A familiar short track racing livery will be missing in action at the 48th Annual Snowball Derby.  The No. 98 Super Late Model owned by Jake and Deanna Carswell, and therefore driver Ross Kenseth, unfortunately will not be competing.


graphic 51 tv snowball derby ppv1It was a decision that was made in part due to the extensive amount of work involved to repair their dark blue and white striped machine after a practice crash that occurred in October.


“Getting the car fixed after heavy damage sustained at Winchester took longer than expected and we didn’t feel like we could do it right so decided to focus on coming back strong in 2016,” Jake Carswell told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.


The inaugural Southern Super Series championship team from 2013 has competed in the Snowball Derby with strong runs but mixed results on Sunday with drivers Daniel Hemric and Justin Wakefield in the past.


Kenseth participated last year in the popular Christmas-sweater themed car with another team a season ago, but fell out early with mechanical issues.  This will be the first Snowball Derby the third-generation racer has missed since sitting on the front row in his 2009 debut.


The Carswell Motorsports team will be back on the Super Late Model scene soon, but will be focusing on additional priorities with his family’s involvement in the Winter Jam Christian Concert Tour.


“You know we tour with Winter Jam the first three months of the year so plan on seeing us around April,” Carswell explained.  “We haven’t made any driver plans yet for next year but have enjoyed racing with Ross.”


No matter what driver is in the seat for 2016 and beyond, the equipment will remain among the best to beat whenever and wherever they show up.


(Editor’s Note: Although Carswell and Kenseth weren’t able to make it to Five Flags Speedway, nearly 150 Late Model teams made their way into the pit area. You can follow live Trackside Now coverage of Rig Parking and Tech Day by clicking here.)


-By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Central NY & PA Editor – Twitter: @aaron_creed

-Photo credit: Bruce Nuttleman/Speed51.com

Carswell & Kenseth Absent from Derby After Winchester Crash