Only a month and a half separates the short track racing community from the biggest event in pavement Super Late Model racing, the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL). While the excitement builds towards the 300-lap crown jewel race celebrating its 52nd Annual running in 2019, there is always an action-packed week of racing leading up to the main event.
That will be no different this year, with nearly 500 laps of racing scheduled the three nights prior to Sunday’s Snowball Derby across six divisions of competition.
The festivities at Five Flags Speedway will begin on Wednesday, December 4, with rig parking starting at 9 a.m. CT in one of the great traditions of the Snowball Derby. Technical inspection and the qualifying draw for Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model teams will also take place Wednesday before the Green Flag Party on Wednesday night, featuring Muskogee Ridge on the PFC Brakes stage.
Thursday marks the beginning of racing at the Pensacola speedplant, with three divisions contesting their Snowball Derby features on December 5. Along with the first day of practice for Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 teams, Thursday’s card includes racing for the WCIParts.com Pro Trucks, the Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsmen and the Lloyd’s Pure Glass Pure Stocks. The Pro Trucks and Sportsmen will contest 50-lap features, while the Pure Stocks will race for 35 laps to close out Thursday night.
Friday, December 6 marks one of the most stressful nights in Super Late Model racing – Country Pleasin’ Sausage Pole Night. Snowball Derby teams will race against the clock in single-car qualifying. One driver will earn the honor of starting on the pole for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby, while 29 others will lock themselves into the feature field. It makes for a stressful qualifying session as every team will be looking to earn one of the 30 starting spots and avoid Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier.
After Snowball Derby qualifying concludes, there will still be racing to enjoy, as the Modifieds of Mayhem Tour will close out its 2019 season with a 75-lap event.
Saturday, December 7 brings the busiest day of the weekend. It marks the last chance for Snowball and Snowflake teams to practice before their marquee races. For Snowball teams, Saturday also brings the 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier, transferring four cars into the Snowball Derby.
Saturday is also race day for the Snowflake 100 and the Faith Chapel Outlaws. Snowflake teams will qualify, contest their 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier and race for 100 laps to crown the Snowflake champion on that day. The Outlaws 50-lap feature will follow the Snowflake 100.
Sunday, December 8 marks the most prestigious race in Super Late Model racing, the Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities begin at noon, with driver introductions at 1:15 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., the Snowball Derby begins, starting the 300-lap battle to see who will join the record books as a winner of the marquee event.
Tickets are still available for purchase but are expected to sell out by the week of the event. More information can be found by visiting www.5flagsspeedway.com or calling by the office at (850) 944-8400.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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