36 Set For Snowball Start at 1pm Central Time; Broadcast on SPEED51.TV begins at 12 Noon

Starting Lineup - 53rd Annual Snowball Derby Live  PPV TV Begins at Noon on: www,speed51,tv   Pos. # Driver 1 43T Derek Thorn 2 2 Kaden Honeycutt 3 91 Ty Majeski 4 53B Cole Butcher 5 51N Stephen Nasse 6 43D Daniel Dye 7 75 Jeremy Doss 8 54C Matt Craig 9 51B Kyle Busch 10 11 Logan Boyett 11 4P Kyle Plott 12 54P Preston Peltier 13 25 Casey Roderick 14 9K Derek Kraus 15 18 Hunter Robbins 16 78 Corey Heim 17 32 Grant Enfinger 18 7D John DeAngelis 19 7S Paul Shafer, Jr. 20 39 Kyle Sieg 21 14D Chris Davidson 22 3 Ross Kenseth 23 53J Boris Jurkovic 24 16 Cayden Lapcevich 25 36 Dan Fredrickson 26 35 Jake Garcia 27 24 Mason Diaz 28 51A Michael Atwell 29 14B Travis Braden 30 30 Jesse Dutilly 31 9E Chase Elliott 32 112 Augie Grill 33 12G Derek Griffith 34 26S Chandler Smith 35 71 Bubba Pollard 36 21 Jeremy Pate

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Jake Johnson, from 31st to win Snowflake, after Nasse is penalized. In Outlaws, Jay Jay Day.

P Massachusetts Teenager Captures Snowflake 100 After Nasse’s Victory Wiped Away for ‘Avoidable Contact’    By Chuck Corder  Jake Johnson’s smile will be plastered across his face all the way home to Rehoboth, Mass.  Nothing like winning the biggest Pro Late Model race in the country at the 53rd annual Snowball Derby to make a 21-hour drive seem like a trip to your neighborhood pharmacy.  Johnson, all of 17, was declared the winner of the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 on Saturday at Five Flags Speedway when race officials negated Stephen Nasse’s unofficial victory for “avoidable contact.” Nasse got into the back of then-leader Bubba Pollard between Turn Nos. 3 and 4 on the final lap as the pair raced for the checkered flag.  “This feels pretty good,” said a stunned Johnson, who started 31st and only got into the ’Flake courtesy of winning the last-chance race earlier Saturday afternoon. “I don’t know what to say. [...]

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Chase Elliott, Grill, Griffith & Smith All Make Derby in Last Chance Race

Elliott Gets it Done, Wins Last-Chance Race to Punch Derby Ticket; Grill, Griffith, Chandler Smith Round out Field   By Chuck Corder A man on fire, Chase Elliott would not be denied another shot at immortality. Elliott, two-time Snowball Derby champion and the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champ, was dominant en route to winning the last-chance race for the 53rd annual Snowball Derby on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday's 300-lap race, which has been moved up to 1:05 p.m. in hopes of dodging an anticipated chance of rain Sunday afternoon. Augie Grill, Derek Grifith, and Chandler Smith joined Elliott in finishing in the top-four and punching their Derby tickets. Elliott, who started 11th, came through the field and passed Grill for the lead in just 28 spots.  "Fortunately, we had a really good race and a clean race, too," Elliott said. "We got the car a little better this morning, but I still think we can improve. It was not [...]

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Snowball Start Advanced To 1 O’Clock

Race fans waiting patiently for the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby will not need to wait as long as originally planned.  The start time for Sunday’s crown jewel Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway has been moved up one hour to 1:05 p.m. CT / 2:05 p.m. ET.   WATCH THE SNOWBALL DERBY ON SPEED51.TV   Pre-race ceremonies for the race will now begin at 12 p.m. CT.  Cars will be on the starting grid at 11:30 a.m. CT.   The change made by track officials is the result of a weather forecast that includes the possibility of an afternoon rain shower mid-to-late afternoon.   “With our fans in mind, we want to make every attempt to allow them to see the race in its completion,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of the Snowball Derby.  “That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to move the start time up and allow fans to experience pre-race ceremonies before the race begins.”   A [...]

