By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor
MANSFIELD - Carson Abbott came within a split second - actually .008 of a second - of adding his name to the list of Shelby winners at the North Central Ohio Soap Box Derby.
Competing in the stock division, the Shelby Middle School student had a heartbreaking finish late Saturday afternoon to his day that began with four consecutive victories.
Pitted against Mansfield’s Cruz Rachel in the championship race, Rachel won the first phase with a .143 to Abbott’s .135 for a slim time differential of .008.
After maneuvering through the winner’s bracket unscathed in the double-elimination race, it was Rachel who handed Abbott his first loss of the competition by .142 of a second to set up a second run for the championship.
Rachel’s title was anything but easy. Last summer’s stock division runner-up opened the day with a loss before he roared back with eight consecutive victories.
Abbott, who was third a year in the stock division, took the loss in stride.
“I had a lot of fun, improved over last year and plan to be back next year,” said Abbott, who was cradling his trophy - the biggest he says he’s ever won - during a post race interview.
In all, there were six racers from Shelby and one from Plymouth in the annual gravity race.
Ethan Schaade of Shelby placed sixth in the stock division.
Top local finishers in the super stock division were Lanora Liles and Logan Green who were fourth and fifth, respectively. Tyler Hall of Plymouth was seventh.
Also competing in the super stock division from Shelby were brothers Dylan and Nicholas Beekman.Crowned the winner of the super stock division was Tammi Turner of Mansfield. She defeated Blake Robinson of Loudonville.