Race fans and businesses alike can leave their mark on the 51st Annual Snowball Derby by becoming a lap sponsor of the big race on Sunday, December 2. Five Flags Speedway (FL) is once again offering a lap sponsorship program for Super Late Model racing’s most prestigious race.
The Snowball Derby lap sponsorship program gives fans, families and businesses the opportunity to support the racers and race teams by putting their name on one (or more) of the 300 laps.
Each lap sponsorship is $25 and the leader of each sponsored lap will pocket that money. If all 300 laps are sponsored it is possible that one driver could take home $7,500 in lap leader bonus money.
Lap sponsors will have their name posted to the big lap sponsorship board at Five Flags Speedway, as well as in the track program for the week and right here on Speed51.com, the official news site of the Snowball Derby.
Those who sponsor laps will also have their name announced over the track’s public address system throughout the week.
Lap availability is on a first-come, first serve basis, and they will go fast the closer we get to race day on December 2. So don’t wait, call the Five Flags Speedway office at (850) 944-8400 to claim your lap today.
You can also purchase laps online with an additional $1.00 processing fee that simply covers the charge or the processing system used. To purchase your laps online today, click here.
To see the full lap sponsorship board, click here.
Other opportunities are available for companies that are interested in advertising during the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.
Sponsorship is available within the new tent in the midway that is now open to all fans. The “big tent” provides race fans with a place to relax, watch sports games, or watch Speed51.com’s live video coverage throughout the week.
Those interested in becoming more involved with the nation’s most prestigious short track race are encouraged to call Pat Bryant at 850-944-8400.
The 51st Annual Snowball Derby begins on Wednesday, November 28. The day begins with rig parking for Late Model teams, with the tradition of track announcer Dave Pavlock welcoming each competitor over the public address system. However, the first class to hit the track will be the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stock division, as they practice at 4:30 p.m. ahead of their 50-lap feature that evening. The CAT Country Green Flag Pit Party including the all-important qualifying draw for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 will also be held that night.
Thursday, November 29 brings the first on-track action for Super Late Model teams in preparation for the Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models. It also brings a pair of 50-lap features, doubling the racing from the night before. The Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsmen and the Faith Chapel Outlaw Stock racers will each compete on Thursday night, giving fans 100 laps of action.
Friday, November 30 features the most dramatic qualifying session in Late Model racing, as Snowball Derby drivers will attempt to secure their spot in Sunday’s feature. Don’t let that take away from the Modified division, which will be in action to close out the work week. After their own qualifying session, which will lock in 20 competitors, a 20-lap B-Main will transfer 10 more cars before the 75-lap feature race for the Modifieds.
Saturday, December 1 boasts 150 laps of feature racing, as well as at least two dramatic last chance qualifiers. The Pro Trucks will make their on-track debut, with practice and qualifying Saturday. After qualifying for both the Pro Trucks and the Pro Late Models, Snowball Derby drivers will get their final chance to make Sunday’s field in the 50-lap LCQ. The Pro Late Models follow with their own 50-lap last chance race, leading into the Pro Truck B-Main if necessary. Finally, the evening closes with the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, followed by the 50-lap Pro Truck feature.
Lastly, the week closes on Sunday, December 2 with the biggest race of all, the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities begin at noon, with driver introductions at 1:30 p.m. The green flag will drop on the 300-lap Snowball Derby at 2:00 p.m., closing out an incredible week of racing.
If you are unable to make the trip to Pensacola, you can still watch every single lap of racing during Snowball Derby week. Speed51.com will present live pay-per-view coverage of every feature race during the week, as well as qualifying sessions and Late Model practice sessions. Click here to learn more about pricing options, including our five-day pass which saves you $35.00.
For more information regarding the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.
-Story by: Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com