Pete Hamilton, the winner of the 1974 Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL), passed away at the age of 74 on Wednesday.
Hamilton, a native of Dedham, Massachusetts, may have been best known for becoming the first driver from New England to win the Daytona 500. He won the 1970 version of the race driving for Petty Enterprises before going on to score two more wins that season at Talladega.
Hamilton would end up retiring from full-time competition NASCAR competition in 1973, but that didn’t keep him away from the short track world. He began building a Late Model chassis in the town of Norcross, Georgia and in 1973 he won the pole for the Snowball Derby. One year later, in 1974, he repeated that effort and won the most prestigious Late Model race in the country.
In 2012, Speed51.com spoke to Hamilton about his Late Model experience and specifically his performances at the Snowball Derby. You can read the full story by clicking here.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Daytona International Speedway