As the days wind down until the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, more and more awards are being announced for racers competing in the prestigious Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway (FL). In addition to the $25,000 check the awaits the winner of the 300-lap race on Sunday, December 2, a handful of other prizes will be distributed.
The most recent company to jump on board to show their support of the Snowball Derby is Creative Racing Products, the manufacturer of a quick and easy chassis height measuring system. The company based out of Oxford, Connecticut will be giving a chassis height measuring system ($1,200 value) to the winner of both the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100.
Additionally, the company will be giving $500 product certificates to all other winners during Snowball Derby week.
“Because we’ve been big racers our whole life, I’ve been traveling all over the United States going to all kinds of dirt tracks and all kinds of tracks,” said Brett Barker, the co-founder of Creative Racing Products. “One thing we’ve never done is we’ve never gone down to the Snowball Derby. We’ve always heard about it; we’ve always heard it’s just a great show and that a lot of people are there. We figured we could go down there, we could give back and we could get our name out there and show everybody how good of a product we have.”
According to Barker, the story of how the Creative Racing Products chassis height manufacturing system was created came from within the family.
“My father (Don) has been involved in racing his entire life. He owned an engineering company, designing and developing his whole life. He owns 26 or 29 patents for all of the inventions that he’s done. With him owning the business and me being his son, I grew up on the floor of the shop cutting metal and working with dad. His number one love was always racing and he always had race cars. When I got older, we started a Whelen Modified Tour team and ended up winning the championship in 2003. I got old enough in life and my kids were older and my dad had gotten older.
“He was setting up race cars and his knees were killing him and his back was killing him getting underneath them and doing chassis heights. He finally said to me, ‘I own the business creating new products for other people and we’ve always loved racing, how about now we just start developing racing products for real racers?’ He said, ‘Let’s start with this. Let’s put four little things under each corner of the race car, hit a button and wirelessly and accurately get readings. Dad and I put our heads together and thought about what technology we could use so that any racer in the world could afford it and use it. That’s where all the magic was.”
Recently, NAPA Auto Parts of Cheyenne, Wyoming also jumped on board to sponsor the NAPA Hard Charger Award for all divisions competing during the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. The driver gaining the most positions during the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 will each earn an additional $500, while the hard charger in the Pro Trucks, Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Pure Stocks will each receive $200.
Additional money will also be on the line during NASH 102.7 qualifying night for the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. The driver who sets fast time in time trials on Friday, December 1 will receive the pole award and $1,000 before the green flag waves for Sunday’s main event.
It’s not too late for your business to jump on board to support the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. If you’re interested in advertising opportunities available for the Snowball Derby, please call Pat Bryant at 850-944-8400.
Racing will begin on Wednesday, November 28 as the Pure Stock division will compete for 50 laps around Five Flags Speedway. Wednesday’s program also includes rig parking for Late Model teams, the Green Flag Pit Party following the Pure Stock race, and the qualifying draw for both the Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby.
Late Model teams will take to the track for the first time on Thursday, November 29 in their first rounds of practice. Thursday night’s racing program features 50-lap events for the Sportsmen and Outlaw Stock competitors.
The Friday of Snowball Derby weekend is often called the most intense day in short track racing, as Super Late Model drivers compete in qualifying in hopes of securing their spot in Sunday’s field. The Modifieds will also be in action on Friday night in a 75-lap feature.
Saturday, December 1 is jam-packed with racing action. With qualifying for the Pro Late Model Snowflake 100, last chance races for both the Snowflake 100 and Snowball Derby, the Snowflake 100 itself and a 50-lap Pro Truck feature, there is no shortage of excitement for fans at the track.
Finally, the biggest day of the year comes on Sunday, December 2, the day of the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities begin at Noon CT, with the class photo at 12:30 p.m. and driver introductions beginning at 1:15 p.m. The green flag will drop on the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m.
For more information regarding the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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