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Kids experience the thrill of the race in H.B. school’s Pinewood Derby

Student racers were ready to rumble Friday at Village View Elementary School in Huntington Beach, where 12 students from three special-education classes competed in the annual Pinewood Derby Championship.

Fourth-grader Arieanna Hewitt snagged first place for the second year in a row. Third-grader Alanah Ketcher was runner-up and kindergartner Noah Waring placed third.

The competition — featuring handmade wooden cars racing on a 32-foot wooden track — is organized by the Huntington Beach chapter of Optimist International and sponsored by the Huntington Beach Auto Dealers Assn.

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