While the Speed51 Snowball Derby Kickoff Party is getting some new digs in 2019, drivers and race fans can still expect the same great atmosphere and fun that has come with the event the past few years. Moving to the Beef O' Brady's location at 2101 W 9 Mile Road in Pensacola, only three miles north of Five Flags Speedway on Tuesday, December 3, the event will now be held in the shadows of the legendary track which will host the 52nd Snowball Derby December 4-8.
Race fans will be able to come on in, have a few drinks, eat some great food, and still have a chance to meet some of their favorite drivers before they put on the helmets and tighten the belts later in the week. Once again, Speed51 will be on hand to cover all the action and provide a little extra fun, with driver interviews, and even some games which have become favorites for many over the years.
The driver list is already beginning to grow for the Kickoff Party with former Snowball Derby winner Wayne Anderson expected to make an appearance. Team owner Donnie Wilson will also be appearing, as he prepares to field three cars for the 2019 Derby. Dalton Zehr, Jack Dossey III, and Johnny VanDoorn are also among the early RSVP's.
Drivers planning on coming to the Speed51 Snowball Derby Kickoff Party are encouraged to email Speed51 Content Manager, Brandon Paul at [email protected] to RSVP. Those who confirm their attendance are more likely to get air time as we begin planning the live edition of Speed51's "The Bullring" talk show.
There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available for those that want to be involved with the Speed51 Snowball Derby Kickoff Party. If you want to be involved, please email [email protected]
Rig parking and tech will open on Wednesday, December 4 for Super and Pro Late Model teams. The day will also feature a qualifying draw for both divisions and a free Green Flag Party in the pits featuring the band Muskogee Ridge.
Late Models will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, December 5 for a full practice day. The Pro Trucks, Sportsman, and Pure Stocks will have their feature races that night.
Friday, December 6 is the most intense day in all of short track racing. It’s qualifying day for the Snowball Derby. Also on Friday night, the Modifieds of Mayhem will crown a champion as they do battle for 75 laps in their season finale.
Saturday, December 7 is Allen Turner Snowflake 100 race day. Qualifying for the Snowflake 100 will begin at 2 p.m. CT. A 50-lap last chance race for the Snowflake 100 will immediately follow qualifying. The 50-lap last chance race for the Snowball Derby will also be held on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the last chance race for the Snowflake 100.
The green flag for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will wave at 7 p.m. Also on Saturday night, the Outlaw Stocks will race for 50 laps to decide who takes their Snowball Derby victory.
Sunday, December 8 is the biggest day of the year in short track racing. It’s race day for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club. Pre-race festivities will begin at Noon CT, with the class photo for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby being taken on the frontstretch at 12:30 and Driver introductions to follow. The green flag for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby will wave at 2 p.m.
For more information regarding the event, including ticket information, schedules and ticket information, please visit Snowball Central on Speed51.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51