California’s Thorn on Pole, Cole Butcher from Canada outside Pole, lead the 30 drivers earning starting spots in the Snowball.

The top 30 in speed have sealed a starting spot in Sunday's Snowball Derby presented by BJ's Wholesale Club.   Here are the results of Friday's qualifying for Super Late Models.   1 43 Derek Thorn 16.277 2 53B Cole Butcher 16.379 3 7 Corey LaJoie 16.381 4 4 Kyle Plott 16.387 5 26P Bubba Pollard 16.398 6 57 Josh Berry 16.401 7 54C Matt Craig 16.412 8 9C Jeff Choquette 16.419 9 22 Casey Roderick 16.427 10 51S Chandler Smith 16.454 11 30 Jesse Dutilly 16.457 12 21P Jeremy Pate 16.461 13 48 Preston Peltier 16.476 14 81 Giovanni Bromante 16.480 15 35 Jake Garcia 16.497 16 10 Kaden Honeycutt 16.497 17 18 Hunter Robbins 16.510 18 7D John DeAngelis Jr 16.528 19 75 Jeremy Doss 16.533 20 12G Derek Griffith 16.534 21 112 Augie Grill 16.545 22 54G David Gilliland 16.553 23 91 Ty Majeski 16.556 24 51A Michael Atwell 16.558 25 14C Connor Okrzeisk 16.563 26 20M Cole Moore 16.570 27 78 Corey Heim 16.572 28 2 Derek Kraus 16.579 29 119 Dalton Zehr 16.582 30 26B Travis Braden 16.590 31 14H Carson Hocevar 16.619 32 99 Casey Smith 16.624 33 1 Michael House 16.640 34 71 Johnny VanDoorn 16.642 35 21B Trey Bayne 16.659 36 51N Stephen Nasse 16.672 37 36 Dan Fredrickson 16.679 38 12B Harrison Burton 16.682 39 5M Mason Mingus 16.689 40 15 Rodrigo Rejon 16.699 41 50 Jett Noland 16.701 42 79B Kyle Bryant 16.710 43 16 Lucas Jones 16.722 44 11 David Rogers 16.725 45 9M Brad May 16.725 46 14N Austin Nason 16.748 47 20D Jack Dossey III 16.751 48 45 Rich Bickle 16.753 49 14D Chris Davidson 16.772 50 53J Boris Jurkovic 16.808 51 88 Jordan Anderson 16.809 52 97 Steven Davis 16.835 53 5A Jerry Artuso 16.841 54 8 Colten Nelson 16.856 55 90 Tim Curry 16.934 56 37 AJ Wernette 17.904

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Cody Stickler of Tampa on Pole, Ohio’s Kyle Purvis Outside Pole to start the Mods 75 Lapper

1 99 Cody Stickler 17.314 2 13 Kyle Purvis 17.495 3 72 Johnny Walker 17.519 4 112 Augie Grill 17.542 5 131 Jeff Letson 17.669 6 66 Korey Ruble 17.744 7 51 Zach Knowles 17.770 8 91 Jim Walls 17.783 9 95 Derrick Griffin 17.783 10 5 Chase Oliver 17.788 11 51 Zach Knowles 17.814 12 24 Bruce Bennett 17.858 13 5C Donald Crocker 17.868 14 50 Ty Roberts 17.909 15 26 Bill Burba 17.982 16 31 Parker Pugh 17.985 17 6 Nick Pressler 18.024 18 18 Kevin Peel 18.029 19 8 Donnie Hamrac 18.048 20 88S John Sarppraicone 18.102 21 71 LB Skaggs 18.135 22 41 Rocky Rogers 18.139 23 07 Blake Ferguson 18.173 24 96 Brandon Bendele 18.314 25 17 Chris Cotto 18.399 26 81 Christopher Hogan 18.501 27 48 Hunter Evans 18.517 28 88H Larry Hughes 18.517 29 55 Todd Cooper 18.835 30 10 Okie Mason NO TIME

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Parker Wins as Top 3 Pro Trucks DQed; Leytham Wins Sportsmen 50; Goff wins Pure Stock 35

WCIparts.com Pro Truck Finish Official   Post Race Inspection finds top 3 cars out of specs. Parker Declared Winner The first  3 finishers in the Pro Truck 50 lap feature were disqualified because of  technical infractions discovered in the  inspections following the race.  Haskins and Thompson's trucks were cited for engines out of specs, and Hamrac for left side weight. This elevated Molino's Jarrett Parker to first place, Kody Brusso to second, and Josh Hicks to 3rd.   Haskins Comes Out of Nowhere to Cruise to Pro Trucks Derby Win, later fails Inspection By Chuck Corder Sometimes, the less you know the better you’re off. By his count, Cody Haskins was making just his fourth appearance at Five Flags Speedway on Thursday night. Matching wits with a group of drivers that know all the nooks and crannies of Five Flags to avoid, it appeared Haskins was at an extreme disadvantage as the 52nd annual Snowball Derby got underway. Haskins was unfazed, [...]

