Around the country, race teams are loading their race cars into trailers and going over their checklist before heading to Five Flags Speedway for the Snowball Derby Preview this Saturday, November 18. The annual test and tune day serves as an affordable opportunity for race teams across all divisions of racing to test their race cars out on the fast half-mile before returning in two weeks for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.
Beginning at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, the track will be open for rotating practice sessions for the Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Open-Wheel Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Outlaw Stocks, Sportsman, and Pure Stocks. The track will remain open close to 10 hours before practice wraps up around 7 p.m. CT that night.
Race fans will have the opportunity to view practice from the Five Flags grandstands for free all day long. Those who cannot make it to the Gulf Coast can watch the final three hours of practice on Speed51.com’s free video stream.
During those three hours, track officials are putting up some extra cash for all divisions to the driver who puts down the fastest lap in their respective division between 4 – 7 p.m. The fastest Super Late Model driver will receive a $500 bonus while $200 will be up for all other divisions.
While there is a fair incentive for speed, the name of the game is that of preparation with teams having full track services available all day long, including tires, fuel, and tech inspection.
Pit admission for the day is just $20 with no track rental fees.
Speed51.com will also be providing Trackside Now coverage of the Snowball Derby Preview beginning at 9 a.m. CT and lasting the duration of the day.
The 50th Annual Snowball Derby will kick off on Wednesday, November 29 with racing for the first time in event history on a Wednesday night. The Pure Stock division will be in action for a 50-lap feature prior to the annual Green Flag Pit Party and all-important qualifying draw for Late Model drivers.
Late Models will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, November 30 prior to 50-lap features for the Sportsman and Outlaw Stock divisions later that night.
Friday, December 1 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 will get their spotlight as they do battle for 75 laps to crown their Snowball Derby champion.
Saturday, December 2 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 Pro Trucks will race for 50 laps to decide who takes their Snowball Derby victory.
Sunday, December 3 is the biggest day of the year in short track racing. It’s race day for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities will begin at Noon CT. The class photo for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will be taken on the frontstretch at 12:30. Driver introductions will follow at 1:15 p.m. The green flag for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will wave at 2 p.m.
More information on the 50th Annual Snowball Derby can be found by visiting www.snowballderby.com and www.5flagsspeedway.com.
-51 Sports/Snowball Derby Press Release
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