NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year William Byron showed his muscle in a Super Late Model on Friday evening, claiming the pole for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby.

 

Byron, qualifying for his second career Snowball Derby, went out early in the session and his fast time of 16.201 seconds held up as the remaining of the 55 cars went out.

 

“These guys worked real hard so it feels good to get a pole,” Byron told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “This race is so tough as it is to make the race.  Luckily so far we’ve done that so we should be fine.”

 

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In his swan song with Kyle Busch Motorsports before heading to JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, a win at Five Flags Speedway on Sunday would be a major accomplishment.

 

“It would be great just for this team and for myself,” Byron said.  “This is a huge race.  If I could get a Snowball Derby victory on my resume it would be incredible for me.  We really want to work towards that on Sunday and hopefully get our car driving good tomorrow in practice.”

 

Last year’s pole winner Ty Majeski came up one spot short in second.  Making up the second row on Sunday will be Spencer Davis, who rebounded from problems under the hood in practice, and Byron’s teammate Christopher Bell.

 

Rounding out the top five was perhaps an unexpected name, Kyle Plott.  The Georgia driver qualified solidly for his third Derby, and thought that it could have even gone better.

 

“It’s always a surprise when you qualify in the top five at the Derby, but I know we had a good car all weekend,” Plott commented.  “I left a bunch out there and I think we should have been even higher up than that.  We’ll work on race runs a little bit more and see how we stack up in the race.”

 

Some particular drivers can officially call themselves Snowball Derby starters for the first time.  Former NASCAR K&N Pro Series West regular Brandon McReynolds and crew fought hard to make improvements and were locked in during the session with a 16th place qualifying run.

 

“It’s really relieving,” McReynolds noted.  “I was pretty nervous about our car in practice.  We just didn’t have the speed.  I think I did alright.  Maybe backed off the throttle a little off of two a little bit, but it felt good and just happy we got our car in the show and we get to work on her all day tomorrow.”

 

As for many, the agenda on Saturday for McReynolds will be getting the car race ready for Sunday afternoon.

 

“Just looking forward to digging in tomorrow and really getting down to the roots of our car,” McReynolds continued.  “That’s the fun stuff, when you get out there and see what you’ve got for the long run.”

 

The final driver to make it in on Friday was Derek Scott Jr., another driver making their Derby debut.

 

“It’s quite a big stress reliever right there,” the Texas youngster said.  “It really was not the best expectations.  We’ve struggled with it all weekend.  It’s a brand new car.  We did test the weekend before and were faster, but we’re in the race and we’re going to try to do what we can.”

 

Fans who purchased a live ticket and were not able to watch qualifying live can watch an on-demand broadcast at http://speed51.com/watch-snowball-qualifying-2016/.

 

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

 

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

 

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.

 

Race fans unable to make their way to Pensacola, Florida during Snowball Derby week will be able to watch all of the racing action live on Speed51.com. Visit Speed51.com today for more information.

 

-By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Central NY & PA Editor – Twitter: @aaron_creed

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

49th Annual Snowball Derby Qualifying Results 

Presented by Racecar Engineering 

1 9B William   Byron 16.201
2 91 Ty Majeski 16.241
3 29 Spencer   Davis 16.247
4 26 Bubba Pollard 16.257
5 4 Kyle   Plott 16.282
6 51 Christopher Bell 16.308
7 5G Noah   Gragson 16.318
8 7 Casey Roderick 16.319
9 07 Corey   LaJoie 16.326
10 97 Cole Anderson 16.327
11 3 Kaz   Grala 16.363
12 15 Christian Eckes 16.366
13 9C Jeff   Choquette 16.394
14 14 Chris Davidson 16.403
15 67 Clay   Jones 16.404
16 16 Brandon McReynolds 16.417
17 12 Harrison   Burton 16.425
18 43T Derek Thorn 16.429
19 5 Jerry   Artuso 16.433
20 8 John Hunter Nemechek 16.442
21 98 Daniel   Hemric 16.446
22 42 Chad Finley 16.448
23 2W Donnie   Wilson 16.451
24 83 Scotty Ellis 16.457
25 77 Zane   Smith 16.460
26 26S Chandler Smith 16.468
27 99 Casey   Smith 16.472
28 82 Grant Enfinger 16.474
29 112 Augie   Grill 16.484
30 01 Derek Scott Jr 16.496
31 11 Logan   Boyett 16.504
32 67P Jeremy Pate 16.509
33 16G Jacob   Gomes 16.510
34 14C Connor Okrzesik 16.515
35 51N Stephen   Nasse 16.519
36 4A Dalton Armstrong 16.525
37 51A Michael   Atwell 16.539
38 H2 Bret Holmes 16.552
39 98M Cole   Moore 16.563
40 20R Cole Rouse 16.584
41 55 Dalton   Sargeant 16.591
42 10D Steve Dorer 16.594
43 88 Garrett   Jones 16.607
44 9K Derek Kraus 16.640
45 54 Todd   Gilliiland 16.648
46 6 Tim Martin 16.679
47 58 Tyler   Ankrum 16.711
48 99L Raphael Lessard 16.719
49 23 Spencer   Gallagher 16.758
50 79 Kyle Bryant 16.793
51 13 Cassius   Clark 16.841
52 66 Logan Bearden 17.019
52 11R David   Rogers 17.019
54 58C John Coffman 18.404
55 158 Jerry   Firestine 18.590

 

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