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Qualifying Order Set For 57 Snowball and 38 Snowflake Cars

Snowball Derby Order of Driver Qualifying Friday Evening 6pm   Top 30 In by time.  Others in Last Chance Race for 4 positions Car #  Driver  Qual Position 78 Corey Heim 1 14 Carson Hocevar 2 79 Kyle Bryant 3 7 John DeAngelis 4  35 Jake Garcia 5 11 David Rogers 6 57 Josh Berry 7 43 Derek Thorn 8 30 Jesse Dutilly 9 54 Matt Craig 10 48 Preston Peltier 11 114 Connor Okrzesik 12 20 Jack Dossey III 13 119 Dalton Zehr  14 50 Jett Noland  15 7 Corey LaJoie  16 14 Austin Nason 17 21 Jeremy Pate  18 8 Colten Nelson 19 112 Augie Grill  20 2 Derek Kraus  21 51 Michael Atwell  22 51 Derrick Griffin  23 26 Bubba Pollard  24 91 Ty Majeski   25 97 Steven Davis 26 21 Trey Bayne  27 54 David Gilliland  28 75 Jeremy Doss  29 45 Rich Bickle  30 90 Tim Curry  31 20 Cole Moore  32 16 Lucas Jones  33 36 Dan Fredrickson 34 1 Michael House  35 12 Harrison Burton  36 14 Chris Davidson  37 5M Mason Mingus   38  99 Casey Smith  39 88 Jordan Anderson   40 22 [...]

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A Peek at Story on Ty Majeski

DERBY IN STORE FOR MAJESKI MAGIC? Wisconsin driver has something up sleeve with three podiums in last four Derbys   By Chuck Corder Who’s winning Sunday? It’s the question on the lips of everyone roaming Five Flags Speedway’s premises this week. The murmur has echoed from the pits, bouncing off the turn walls and filling the seats and concession stands before becoming a deep hum of prognostications beyond the gates into the camping grounds. Choices vary. Some go with their heart; others pick from a driver’s past history. Ty Majeski’s only appearances at Pensacola’s high banks have come at the last five Snowball Derby races. But the 25-year-old Wisconsin driver, who has three ARCA wins this season and raced in NASCAR’s Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series, has made the most of his opportunities at Five Flags. In just his second start, Majeski set a track record of 16.120 seconds during 2015 Snowball Derby qualifying that still [...]

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Book Signing Set for Two Snowball Champs During Derby

Going back a generation, two Snowball Champions with 7 wins between them going back to the 1980's and 90's, have another achievement.  Rich Bickle Jr and Gary Blough are both authors.  Their books are packed with stories of interest to short track race fans.  Bickle's book is  "Barnyard to Brickyard" While Balough's book is "Hot Shoe! A Checkered Past"   Both will be in  the Snowball Derby Fan Zone with a sack of books and will be autographing them on the spot. Makes great Christmas gifts. Look for them in the fan zone.  

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Billy Melvin…Back Racing…..but there is more…A peek at the full story from the Derby Program

By Chuck Corder Conscious, but in dire pain, Billy Melvin sat pinned inside a crumpled and twisted heap of metal for close to an hour. His left leg was glued to the oil tank, searing his skin like a steak in a cast iron skillet. Above him, a team of first responders, track officials, and 22-year-old son Charlie Melvin tried to carefully extract Billy Melvin from his destroyed open-wheel Modifieds car. It took not one, but two Jaws of Life to carefully cut the roll cage and remove the 52-year-old Alabama short-track driver during last year’s Modified Snowball Derby race at Five Flags Speedway. Billy Melvin was out of the car, but in bad shape. The list of injuries he sustained would leave any doctor uneasy. A crushed foot, a compound fracture of his tibia in his right leg, a compound fracture of his left femur, multiple pelvic fractures, and that burn on [...]

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WInningest Ever Snowball Driver Rich Bickle is Back!

BICKLE READY TO INK A NEW CHAPTER AT 2019 SNOWBALL DERBY   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   PENSACOLA, FL (November 27, 2019) – On December 5, 1999, Rich Bickle wrote his name into the 5 Flags Speedway history book capturing a record fifth Snowball Derby title. Now, 20 years later, Bickle will return to the Pensacola, FL half-mile oval for the 52nd-Annual Snowball Derby with the intention of adding another chapter to that book.   On Tuesday, Bickle officially entered the 2019 Snowball Derby. The Edgerton, WI driver will pilot the No. 45 Ford fielded by T1 Racing in the stock car classic set for Wednesday, December 4 - Sunday, December 8.   “Normally, we’d have been ready for the Derby and a long time ago, but we have been building a new car for this race and we just didn’t get ahead of it until this past week, Bickle said in announcing his entry Tuesday. “It was only [...]

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