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All You Need To Know About Snowball Last Chance Race

Last Chance Race 50 laps Top 4 advance to Sunday Snowball Start time Sat. about 4pm  (Follows Snowflake Last Chance 50)   In Qualifying Order 112  Augie Grill 5  Casey Johnson 45 Kodie Conner 4 Austin Nason 51 Noah Gragson 14 Carson Hocevar 12 Derek Griffith 15 Gabe Sommers 119 Dalton Zehr 9 Hudson Halder 9 Chase Elliott 14 Connor Okrzesik 51 Sammy Smith 4 Kyle McCallum 19 Kason Plott 88 Perry Patino 44 Justin Johnson 10 Ryan Crane 79 Kyle Bryant 8 Colton Nelson 26Chandler Smith­  

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Derrick Griffin Wins Modified 75, Friend Kyle Purvis Claims Series Championship

  Griffin Earns Modifieds of Mayhem Snowball Derby Victory on Second Night    By Chuck Corder  Victory Lane felt like Homecoming on Thursday at the 53rd annual Snowball Derby.  A growing crowd gathered to watch Indiana-transplant Derrick Griffin, who has made Pensacola his home for the better part of a decade.   He found love here when he met fiancée Taylor Speranzo. This is where he built DG Performance – Griffin’s racecar fabricating business that works on the setups for many accomplished short-track drivers.  And, on Night 2 of the Derby, Five Flags Speedway is where Griffin became king.  Griffin won the caution-plagued Modifieds of Mayhem 75-lap Snowball Derby when he passed Casey Smith for good seven laps from the checkered flag. Smith finished runner-up and Cody Stickler rounded out the podium.  Griffin flashed a million-watt smile as he climbed out of his clean black-and-yellow No. 95 after doing a burnout down the famed half-mile asphalt oval’s front [...]

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Look Who Is In The Last Chance Race

Last Chance Snowball 50 Race Drivers In Qualifying Order Top 4 Advance To Snowball Augie Grill Casey Johnson Kodie Conner Austin Nason Noah Gragson Carson Hocevar Bubba Pollard (will make race on Blizzard Championship provisional) Derek Griffith Gabe Sommers Dalton Zehr Hudson Halder Chase Elliott Connor Okrzesik Sammy Smith Jeremy Pate (makes Snowball on So. Super Series Champ provisional) Kyle McCallum Kason Plott Perry Patino Justin Johnson Ryan Crane Kyle Bryant Colton Nelson Chandler Smith­

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Thorn Has Snowball Pole Again; Full Story with the 30 who made the race on time.

Thorn snatches Snowball Derby pole for second year in a row; Elliott, Gragson head for last-chance race to keep Derby dreams alive    By Chuck Corder  As always, qualifying for the 53rd annual Snowball Derby was a sweat.  The most anxious 90 minutes of Derby week isn’t always the 300-lap race, but qualifying night at Five Flags Speedway when more than 50 drivers vie for the 30-plus spots.  It once again lived up to the hype with Californian driver Derek Thorn clocking a time of 16.258 seconds to snatch pole honors for the second consecutive Derby. Pensacola’s Eddie Mercer was the last driver to accomplish that feat in 1996-97.  Just as big of a story was who didn’t make the race on time and will have to attempt to make the field during the last-chance races on Saturday at Pensacola’s high banks.  While past NASCAR Cup Series champion and two-time Derby champ Kyle Busch made the [...]

