Burton sits on Snowball Pole. Modifieds, Trucks & Pro Lates rain delayed a week to next Saturday,

Burton Blazes Trail to Pole for 51st Snowball Derby; Grill among Major Names in Last-Chance Race UPDATED Modifieds of Mayhem  rained out, Scheduled to run on Saturday Dec 8th , along with Pro Trucks and Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models By Chuck Corder Harrison Burton’s future among racing’s biggest stars is bright. In just a matter of months, the 18-year-old will climb behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck and compete full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Before that, though, the son of NASCAR legend and current NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton wants to add short-track racing’s most coveted piece of hardware to his trophy case. Harrison Burton took a giant leap toward that goal when he won the pole for the 51st annual Snowball Derby on Sunday at Five Flags Speedway. Burton set the fast time during Derby qualifying on Friday with a blistering time of 16.273 seconds, [...]

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A Dream Win for Shanna Ard in The Dock Sportsmen; Jeremy Pate takes Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks

Derby Day 2: Pate Perseveres to Outlaw Stocks Title; Ard Keeps Local Streak Alive with Sportsmen Crown By Chuck Corder Jeremy Pate never pictured this moment two years ago. Who could’ve though? When a freak, on-the-job accident nearly severed his right arm in 2016, Pate’s fate in racing looked bleak, to say the least. “I got in a real low spot,” said the 41-year-old Pensacola driver, who in his mid-20s sat on the pole at the 2002 edition of the Snowball Derby. “Getting off the pain medications, that was hard. I didn’t know what the future held for me. But at the end of the day, this is what I love to do.” Pate’s passion for racing carried him from a valley of misery to his sport’s highest peak Thursday night at Five Flags Speedway and the 51st edition of the Snowball Derby, short-track racing’s most prestigious week. Pate won the 50-lap Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks [...]

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Burkett wins Pure Stock 50 in Tech

Well Worth the Wait: DQs Help Teenager Burkett Celebrate Pure Stocks Derby Crown on Opening Night By Chuck Corder Caleb Burkett hit the jackpot this season. After two years of earning his short-track stripes, the senior at West Florida High School — just a few half-mile ovals from Five Flags Speedway — took a giant leap forward this season at Pensacola’s high banks. Burkett won twice and had 11 other top-five finishes in 13 races to finish second in the point standings to eventual track champion Robert Balkum. Nothing compared to Wednesday night, though. Nothing will ever compare. On Opening Night of the 51st annual Snowball Derby, short-track racing’s pinnacle week, the 17-year-old Burkett won the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks Snowball Derby. His milestone victory came 19 years after Wayne Burkett, Caleb’s dad, won the same race. “We’re gonna party all weekend long,” Burkett said. “We won the Derby and the bounty (on Balkum) earlier in [...]

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What you need to know as a driver and team member for your class of cars.

Things I need to know about the Snowball Derby if I am a:   Snowball Derby or Snowflake Car: •    The SBD Preview is an all day, open test for all divisions, and will be held on Saturday, November 17th, from 9am until 7pm.  A full staff of officials will be on hand, including tech, tires and fuel. Divisions will run in rotation. There will be Cash Bonuses ($300 PLM / $500 SLM) for the fastest recorded lap after 4pm at The Preview. There will be a $20 Transponder Fee to be eligible.    Hauler staging in parking lot begins late Tuesday afternoon and continues until 8am Wednesday. At 9am rigs will be escorted into the infield. All haulers must remain closed (all doors) until the last rig is parked. Top 10 in Blizzard Series points and top 10 in Allen Turner Pro Late Model points will have opportunity to go thru tech [...]

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Colorado’s Peltier Returns to Snowball With Focus on Winning.

For Super Late Model racers, the most intense and nerve-racking moment of the short track racing season is Snowball Derby qualifying night. One year ago, Preston Peltier and his Generator Source team made it look easy by capturing the pole for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby. One year later, the team is heading back to Five Flags Speedway and hoping to win “both races.”   “There are two races during Derby Week, the race for qualifying and the Derby itself.  You’re so nervous for qualifying, it’s insane how much pressure and preparation is put into qualifying,” Peltier told Speed51.com. “I feel like everybody gets nervous on Friday night, including the fans watching.”   The Fort Collins, Colorado driver debuted a brand new Hamke chassis last year at the Derby, since that race the car has put together an impressive six race resume including three wins at the Summer Showdown, Easter Bunny 150 and [...]

