Prairie 3rd grader William Meyer speeds to front of Pinewood Derby pack

Prairie 3rd Grader William Meyer gets a hug after he won the Pack 3291 Pinewood Derby on Saturday. All photos courtesy Christopher Smith.

When the dust from the track had settled, Prairie Elementary 3rd grader William Meyer could stand tall: His carved wooden car had been the fastest of the pack.

More than 50 Prairie Elementary students gathered in the basement of Colonial Church in Prairie Village on Saturday morning for Cub Scout Pack 3291’s annual Pinewood Derby.

The Cub Scout tradition tasks participants with crafting a wooden car from a standard kit, and seeing how quickly it will cruise down the track.

Prairie second grader João Paulo Lerro took second place, and third grader Burt Sheets took third place. Lerro, Sheets and Meyer now advance to the Shawnee Trails Pinewood Derby, featuring the top finishers at pack-level derbies throughout the Shawnee Mission area, to be held March 24 at Hendricks Toyota in Merriam.

(Thanks to Pack 3291’s Kory Lewis for the info, and to Christopher Smith for the photos).

Meyer signed the Pack trophy after winning this year’s derby.