If you had to put money on the drivers competing in the 48th annual Snowball Derby, what type of odds would you get? Like any sporting event that sees action in Las Vegas, the heavy hitters would not provide as much “bang for your buck,” while those with an outside chance would provide a big payday for those feeling more risky.
We at Speed51.com have taken the projected entry list for the Snowball Derby and have broken it down as to who we think has the best shot to come out on top of the tough competition on Sunday, December 6th.
Of course, there is no disrespect to any drivers mentioned in this list and odds are based solely off of past performances in the Snowball Derby and in Super Late Model racing. These odds are for entertainment purposes only.
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The Favorites (3 to 1): Chase Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek, Bubba Pollard
The list of favorites includes the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, the defending Snowball Derby winner and one of the toughest Super Late Model competitors in the entire country. If they’re not contending for the win, it will be a big surprise.
The Contenders (5 to 1): Ty Majeski, Augie Grill, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Derek Thorn, Donnie Wilson, Dalton Sargeant
Majeksi is one of the hottest Late Model drivers in the country and is fresh off of a win in the Florida Governor’s Cup. Grill is a two-time winner of the race, Bell has had an impressive year in Super Late Models and Thorn is primed for his best run at a Derby win. Wilson seemed well on his way to winning the final Southern Super Series race at Five Flags this season, but had a mechanical issue that ended his night early. Hemric’s record in a Late Model and beyond speaks for itself. It will be interesting to see what he can do in the Wauters Motorsports No. 5. Another Wauters driver, last year’s runner-up Dalton Sargeant, will also be a threat with a full year of K&N and Late Model racing under his belt.
Good Money (10 to 1): Casey Smith, Ross Kenseth, William Byron, Zane Smith, Harrison Burton, Johanna Long, Stephen Nasse, Casey Roderick, Cassius Clark, Kyle Grissom, Garrett Jones, Hunter Robbins
The current Southern Super Series champion, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, Blizzard Champion, a big winner in Canada, last year’s Snowball Derby fast qualifier and a former Derby winner help to make up the 10 to 1 group. It’s hard to imagine that these drivers are not the favorites, but the field is so deep even the best have to beat the best. All of the drivers in this group have a legitimate chance of holding up the Tom Dawson trophy Sunday night.
In the Ball Park (15 to 1): Dennis Prunty, Scotty Ellis, Cole Timm, Boris Jurkovic, Dominique Van Wieringen, Brian Campbell, Spencer Davis, Paul Shafer, Jr., Cole Rouse, Anderson Bowen, Chad Finley, Corey LaJoie
Proven winners and fast drivers from multiple regions make up the 15 to 1 crowd. Former Winchester 400 winners, a Slinger Nationals winner, the CARS Tour Super Late Model champion, regional champions and ARCA winners are all on this list. If things go right, the drivers on this list could be around late and turn a few heads at the 48th Annual Snowball Derby.
Under the Right Conditions (20 to 1): Bret Holmes, Rico Abreu, Derek Kraus, Mason Mingus, Jeremy Doss, Clay Jones, Brandon Oakley, Chris Fontaine, Dennis Schoenfeld, JJ Haley, DJ VanderLey, David Rogers, Logan Boyett, Kaz Grala, Quin Houff, Junior Niedecken
Taking these drivers and having a race of their own would be a fun one to watch. You have this year’s Mobile Pro Late Model champion, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winners, SRL Southwest Tour winners, the Chili Bowl Nationals winner and a former Snowball Derby runner-up.
Would Pay Off Well (30 to 1): Kyle Bryant, John DeAngelis, Michael Atwell, Jerry Artuso, Allen Karnes, Christan Eckes, Josh Bragg, Caleb Adrian, Kyle Plott, Jesse Dutilly, Quinnton Bear
There’s a lot of talent in this mix and they are contenders in other areas or forms of racing. It’s the Snowball Derby, and despite not being favorites these guys have a chance as well.
Big Money Bets (35 to 1): Roger Reuse, Michael Mazzagatti, D J Hoelzle, Tim Martin, Dustin Smith, Cory Roper
These guys can make the show, but the chances of them winning are slim. Remember, this is for fun and if one of these drivers won the race it would be an amazing story.
-Story by Speed51.com Staff. Photo credit: Bruce Nuttleman/Speed51.com