This might be the best field in the history of the Snowball Derby.
It’s a tall order to make that claim, but it has so much top to bottom talent that not making this field could be understandable. At this point in time it’s full of some of the best from all regions and levels of racing.
Over the weekend the entry list grew with the addition of former winners Kyle Busch, Noah Gragson, and several others. Busch makes the field have two former NASCAR Cup champions for the first time in recent memory. Gragson adds to the former winners list which in all includes eight total former wins are represented.
It made us think, with Chase Elliott, Grant Enfinger, and Ross Kenseth returning to run for the Tom Dawson, how deep this field is with short track success?
Breaking down major Super Late Models races here is a list of the wins represented from each event. Two wins from the Oxford 250, two from the National Short track championships at Rockford, three from the World Crown 300, four from the Slinger Nationals, four from the Summer Showdown at Evergreen, five from the Winter Showdown at Kern County, six All American 400s, seven Florida Governor’s Cup wins, seven wins from Oktoberfest, eight Snowball Derby wins, eight more in the Winchester 400, 10 from SpeedFest and 10 from the Rattler 250.
That is 76 Major Super Late Model wins in this year’s entry list. There are other major events and hundreds more wins that are not counted for, but just in the major asphalt wins this entry list is a strong one. Add in the regular players and it’s one deep field.
Ty Majeski and Bubba Pollard help make up a lot of those wins, but both are seeking their first Tom Dawson trophies. It’s easier to list the races they haven’t won then the ones they have.
Casey Roderick is in a league of his own in the fact that he’s done so well in big long events. He has a World Crown 300 win, a Rattler 250 and now an All American 400 win. Would it shock anyone to see him get one in Pensacola?
How about a quest for three? Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch are each searching for number three for the first time. Augie Grill has had two wins for over a decade, but maybe the stars are aligning just right for him this year as he is racing with a heavy heart after his father Frankie passed away in September.
You have the semi quiet sleepers like Derek Thorn who won the Snowflake last year and Grant Enfinger is back and people forget he’s got seven top 10 runs at the Derby which is the most among actives.
The redemption of Stephen Nasse is on everyone’s mind as he comes back looking to win the race on the track and in the tech line.
The stories are endless and it’s finally Snowball Derby week.
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-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo