This coming Tuesday before they put on their helmets at Five Flags Speedway, the drivers of the 51st Snowball Derby will gather in downtown Pensacola for a night of drinks, food, fun and games with their teams and biggest fans. The Snowball Derby Kickoff Party is back for 2018, with its biggest guest list ever.


The list includes a who’s who of veterans including former Snowball Derby winners Augie Grill and Steve Wallace.


Beyond that are veteran Late Model stars still looking for their long awaited first Tom Dawson Trophy including the likes of Bubba Pollard, Casey Roderick, Donnie Wilson, and Preston Peltier.


The fans who want to meet NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stars can expect the likes of Timothy Peters and Stewart Friesen, who will be popular among the dirt track crowd.


On the other side are the young up-and-comers who call the ranks of NASCAR and ARCA home throughout the season, such as Harrison Burton, Chandler Smith, Derek Kraus, Spencer Davis, Tyler Ankrum, Chase Purdy and Ty Majeski.


There will be plenty of youngsters who call the Late Model home the majority of the time including Raphael Lessard, Jeremy Doss, Corey Heim, Cole Butcher, Derek Griffith, and Connor Okrzesik.


Race fans can expect even more when the party gets started on Tuesday night at Beef O’ Brady’s in Downtown Pensacola.


Fans unable to attend can watch a special edition of Speed51’s Short Track Center live from the Kickoff Party, streamed on


-Story by Connor Sullivan, Northeast Editor

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Derby Kickoff Party to Feature Biggest Guest List Ever