With money on the line, race teams will head to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on November 19 for the Snowball Derby Preview. The annual preview event allows race teams to test prior to the 49th Annual Snowball Derby and allows fans to get their first look at the stars that will be racing on December 1-4.
For the second straight year, those unable to make it to the Snowball Derby Preview will still be able to get a taste of the event from home. Speed51.com and Five Flags Speedway have partnered to bring race fans a free live video stream of the final three hours of the day’s practice sessions.
“Tim Bryant (Promoter, Five Flags Speedway) and Speed51.com wanted to do something cool for all the teams testing during the Snowball Derby Preview,” said Bob Dillner, Executive Editor of Speed51.com. “Now while teams and drivers chase some big bucks and some fast laps, anyone across the globe can tune in as we will offer a free video stream at that time. It’ll give people a chance to size everyone up for the Snowball Derby a couple weeks later.”
Among the divisions testing at the Pensacola oval will be Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Bombers, Modifieds and Sportsman. Teams will have a three-hour window from 4-7 p.m. CT to record the fastest lap of the day.
Speed51.com’s cameras will be rolling throughout that three-hour window so that fans can keep up with who is fast in advance of the 49th Annual Snowball Derby.
Fans will need to sign up for a free Speed51.com basic membership in order to access the live broadcast that day. If you are interested in being a sponsor of the live coverage please send your inquiry to [email protected]
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). 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.
Young star Harrison Burton won the Super Late Model fast-lap prize of $500 at the 2015 Snowball Derby preview, beating out Jerry Artuso by a slim margin of .004 seconds.
Canadian driver Martin Latulippe (Pro Late Models), Chase Oliver (Modifieds), Steven Davis (Pro Trucks), Dustin Knowles (Super Stocks), Brandon Fowler (Sportsman) and Gino Denmark (Bomber) each took home extra cash in 2015.
Gates open for competitors at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday, November 19 for the Snowball Derby Preview. Rotating practice begins at 9 a.m., with the Fast Lap Cash Award being given to the quickest laps set between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.
Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.
The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.
The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.
Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.
For more information on the 49th 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 Pat Bryant at [email protected]