Thanks to a partnership between Speed51 and Five Flags Speedway (FL), the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby on December 1-4 will now benefit families in Pensacola heading into the holiday season.
In a joint effort between Five Flags Speedway, Speed51 and the Elite Racing League, the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby will be a three-day eSports event at the virtual Five Flags Speedway. The event will feature three divisions of racing, concluding with a 200-lap Super Late Model race similar to the real-life race at the Pensacola speedplant.
As part of that partnership and Five Flags Speedway’s involvement in the event, contingent upon entries the speedway will be donating its proceeds from the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby to the Cat Country 98.7 FM Christmas Wishes program. This program provides assistance to underprivileged families to give them a better holiday each December.
“Every year, Five Flags Speedway has consistently given to the Christmas Wishes program to help children who don’t have the kind of Christmas you or I might want to have,” said Brent Lane, host of the Cat Pak Morning Show. “For this year, for them to step up and make this go bigger, what a thrill. We continue to double-down on our community giving back.
“It really will go a long way. We start with no budget to do this every year, and over the last 13 years we’ve helped thousands of families. It’s a lot of work, but it’s one of the most inspiring things we get to do.”
Racing will begin on Sunday, December 1 with the Speed51 Elite Street Stock 50. The 36-car field for that race will be filled using a heat race format, with qualifying starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Monday, December 2 brings the Speed51 Elite Snowflake 100 for Late Models at 7:30 p.m. ET. The 30 fastest drivers in qualifying will lock their way into the field, with the remainder of entries competing in a 20-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the final six starting spots. There will be a caution at the halfway mark of the 100-lap feature, where teams can change tires for the second half of the race.
After a day off, the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby will take place on Wednesday, December 4 for Super Late Models at 8 p.m. ET. Like the virtual Snowflake 100 before it and the real-life Snowball Derby, 30 cars will lock in through qualifying, with the rest of the field filled through the LCQ. Competition cautions at laps 75 and 150 of the 200-lap race will be the opportunities for teams to change tires.
The winner of the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby Super Late Model race will receive $151, with purse money distributed throughout the top 10. The entry fee for that race is $20, while a $10 entry fee enters racers into both the Street Stock 50 and the Snowflake 100.
The Street Stock 50 and Snowflake 100 will be broadcasted by SYM TV, while the Snowball Derby will be broadcasted by RaceSpot TV. Broadcasts will be available for free on Speed51.
Racers can enter any or all of the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby’s races by clicking here. Entry fees are not required until your entry is approved by league officials. Drivers can also receive more information by direct messaging Elite Racing League on Twitter at @EliteRacing_.
-Text by Speed51