series of heats pitting Cub Scout against Cub Scout in first through fourth grades. Each den would boast a first-, second- and third-place winner with one lucky participant taking home the title of grand champion. Trophies were also awarded in categories such as "most creative."

"Nowadays you have these video games and the screen changes every three seconds. That's the fake world. This is the real world," Neginhal said. "We need things like this to help them slow down and enjoy life."

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The following were winners in designated categories at the Pinewood Derby event Saturday. Results were provided by Cubmaster Todd Bacon.

Tiger Cubs (first grade)

1st -- Thomas Wait

2nd -- Ty Sovine

3rd -- Trent Collins

Wolves (second grade)

1st -- Will Thompson

2nd -- Chase Swearingen

3rd -- Hunter Arthur

Bears (third grade)

1st -- James Michael Estep

2nd -- Ajay Neginhal

3rd -- Josh Workman

Webelos (fourth grade)

1st -- Owen Smith

2nd -- Sunjit Neginhal

3rd -- Peyton Levi


1st -- Kethan Neginhal

2nd -- Jed Estep

3rd -- Joey Bacon

Overall Championship

1st -- James Michael Estep

2nd -- Owen Smith

3rd -- Will Thompson

Other awards

Most Creative -- Jacob Johnson

Best Design -- Brayden Pullen

Best Workmanship -- Carter Bacon

Best Paint Job -- Owen Smith

Most Realistic -- Benjamin Woodard

Most Futuristic -- Hunter Arthur

Fastest Looking -- Peyton Levi

Most Aerodynamic -- Sunjit Neginhal

Funniest -- Ben Parker

Most Unusual Shape -- Trent Collins

Best Fuel Economy -- Caden Stephens