Sewell-Eagle District Pinewood Derby


Check-in/Inspection Friday, April 5, 2019 (6-8pm)

Race Saturday, April 6, 2019 (1-4 pm)

Bass Pro Shops  

175 Bass Pro Blvd
Denham Springs, LA 70726


Top three finishers from each rank at the Pack race are invited to participate. $10 per racer. 


or if registering an entire pack, download Pack Registration Form below.

Document Downloads

Important documents

2019 SE PWD Race Results (pdf)


2019 Sewell-Eagle District Rules (pdf)


2019 Pack Registration Form (pdf)





Where will the race be this year?

Bass Pro Shops
175 Bass Pro Blvd
Denham Springs, LA 70726


Who is invited to compete?

  • Each Pack may send the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers from each rank (NOT den), whether girl  or boy.  Ranks are Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light.  
  • If you have multiple dens of the same rank, you must send the three fastest racers from the RANK, regardless of gender or placement in their dens.  
  • If a Pack held its race before Crossover, new Scouts BSA crossovers are still invited to come back and race as Arrows of Light. If you have a smaller Pack that combines Webelos and Arrow of Light into one den, you may send the three fastest 4th graders and three fastest 5th graders from that combined den. 
  • If one of the invitees described above can’t attend,  the Pack may send the next fastest Scout of the same rank as an alternate.       
  • No more than 18 racers per Pack.


How do racers register for the race? Is there a registration fee?

  • Each eligible racer must register by April 1st via registration link found here, or if registering as a Pack, completing and submitting the Pack Registration form found in Downloads section above to  If this step is not completed in advance, the race inspection process may not be completed within the window of time we have available to us at our venue.
  • There is a $10 per racer registration fee to cover the costs of awards and expenses. Payment options are discussed on the registration page.    


What can we expect at the race?

  • This race draws the fastest racers from across the District for good, friendly competition and impressive trophies.
  • Racers will compete against other Scouts in their rank to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy winners for that rank.
  • Each car will run once in each lane to eliminate any lane bias. 
  • The top 3 average times for each rank will be awarded trophies at the end of their races.
  • The top 3 average times of the day will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall finishers and presented trophies at the end of the day.
  • In addition, all participating racers will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite cars to determine the Sewell-Eagle District Showstopper of the Year. This is a best design award. Trophies will be presented to the top 3 vote getters at the end of the day.


When do we check-in and race?

Friday, April 5 (mandatory) upstairs conference room

  • (Racer MUST REGISTER BEFORE CHECK-IN – see “How?”  section above)
  • Mandatory early check-in from 6-8 pm in upstairs Conference Room
  • Cars will be inspected and impounded after check-in and      may not be touched again until racing is complete.  
  • THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE.  Only racers in line at the 8:00 pm cut-off will be allowed to check-in after 8:00 pm.
  • This mandatory check-in time is so that all cars can be inspected, numbered, photographed and uploaded into the Showstopper (best design) voting system ahead of time so that voting can happen at the beginning of each race. This also eliminates the need for all families to be present all day.
  • If some extenuating circumstance should completely prevent you from checking in at the required time, email Again, for fairness and consideration of our race staff, this should be extreme situations only.

Saturday, April 6 (all times approximate – BE EARLY) downstairs in boating section

  • (Racer MUST CHECK-IN for inspection the NIGHT  BEFORE – see above)
  • Showstopper Voting will take place at the beginning of each Rank race – BE EARLY
  • Lion Racing & Trophy Presentation – 1:00-1:30 pm
  • Tiger Racing & Trophy Presentation – 1:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Wolf Racing & Trophy Presentation – 2:00 -2:30 pm
  • Bear Racing & Trophy Presentation – 2:30-3:00 pm
  • Webelos Racing & Trophy Presentation – 3:00-3:30 pm
  • Arrow of Light Racing & Trophy Presentation – 3:30-4:00      pm
  • Overall & Showstopper Trophy Presentation – 4:00 pm


Do I have to register online or can I do it at check-in?

You are required you to register online by April 1st. This allows us to have the Scouts and cars imported into the racing software which saves a LOT of time during check-in and inspection.  If this step is not done, check-in operations will be significantly delayed and we may not complete them in the 2 hour window we have available. Please respect everyone’s time.

If you cannot register online by this deadline or prefer to register by email, complete the attached registration form and email to

What is the difference between registration and check-in?

Registration is simply telling us who will be racing what car. It is a necessary component to ensure timely, accurate race schedules.  Check-in is the process of submitting the car for inspection to verify compliance with the rules, assigning it a number, and impounding it for the following day’s race.

Can I work on a car after check-in?

NO!  Cars many not be touched again after check-in unless it is allowed for under the specific situations described in the rules.

What if my car was allowed to race at the Pack race but I am told at check-in that it does not comply with the rules?

Some Packs may choose not to adopt the District rules or may lack the expertise or desire to strictly enforce the District rules. However; the rules will be strictly adhered to for inspection and check-in at the District level.  If you are told that your car is not rules compliant, you may work on it to remedy the problem, but you must complete any service in time to be checked in before 8:00 pm on check-in day. Bring your own tools.


Email Scott Harrington:



2018 SE PWD Race Results (pdf)


Help Videos

There's a TON of misinformation and long-believed myths about the Pinewood Derby out there. Below are some pretty decent  videos to explain the basics of Pinewood Derby theory.

Not every method or explanation shown in these videos are completely accurate or most effective, and may not  be completely in line with local rules or the information presented at a  STAR CARS build workshop (nor do they make use of the precision tools available at STAR CARS), BUT they are a great start, especially for new racers and those on a tight budget.

STAR CARS plans to produce its own help/demonstration videos soon. Drop us an email to let us know what you'd like to see!

The Physics of the Pinewood Derby

Overview of Speed Tips

Design Considerations

Weighting & COM

Axle Prep

Wheel Prep

Alignment & Break-in

Rail Riding Overview