Before Snowball Derby week gets down to business, there is always time to have a little fun. That is absolutely what occurred on Tuesday night before a packed crowd at the expanded and brand new Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in downtown Pensacola, Florida.
The Snowball Derby Kickoff Party was broadcasted live on 51TV for fans that could not make it, showing the amount of enjoyable activities that were taking place at the restaurant.
2014 Southern Super Series champion Bubba Pollard displayed his skills at the game of cornhole with Speed51.com’s Bob Dillner, while former Winchester 400 winner Ross Kenseth showed why he is not a professional shuffleboard player.
Multi-time JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour winner Chad Finley played some Big Buck Hunter with Matt “Duke” Kentfield after a full day of fixing clutch issues and working on his Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model in a parking lot up the road from the track.
Perhaps the most entertaining tidbit of the night was video acquired of Autumn Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) winner Brayton Haws performing Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off” and his reaction to such a performance gone public.
Many additional drivers were on hand to talk to the Speed51.com crew during the two-hour broadcast. Daniel Hemric talked about potential 2015 NASCAR opportunities, while Haws’ Pro Late Model owner Mike Garvey remarked that he would do “whatever I have to” to win the 47th Annual Snowball Derby.
It all could not have been possible without Garvey’s car owner Tracy Goodson and his entire Beef ‘O’ Brady’s staff.
Another personality that the Snowball Derby could not do without is Tim Bryant. The Five Flags Speedway General Manager was presented with a special banner of the last car he competed in 15 years ago at the Snowball Derby.
After the good times have been had everyone will focus on the job at hand, winning the prestigious Snowball Derby ring, pendant, and Tom Dawson Trophy.
The 47th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, December 3 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, from 5-9 p.m. fans can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby Weekend.
The first on-track activity of the week comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Butler U-Pull-It Bomber and Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen divisions will take place.
On Friday, December 5, it is NASH 102.7 Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.
Then on Saturday, December 6, it’s the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars, a 50-lap Pro Trucks feature and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race to lock the final cars into the Snowball Derby.
Finally, the 47th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.
The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.
Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.
For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.
-By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Correspondent – Twitter: @Aaron_Creed
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