They have always claimed that you can't win practice. However, for the second year in a row you can at the November 22nd Snowball Derby Preview Presented by Sit-N-Charge. Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway and their partner Sit-N-Charge have joined forces once again to put up extra money for cars that turn the fastest lap of the day during the open test session that is scheduled from 9am to 8pm on Saturday.
During the course of the 11-hour practice session, teams of any division will attempt to log the best lap of the day for a chance at the extra money. The Super Late Models will be racing for $500 as they search for speed and the right racing line in preparation for the 47th Annual Snowball Derby coming up on December 7.
Money on the Line:
Super Late Models $500
Allen Turner Pro Late Models $300
Open Wheel Modified $150
Super Stock $150
Pro Truck $150
Last year, Mason Mingus won the Super Late Model Money before qualifying for the big show and finishing 29th. RS Senter took the Pro Late Model money, Bubba Pollard was tops in Modifieds and Bubba Winslow led Super Stocks. Emilee Riley set fast time in trucks and Shannon Ard and Steve Buttrick each went the same speed in the Sportsman division. BJ Leytham was on top of the Bomber speed chart.
To have an official time registered in any division other than Bombers teams must run a transponder, which can be rented for $20 at the track. Cars not wishing to compete for fast time money are not required to have any electronic timing devices on their car.
Bombers will have a special time period during the day where there laps will be counted in a specific practice session.
If a lap is established below the current Super Late Model track record of 16.133, the time will be recorded as an unofficial track record. Official track records are only recognized during official qualification rounds for events such as the Buddy's Home Furnishing Blizzard Series and the Snowball Derby.
With money on the line, it will be interesting to see if team show up to win practice or figure out the racing line at Five Flags this weekend.
It is also possible that someone could be top dog in two classes with a number of drivers planning on pulling double duty during Snowball Derby week. Without an entry list for drivers competing in the open practice that won’t be known until Saturday.
Speed51.com will be on hand to cover the stories of Snowball Derby practice day as teams make laps around the Pensacola, Florida half-mile. Throughout the day, 51 will keep you up to date on the official fastest laps before the money is handed out.
Pit Gates open at 8am on Saturday and practice starts at 9am and will run till 8pm, which will be close to the conditions that drivers will face in time trials next month at the Snowball Derby.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager - Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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