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Competitive Field of Pro Trucks Set for Saturday Night

Story by Speed51.com In five short years, the Pro Truck race on Snowball Derby weekend has become one of the best shows of the weekend. Each year, the field has been filled with crafty veterans and eager rookies who are seeking Snowball Derby glory.  For the 51st Annual Snowball Derby next week, race fans can expect much of the same at Five Flags Speedway.   Last year, a couple of crafty Late Model drivers dueled for the victory with DJ VanderLey coming out on top over Anderson Johnson and Super Late Model journeyman Logan Boyett.   VanderLey, the 2010 and 2011 track champion at Five Flags in the Pro Late Model class, took some time off away from the seat and received a rewarding opportunity one year ago.   Boyett, who also received an opportunity to drive a Pro Truck last year, drove the race with one arm as the truck wouldn’t stay in fourth gear.   “I [...]

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Snowball Derby has a new Queen

Helena Ciappina  was selected Miss Snowball Derby Thursday  evening from a field of 14 contestants in the annual pageant at Seville Quarter in historic downtown Pensacola. Bristol Aaron of Cantonment was first alternate, and Shelby Watson of Byesville, OH was second alternate.   -Photo by Eddie Richie Follows up story by Speed51.com On Thursday night at Seville Quarters in Downtown Pensacola, Florida, the new Miss Snowball Derby was crowned in front of a packed crowd. For the 51st Annual Snowball Derby and all festivities leading up to the historic event, Helena Ciappina will hold the title and crown of Miss Snowball Derby.   “I honestly did not expect to win,” Ciappina told Speed51.com.  “There’s ladies here with a lot more experience than me, for sure.  But I am very excited to take on this year, I tried out last year and didn’t make it.  I am excited to work with a lot of people from the racetrack and represent [...]

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Back to the Snowball Derby for this Nova Scotia driver…a long way away!

Story by Speed51.com Cole Butcher learned a lot in his first Snowball Derby attempt last year.  Now, with that learning experience under his belt, he’s ready for an all-out attack at Super Late Model racing’s biggest prize.   Butcher, a two-time Pro Stock Tour champion from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, has once again teamed up with veteran racer Donnie Wilson and Wilson Motorsports for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.   After learning about what it takes to be around at the end and what it takes to be competitive in the prestigious race, the 22-year-old member of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program is ready to showcase his skills to the short track racing world.   “Being in the race last year with the 300 laps, you know what’s going to happen and the way the cards are going to fall,” Butcher told Speed51.com.  “I learned a lot about how the [...]

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Last Year’s Effort Gives Confidence to California’s Jeremy Doss

Story by Speed51.com Jeremy Doss has always been known as one of the best Super Late Model drivers west of the Mississippi River, but the 2017 Snowball Derby gave him a chance to prove he’s one of the best in the country.  Now, after a strong qualifying effort and race last year, the Upper Lake, California driver is heading back to Five Flags Speedway (FL) for another shot at the Tom Dawson Trophy.   Doss, who has won big races such as the Montana 200 and Senator’s Cup Fall Classic, may not have been a household name like Bubba Pollard or Casey Roderick but his fans and followers on the west coast knew it wouldn’t take long for him to get noticed in the national spotlight.   Last year, Doss returned to the Snowball Derby for the second time with something to prove after failing to qualify for the event in 2015.  He showcased [...]

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Wisconsin’s John DeAngeles back for 3rd time in Snowball Field.

Story by Speed51.com “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.” That’s how that saying goes, right? John DeAngelis lives by that statement. He’s tried and failed to make the Snowball Derby twice. But he isn’t giving up yet. The Wisconsin native is headed back south to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida hoping the third time is the charm during the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.   DeAngelis has made two attempts at the nation’s biggest asphalt Super Late Model race. Once in 2015, and again last year. In 2015, DeAngelis qualified 56th of the 60 cars that took time. In 2017, he was much closer as he qualified 39th overall in a backup car.   “The first year wasn’t a good attempt at all,” DeAngelis said. “It was problem after problem after problem. Last year we blew up our primary car in practice and had to go to a backup car. It just took us a [...]

