Pinewood Derby

 We are a ministry based out of Crestmont Baptist Church in Burleson, Texas, brining our track and crew to host Pinewood Derby events at your location.  We are available for races Friday evenings (start times after 6pm), Saturdays (anytime during the day), and Sundays after church (start times after 2pm).


The ABC’s of Winning the Race

Admit: Confess your sins to Jesus and admit you need him. (Romans 3:23 & 6:23)
Believe: Trust that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and believe he is Lord. (Romans 5:8 & 10:9-10)
Commit: Turn your life over to God. Ask him to be the driver of your life. (Galatians 2:20)

Romans 10:13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:9-10 – if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved


For more information on Crestmont Raceway please contact Tom Troxell (cell: 602-448-3294; email:


Track Details

  • Track Length: 36 feet
  • Length necessary to set up track: 40 ft.
  • Number of Lanes: 7
  • Maximum height of cars during race: 4.5 in.

Electronic Timer on all lanes. Win (1st), Place (2nd), and Show (3rd) are indicated by lights on the timer with all times shown on television timed to ten thousandths of a second.


Race Officials

  • Dwain (“Crazy Hair”) Nixon
  • Mike (“Big Mike”) Engle
  • Tom (“Tommy”) Troxell
  • Jim (“Jersey Jim”) Ostic
  • Ken (“Mumbles”) Pope
  • Steve (“Steve-O”) Tedford
  • John (“Rosedale”) Secoy

Pit Crew

  • Connor (“Lampshade”)
  • Katy (“But-but”)
  • Cordi (“Minion”)
  • Carson (“Peanut”)
  • Myka (“Goose”)
  • Jaden (“Hippie”)

The founder of this ministry, Larry Schwalk, finished his race (Hebrews 12:1-2) on January 21, 2022. 


How It All Started (by Larry Schwalk)

“The vision the Lord laid upon my heart began like this. First, He said for me to build a Pinewood Derby track that contained 7 lanes. He wanted the track built so it could be taken apart easily and transported anywhere in the state of Texas that we would be asked to go. Second, He told me that the track needed to be constructed in a way to eliminate the problems I had seen with other tracks. Third, He showed me that we needed to provide sound behind the racing and that ultimately the track would have electronics that would time the cars and to show the times to the crowds. He assured me that the people needed to do this would be provided.

I thought that once given the vision everything would fall into place. I did not take into consideration God’s timing. The Lord had always provided the people needed in other ministries I had been involved in, so I never questioned whether or not they would be provided; however I did question several times as to when they would be provided. I began a search to find someone to help find plans and to help construct the track. This search took almost three years. I believe that Dwain Nixon told me he would help build the track just to get me to quit asking if he would. Dwain had never seen a Pinewood Derby track before so it was easier to explain problems to him I had seen on other tracks. Dwain found a plan through the Baptist Building in Dallas, Texas, and because it was not plans for a seven lane track, he made the changes necessary to make our track seven lanes.

Dwain thought we were building the track to use at Crestmont Baptist Church and we would race on it a couple of times a year. The Lord did not let me reveal to anyone the scope of the ministry He showed me. He kept telling me that the people would be provided. Crestmont helped with the initial cash needed, and the ministry was on its way. Dwain Nixon, Eddie Walker, Bradley Schwalk, and I began by praying over the pile of lumber in Eddie’s cabinet shop. We asked the Lord to bless our efforts and to provide the avenue where people would be drawn to Him. The track was completed and was ready to race on in 1985.

The past years have been good to Crestmont Raceways. We have seen many adults accept Jesus as Lord and have received reports of multiple accounts of children beginning and ending their search for Jesus because of our ministry.

The Lord provided help whenever the ministry’s growth deemed it necessary. In the thirty plus years the Lord has been faithful in providing the help needed to do the ministry. Paul Stone, Mike Ellis, Doyle Munday, James Mott, Tom Williams, and Eddie Walker joined the team as the ministry progressed.  The Lord continues to bring new help to allow this ministry to continue.”

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