Although the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby took place just one week ago today, our team at Speed51 is already looking forward to what may come at the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby in December 2020. Likewise, many of the drivers that competed in this year’s event are already working to figure out what they need to do to capture the Tom Dawson Trophy at Five Flags Speedway.
Today, we take a look at the top five drivers with something to prove at next year’s Snowball Derby.
Ty Majeski – The star from Wisconsin has already said he’ll be back next year. In six Snowball Derby starts, Majeski has led over 300 laps. He’s also led at least 25 laps in five of those six career starts, but he has yet to lead the lap that matters most. Majeski wants to win this race, so keep an eye on the No. 91 in 2020.
Bubba Pollard – We will say this until he gets the monkey off his back. Eddie Mercer had to wait 17 years to win the Snowball Derby, and now Bubba Pollard has a dozen starts. Pollard will replay the Derby in his mind all year long leading up to next December.
Jake Garcia – In a similar situation to Zane Smith letting Chase Elliott a few years back, Jake Garcia gave away second to Travis Braden on the last restart in what became the race-winning pass. Garcia is 14 years old and Ricky Turner is one of the best crew chiefs in the business. We could be seeing some magic here in the near future.
Harrison Burton – Here is a very rare situation of a driver who went from the penthouse to the outhouse from one year to the next. After winning the pole in 2018, Burton failed to qualify for the race in 2019. Burton and Rich Bickle both held transfer positions during the closing laps of the last chance race before an incident involving Carson Hocevar ended the weekend for all three drivers. Burton and his crew chief Chris Wimmer will have a tough Christmas, but we can’t imagine this is how the storybook ends for ether of these two.
Stephen Nasse – He drove the race of his life and had it taken away in the tech line. Nasse will have a chip on his shoulder in 2020 while trying to prove that he can cross the finish line first and pass post-race technical inspection. Regardless, Nasse is one of the most popular drivers in short track racing and had a great 2019 season. Now, he has even more fire under him heading into the 2020 season.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51photos.com