As the 51st Annual Snowball Derby draws near, the racing entries continue to roll in and so do the calls for reserved tickets. A limited number of those tickets are still available for the most highly-anticipated Super Late Model race of the year.
Many short track racing fans from all over North America have already secured their seats for the prestigious event in the panhandle of Florida.
“We’re blessed to have many fans that renew their tickets each year. Our team also gets excited to see the ticket purchases that come from all over the map. It’s our job at Five Flags Speedway to put on a show for them, and we’re excited about all of the special things that are planned for the 51st Snowball Derby.”
For the second year in a row, there will be five straight days and nights of action-packed racing beginning Wednesday November 28.
Be sure to get your reserved tickets for the 51st Snowball Derby by visiting www.5flagsspeedway.com or by calling the Five Flags Speedway office at 850-944-8400.
The action begins on Wednesday, November 28. The day begins with rig parking for Late Model teams, with the tradition of track announcer Dave Pavlock welcoming each competitor over the public address system. However, the first class to hit the track will be the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stock division, as they practice at 4:30 p.m. ahead of their 50-lap feature that evening. The CAT Country Green Flag Pit Party including the all-important qualifying draw for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 will also be held that night.
Thursday, November 29 brings the first on-track action for Super Late Model teams in preparation for the Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models. It also brings a pair of 50-lap features, doubling the racing from the night before. The Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsmen and the Faith Chapel Outlaw Stock racers will each compete on Thursday night, giving fans 100 laps of action.
Friday, November 30 features the most dramatic qualifying session in Late Model racing, as Snowball Derby drivers will attempt to secure their spot in Sunday’s feature. Don’t let that take away from the Modified division, which will be in action to close out the work week. After their own qualifying session, which will lock in 20 competitors, a 20-lap B-Main will transfer 10 more cars before the 75-lap feature race for the Modifieds.
Saturday, December 1 boasts 150 laps of feature racing, as well as at least two dramatic last chance qualifiers. The Pro Trucks will make their on-track debut, with practice and qualifying Saturday. After qualifying for both the Pro Trucks and the Pro Late Models, Snowball Derby drivers will get their final chance to make Sunday’s field in the 50-lap LCQ. The Pro Late Models follow with their own 50-lap last chance race, leading into the Pro Truck B-Main if necessary. Finally, the evening closes with the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, followed by the 50-lap Pro Truck feature.
Lastly, the week closes on Sunday, December 2 with the biggest race of all, the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities begin at noon, with driver introductions at 1:30 p.m. The green flag will drop on the 300-lap Snowball Derby at 2:00 p.m., closing out an incredible week of racing.
If you are unable to make the trip to Pensacola, you can still watch every single lap of racing during Snowball Derby week. Speed51.com will present live pay-per-view coverage of every feature race during the week, as well as qualifying sessions and Late Model practice sessions. Click here to learn more about pricing options, including our five-day pass which saves you $35.00 on the cost of the week’s worth of racing.
For more information, news, and updates regarding the 51st Snowball Derby, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.
-Story by: Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondant
-Photo credit: Speed51.com