One month ago, Travis Braden learned that the Platinum Motorsports team he won the Snowball Derby with in 2019 would not be competing for the remainder of the 2020 season. That news left the most recent winner of the Super Late Model crown jewel without a ride for the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby. Upon learning the news that his race-winning team wouldn’t be returning, Braden went to work to find a way to compete in the race. And now, it’s official: the West Virginia native will return to Five Flags Speedway on December 6 to defend his crown.
Although all of the details regarding Braden’s Snowball Derby plans are not yet finalized, he has confirmed that he will be competing in the race.
“We are 100-percent going to be competing in this year’s Snowball Derby,” Braden told Speed51. “I am still working on finalizing some of the details and will be announcing those details soon, but we’re committed to defend our win no matter what.”
After receiving the news from Platinum Motorsports, Braden and his girlfriend Jess Ballard mulled over their options to find the best fit. Over the last month, they have found a team to partner with and the sponsors necessary to compete in the 300-lap Super Late Model race.
“I had no desire to rent a ride and I’m very fortunate to have found a team to partner with as a joint effort,” Braden said. “Jess and I have been seriously eyeing the prospect of starting our own team in the future, and this has really given us the opportunity to take the first few steps. This process has given us experience in preparing for an event by ourselves for the first time, and it’s been very exciting.
“We were able to announce our first sponsor, Deason Cutting Horses out of Pensacola last week. We’re excited to have a great group of additional sponsors to announce in the weeks leading up to the Snowball Derby.”
Braden expects to announce more information regarding the team he’ll be driving for in the weeks leading into the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby.
When he arrives in Pensacola, Florida during the week of the race, Braden will be looking to join a short list of drivers who have won back-to-back Snowball Derbys. That list currently includes only Rich Bickle, Jr., Augie Grill and NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones.
Race fans unable to make it to the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby will be able to watch the race live on Speed51.TV. Pay-per-view video tickets can now be purchased by clicking here.
For more news and information about the Snowball Derby, visit Speed51’s Snowball Central.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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