The Green Flag Pit Party held on the frontstretch of Five Flags Speedway (FL) will once again serve as the official kick-off for the 47th Annual Snowball Derby.  The popular pit party will take place on Wednesday, December 3 from 5pm-9pm and will give fans the opportunity to rub elbows with their favorite drivers before they rub fenders on the race track.


“The Green Flag Pit Party is a very fun time,” said Five Flags Speedway and Snowball Derby promoter Tim Bryant.  “It’s the night before we get down to serious business, so it’s the final opportunity for people to let their hair down and have a really good time.  It’s a chance for the fans to come out at no charge and mingle among the drivers and get a feel for who is here and what’s happening.”


Taking place at the same time is the Jack Links Qualifying Draw, where every driver entered in the “Granddaddy of All Short Track Races” draws their position for qualifying on NASH 102.7 Pole Night.


“On Wednesday night every driver that files an entry gets introduced, comes up on stage, pulls a Jack Links Beef Jerky package off the board and their qualifying order number is on the back,” said Bryant. “When qualifying rolls around on Friday night the order in which they qualify is of vital importance, at least in the driver’s heads anyway.”


The Jack Links Qualifying Draw will be hosted by owner and NASCAR broadcaster, Bob Dillner.


There will be food, live music and the ability for fans to get autographs from all of their favorite drivers.  The entire night of fun can be experienced by fans free of charge.


“The fans love it,” said Bryant.  “We’ve gotten great feedback on it.  It’s something that we’ve really grown to look forward to.”


The first on-track activity 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


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, or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.


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Five Flags to Host Snowball Derby Green Flag Pit Party