The 50-lap Modified feature during Snowball Derby week at Five Flags Speedway (FL) always presents eventful outcomes when drivers from across the continent convene together.  For the second straight year, no one could pass local Gulf Coast racer Donnie Hamrac for the win.


“Just to win two, period, is great, but two in a row is awesome,” Hamrac told powered by JEGS following a flag-to-flag victory.  “I had all of my crew last year, but we were missing my pops so for him to be here is awesome.”




Hamrac took the lead from fast qualifier Jim Wall on the initial start, but had to dodge several cautions that bunched up the field including one that he was forced to narrowly avoid on lap 13.


“We went off into one and the rear just came around on me when we hit some water or oil.  They gave me my spot back and I held everybody off.”


On a late restart Texan Joe Aramendia, a veteran of multiple NASCAR series and 2014 Houston Motorsports Park champion, stayed with Hamrac on the outside until contact between the two cut his tire.  Aramendia had no hard feelings about the incident.


“Donnie got loose and chased it up the racetrack, but it’s a racing thing,” said Aramendia.  “We’ll do it again next year.”


The initial contact between the two sent Aramendia into former Snowball Derby Modified winner from Indiana, Brian Nester, who managed to hold on for a second-place finish despite significant damage to the car.


“The front end got screwed up in the first wreck and the tow was way out, but we still got to (Hamrac) with the way it was,” said Nester.  “We challenged for the lead at the end with a screwed up car so we’ll take second.”


Winchester Speedway Run for the Gun winner Kyle Purvis made a bid for a top position late but settled for third.  Chris Cotto and Rocky Rogers rounded out the top-five.


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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Snowball Derby Modified 50 Results

1              8             Donnie Hamrac

2              11           Brian Nester

3              13P         Kyle Purvis

4              17           Chris Cotto

5              145         Rocky Rogers

6              25           L.J. Grimm

7              8H           D.J. Hoelzle

8              79           Joe Aramendia

9              5MH      Michael Halbrooks

10           47           John Thomas

11           66R         Ryan Redmon

12           131P      Parker Pugh

13           88           Larry Hughes

14           61           Dustin Jackson

15           91           Jim Walls

16           46           Doug Moff

17           66LB       Logan Bearden

18           0              J.C. Umscheid

19           00           Brandon Curren

20           13           Ian Webster

21           45           Billy Melvin

22           14           Mike Maddox

23           131         Jeff Letson

24           57           Kyle Jarrett

25           5              Donald Crocker

26           99           Brandon Howell

27           10           Okie Mason

28           71           Josh Goodwin

29           88           John Sarppraicone, Jr.

30           30           John Heil

31           33           Jason Morman

32           98           Robbie Cooper

33           01           Scott Gay

34           101         Cameron Berry

Hamrac Survives It All for Repeat Snowball Modified Victory