For the second-straight year, Speed51.com is challenging drivers from the Midwest and the Northeast to show their meddle against the rest of the country's top short track racers in the 47th Annual Snowball Derby.
Speed51.com powered by JEGS, the official news site of the Snowball Derby, is putting up two $551 bounties for the December 7 Super Late Model event at Pensacola, Florida's Five Flags Speedway. One will be awarded to the highest-finishing Midwest-based team and the other $551 bonus will go to the highest-finishing Northeast-based team.
"The Snowball Derby is where short trackers go to prove that they are the best in the country," said Speed51.com Executive Editor and motorsports broadcaster Bob Dillner. "You could be the top dog at your track or your series, but the Snowball Derby is full of dozens of top dogs from all around North America. We are putting this challenge out there for the Midwest and Northeast-based teams to hopefully get them more excited to come down to Pensacola and see where they stack up against the rest of the country's top racers in the Snowball Derby."
Speed51.com is celebrating its 14th year of coverage of the nation's most prestigious asphalt short track event by once again offering these bounties for drivers from the Midwest and Northeast.
"We always appreciate the racers who travel long distances to take part in the Snowball Derby," said Five Flags Speedway General Manager Tim Bryant. "We've seen teams from all over the map compete and succeed in this event since it began and that's part of what makes the Snowball Derby so special.
"Speed51.com has been a great partner of ours over the years and the exposure that they bring the event is second-to-none. We truly appreciate Bob and his staff coming on board for a second-straight year to honor the teams that travel long distances to participate in the Snowball Derby."
The $551 bonus for the highest-finishing Midwest racer will be open to cars that originate from race shops in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Northeast bonus is for the highest-finishing driver with a team based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont or Rhode Island.
In 2013, the bonuses went to Illinois' Ross Kenseth, who finished ninth and was the highest-finishing driver of a Midwest-based car. New Hampshire's DJ Shaw missed the Snowball Derby feature, falling just short of a qualifying spot in the Snowball Derby last-chance qualifier, but was awarded the New England team bonus.
"I know there will be Midwest-based teams that want to better Ross' result of ninth from last year and there's going to be a lot of Northeast interest in going for the $551 bonus, but making the show will be priority-one for those teams," said Speed51.com Executive Director Matt Kentfield. "I'm a native New Englander and I want to see some of my home-area drivers come and represent themselves well on a national scale."
Speed51.com welcomes partners interested in expanding the bounties to other regions of the United States and beyond dependant on entries. Contact [email protected] for more details.
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Speed51.com enjoys partnerships and provides live event coverage with leading series including the NASCAR Home Tracks touring series, the Southern Super Series, ARCA Midwest Tour, CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series, ARCA/CRA Super Series, ISMA and more. 51 is the Official News Website of such major short track racing events as the Snowball Derby and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna.
he 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 3. On-track activities start Thursday, December 4, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.
The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 5 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.
The Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 6 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.
Then on Sunday, December 7, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2pm CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.
For more information on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.
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