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The big week of the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby is finally upon us.  To preview this year’s biggest race for Super Late Models, here is a look “By the Numbers” of the previous 52 editions of the race.   WATCH THE SNOWBALL DERBY ON SPEED51.TV   4.33 – The average finish of the top rookie at the Snowball Derby in the last six years.  We talk a lot about how you have to know Five Flags Speedway, but Travis Braden was in his first Derby start when he won a year ago, and Zane Smith and Dalton Sergeant both posted runner-up finishes as newcomers.  The top rookie in the past six years has not been outside the top 8.   5 – Rich Bickle is the all-time winner at the Snowball Derby having won five times in the 1990s.  He told Speed51 on “The Bullring” that next season’s Snowball Derby will be his last.   6 – Eddie Mercer holds the record [...]

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Things I need to Know as a Driver in 5 Local Divisions

Things I need to know about the Snowball Derby if I am a:  Outlaw Team Best opportunity for practice will be at the Snowball Derby Preview, scheduled for November 23rd , from 10am until 7pm. All divisions will practice in rotation. There will be a practice session on race day December 7th, but unfortunately it is limited due to time constraints.   There will be a $200 Cash Bonus for fastest recorded lap after 4pm at The Preview on November 23rd . There will be a $20 Transponder Fee to be eligible.   Entry Blanks are available at www.snowballderby.com.  There is a discount for early entries. There will be a registration trailer in the pits on November 23rd  from 12 noon until 4pm. Hauler Pass Decals will be required to enter pit area on race day and will be issued at time of entry.   Hauler Parking will be same as previous years. Rigs [...]

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Podcast Replay on Facebook with Jeremy Doss, Bubba Pollard, Logan Boyett & Travis Braden. Interesting.

Join us on  Facebook.  Latest Update on Snowball Entries as of 12/1: Michael Atwell 51 Naples, FL Logan Boyett 11 Pensacola,FL Travis Braden 26 Wheeling, W VA Kyle Bryant 79 Navarre, FL Kyle Busch 51 Las Vegas, NV Cole Butcher 51 Hanisport, NS Canada Kodie Conner 45 Kannapolis, NC Matt Craig 54 Kannapolis, NC Ryan Crane 10 Panama City, FL Chris Davidson 14 Pearland, TX John DeAngelis 7 Hubertus, WI Mason Diaz 24 Manasses, VA Jeremy Doss  75 Upper Lake, CA Jesse Dutilly 30 Bradenton, FL Daniel Dye 43 Deland, FL Chase Elliott 9 Dawsonville, GA Grant Enfinger 32 Fairhope, AL Dan  Fredrickson 36 Northfield, MN Jake Garcia 35 Monroe, GA Noah Gragson 5 Las Vegas, NV Derek Griffith 12 Hudson, NH Augie Grill 112 Hayden, AL Hudson Halder 9 Cumming, GA Corey Heim 78 Davidson, NC Carson Hocevar 14 Portage, MI Kaden Honeycutt 2 Aledo, TX Michael House 1 Lewisburg, TN Casey Johnson 5 Edgerton, WI Justin T. Johnson 44 Roxboro, NC Boris Jurkovic 53 Manhatten, IL Mason Keller 29 Plainfield, IN Ross Kenseth 3 DeFuniak Sp. FL Derek Kraus 8 Stratford, WI Cayden  Lapcevich 16 Grimsby, ONT Canada Bob Lyon 44 Agua  Dulce, CA Ty Majeski 91 Charlotte, NC Kyle McCallum 4 Macon, GA Ausin Nason 14 Roscoe, IL Stephen Nasse 51 Pinellas Park, FL Conno Okrzesik 14 Grand Bay, AL Jeremy Pate 21 Pensacola,FL Perry Patino 88 Alabaster, AL Preston Peltier 48 Las Vegas, NV Kyle Plott 4 Marietta, GA Kason Plott 19 Marietta, GA Bubba Pollard 71 Senoia, GA Hunter Robbins 18 Pensacola,FL Casey Roderick 25 Pulaski, MS Paul Schafer Jr 7 Portage, IN Kyle Sieg 39 Beauford, GA Sammy Smith 51 Johnston, IA Chandler Smith 26 Jasper, GA Gabe Sommers 15 Pover, WI Derek Thorn 43 Bakersfield, CA Donnie Wilson 2 Okalhoma City, OK Dalton Zehr 119 Verona, WI  

