Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ohio Teen Beats NASCAR Champ To Checkered Flag

AKRON, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Beating a NASCAR champion on the speedway is amazing – especially in a soap box.

That’s what 15-year-old Tyler Schoff did yesterday (Apr. 29) at the Goodyear Fuel Max Challenge in Akron, Ohio, where she skidded to the finish line leaving NASCAR champ Greg Biffle in the dust.

She says, “I didn’t go in thinking I’d beat Greg. I was just hoping I would win.”

Schoff, who comes from a long line of soap box racers, applied a simple strategy to win: Get down low and drive straight.

That winning combination has earned her the first trophy in her family, and the nickname “Derby Diva” among fellow competitors, fans, and loved ones.

She even has the Derby Diva merchandise to show for it.

Though he came out the loser, Schoff says Biffle was a good sport and even gave her his NASCAR jacket as a gift for showing him up on the track.

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