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A Mobile Sweep; 14 Year Old Grant Thompson Takes Pro Truck 50; James Patrick Wins Sportsmen; McDonald in Pure Stocks

Yellowhammered! Alabama Drivers Sweep Three Races on Derby’s Opening Night    By Chuck Corder  Grant Thompson didn’t wilt under the pressure.  With the lights of the 53rd annual Snowball Derby beaming brightly, the 14-year-old stock-car driver was in his element at Five Flags Speedway.  Thompson started second in the WCI.com Pro Trucks edition of the Snowball Derby but led all 50 laps to christen Opening Night of the biggest week in short-track racing.  The Mobile, Ala., native was the Pro Trucks track champion at Five Flags this season, winning four of the six features the famed half-mile asphalt oval hosted in 2020. Thompson took the lead immediately from polesitter Gavin Graham and withstood five cautions to claim his first career Derby victory.   “Ever since I was a little kid dreaming about this moment,” Thompson said. “To win the Derby in my second year, it’s absolutely incredible. I feel great.”  He should. Thompson performed masterfully Thursday following [...]

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Draw Down Sets Order for Late Models to Qualify

Snowball Derby Qualifying Order:  Lock in top 30, Rest to Last Chance 50   Pos. Car No. Name 1 1 Michael House 2 26S Chandler Smith 3 19 Kason Plott 4 53 Boris Jurkovic 5 88 Perry Patino 6 5 Casey Johnson 7 112 Augie Grill 8 14 Connor Okrzesik 9 14 Chris Davidson 10 9 Derek Kraus 11 14 Travis Braden 12 44 Justin Johnson 13 119 Dalton Zehr 14 39 Kyle Sieg 15 25 Casey Roderick 16 91 Ty Majeski 17 24 Mason Diaz 18 51 Noah Gragson 19 45 Kodie Conner 20 12G Derek Griffith 21 44 Bob Lyon 22 51 Stephen Nasse 23 18 Hunter Robbins 24 14 Carson Hocevar 25 4 Kyle Plott 26 2 Kaden Honeycutt 27 9 Chase Elliott 28 30 Jesse Dutilly 29 4M Kyle McCallum 30 8 Colten Nelson 31 14 Austin Nason 32 15 Gabe Sommers 33 51 Kyle Busch 34 3 Ross Kenseth 35 51 Michael Atwell 36 54 Matt Craig 37 11 Logan Boyett 38 79 Kyle Bryant 39 35 Jake Garcia 40 7 Paul Shafer, Jr. 41 16 Cayden Lapcevich 42 10 Ryan Crane 43 43 Derek Thorn 44 75 Jeremy Doss 45 54 Preston Peltier 46 7 John DeAngelis 47 21 Jeremy Pate 48 71 Bubba Pollard 49 36 Dan Fredrickson 50 43 Daniel Dye 51 51 Sammy Smith 52 53 Cole Butcher 53 78 Corey Heim 54 9 Hudson Halder 55 32 Grant Enfinger   Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 Qualifying Order:   Pos. Car No. Name 1 4 Kyle Plott 2 81 Jake Finch 3 91 Jim Wall 4 14 Connor Okrzesik 5 89 Bobby Reuse 6 9 Hudson Halder 7 37 A.J. Wernette 8 24 Mason Diaz 9 112 Grant Thompson 10 33 Wes Griffith, Jr. 11 55 Charlie Keeven 12 84 Steven Chunn 13 7 Joey Pontbriand 14 12 Justin Bonnett 15 29 Mason Keller 16 14 Chris Davidson 17 38 Josh Hicks 18 11 Jacob Beasock 19 6 Josh Williams 20 23 Dylan Smith 21 7 John DeAngelis 22 26 Bubba Pollard 23 12 Dan Leeck 24 99 Justin Marks 25 58 Bill Tutchtone 26 43 Dakota Stroup 27 33 Dustin Smith 28 40 Jordan Miller 39 3 Jim Weber 30 51 Stephen Nasse 31 11 Stacey Crain 32 54 Jarrett Butcher 33 43 Derek Thorn 34 18 Johanna Long Robbins 35 53 Kyle Ivey 36 10 Steve Dorer 37 53 Ryan Luza 38 54 Matt Craig 39 89 Dylan Fetcho 40 41 Hunter Jack 41 11 Jolynn Wilkinson 42 67 Colin Allman 43 15MA Jake Johnson 44 8 Mark Day 45 4 Elliott Massey  

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Elgin Knows

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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