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A look at the All Out Efforts of Ty Majeski at the Snowball by Speed51

Story by Speed51, the official news source for the Snowball Derby, . providing exclusive live PPV broadcast of all events.  Go to Speed51.tv   The Snowball Derby is race so mighty and so tough, that it has gained a reputation for having a say of who shall hoist the Tom Dawson Trophy after 300 laps around Five Flags Speedway. It has denied that honor to many of the best in Super Late Model racing, sometimes over their entire careers; often times teasing them with close runner-up finishes or dominating early runs that fizzle out in the late laps.   In six career Snowball Derby starts, Wisconsin hot shoe Ty Majeski has experienced as much heartbreak that this legendary race can dish out. He has won the majority of the Super Late Model majors in the Badger State, as well as others across the United States like the Rattler 250, Florida Governor’s Cup and SRL [...]

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Official Entries Received in all 7 Divisions. Revised Nov. 27th.

53rd Annual Snowball Derby, December 6, 2020   Michael Atwell 51 Naples, FL Logan Boyett 11 Pensacola,FL Travis Braden 26 Wheeling, W VA Kyle Bryant 79 Navarre, FL Kyle Busch 51 Las Vegas, NV Cole Butcher 51 Hanisport, NS Canada Kodie Conner 45 Kannapolis, NC Matt Craig 54 Kannapolis, NC Ryan Crane 10 Panama City, FL Chris Davidson 14 Pearland, TX John DeAngelis 7 Hubertus, WI Mason Diaz 24 Manasses, VA Jeremy Doss  75 Upper Lake, CA Jesse Dutilly 30 Bradenton, FL Daniel Dye 43 Deland, FL Chase Elliott 9 Dawsonville, GA Grant Enfinger 32 Fairhope, AL Dan  Fredrickson 36 Northfield, MN Jake Garcia 35 Monroe, GA Derek Griffith 12 Hudson, NH Augie Grill 112 Hayden, AL Hudson Halder 9 Cumming, GA Corey Heim 78 Davidson, NC Carson Hocevar 14 Portage, MI Kaden Honeycutt 2 Aledo, TX Michael House 1 Lewisburg, TN Casey Johnson 5 Edgerton, WI Justin T. Johnson 44 Roxboro, NC Boris Jurkovic 53 Manhatten, IL Mason Keller 29 Plainfield, IN Ross Kenseth 3 DeFuniak Sp. FL Derek Kraus 8 Stratford, WI Cayden  Lapcevich 16 Grimsby, ONT Canada Bob Lyon 44 Agua  Dulce, CA Ty Majeski 91 Charlotte, NC Kyle McCallum 4 Macon, GA Ausin Nason 14 Roscoe, IL Stephen Nasse 51 Pinellas Park, FL Conno Okrzesik 14 Grand Bay, AL Jeremy Pate 21 Pensacola,FL Perry Patino 88 Alabaster, AL Preston Peltier 48 Las Vegas, NV Kyle Plott 4 Marietta, GA Kason Plott 19 Marietta, GA Bubba Pollard 71 Senoia, GA Hunter Robbins 18 Pensacola,FL Casey Roderick 25 Pulaski, MS Paul Schafer Jr 7 Portage, IN Kyle Sieg 39 Beauford, GA Sammy Smith 51 Johnston, IA Chandler Smith 26 Jasper, GA Gabe Sommers 15 Pover, WI Derek Thorn 43 Bakersfield, CA Donnie Wilson 2 Okalhoma City, OK Dalton Zehr 119 Verona, WI 54  TOTAL    Allen Turner Snowflake 100, December 5, 2020   Colin Alman 67 Plant City, FL Jacob Beasock 11 Enterprise, AL Justin Bonnett 12 Hayden,AL Jarrett Butcher 54 Porters Lake, NS Steven Chunn 84 Spring Hill, TN Matt Craig 54 Kannapolis, NC Chris Davidson 14 Alvin, TX Mark Day 8 Clarksville, TN John DeAngelis 7 Cedarsburg, WI Mason Diaz 24 Manasses, VA Dylan Fetcho 89 Lebanon, TN Jake Finch 81 Panama City, FL Hudson Halder 9 Cumming, GA Josh Hicks 38 McDonough, GA Hunter Jack 41 Auburn, IN Jake Johnson 15 Rehobeth , MA Charlie Keeven 55 Hazelwood, MO Mason Keller 29 Plainfield, IN Dan Leeck 12 Birch Run, MI Johanna  Long-Robbins 18 Pensacola, FL Ryan Luza 53 Cypress, TX Justin Marks 99 Franklin, TN Elliott Massey 4 Lucedale, TN Jordan Miller 40 Mocksville, NC Stephen   Nasse 51 Pinellas Park, FL Connor Okrzesik 14 Grand Bay, AL Kyle Plott 4 Marietta, GA Bubba  Pollard 26 Senoia, GA Joey Pontbriand 7 Norway, MI Roger Reuse 88 Birmingham, AL Dylan Smith 23 Mooresville, NC Dustin Smith 33 Mobile, AL Dakota Stroup 43 Maceo, KY Grant Thompson 112 Mobile, AL Derek Thorn 43 Bakersfield, CA Jim Wall 91 Huntsville, AL Jim Weber 3 Homer Glen, IL A.J. Wernette 37 Hondo, TX Jolynn Wilkinson 11 Hueytown, AL Josh Williams 6 Concord, NC  40 TOTAL ENTRIES   Sportsman Division, December 3, 2020 0 Wayne Pugh, Somerville, AL 00 Brannon Fowler,Molino, FL 07 Jim Pokrant, Milton, FL 11 James Patrick, Mobile, AL 2 [...]

