Five Flags Speedway will be joining the fun of a growing eSports industry this December with the first official Snowball Derby sim race. In a partnership between Speed51 and Five Flags Speedway, the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby on December 1-4 will benefit families in the Pensacola area during the holiday season.
Sanctioned by the Elite Racing League, the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby format will mirror the real event held at the Pensacola short track each December. The event will feature three divisions of racing -- Street Stocks, Late Models and Super Late Models -- over a four-day span leading into the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby.
In addition to the fun that will be had during the first official Snowball Derby eSports event, the speedway will be donating its proceeds from the event to the Cat Country 98.7FM Christmas Wishes program. Each year, the program provides assistance to underprivileged families to give them a better holiday each December.
Sim racers can enter the Street Stock and Late Model portion of the event with a $10 entry fee covering both races. Super Late Model entry fees for the event are $20, with proceeds benefiting the Cat Country Christmas Wishes program.
The winner of the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby Super Late Model race will receive $151, with purse money distributed throughout the top 10.
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 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 to watch 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_.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager - Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51