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Virginia’s Mason Diaz Ventures into First Snowball on top of Snowflake 100

Another in a series by Speed51.com Each year, the Snowball Derby provides an opportunity for young, promising drivers to gain notoriety with a solid run against the best Super Late Model competition in the country. Manassas, Virginia’s Mason Diaz hopes to make a strong first impression.   Diaz will be attempting double-duty during the famed week of action at Five Flags Speedway (FL). The 2017 Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) track champion will enter both the Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models and the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, his first attempt in the Super Late Model showcase.   “That’s going to be a great race this year,” Diaz told Speed51.com. “I’m running the ‘Flake and the Derby, so it’s going to be a good weekend.”   Diaz is excited to compete on the biggest stage in Super Late Model racing, and he is fully aware what success there can do for a driver’s career.   “It’s the biggest [...]

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JEGS-CRA Champ Dossey enters first Snowball Derby.

Another great driver provile in the series by Speed51.com For the second straight year, Jack Dossey III ended his season in the Midwest by clinching the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship at Winchester Speedway during the Winchester 400.  In past years, his season would have ended there, but in 2018 his team has added another big date to their schedule: the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.   Dossey and his team will head down to Pensacola, Florida for the biggest weekend in all of asphalt short track racing.  As of now, he is entered for both the 51st Annual Snowball Derby on December 2, as well as the Snowflake 100 on December 1.  It will be the Indianapolis, Indiana driver’s first time at the 1/2-mile speed plant.   Dossey has competed in some of Late Model racing’s biggest races with success.  He finished fourth in the 2017 Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway (IN) and third in the Masters [...]

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Individuals or businesses can sponsor laps in the 300 lap Snowball Derby.

From Speed51.com   Lap Sponsorships for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby are available for $25/lap.   The leader of each lap sponsored will receive 100% of the $25.   .  You can also email [email protected] or call the Five Flags Speedway office at 850-944-8400.  Laps will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Laps already secured can be viewed at Speed 51's  Snowball Central.  Go to: https://speed51.com/store/#!/51st-Snowball-Derby-Lap-Sponsorship/p/118145029/category=0

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Derek Griffith to bring a new Fury Chassis to the Snowball.

This is one of many stories on the 51st Snowball Derby found on Speed51.com   One of the Northeast’s top Super Late Model racers will be heading south to Pensacola, Florida this winter for the 51stAnnual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.  Derek Griffith of Hudson, New Hampshire will be armed with a new weapon in his arsenal when he makes his debut in the nation’s most prestigious asphalt Late Model race.   Griffith and his team recently struck a deal with veteran racer Jeff Fultz to acquire a brand new Fury chassis.  The team plans to debut the new chassis during the Snowball Derby race week, November 28 – December 2.   “Brand, brand new,” Griffith said with excitement.  “We talked about going used for a while but we couldn’t find the right one that wasn’t all tore up before.  We started talking with Jeff and we worked together.  It worked out good and [...]

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Kyle Plott Ready for Snowball RUn after Helping Hurricane Damaged Homes

Story by Speed51.com With the month of October coming to an end, Super Late Model teams are turning their focus towards the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.  For some teams, that means putting time in the shop.  For other teams, that means racing big money races. While Kyle Plott and his family team are firmly focused on the Derby, they are also taking time to focus on something more important than racing.   To the east of Five Flags Speedway and Pensacola, Hurricane Michael swept through parts of the Florida Gulf Coast earlier in the month, bringing devastation to places such as Panama City. That is where Plott is directing his focus, before turning back to racing matters.   “My cousin and I came down here and I think we put in about 90 hours last week,” Plott told Speed51.com.  “It’s my dad’s business; every house that got wind and water [...]

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Speed51.com named official News Source for Snowball Derby 51

The Snowball Derby is a rite of passage for pavement short track racing, attracting hundreds of race cars and thousands of fans to Five Flags Speedway each December. Fans who are unable to make the pilgrimage to Pensacola, Florida this November/December can follow along on Speed51.com, as Five Flags Speedway announced Wednesday that Speed51.com will once again serve as the “Official News Site of the 51st Snowball Derby.”   While we cannot encourage fans enough to experience the Snowball Derby for themselves in person, Speed51.com will bring all the sights, pageantry, and excitement of the event to fans around the world.   2018 marks the 18th consecutive year of Speed51.com serving as the official news site of the Snowball Derby.   Over the coming days and weeks, Speed51.com will be filled with content leading up to the 51st Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 2, including stories on many of the competitors who will make [...]

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