A quartet of Pure Stock drivers felt the wrath of the “The Room of Doom” during the opening night of the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.


Chance Imel, who led the majority of the 50-lap race, thought he had won his first-ever race before getting disqualified for an engine violation (compression). Overall, four of the top-five finishers were disqualified in post-race technical inspection.


Third-place finisher Caleb Burkett was declared the official winner of the race following the misfortune of his competitors.


Burkett, who had set fast time during the Snowball Derby Preview on November 17, battled at the tail end of the top five for most of the race before finding himself crossing under the checkered flag in third.


Imel dominated the race, leading 46 of the 50 laps on his way to what would have been his first career victory. He took the lead from fast qualifier and new track record holder TJ Thompson after a restart and was untouchable for the remainder of the race.


Mike Moody originally finished second after starting 10th but was disqualified for illegal lifters.


Fourth-place finisher James Hollingsworth and fifth-place finisher Matt Jackson were also disqualified for not meeting compression guidelines.


Darrell McDonald was awarded the runner-up finish, while Tony Boyd, Corey Boddie and Kevin Merritt completed the top 10.


The 51st Annual Snowball Derby continues Thursday afternoon with practice for Pro and Super Late Models.  Outlaw Stocks and Sportsman will both be in competition on Thursday night.


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-Story by Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (MI & IN)

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

Four Disqualified in Snowball Derby Pure Stock Race