The Snowball Derby is one of the ultimate stages for race car drivers to perform on, and while the spotlight shines brightest on the winner, there is often a member of the supporting cast that can steal the show. In racing, that’s the hard charger. Once again in 2019, the hard chargers will get their due recognition following the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ's Wholesale Club at Five Flags Speedway.
For the second straight year, Glen Tilton and NAPA of Cheyenne, Wyoming are stepping up to reward the hardest charger during the prestigious Super Late Model race on Sunday, December 8. The $750 prize, up from $500 in 2018, will go to the Super Late Model star who has the most eye-catching march towards the front on Derby race day.
As for the Pro Late Model drivers in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100, there will be a $500 award presented for their show on Saturday, December 7. For 2019, a new face, Phil Harper of Nova Motorsports is stepping up to provide the cash.
The Hard Charger Awards will be given to the drivers who pass the most cars within their respective features. The hard charger award will take into consideration the starting position and the finish position to determine who has passed the most cars. This won’t count all cars passed, only starting and finishing positions.
As each driver hopes to start as close to the front of the field as possible, this gives the drivers who will starting further back some hope of claiming a cash bonus.
The money put up for awards like this encourages racers and their teams to strive for not only the win, but one more reason to go out there and compete.
There are still plenty of different ways to be involved with the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby, with multiple sponsorship opportunities still remaining. If you're interested in advertising at the Snowball Derby, please call Pat Bryant at 850-944-8400.
Rig parking and tech will open on Wednesday, December 4 for Super and Pro Late Model teams. The day will also feature a qualifying draw for both divisions and a free Green Flag Party in the pits featuring the band Muskogee Ridge.
Late Models will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, December 5 for a full practice day. The Pro Trucks, Sportsman, and Pure Stocks will have their feature races that night.
Friday, December 6 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 of Mayhem will crown a champion as they do battle for 75 laps in their season finale.
Saturday, December 7 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 Outlaw Stocks will race for 50 laps to decide who takes their Snowball Derby victory.
Sunday, December 8 is the biggest day of the year in short track racing. It’s race day for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club. Pre-race festivities will begin at Noon CT, with the class photo for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby being taken on the frontstretch at 12:30 and Driver introductions to follow. The green flag for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby will wave at 2 p.m.
For more information regarding the event, including ticket information, schedules and ticket information, please visit Snowball Central on Speed51.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
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