The two drivers slammed into each other, careening off the track and crashing into the sidewalk.

A crowd of more than 200 students cheered and jeered the collision — this was not an ordinary wreck.

In the case of yesterday's "Homecoming Soap Box Derby," student groups from all across campus came together to represent their organization and gain points for the spirit competition.

Kathleen Carlson, senior in history and member of All Campus Events, stood by the finish line and commented on the excitement that the races generated.

"It's just one of the events during homecoming," Carlson said. "Fraternities and sororities, or whatever groups are participating, can make their car and come out and race them. It's just really fun to have a little competition and watch."

First place in the derby won 70 points for the overall competition, with subsequent places decreasing in point value by five each.

Although the aforementioned crash between Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Nu thrilled the crowd, some students pondered moving the track from the Hill to in front of the Stokely Athletic Center.

Nick Cross, sophomore in mechanical engineering and the homecoming chair for Pi Kappa Phi, drove his fraternity's boxcar.

"It's so slow ... they should put on a faster hill," Cross said.

Monday's race was just one of several events held throughout the week. On Sunday, "Anything Goes" was held, giving student organizations a chance to compete in various field games. Each group also created a banner, which have since been hung from the top of Neyland Stadium.

Today features a 3-on-3 basketball tournament from 4 to 10 p.m., and tonight students can see their classmates compete in the preliminaries of "Smokey's Howl," a cheerleading competition held in Thompson-Boling Arena. The cheering begins at 6 p.m.

ACE committee member Kathryn Hamlin, senior in logistics, explained why homecoming is important.

"I think it's one of the best ways that students give back to the university. It's just a really great way for them to be participants in UT, showing their spirit, getting excited about it and working together," Hamlin said. "It's cool to see people show how excited they are and get pumped up."

The parade will be held on Friday from 4 to 5 p.m., starting at the Torchbearer at Circle Park. "Smokey's Howl" finals are at 6 p.m. in Thompson-Boling arena.

The winners of the overall competition will be announced during halftime of Saturday's game against the Troy Trojans.

ACE committee member Kathryn Hamlin, senior in logistics, explained why homecoming is important.

Today features a 3-on-3 basketball tournament from 4 to 10 p.m., and tonight students can see their classmates compete in the preliminaries of "Smokey's Howl," a cheerleading competition held in Thompson-Boling Arena. The cheering begins at 6 p.m.

"I think it's one of the best ways that students give back to the university. It's just a really great way for them to be participants in UT, showing their spirit, getting excited about it and working together," Hamlin said. "It's cool to see people show how excited they are and get pumped up."

The parade will be held on Friday from 4 to 5 p.m., starting at the Torchbearer at Circle Park. "Smokey's Howl" finals are at 6 p.m. in Thompson-Boling arena.

The winners of the overall competition will be announced during halftime of Saturday's game against the Troy Trojans.