The Snowball Derby is a race so big and so prestigious that it needs a preview. Not the kind you’d read about on Speed51.com powered by JEGS, but an actual on-track preview with drivers testing their cars for the 48th annual running of the race to take place at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on December 2-6.
On November 21, drivers from seven different divisions, including the Super Late Models and Pro Late Models, will visit the Pensacola, Florida oval not only looking to find speed, but put some extra cash in their wallet for putting down the fastest lap.
As the competitors make their attempts at recording the fastest lap during the Snowball Derby Preview presented by IP Casino Resort & Spa, race fans across the globe will be able to watch it live with a free broadcast on Speed51.com TV.
“Tim Bryant (Promoter, Five Flags Speedway) and Speed51.com wanted to do something cool for all the teams testing during the IP Casino Snowball Derby Preview,” said Bob Dillner, Executive Editor of Speed51.com. “Now when teams go for some big bucks for some fast laps, anyone across the globe can tune in as we will offer a free video stream at that time.”
Among the divisions testing at the track on November 21 will be the Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sportsman and Bombers. Teams will have a three-hour window from 4-7 p.m. CT to record the fastest lap. 51 TV will be live for the duration of those three hours so that you can keep track of who is fast as teams get primed for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby on December 2-6.
A $500 cash bonus will be up for grabs for Super Late Model drivers, while Pro Late Model competitors will be chasing a $300 prize. Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Sportsman will compete for a $200 bonus per division. $150 will go to the Bomber driver with the fastest lap.
To be eligible for the Fast Lap Cash Award, cars must have track-issued transponders ($20 rental fee). The fastest laps will be recorded between 4pm and 7pm on November 21. Divisions will run on a rotating basis and all cars are subject to random technical inspection to ensure a level playing field for the bonuses.
Tennessee Super Late Model racer Mason Mingus took the Super Late Model fast-lap prize at the 2014 Snowball Derby Preview, while Grant Quinlan (Pro Late Models), Brandon Curren (Modifieds), Darryl Rudd (Pro Trucks), Bubba Winslow (Super Stocks), Johnny Greene, Jr. (Sportsman) and BJ Leytham (Bomber) each took home extra cash in 2014.
Gates open for competitors at 8am CT on Saturday, November 21 for the Snowball Derby Preview presented by IP Casino Resort & Spa. Rotating practice begins at 9am, with the Fast Lap Cash Award being given to the quickest laps set between 4pm and 7pm.
The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.
The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.
The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.
Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.
For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at [email protected] and/or Pat Bryant at [email protected]
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-51 Sports/Snowball Derby Press Release