Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

On Their Soap Boxes.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Cary L. Tyler For the Journal

Just two weeks ago, Clayton Pankey was wary of riding anything with wheels.

However, after some coaxing from mom, Pankey, who lives in Bernalillo, surprised himself and his family with a win in the 15th Annual Rio Rancho All-American Soap Box Derby.

Pankey joins Nick Martin, who won the stock event, and Ryan Lamb, who won the masters event, in earning a trip to Akron, Ohio, for the national championships next month.

Clayton, 8, squeaked by a determined Jennifer Jaramillo to capture one of three berths. For the second year, the Pankey family will be packing up and heading to Akron.

"I'm totally shocked," said Brenda Pankey, Clayton's mother. …

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