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Drivers Use Practice Session in 7 Divisions To Tune-Up for Snowball

Hudson Halder of Cumming GA won the top cash prize during the annual Snowball Derby Practice and Preview. He takes home $500 for beating the field in  practice.  Logan Boyett was 2nd,  Kyle Seig 3rd, all in the Super Late Division, preparing  for the big Snowball Derby in 2 weeks. The Pro Late was dominated by Ryan Luza.  The Texan was followed by Dylan Fetcho. Derrick Griffin of Pensacola was tops  in the Modfieds, Augie Grill was 2nd fastest. John Heil captured 2 divisions, fastest  qualifier in the Outlaws and Pro Trucks.   Kraig Hall was 2nd in the Outlaws, and Logan Boyett in the  trucks. James Patrick of Mobile was the fastest Sportsmen, and Darrel McDonald also from Mobile, in the Pure Stocks.

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Meet Miss Snowball Derby for 2020…Brittney Crowell

          Brittney Crowell  is the new Miss Snowball Derby, selected from a group of 18 contestants at the annual pageant in Seville Quarter downtown. She receives $1,000 in cash from Fast Cash ATM, and a necklace from Jewelers Trade Shop.  Brittney Crowell is from Lawrenceville, GA. and is a graduate of the University of West Florida.          She a spokesmodel for Yokohama Tires and a product specialist for Porsche. She owns and rides a Harley. You’ll be seeing Brittney in Victory Lane during Snowball week. Kimberly Sandusky was runner-up, and Maddison Bragg of Enterprise AL 2nd runner-up. The contestants selected Madison Knight as Miss Congeniality. Brittney will be trackside for events during the 53rd annual Snowball Derby at 5 Flags   Dec 2nd thru the 6th.  

