“Practice doesn’t pay anything.”
We’ve all heard someone say that before. And while that statement may be true in most cases, it’s not true at the Snowball Derby Preview.
Although the 51st Annual Snowball Derby is scheduled for December 2, a lot of teams entered in the prestigious race will head to Five Flags Speedway on Saturday, November 17for the Snowball Derby Preview.
The open track day for all classes is meant to allow for plenty of testing time before the big event, and Five Flags Speedway is upping the ante for the fastest car in each class. The fastest lap times from each class will go home with some extra cash for turning the fastest lap in the final session of the day.
The quickest Super Late Model team will pocket $500, while the fastest from the Pro Late Models, Florida Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Outlaw Stocks, Sportsman and Pure Stocks will each collect $200.
Because the final runs will be the last session, with cooler weather, fans who attend the preview can expect the same fast lap times that they will see during the week of the Snowball Derby.
Fans can watch in the grandstands for free, and the concession stands will be open for lunch and dinner. Pit admission is $20 per person, with no track rental fee.
The Snowball Derby Preview will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT on November 17 with rotating practice sessions throughout the day.
All track services will be available during the day including fuel and tires. The tech shed will also be open throughout the day.
Last year, Casey Roderick pocketed the extra $500 cash when he set fast time in the Super Late Model division. Derrick Griffin recorded the fastest lap in his Pro Late Model, while the Modified division saw Jeff Choquette win the extra cash.
The 51stAnnual Snowball Derby will get underway Wednesday, November 28 with racing for the Pure Stock division. They will be on track for a 50-lap feature prior to the annual Green Flag Pit Party and all-important qualifying draw for Late Model drivers.
Late Models will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, November 29th prior to 50-lap features for the Sportsman and Outlaw Stock divisions later that night.
Friday, November 30th is the most nerve-wracking and intense in all of short track racing. It’s qualifying day for the Snowball Derby. The Modifieds will get their spotlight on Friday night as they go green for 75 laps to crown their Snowball Derby champion.
Saturday, December 1 is Allen Turner Snowflake 100 race day. Qualifying for the Snowflake 100 will begin at 2 p.m. CT. A 50-lap last chance race for the Snowflake 100 will immediately follow qualifying. The 50-lap last chance race for the Snowball Derby will also be held on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the last chance race for the Snowflake 100.
The green flag for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will wave at 7 p.m. Saturday night also shows the Pro Trucks in action for 50 laps to decide who takes their Snowball Derby victory.
Sunday, December 2 is the biggest day of the year in short track racing. It’s race day for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities will begin at Noon CT. The class photo for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby will be taken on the frontstretch at 12:30. Driver introductions will follow at 1:15 p.m. The green flag for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby will wave at 2 p.m.
More information on the 51st Annual Snowball Derby can be found by visiting Speed51.com’s Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.
-Story by: Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com