Austin Birkemeier (left) reacts as his car neared the checkered flag during a heat of the District Pinewood Derby. Birkemeier placed second overall in the Webelo division, and will advance to the Council competition in Lima on May 10. Also pictured are (from left): Nick Herman, Ethan Tousley and Garret Cox. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
Austin Birkemeier (left) reacts as his car neared the checkered flag during a heat of the District Pinewood Derby. Birkemeier placed second overall in the Webelo division, and will advance to the Council competition in Lima on May 10. Also pictured are (from left): Nick Herman, Ethan Tousley and Garret Cox. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
GLANDORF — The Daytona 500 of Cub Scouting took place this past weekend at St. John’s Parish Hall Center in Glandorf, and the Putnam County scouts saw many checkered flags.

Approximately 170 scouts from Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert Counties gathered for the District Pinewood Derby, the premier racing ground for the fastest pinewood derby cars in the Hawthorn District.

According to Adam Warnement, Hawthorn District Executive, the race was bigger this year, as the top three racers in each rank were permitted to compete. Each pack was allowed to send their first, second, and third-place finishers from each level.

Each Cub Scout received a participation award. The first, second, and third-place finishers in each group received a trophy, while the first-place finishers also received a display case for their high-speed models.

Winners, who will advance to the Council competition on May 10 at the Shawnee Alliance Church in Lima, included:

Tiger (1st Grade) Place Name Pack Time 1st Dylan Siefker 229-Glandorf 3.0901sec 2nd Evan Raye 224-Ottawa 3.1141sec 3rd Dane Duling 229-Glandorf 3.1315sec

Wolf (2nd Grade) Place Name Pack Time 1st Matt Schroeder 229-Glandorf 3.0645sec 2nd Brayden Hart 230-Fort Jennings 3.0890sec 3rd Mason Welch 229-Glandorf 3.0954sec

Bear (3rd Grade) Place Name Pack Time 1st Dyllan Bendele 221-Kalida 3.1191sec 2nd Jaylen Murphy 35-Van Wert 3.1380sec 3rd Andrew Raye 224-Ottawa 3.1443sec

Webelos 1 (4th Grade) Place Name Pack Time 1st Sam Schroeder 229-Glandorf 3.0970sec 2nd Austin Birkemeier 229-Glandorf 3.1343sec 3rd Jacob Croy 224-Ottawa 3.1689sec

Webelos 2 (5th Grade) Place Name Pack Time 1st Matt Schneeg 229-Glandorf 3.1683sec 2nd Killian Sudduth 35-Van Wert 3.1900sec 3rd Skyler Helms 227-Columbus Grove 3.1974sec