For the third straight year, Speed51.com, powered by JEGS, will be challenging drivers from outside the Southeast region to make their way to Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the prestigious Snowball Derby in the form of a bounty.
In a partnership with event officials, will be putting up three bounties worth $551 each for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby the weekend of December 2-6, 2015. Each team must be based in the designated areas to be eligible for the award.
Three separate cash awards will be up for grabs for teams based in the Midwest, Northeast and, for the first time, the West as well. In 2013, DJ Shaw failed to qualify for the Snowball Derby and still received the $551 bonus for being the highest finishing car from the Northeast.
“We truly appreciate Bob and his staff coming on board for a third-straight year to honor the teams that travel long distances to participate in the Snowball Derby. We hope this gives some teams a little extra incentive to compete in our event,” said Five Flags Speedway General Manager Tim Bryant.
“Speed51.com has been a great partner of ours over the years and the exposure that they bring the event is second-to-none the event and team around the nation.”
Speed51.com is celebrating its 15th year of coverage of the nation’s most prestigious asphalt short track event by once again offering these bounties for drivers from the Midwest, Northeast and West.
“The Snowball Derby is where short trackers go to prove that they are the best in the country,” said Speed51.com Executive Editor 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, Northeast and Midwest-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.”
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, Missouri 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. Race teams from Canada will also be included in the Northeast bounty to encourage teams from the Maritime, Quebec and other provinces north of the border to make their way to Pensacola.
The West bonus will go to the best finish for a driver whose car originates from Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho or Montana.
In 2014, Mark Kraus finished 16th in the Snowball Derby to claim $551 as the highest finisher from the Midwest region. Vermont’s Brian Hoar became the first driver from his home state to qualify for the race and finished 20th to claim the Northeast bounty.
Speed51.com welcomes partners interested in expanding the bounties to other regions of the United States. 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 Tour, ARCA/CRA Super Series 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.
The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, 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 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.
The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 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 Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.
Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.
For more information on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit . All media inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at [email protected]
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