Twisted Tea Ready to Quench Drivers’ Thirsts at Qualifying Draws for ’Flake, Derby

By Chuck Corder Any driver preparing for America’s most prestigious short-track races is happy to tell you, the battle begins before the green flag drops. Qualifying and where you qualify are crucial factors for both the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models and the 44th annual Snowball Derby for Super Late Models. Qualifying is, arguably, the most important variable, perhaps second only to tire conservation. Really?Twisted Tea hopes to provide a piece to a winning puzzle with the first-ever sponsored Qualifying Draws for both races at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Five Flags Speedway. As part of the opening night Green Flag Party festivities, the widely-popular hard-iced will set 75 cans on stage and the drivers will vie for positions. The Derby drivers will go first, selecting a can, flipping it upside down and discovering their qualifying spot number on the bottom of the can. Once the Derby qualifying order is set, the Snowflake [...]

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Catching Up With Ricky Brooks

Head Tech Man Ready for Another Snowball Derby By Elgin Traylor - Twitter: @elgintraylor Speed51 It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Tech at the Snowball Derby used to be a far less serious than what it is today. From soaking tires to cheated-up bodies, the Derby was not figured as the place with the toughest tech line in the business. Ricky Brooks has helped organized an alliance of tracks and rules and has worked with several engine builders to create a level playing field. He may not be a fan favorite as no name is too big and no advantage is too small, but Ricky Brooks has made the Snowball Derby fair. We caught up with him to see how things are on the Florida Panhandle. 51: We are a few days from when most people are going to start loading up [...]

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2011 CRA Super Series Champ Derrick Griffin Ready for 2nd Shot at Derby

Jim Winters and Bobby Blount Leading Group to Keep the Young Star on Top at the Snowball Derby 2011 CRA Super Series Champion Derrick Griffin got an early Christmas present recently with the news he will get to return to the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL this weekend. The news was important for a young racer that has been on a roller coaster of sorts all year. From the early season struggles of being a rookie on an essentially new team, to eventually claiming the CRA Championship and Rookie of the year honors, to hearing the news that his 2011 team was closing up shop…word of the return trip to the Derby could not have come at a better time. Veteran driver, car owner and crew chief Bobby Blount has long been a supporter of Griffin, and worked hard to help put together a [...]

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It All Comes Down to the 44th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend for Andy Loden

Tex Motorsports Marketing www.texmotorsports.com Contact: Chris Ragle Fresh off his podium finish in the PASS South series final points standings, Andy Loden and his Monroe Roadways race team will make their way south to the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida to close out their 2011 racing season. Loden will compete for the first time both in the pro late model Snowflake 100 event Saturday night as well as the 44th Snowball Derby for the super late model machines. This year’s race marks the third consecutive year the former late model stock driver to compete in the country’s biggest short track racing event held every year the first weekend of December. The event will be a week long for the #29 team as they will hit the abrasive Five Flags Speedway Monday (11/28) for the first time all season to test both their pro and super late model [...]

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Mason Mingus looking forward to second Snowball Derby

Mason Mingus knows that the nation’s toughest short track race, the Snowball Derby, is just that….tough, no, make that extremely tough. But that is one of the main reasons Mingus, a multi-sport athlete, is looking forward to his second Derby. Mingus entered his first Snowball Derby knowing the initial goal of just making the race would be tough, After successfully qualifying for the event, he knew that finishing the race and garnering valuable seat time racing against the best short track racers in America would be tough. Last year, when the checkered flag waved, the Snowball rookie had finished seventh in what many drivers and fans, and Mingus, agree is America’s toughest short track race. Now, the 17-year-old driver is ready for round two as he prepares for this year’s equally tough Snowball Derby. “I’ve been looking forward to racing in the Snowball Derby all year,” Mingus said. “It’s a long and exciting [...]

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