It’s been one of the most prestigious undercard events of the Snowball Derby. We're not talking about the Snowflake 100; we're talking about the Modified feature which has brought drivers from the Midwest, the Southeast and all points of the short track racing world.
Over 40 Modifieds took the green flag a year ago and there is no reason to think that 40, maybe 50 plus could show up to run in their version of the 51st Annual Snowball Derby this Friday night.
This year's race will be a 75-lap race that will serve as the season finale for the Modifieds of Mayhem Tour.
Grill is expected to return this year along with Jeff Choquette as the two drivers will run the Modified show as part of a triple-duty effort at the Snowball Derby.
In 2016 Korey Ruble took a swing at the Modified race and took home a trophy. Ruble has to be considered a favorite after finishing first, second and fourth the last three seasons.
With Grill and Ruble's wins, as well as Donnie Hamrac’s three-straight wins and Billy Melvin’s win in 2012, it marks six straight wins for the state of Alabama. The local drivers from the Modified “Alabama Gang” have a win streak going that rivals the in-state Crimson Tide football team.
Another powerful entry is that of Jeff Letson, who has victories in 1998, 2002, and 2005. Letson is one win off the record which is held by Johnny Mitchell, who won four of five runnings in the 90’s.
One more name to watch out for is Kyle Purvis, who has two podiums in the last three runnings of the Modified race.
With all of these entries and storylines to follow, it should be a thrilling 75-lap shootout Friday night at Five Flags.
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, including qualifying night. 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.
Past Snowball Derby Modified Winners
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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