As anticipation builds for the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL), more drivers continue to submit their entry forms for the biggest asphalt Super Late Model race in America.
On Tuesday, track officials released an update for the event’s entry lists. Fifty-one drivers have entered the 51st Annual Snowball Derby on, while the entry list for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 is up to 47 competitors. The event will be held during the week of November 28 - December 2 at the Pensacola, Florida oval.
Highlighting the latest additions are a pair of West Coast standouts, Tyler Ankrum and Jeremy Doss.
Ankrum is now entered in the No. 54 previously registered for David Gilliland as part of the DGR-Crosley operation, for which Ankrum drove for during his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship season. The San Bernardino, California driver is looking to make his Snowball Derby debut after failing to qualify for the prestigious event in 2016.
Doss is competing this weekend for the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series championship, as that series enters its season finale at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV). Doss won two SRL events already in 2018, as well as his second Montana 200 trophy.
Another California driver joining the entry list is Blaine Perkins. Perkins was a winner at Irwindale Event Center (CA) this season as well as a top-ten finisher in the ARCA Racing Series when the tour visited Elko Speedway (MN). Now, Perkins will travel to the Sunshine State for his first Snowball attempt.
Florida drivers Michael Atwell and Logan Boyett, as well as Alabama’s Perry Patino have also filed entries. Patino made his first start in the Snowflake 100 last year and is now attempting the step up to the Super Late Model for this year’s event.
Paul Shafer, Jr. makes his return to the Snowball Derby after a two-year hiatus. Shafer enters the Snowball Derby after a strong year, particularly on the ARCA Midwest Tour. There, the Illinois driver won at Jefferson Speedway (WI) and finished second in a star-studded Oktoberfest 200 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI).
In addition to the additions, a pair of driver and car changes are included on the updated Snowball entry list. Raphael Lessard, previously entered in car No. 99, is now listed in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51. The No. 64 previously entered by legendary Washington driver Garrett Evans is now entered under the name of his son, Jan Evans.
The entry list for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 also continues to grow, including several newcomers to the event. Rocky Rogers, Jo Jo Wilkinson and Dylan Smith are among the drivers who will be entering the Snowflake 100 for the first time.
Justin South has joined the Snowflake 100 entry list, coming off his sixth-place run in the event last year. The former Baby Rattler 125 winner at South Alabama Speedway has a career-best finish of third in the Snowflake, coming in the 2013 running of the event.
Jordan McCallum added his name to the Snowflake entry list as well. McCallum scored an eighth-place finish in his Super Late Model at Five Flags Speedway earlier this season in the Blizzard Series and hopes to translate that success to the Pro Late Model. McCallum, along with fellow new entry Bobby Knox, Jr., saw their Snowflake end after 21 laps in 2017, as a massive turn four incident took out several competitors.
Brandon Oakley has also filed his entry for the Snowflake 100, his third consecutive trip to Five Flags Speedway for the event.
There are also several drivers returning to the Snowflake 100 after several years away. Most notable on that list is John Bolen, who finished second in the 2009 edition of the Snowflake 100. Twice a top-five finisher in the event, Bolen is making his first Snowflake attempt since 2013.
Billy Melvin looks to make his Snowflake return in 2018. After going ten years without attempting the event, Melvin entered last year’s Snowflake 100 but failed to qualify for the event. Chuck Tuck is another new entry returning to the event, with his last Snowflake 100 start occurring in 2010.
Former World Crown winner Justin Wakefield will make his second Snowflake 100 attempt, looking for his first start in the event after failing to qualify in 2014.
Entries are still arriving at the Five Flags Speedway office for this year’s Snowball Derby, and Speed51.com will continue to update you as those entry lists grow. Entry lists for other divisions competing during Snowball Derby week will also be released in the coming weeks.
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-Story by Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor - Twitter: @ztevans
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