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Botetourt County girl becoming Soap Box Superstar

Published On: Jul 31 2013 05:04:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2013 07:50:23 PM EDT

Katelyn Harris has always been competitive, but it wasn't until a broken arm that she discovered a new passion


When you say pretty in pink to most girls, it usually involves their outfit.
But for Katelyn Harris it applies to her wheels.

Katelyn's only 11 and years away from getting her license, but she's already a pro when it comes to driving her Soap Box Derby racer.

"It's gravity powered racing," explains Katelyn, "It's a live size pine box derby car."

This past weekend, she took her love of the sport to Akron, Ohio where she raced in the 2013 All-American Soap Box Derby.

" I went up there and I raced and I got second place in the world," says Harris, smiling.

Second place in the Rally Stock division against nearly 70-other kids.

Explains Harris, "There's people from all over. There was a boy from Japan, there were boys from Canada and everywhere."

The sport can be pricey.
Cars run about 500-dollars, wheels another 100, plus there's the cost of traveling to races.
But, Katelyn's parents say the payoff is worth the expense.

"I always stress if you put your mind to this, you will achieve and she has, so I can't be more proud of her," says mom Jenny Harris.

Katelyn says the speed and excitement keep her coming back for more.

But, there's also the prizes- as you saw in the story, big trophies and even scholarship money.

Katelyn says she's readying for her next race in September.