One of the most well-received changes at Five Flags Speedway during last year’s Snowball Derby was the addition of the big tent on the midway. This year, the tent is returning and is expected to become a meeting place and resting place for fans throughout all of the events at the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.


The midway tent will host the Green Flag Party and the qualifying draw on Wednesday, November 28th for the second year in a row. Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 drivers will join’s Bob Dillner on-stage to draw for their qualifying positions to determine the order in which qualifying will take place on Friday night for the Snowball Derby and Saturday afternoon for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100.


In 2017, the tent was used for the Green Flag Party and a host of hospitality events closed to the public. This year, the tent will be open to the public at all times throughout the week.


“The tent was such a hit last year with our fans, but we had so many events last year that it wasn’t open to everyone all the time,” said Snowball Derby and Five Flags Speedway promoter, Tim Bryant. “This year we are having it for all fans, all the time; whether they want to watch a football game, just sit down and take a load off their feet or watch some of the special features we’ll have on the big screen.  Our fans are everything to us and we hope they are able to enjoy it at some point during the weekend.”


Throughout the week a variety of different video programming will be seen on the video screen inside the tent, including Speed51’s coverage of the on-track activities, and even the SEC championship football game on Saturday, December 1. Fans can enter the tent to sit and relax and catch the score of their favorite team’s game before heading back to the grandstands to enjoy the great racing action seen throughout the Snowball Derby.


Companies that are interested advertising within the tent or getting involved with the 51st Annual Snowball Derby in a different way such as the Hard Charger Award, Most Laps Led bonus, Halfway Leader bonus and more are encouraged to call Pat Bryant at 850-944-8400.


Racing will begin on Wednesday, November 28 as the Pure Stock division will compete for 50 laps around Five Flags Speedway. Wednesday’s program also includes rig parking for Late Model teams, the Green Flag Pit Party following the Pure Stock race, and the qualifying draw for both the Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby.


Late Model teams will take to the track for the first time on Thursday, November 29 in their first rounds of practice. Thursday night’s racing program features 50-lap events for the Sportsmen and Outlaw Stock competitors.


The Friday of Snowball Derby weekend is often called the most intense day in short track racing, as Super Late Model drivers compete in qualifying in hopes of securing their spot in Sunday’s field. The Modifieds will also be in action on Friday night in a 75-lap feature.


Saturday, December 1 is jam-packed with racing action. With qualifying for the Pro Late Model Snowflake 100, last chance races for both the Snowflake 100 and Snowball Derby, the Snowflake 100 itself and a 50-lap Pro Truck feature, there is no shortage of excitement for fans at the track.


Finally, the biggest day of the year comes on Sunday, December 2, the day of the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities begin at Noon CT, with the class photo at 12:30 p.m. and driver introductions beginning at 1:15 p.m. The green flag will drop on the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at 2:00 p.m.


For more information regarding the 51stAnnual Snowball Derby, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.


-By Rob Blount, Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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Big Tent Returns to Five Flags Midway During Snowball Derby