THURSDAY BOMBER AND SPORTSMEN RESULTS

By Chuck Corder Gary Goodwin had been crossing off the days like a kid eagerly awaiting summer vacation.A year had melted away since last year’s Bombers division Snowball Derby when Goodwin’s shot at glory ended when he was involved in a mid-race crash.The charter boat fishing captain wasn’t going to let another opportunity off the hook. Goodwin initially became the first champion of the 45th annual Snowball Derby on Thursday with a wire-to-wire finish in the 30 lapper. That was before the cars headed into post-race technical inspection. Once the top three cars reached that point, Goodwin's car was disqualified and Marine Michael Nelson was awarded the win. “I’ve been waiting 365 days to do this again,” he said. “This was my shot at redemption.” The Pensacola driver twice achieved greatness by hoisting the winner’s trophy, plus setting a new track record during qualifying. But both milestones were wiped away with the disqualification. Goodwin’s 21.670-second [...]

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Snowball Cubed: Buttrick Wins Third Straight Sportsmen Derby with Thrilling Finish

By Chuck Corder Steve Buttrick completed the Snowball Derby hat trick. But of his three consecutive Sportsmen series Derby wins, this was by far his most challenging. Instead of playing his usual hunted role, Buttrick became the hunter Thursday at Five Flags Speedway, passing James Patrick late in the 50 lapper to etch his name in Derby lore. “That was great!” the Cantonment driver exclaimed. “I developed a real loose condition, something in corners. I was able to get underneath and get the lead.” Buttrick, the fast qualifier (20.882 seconds), led for much of the first half of the race until Patrick passed him on Lap 22. Buttrick fell back as far as third before rallying on a restart to get by Patrick on Lap 31 with a bonsai move for the ages. He held on for a wild win, as Patrick tried to take back the lead on the outside coming out of Turn [...]

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Oorah! Marine Nelson Captures Bombers Derby After Race Winner Goodwin DQ’d in Tech

By Chuck Corder Gary Goodwin had been crossing off the days like a kid eagerly awaiting summer vacation.A year had melted away since last year’s Bombers division Snowball Derby when Goodwin’s shot at glory ended when he was involved in a mid-race crash.The charter boat fishing captain wasn’t going to let another opportunity off the hook.Goodwin initially became the first champion of the 45th annual Snowball Derby on Thursday with a wire-to-wire finish in the 30 lapper.That was before the cars headed into post-race technical inspection. Once the top three cars reached that point, Goodwin's car was disqualified and Marine Michael Nelson was awarded the win. “I’ve been waiting 365 days to do this again,” he said. “This was my shot at redemption.” The Pensacola driver twice achieved greatness by hoisting the winner’s trophy, plus setting a new track record during qualifying. But both milestones were wiped away with the disqualification. Goodwin’s 21.670-second [...]

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FRIDAY NITE SUPER STOCK AND MODIFIED RESULTS

Out of Nowhere, Melvin Steals Modifieds Snowball Derby Win Away From Pollard By Chuck Corder It felt like one of those seminal moments Snowball Derby and Five Flags Speedway fans have are accustom to. Bubba Pollard locked in a duel for the ages with 15-year-old Bayley Currey, who was poised to make a late-race pass. This is where Pollard would pass the baton to Currey, a rising Modifieds star. Instead, veteran Billy Melvin — a collapsed lung and all — surprised them both on a restart and pulled away from the pair in the closing laps to win his first career Modifieds Derby crown. “I’ve led this thing six or seven times with five laps left and lost the same way,” Melvin said. “I said, ‘You know what? Let’s win one. “This is a great accomplishment and I’m proud to be here. This is where you come to race the best.” For much of the 50 lapper, [...]

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The 51 Staff Makes Their Snowball Derby Picks

The Experts Take a Stab at Who Will Win This Weekend By Speed51.com Snowball Derby Staff Snowball Derby Bob & Angie Dillner - There could be history made this weekend. If Ross Kenseth should win, he's going to be the first driver to win three of Super Late Model racing's biggest races in the same season - the All-American 400, the Winchester 400 and perhaps the Snowball Derby. Ross is on top of his game right now and has a ton of momentum that means a lot come Derby week. Matt "Duke" Kentfield - Steve Wallace - Of all the Speed51.com staff, I was the only one who picked Chase Elliott to win last year, so there’s some pressure to pick a winner this time around. I know, people are quick to knock this guy based on his Nationwide Series statistics. But anyone who has ever seen Steve-O on a short track knows [...]

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Fast Drivers & Good-Looking Cars to be Rewarded During Snowball Derby Week

WXBM, Hamner Engines & Capitol Renegade Presenting Qualifying & Best Appearing Bonuses 51 Sports / Snowball Derby PR Nothing in short track racing compares to the sights and speeds of Snowball Derby weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. To help celebrate and honor the drivers that speed around the Five Flags half-mile with sharp-looking racecars, WXBM 102.7FM in Pensacola, Hamner Racing Engines of Harpersville, Alabama and Capitol Renegade of Greenbelt, Maryland are providing several awards during Snowball Derby week. Qualifying for the 45th Annual Snowball Derby on Friday, November 30 will feature a $1000 cash prize for the driver who sets fast time on Snowball Derby Pole Night from WXBM. In addition, Jeff Hamner of Hamner Racing Engines has added an additional $750, making a $1,750 payout for the Snowball Derby pole-sitter. The top 30 drivers will lock themselves into the Snowball Derby field in qualifying. Qualifying spots 31 on back will [...]

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DRIVERS AND FANS GATHER TUESDAY NITE AT TRACY GOODSON’S BEEFS

SPEED 51's official send-off for the Snowball Derby Week is tonight during the fourth-annual Speed51.com Snowball Derby Kickoff Party and Radio Show. The show will air live from 7-9pm CT (8-10 ET) at Beef 'O' Brady's restaurant, 4469 Mobile Highway in Pensacola. Snowball Derby drivers including Johanna Long, Kyle Benjamin, Augie Grill, Mike Garvey, Grant Enfinger, Kenzie Ruston and Erik Jones are just some of the drivers that will be appearing on the show. Speed51.com and JEGS will also have new t-shirts and other goodies for fans who spend $25 on dinner at Beef's during the show. If you're unable to make it, you can listen to 51's Kickoff Party and Radio Show on Speed51.com

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SNOWBALL COMPETITION ATTRACTS NEW COMPETITORS.

Kyle Plott is from Marietta, Georgia; Blake Jones from Sevierville, Tennessee; and Nelson Piquet Jr comes from Brazil...all with one goal, to take home a trophy. See all the other trophy hopefuls at the bottom of this page by clicking Posters/Newsletters, and view the 100+ drivers who will be looking for a spot in the starting grid for the Snowball Derby © and the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100

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