One fast and daring driver will have the opportunity to double their first-place winnings in the December 6 Allen Turner Snowflake 100. It won’t be easy, but it could mean an extra $7,000 to take home following the prestigious Pro Late Model event on Snowball Derby weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.
Setting fast time and electing to start at the tail of the Snowflake 100 starting field, then driving to victory lane at the end of the 100-lap Pro Late Model feature, will net a $7,000 “Pelican Payday” bonus offered up by Gene Boyter’s Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Louisiana and its celebrated Pelican 100 event in February.
After Snowflake 100 qualifying on December 6, the event’s qualifier will have the option to start at the rear of the field and take the “Pelican Payday” challenge. Should the fast qualifier elect to take the initial green flag of the race behind all the other cars on the track, then go on to win the Snowflake 100, the winning driver will collect the $7,000 winner’s purse plus the $7,000 “Pelican Payday” bonus put up by Boyter for a grand total of $14,000.
“Gene Boyter is the type of race promoter that Snowball Derby Grand Marshal Humpy Wheeler would be proud of,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 events. “He likes creativity and he likes to challenge racers. Over the years, we at Five Flags have developed a friendship with Gene and he’s become a big fan of the Snowball Derby. We’re glad that he’s found a way to get involved and it’s a great opportunity for one driver to score some extra cash during the Snowflake 100.”
The Pelican 100 has brought some of the top dirt racers in the country annually, all going for a big-money prize at Ark-La-Tex, located in Vivian, Louisiana. Likewise, the Snowflake 100 at Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway brings in the top asphalt Pro Late Model racers from all corners of the map for a race with immense prestige. Events like the Pelican 100, which will be held February 27-28, 2015, and the Snowflake 100 fuel Boyter’s passion for all kinds of short track racing and helped open the door to this year’s “Pelican Payday” at Five Flags.
“The racers have to do their part, but if someone should be able to pull this off, people will be talking about it for a long time,” said Boyter. “It’s pretty gutsy for the driver to try it, but that’s what short track racing is all about. Our Pelican 100 is starting to be a pretty good deal and takes place when there’s not much other racing going on, just like the Snowball and Snowflake races. This is a good opportunity to get the word out about our $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start dirt Late Model show in February and a great chance to see a driver in the Snowflake do a pretty impressive feat.”
In order to be eligible for the “Pelican Payday,” the fast-qualifying driver in time trials for the December 6 Snowflake 100 must elect to start at the rear of the field, behind all transferring drivers from the Snowflake Qualifying Race and any provisional starters. The driver must then officially win the 100-lap feature in order to collect the $7,000 “Pelican Payday” bonus.
Winning from the rear in the Snowflake 100 can be done, as newly-crowned NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Chase Elliott started 31st and won the Snowflake race at Five Flags in 2010.
For more information on the fifth annual Pelican 100 at Ark-La-Tex Speedway on February 27-28, visit www.arklatexspeedway.net.
For more information on the 2014 Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and the entire 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. Select tickets are still available, but act now to ensure the best reserved seats before they are gone. To order advance tickets, call the Five Flags Speedway Box Office at 850-944-8400.
– 51 Sports / Snowball Derby press release
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