Race fans who are heading to Pensacola, Florida for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will once again be in for a full week of excitement at Five Flags Speedway beginning Wednesday night, November 29 with the Green Flag Pit Party. This year, the Wednesday night activities are getting a high-octane facelift for the momentous occasion.
While the day includes load-in and preliminary technical inspection for Late Model teams, things begin to get cranking at 6 p.m. CT with the qualifying draw for both the Snowball Derby and Allen Turner Snowflake 100. New for this season, the draw will be held in a tent in the fan zone at Five Flags Speedway so that the track can be race ready.
For the first time in Derby history, racing will be held as a part of the Wednesday night activities with the 50-lap feature for the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks kicking off the racing action for the week. It is the first of a couple of tweaks for the first few nights of feature racing.
“We’re excited about it for several reasons. It’s going to take our Pure Stock division and put them on center stage. It’s also going to free up some pit area parking for our other divisions,” said Five Flags Speedway Promoter Tim Bryant. “We’re hoping to eliminate the outside parking. It will make Thursday flow a little better with the Outlaw Stocks and the Sportsman divisions. Of course, Friday night we expect a large turnout for the 75-lap Open-Wheel Modified race.”
Following the Pure Stock feature, the Green Flag Pit Party will open up in full for race fans with many activities and amenities including a DJ, large video screen and prize giveaways. The Chili for Charity contest benefitting the Pensacola Miracle League is also back. As in year’s past, the Green Flag Pit Party will be a chance for race fans from all over to meet and mingle with all the participants who will go door to door all week long.
Admission for Wednesday night is just $5 if purchased separately. Fans who purchase the $75 weekend long reserved ticket package will be able to attend Wednesday night’s activities free of charge.
The 50th Annual Snowball Derby will kick off on Wednesday, November 29 with racing for the first time in event history on a Wednesday night. The Pure Stock division will be in action for a 50-lap feature prior to the annual Green Flag Pit Party and all-important qualifying draw for Late Model drivers.
Late Models will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, November 30 prior to 50-lap features for the Sportsman and Outlaw Stock divisions later that night.
Friday, December 1 is the most intense day in all of short track racing. It’s qualifying day for the Snowball Derby. Also on Friday night, the Modifieds will get their spotlight as they do battle for 75 laps to crown their Snowball Derby champion.
Saturday, December 2 is Allen Turner Snowflake 100 race day. Qualifying for the Snowflake 100 will begin at 2 p.m. CT. A 50-lap last chance race for the Snowflake 100 will immediately follow qualifying. The 50-lap last chance race for the Snowball Derby will also be held on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the last chance race for the Snowflake 100.
The green flag for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will wave at 7 p.m. Also on Saturday night, the Pro Trucks will race for 50 laps to decide who takes their Snowball Derby victory.
Sunday, December 3 is the biggest day of the year in short track racing. It’s race day for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities will begin at Noon CT. The class photo for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will be taken on the frontstretch at 12:30. Driver introductions will follow at 1:15 p.m. The green flag for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will wave at 2 p.m.
More information on the 50th Annual Snowball Derby can be found by visiting www.snowballderby.com and www.5flagsspeedway.com.
-51 Sports/Snowball Derby Press Release
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