There is always pressure to make the field for the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL), as Super Late Model teams will compete against the clock on Country Pleasin’ Sausage Pole Night on Friday, December 6 for one of 30 spots in the field. While drivers falling outside of that top 30 will be disappointed before preparing for Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier, one driver will pocket a consolation prize courtesy of Earnest Performance.
The Earnest Performance First Man Out Award will offer a $500 prize for the fastest driver in qualifying for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club who does not earn a spot in the main event following Friday’s night qualifying session. That driver will start on the pole for Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier in hopes of racing into the Snowball Derby.
“I feel like, at that moment in time, that’s going to be the most heartbroken guy in America,” said Brannon Earnest, owner of Earnest Performance. “We’d like to give him a shot in the arm. It’s obviously the biggest race of the year. It’s what you look forward to from the day it’s over until it starts again.”
The First Man Out Award will be presented to the first driver who does not make the feature field through either qualifying or one of the three provisional starting positions available for the Snowball Derby. If a driver earning a provisional is 31st-fastest during Friday’s qualifying, for instance, the First Man Out Award goes to the quickest driver without a provisional.
Earnest Performance has also sponsored two laps for the Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 8, offering a $250 bonus to the leader of those two laps. Earnest Performance has sponsored laps seven and 75, to honor the late Alan Kulwicki as well as racer Jeremy Doss, who won the 2019 Kulwicki Driver Development Program’s Kulwicki Cup.
The 52nd Annual Snowball Derby begins on Thursday, December 5, with the WCIParts.com Pro Trucks, the Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsmen and the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks competing in their feature events after the first rounds of practice for Super Late Model and Pro Late Model teams.
Friday, December 6 presents one of the most dramatic and intense days in short track racing, with Snowball Derby teams competing for a spot in Sunday’s race on Country Pleasin’ Sausage Pole Night. The Modifieds of Mayhem Tour 75-lap season finale follows qualifying.
Saturday is an action-packed day of racing, featuring the Snowball Derby last chance race, the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models and a 50-lap feature for the Faith Chapel Outlaws.
Finally, Sunday, December 8 brings the most prestigious event 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.
Throughout the Race to the Snowball Derby, Speed51 will once again provide unmatched coverage of the 52nd running of the crown jewel race at Five Flags Speedway. Race fans can find information, news, videos and more from the event by visiting Snowball Central, the hub for all things Snowball Derby.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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