Night two of the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby saw the Snowflake 100 hit the virtual Five Flags Speedway with the Late Models. Alex McCollum would lead 90 of the 100 laps to take the win, but it would not come easy. He survived a slew of late restarts and held off Jake Matheson and Daniel Williamson in a three-lap shootout for the victory.
“I knew going into the race Jake (Matheson) was going to be pretty good. My goal was just to qualify into the race, we did that. Track position was a major key here, with how tight the setup is it’s hard to pass,” McCollum said on the Speed51.com broadcast. “Overall, a really good race, was able to hold off Jake and Daniel (Williamson) at the end.”
McCollum first took the lead in the opening laps of the race, and would only give it up while on pit road and during restarts. Restarts proved to be the biggest challenge as the race wore on with the outside lane coming into play.
“At the end I was starting to get worried. The bottom worked at the beginning but as soon as the rubber was building up he would be able to roll the top,” he stated. “I tried timing the restart pretty good but the one restart I started in fourth, luckily I caught on and was able to downshift to second. Overall, a really good race between me and Jake.”
Jake Matheson was around to make it hard on McColllum throughout the race. He had a shot at the win late, but couldn’t get to the bumper in the final corners.
“He was on rails the whole night, I tried everything but nothing was beating that No. 010,” Matheson said. “It was a good race between me and Alex and me and Daniel. I’m happy I was able to stay in P2 after that second-to-last restart, I was afraid of getting shipped out. It’s alright, we ended up P2 with a clean car and good competitors to race against, I’m a pretty happy guy.
“Me and Alex have been racing against each other for years now and he’s never raced me dirty, I’ve never raced him dirty,” he added. “Tonight was nothing different, obviously, there was a little bit more on the line, but I wasn’t going to wreck him. I wasn’t going to destroy him; I was going to race him clean for it and he ended up on top.”
Daniel Williamson would finish third, followed by Kelsy Rogers and Conor Horn rounding out the top five.
After a day off Tuesday, 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 and the real-life Snowball Derby, 28 cars will lock in through qualifying, with the rest of the 36-car field filled through the LCQ. A halfway caution at lap 100 will be the opportunity for teams to change tires. You can watch the broadcast live on Speed51.com for free.
Click here to watch replays of the Speed51 Elite Snowflake 100 and Street Stocks.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51.com