Vogel adds a fourth-straight championship to her resume

Jordan Slee helps his daughter, Elliana, 5, into her stock car Saturday at the 15th annual Quincy Derby hosted by Quincy's Optimist Club at Bob Mays Park. Slee, who was sponsored by the Home Depot, was inspired to start racing after her older brother won the Rookie of the Year award last year. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger

QUINCY -- One more for four.

Jadyn Vogel continued to rewrite the Quincy Derby record books Saturday when she won an unprecedented fourth-straight championship.

The 10-year-old from Quincy was pushed to the max before putting the finishing touches on her latest Stock Division title.

Vogel needed two championship runs to secure title No. 4 on 18th Street Hill near Bob Mays Park.

Addie Buckley of Wildwood, Mo., emerged from the losers' bracket to knock off Jadyn in the first championship race. Needing just one win for her latest title, Jadyn rebounded in the second and deciding championship run to secure her latest crown.

"It was a little different this year -- I lost a race," said Jadyn, who breezed to the 2018 title in unbeaten fashion.

Jadyn said she was not rattled after her defeat in the first championship race.

"I felt I could get the job done, and just told myself I could do it," she said. "And if I didn't, I would still finish second."

Jadyn's mom, Christi Vogel, said she always tries to instill a strong degree of self-confidence in her kids.

"Our (motto) is to always try and do the best we can," she said.

Jadyn, who posted a 7-1 record in the Stock competition and went 2-2 in the Super Stock class, improved her career record in the derby to 38-8. She trails only the retired Kaelyn Hess (47-12) in career victories and has the top winning percentage (.827) of any of the 1,507 participants in the 15-year history of the event.

Jadyn also owns the top Stock Division career record (34-4) and is second to Hess in girls' overall victories and final-four finishes (6-5). The only year Jadyn raced and did not win a championship (2015), she finished second.

"I think Jadyn is in good position to make 2020 the drive for five (titles)," said Ray Wilson, finishing his eighth year as derby director.

Finishing third in the stock class was Desmond Slee, followed by Gabe Lane. Slee finished second in the Stock division in 2018 and has a two-year record of 12-4.

Winning the Super Stock class was another 10-year-old, Kalli Mullen of Bluffs, who downed Joshua Herring in the finals. Kalli emerged unbeaten from the winners' bracket, but also needed two title races to win her championship.

Kalli finished the day 7-1 and is now 16-5 in three derby appearances. She placed third in 2017.

Three years ago a friend of Kalli's family suggested she race in the derby in Quincy, and her dad, Tim Engelbrecht, liked the idea.

"(Dad) said, 'Let's do it!'" Kalli said.

After her third-place finish in 2017 earned her Rookie of the Year in the derby, Kalli struggled a bit in 2018. She returned this year seeking to re-establish herself among the derby's finest.

"I came back with a great attitude," Kalli said. "I (was confident I) could win it."

Finishing third in Super Stock was Tre Williams, with Tyler Wisely claiming fourth.


Hall of Famers

Entering the Quincy Derby Hall of Fame this weekend were Cooper Kleinkopf, the event's all-time winningest boys racer, plus Chakya Washington and Zeke Eichor from the Super Kids division.

Cooper has 33 career victories, won the 2015 Stock championship and is the younger brother of Klayton Kleinkopf, who won the 2014 Stock title and is now retired from the derby. Klayton (30) is No. 2 on the boys' career victory list and fourth overall.


Girls rule

Girls have won the last four Stock titles and past three Super Stock championships.

The boys, who once dominated the derby, now hold a narrow 16-14 edge in total championships.

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