Throughout the five days of the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, many drivers and race teams faced adversity. It is how a team dealt with that adversity that ultimately helped determine their performance.
Brandon McReynolds' perseverance was tested throughout the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. McReynolds passed the test with flying colors and because of that he has been named the winner of the 2017 Hal Goodson Five Star Race Car Bodies Tested Tough Award.
One year after qualifying for the race and failing to make a single lap, McReynolds was tested again in 2017 when the engine on his No. 20 machine expired during Thursday's practice. His KBR Development team went to work as the sun set in Pensacola, Florida that night and had his Super Late Model ready to go for Friday's practice.
Not only did McReynolds find speed with a new engine in the car, he qualified 21st out of the stout field of 53 Super Late Model that attempted to qualify. He continued to be tested throughout the race itself with varying pit strategies shaking up the field during the 300-lap race.
Ultimately, McReynolds battled to the end and scored his first career top-10 finish in the Snowball Derby while making a rare appearance behind the wheel of a Super Late Model.
As a result of the toughness he and his team showed both on and off the race track, McReynolds has been named the winner of the 2017 Hal Goodson Five Star Race Car Bodies Tested Tough Award.
McReynolds will receive a $500 product certificate from Five Star Race Car Bodies for winning the award. Other nominees included Cassius Clark, Raphael Lessard and Spencer Davis.
-Text by Speed51.com Staff
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