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Va. Boy Takes Home Trophy from All-American Derby

July 26, 2010

A day after the 73rd running of the All-American Soap Box Derby in Ohio, the race day excitement was recreated for movie cameras.

Actor-director Corbin Bernsen shot scenes for his soap box derby film "25 Hill" Sunday with extras in the stands at Akron's Derby Downs. Some were people who also had been there Saturday as fans, to watch the actual races.

The Stock Division title was won by 12-year-old Megan Gongaware of Akron, the 16th national champion from the derby's hometown. Fourteen-year-old Sean Brown of Spotsylvania, Virginia took the Rally Super Stock trophy in a car once driven by his late sister.

In his film, Bernsen plays a former racer who bonds with an 11-year-old boy, a derby participant whose father dies in the war in Afghanistan.

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