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DRAW SETS LINEUP FOR SNOWBALL DERBY QUALIFYING NIGHT
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12/1/2017

12/1/2017

Five Flags Speedway


DRAW SETS LINEUP FOR SNOWBALL DERBY QUALIFYING NIGHT

While the most intense qualifying session in Super Late Model racing is two days away, the lineup has been set for Snowball Derby qualifying following the draw at Five Flags Speedway (FL) Wednesday night.

The qualifying draw for the Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100 closed out hauler parking and technical inspection day. Hometown driver Jeremy Pate drew the number one spot in Snowball Derby qualifying, while defending race champion Christian Eckes will be the last car to take the track during the qualifying session Friday evening.

While the qualifying order will be subject to dissection and analysis as fans place their bets on which driver will lead the field to the green flag for the 50th Snowball Derby, two drivers on both ends of the running order agreed that ultimately the cream will rise to the top.

Bubba Pollard drew one of the later positions in the lineup in both races, picking chip 52 for the Snowball Derby and 43rd for the Snowflake. Pollard hoped for an earlier draw, but still believes he has a strong enough car to lock himself into the Snowball Derby field.

“I think I would be much happier with an earlier draw,� Pollard said to Speed51.com Powered by JEGS. “All in all, it’s not bad. It’s late, but the fast cars are going to go fast. As far as when you get down to sitting on the pole and qualifying fifth, it does matter. When you talk about qualifying on the pole or making the race, it doesn’t really matter.�

Pollard added that he believes his car is strong enough to take the pole, which he would love to do in order to get primary pit selection for Sunday’s race.

“The draw does matter to a certain extent, but I’m confident in our car that we can make the show and have a good qualifying effort,� Pollard said. “I would really like to sit 26 on the pole and get that number one pit stall. That would be key for us. I think we’ve got a good shot at it.�

Casey Roderick landed near the middle of the pack for the Snowball Derby, ultimately slated to take time 24th. Roderick’s draw is earlier for the Snowflake, where he took chip number 15. He echoed Pollard’s sentiment, largely unconcerned with the draw and looking at the big picture.

“I ain’t too worried,� Roderick said. “People get worked up about it, but it doesn’t make a difference. If your car isn’t right at the end, it doesn’t really matter. It’s nice to get up front and get a good starting position and a good pit road selection.�

Click here to visit our Trackside Now coverage of Wednesday’s activity at the Snowball Derby, including hauler parking, technical inspection, and a 50-lap Pure Stock feature to open the racing slate for the week.

Race fans can also order the pay-per-view package and watch all of this week’s racing by clicking here.

-Story by Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

Snowball Derby Qualifying Order

1 89 Jeremy Pate

2 22 Donald Crocker

3 7 John DeAngelis, Jr.

4 5 Jerry Artuso

5 33 Dustin Smith

6 99 Raphael Lessard

7 51N Stephen Nasse

8 48 Preston Peltier

9 51 Kyle Busch

10 20 Brandon McReynolds

11 01 Jake Crum

12 14 Connor Okrzesik

13 18G Noah Gragson

14 88 Garrett Jones

15 75 Jeremy Doss

16 58F Jeff Firestine

17 5S Johnny Sauter

18 92 Ron McDonald

19 53 Boris Jurkovic

20 2W Donnie Wilson

21 55 Brandon Oakley

22 58 John Coffman

23 43 Dennis Schoenfeld

24 18 Casey Roderick

25 11 David Rogers

26 00 Anthony Cataldi

27 81 Chase Purdy

28 32 Stuart Dutton

29 51A Michael Atwell

30 07 Corey Lajoie

31 11B Logan Boyett

32 9 Derek Kraus

33 64 Garrett Evans

34 55D Spencer Davis

35 12 Harrison Burton

36 13 Cassius Clark

37 5M Mason Mingus

38 112 Augie Grill

39 79A Joe Aramendia

40 26S Chandler Smith

41 46 Cole Rouse

42 91 Ty Majeski

43 26 Bubba Pollard

44 19 Kason Plott

45 9C Jeff Choquette

46 32D Tyler Dipple

47 8 Tate Fogleman

48 53B Cole Butcher

49 14D Chris Davidson

50 16 Steven Davis

51 79 Kyle Bryant

52 4 Kyle Plott

53 45 Rich Bickle

54 36 Dan Fredrickson

55 4R Ben Rowe

56 15 Christian Eckes

Snowflake 100 Qualifying Order

1 21 Brandon Johnson

2 15 Jake Johnson

3 11M Jordan McCallum

4 17 Kurt Guillot

5 89 Bobby Reuse

6 97 Cole Anderson

7 23 Dalton Grindle

8 2 Austin Wood

9 00A Anthony Cataldi

10 51 Eddie Fatscher

11 14H Carson Hocevar

12 18 Casey Roderick

13 24D Mason Diaz

14 14P Tyler Porter

15 21P Ryan Paul

16 24 Christopher Tullis

17 145 Billy Melvin

18 43 Justin South

19 30 Bobby Knox, Jr.

20 88 Trevor McCoy

21 51P Perry Patino

22 04 Corey Roper

23 112 Augie Grill

24 14 Connor Okrzesik

25 4 Elliot Massey

26 5 Spencer Davis

27 46 Cole Williams

28 54 David Hite

29 12L Dan Leeck

30 26P Bubba Pollard

31 00 Branden Curren

32 11WA Willie Allen

33 51SN Stephen Nasse

34 11 Stacey Crain

35 78 Corey Heim

36 33 Dustin Smith

37 26 Chandler Smith

38 22 Steven Davis

39 R7 Ryan Worsham

40 12 Joe Graf

41 95 Derrick Griffin

42 16 Scotty Tomasik

43 55 Brandon Oakley

44 99 J.R. Niedecken

45 9 Jeff Choquette

46 28 Gary Sutton

47 51K Zachary Knowles

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