One of the pioneering forces in stock car racing will bring one of the most talented short track fields in the country to life this December.


Longtime president of Charlotte Motor Speedway and a motorsports promoter extraordinaire H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler has been named grand marshal of the 47th Annual Snowball Derby Super Late Model event at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on Sunday, December 7.


“It is the Kentucky Derby for Late Models and just about everybody that is anybody has raced in that event at one time,” said Wheeler of the Snowball Derby.  “The competition is fierce and it is one of those events that brings out high passion in its many fans.


“Perhaps its popularity is a throwback – events in the past when all the top competitors in a division from all over meet to determine a king.  And do their fans follow them!  I am looking forward to being part of one of racing’s greatest events…the Snowball Derby.”


Wheeler spent decades as the president of Charlotte Motor Speedway, becoming one of the most well-known personalities in the sport.  Since retiring from his role at CMS in 2008, Wheeler has become a consultant and founded Speedway Benefits, a marketing alliance to help grow short track racing across North America.


“Humpy Wheeler is a motorsports legend,” said Tim Bryant, Five Flags Speedway General Manager and promoter of the Snowball Derby.  “He has done so much to build stock car racing from the grassroots level to the top levels of NASCAR racing.  The fact that he singled out the Snowball Derby as a race he wanted to be a part of means a lot to us.  His presence will only raise the excitement surrounding this year’s Snowball Derby.”


Tickets are currently available for the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.  Contact the Five Flags box office at 850-944-8400.


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– 51 Sports/Snowball Derby press release. Photo credit: HHP / Harold Hinson

Humpy Wheeler Named Snowball Derby Grand Marshal