A lot has changed since the 2006 Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway.  That was the last time that Colt James competed in the prestigious Pro Late Model event held during Snowball Derby week.  James has long been a Pro Late Model ace in his career and picked up several wins along the way. Now, the Buda, Texas native is looking score the biggest win of them all before saying goodbye.

 

James is marking this year’s Snowflake as his final run in a Late Model as he looks to focus more time on his family and his son’s racing.

 

“We sat down and planned this at the beginning of the year,” said James.  “We wanted to do something special for what will be my last race.  I have been tied up so much with my son's racing that I don’t get to do this much anymore.”

 

It’s been over a year since James has been in the car, but they have tested his mount a few times this year to keep him fresh. James said the preparation for this race has been top notch for his family-owned team.

 

“We stripped the car down and made everything as nice as we could,” James added.  “In all honesty, this is probably the nicest car I will ever drive.  I am just ready to race.  We did the Snowball paint scheme and it’s just going to be a lot of fun.”

 

For his family, this will serve as a rare chance to see father Colt race with his son Case watching from the stands. The last few years have been focused on Case's racing while dad plays crew chief, driver coach and mentor.

 

“We have been racing a lot.  In fact, we just just got done a six or eight week stretch,” James explained.  “I have ten times more fun doing it for him then I have when I race. I am looking forward to racing and it just getting here.”

 

Although it's now been 12 years, James remembers his last Snowflake 100 attempt well.  Like most racers, he best remembers the races he lost.

 

“We got behind on the pit stop,” James said.  “It was a six-tire race back in the day and we ended up in a mess with Jack Smith.  We had been running in the top 10 most of the day.”

 

James’ goals for this year's race are to make the race and run in the top 10.

 

“If we could be there in the top 10 after the race that would be a good way to send things off.”

 

So while this may be one final goodbye for James behind the wheel at the Snowflake, don't be surprised to see him at the track playing a different role with his son Case behind the wheel soon.

 

Race fans unable to attend the 51st Annual Snowball Derby in person will be able to watch a pay-per-view broadcast all week long on Speed51.com.  Five-day video tickets can be purchased now for $74.99 ($35 savings) to watch all of the action. Click here to purchase your video ticket today.

 

The 51st Annual Snowball Derby will take place on Wednesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 2 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. For more information regarding the event, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.

 

-Story by Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Colt James

James Ready for Snowflake Return and a Goodbye