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ARCA 200 Returns to Pensacola in Late February

The ARCA Menards Series East returns to Penacola with a 200-lapper at 5 Flags Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 27. That race will also be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. Last year’s ARCA Menards Series East race at the half-mile oval in Pensacola, was originally scheduled as the second race of the season as it is in 2021, but it was moved to October as part of the series’ schedule changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It wound up being the final race of the season, as Sam Mayer took the checkered flag and the title. The rest of the 2021 schedules for the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and the ARCA Menards Series West will be announced in the near future.   More details on the Feb. 27th event here will be announced soon.

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NASCAR Champ Chase Elliott to run the Snowball Derby!

Story by Speed51   Elliott earned his first career championship in NASCAR’s premier series at Phoenix Raceway on November 8 and did it in dramatic fashion by winning the season finale. While the NASCAR offseason is now underway, Elliott will spend December 2-6 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL chasing his third victory in the crown jewel race.   Before reaching the highest level of NASCAR, Elliott cut his teeth in Super Late Models. Elliott last competed in the Snowball Derby in 2015, claiming his second career win in the event. He has competed seven times in the Snowball Derby, with a win in 2011 to go along with his 2015 triumph.   Now, the hunger to return to Five Flags Speedway has driven Elliott back to the Snowball Derby.   “I obviously still have a lot of interest and an emotional, raw connection with short track racing,” Elliott said. “The Snowball is an event that [...]

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Listing of Entries Received as of Monday Nov 16th for Snowball

Rich Bickle Jr 45 Sun Prairie, WI Logan Boyett 11 Pensacola,FL Travis Braden 26 Wheeling, W VA Kyle Bryant 79 Navarre, FL Cole Butcher 51 Hanisport, NS Canada Kodie Conner 45 Kannapolis, NC Matt Craig 54 Kannapolis, NC Chris Davidson 14 Pearland, TX John DeAngelis 7 Hubertus, WI Mason Diaz 24 Manasses, VA Jeremy Doss  30 Upper Lake, CA Jack Dossey III 20 Indianapolis, IN Jesse Dutilly 30 Bradenton, FL Daniel Dye 43 Deland, FL Dan  Fredrickson 36 Northfield, MN Jake Garcia 35 Monroe, GA Derek Griffith 12 Hudson, NH Augie Grill 112 Hayden, AL Hudson Halder 9 Cumming, GA Corey Heim 78 Davidson, NC Carson Hocevar 14 Portage, MI Kaden Honeycutt 2 Aledo, TX Casey Johnson 5 Edgerton, WI Boris Jurkovic 53 Manhatten, IL Mason Keller 29 Plainfield, IN Derek Kraus 8 Stratford, WI Bob Lyons 44 Agua Dulce, CA Ty Majeski 91 Charlotte, NC Kyle McCallum 4 Macon, GA Ausin Nason 14 Roscoe, IL Stephen Nasse 51 Pinellas Park, FL Conno Okrzesik 14 Grand Bay, AL Perry Patino 88 Alabaster, AL Preston Peltier 48 Las Vegas, NV Kyle Plott 4 Marietta, GA Kason Plott 19 Marietta, GA Bubba Pollard 71 Senoia, GA Hunter Robbins 18 Pensacola,FL Casey Roderick 25 Pulaski, MS Paul Schafer Jr 7 Portage, IN Sammy Smith 51 Johnston, IA Chandler Smith 26 Jasper, GA Gabe Sommers 15 Pover, WI Derek Thorn 43 Bakersfield, CA Donnie Wilson 2 Oklahoma City, OK Dalton Zehr 119 Verona, WI  

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A Pole Sitter’s Big Decision

    $25,000 Back to Front Bonus Announced for Snowball Derby   Story by Speed51.com Along with being the most prestigious event in Super Late Model racing, the Snowball Derby pays $25,000 to win.  One driver could now double those winnings if they are willing to bet on themselves on Sunday, December 6.   Phoenix Construction has stepped up to provide a $25,000 bonus opportunity for one driver during the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.  The fastest driver in qualifying during Friday’s Country Pleasin’ Pole Night will score a $1,000 prize for claiming the pole – and then will have a tough decision to make.   But that decision will not be known until just prior to the green flag on Sunday.   During driver introductions for the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby, the polesitter will be offered a shot at the $25,000 Back to Front Challenge presented by Phoenix Construction.  Should the pole sitter accept the challenge, they will [...]

