Each race during the 51stAnnual Snowball Derby will see plenty of drivers charging hard through the field. Now, the driver that charges the hardest will be rewarded for their efforts with the “Hard Charger” award.
The “hard charger” for the Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will receive an extra bonus of $500. The support divisions at Five Flags Speedway will all receive $200, generously donated by Glenn Tilton.
“That’s sort of our passion, is asphalt super late racing, asphalt racing in period, short tracks,” said Tilton about why he wanted to be involved with the 51stAnnual Snowball Derby.
“We couldn’t be more appreciative of a guy like Glen Tilton, who owns NAPA stores in Wyoming,” said Snowball Derby and Five Flags Speedway promoter, Tim Bryant. “The very fact that he likes involvement in an event all the way across the country, is testament to what all these competitors have built over the years.”
“Hard Charger” awards will be given to the driver who passes the most cars within their respective features. The hard charger award will take into consideration the starting position and the finish position to determine who has passed the most cars. This won’t count all cars passed, only starting and finishing positions.
As each driver hopes to start as close to the front of the field as possible, this gives the drivers who will starting further back some hope on a cash bonus.
The money put up for awards like this encourages racers and their teams to strive for not only the win, but one more reason to go out there and compete.
There is a variety of different ways to be involved with the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, from the Most Laps Led bonus to the Halfway Leader bonus and more. If you're interested in advertising at 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 2:00 p.m.
For more information regarding the 51stAnnual Snowball Derby, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.
-By Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Contributor - Twitter: @2KendraAdams
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