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Earlier this week, in celebration of the 48 team's All-Star win, Lowe's held it's Annual 48/88 Pinewood Derby at Hendrick Motorsports. The crew members in the 48/88 shop were broken up into 24 teams, each given their own car to modify (outside of work hours, of course). The crew had one week to get their derby cars ready for race day.
On Monday of this week, Chad Knaus held inspection for all entries. Each car had to meet weight restrictions and fit within a template that Knaus created himself. The teams were competing not only for speed, but also "Best in Show" and the "Start and Park" Award, given to the team who put the least amount of effort into their car.
On race day, it was clear that the 48/88 teams are competitive in whatever situation they're put in, whether it be at the NASCAR track or at the Pinewood Derby track. During their lunch break, everyone gathered for a round robin tournament, featuring both head-to-head racing and three-wide racing. As you can see in the photos above, the car designs and their accompanying paint schemes were all very impressive, and very different from each other. In the end, it was the 7 car that made it to Victory Lane in a come-from-behind-victory.
Enjoy the photos and keep an eye out for a video next week featuring all sorts of action from the event!