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Matt Craig Enters Snowball and Snowflake; Story by Speed51

Story by Speed51 You have to be fast to win multiple races in both Super Late Models and Pro Late Models during a given year, and even faster to win a Super Late Model championship in five straight seasons.  Ask Matt Craig about his upcoming trip to Five Flags Speedway for the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby, and the North Carolina native is all about patience.   Craig will be making his second trip to the Snowball Derby, after qualifying seventh and finishing 19th in his debut one year ago.  If there’s one thing Craig learned from the experience, it is remaining calm and patient during the ups and downs of a busy week at the Pensacola half-mile.   “Last year, it was tough going for the first time,” Craig told Speed51.  “You see yourself 30th or 25th on the speed chart and you start panicking and throwing things at the car.  It’s about staying calm.  The track changes [...]

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Miss Snowball Derby Pageant Set For 19th; 21 Entries

Miss Snowball Derby Draws 21 Contestants   The largest field of contestants ever will compete for the title of 2020 Miss Snowball Derby on Thursday November 19th.  The pageant is set for Seville Quarter and will be emceed again by Brent Lane from Cat Country.  The winner will receive $1,000 in cash, $300 to the runner up, and $200 for 3rd place,  from Fast Cash ATM Services, plus  from Jewelers Trade Shop - David Yurman Necklace to Winner Miss Congeniality receives a pearl necklace from Bere Jewelers. Floral arrangements by Southern Gardens & Flowers. Judging the event will be:Melanie Duvall, Preston Murphy, Terri Bolen  Pageant director Taylor Speranzo listed the hopefuls as: ALYVIA WAITE – Milton, FL    AMBER GILMAN – Century, FL    ASHLAN BROOKS – Pensacola, FL    AYLA WEEKS – Pensacola, FL    BROOKE GARDNER – Pensacola, FL    JESSICA BALLARD – Plain City, OH   KAE SIMMONS – TIFFANY – Fort Walton Beach, FL    KAYLA GOWER - Shelbyville, TN    KAYLEE WESTERFIELD – Cantonment, FL    KIMBERLY SANDUSKY - Pensacola, FL    KYLEIGH [...]

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Nasse is 2020 Southern Super Series Champion; Gets Automatic Snowball Starting Spot.

The Southern Super Series season concluded Sunday in Nashville with the All American 300.  Casey Roderick won the race, while Stephen Nasse finished third.  That placed Nasse atop the points pyramid in the SSS, passing Jeremy Pate who finished the race in 16th place.  The points leader in the Southern Super Series earns a guaranteed spot in the 53rd Snowball Derby in December.

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2019 Snowball Winner Looking for Sponsor; Has Team Offers To Consider

Story by Speed51.com   Over the past two weeks, Travis Braden has fielded offers from teams looking to put the defending Snowball Derby champion in a car for this year’s Derby.  The next step is securing sponsorship to make a trip to Five Flags Speedway a reality.   Following the Winchester 400 earlier this month, Braden learned Team Platinum would not compete for the remainder of 2020, leaving him without a ride for the biggest Super Late Model race of the year.   Since then, Braden has entertained several offers to compete in the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby, scheduled for December 2-6.  He has narrowed those offers down to a small handful which have garnered his serious interest.   “Right now, we’ve taken a little bit of time to reach out and see what opportunities might exist and everything,” Braden told Speed51.  “There were a lot of people that we respect and gave us good opportunities to work things [...]

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