The countdown to the week of the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) is nearing its conclusion. While fans are making the pilgrimage to Pensacola to witness the biggest asphalt Super Late Model race in the country, there will be tons of racing throughout the four-day race week at the Florida half-mile during the racing week.
In all, seven different classes will race at Five Flags from December 3 to December 6, competing in nearly 700 laps of feature racing. Add in last chance qualifiers and potential B-Mains for some of the classes, and that number grows even higher. Simply put, fans will get their monies worth with all of the on-track action.
Even before the action begins, activity gets started at Five Flags on Wednesday, December 2 with rig parking for Late Model teams and the tradition of track announcer Dave Pavlock welcoming each competitor over the public address system. With the first round of tech inspection slated for the afternoon, the evening brings about the all-important draws for qualifying order in both the Super Late Model and Pro Late Model classes before concluding with the Green Flag Pit Party on the frontstretch.
Thursday, December 3 brings the first on-track action of the week, starting with the Super Late Model teams in preparation for the Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models. It also brings a trio of features in the evening for three of Five Flags Speedway’s favorite divisions. The WCI Parts Pro Trucks and Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsmen will each go for 50 laps of racing. The day concludes with the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks going at it for 35 laps of excitement.
Friday, December 4 features the most dramatic qualifying session in Late Model racing, as Snowball Derby drivers will attempt to secure their spot in Sunday’s feature. The day then concludes with the crowning of a champion, as the open-wheeled warriors in the Modifieds of Mayhem Tour cap off their 2020 championship with a 75-lap finale.
Things crank up even more on Saturday, December 5 with 150 laps of feature racing, plus two dramatic last chance qualifiers. The Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks will make their on-track debut, with practice and qualifying to start the day. After qualifying for both the Outlaws and the Pro Late Models, Snowball Derby drivers will get their final chance to make Sunday’s field in the 50-lap LCQ. The Pro Late Models follow with their own 50-lap last chance race, leading into the Outlaw B-Main if necessary. Finally, the evening closes with the 22nd running of the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, followed by the 50-lap Outlaw feature.
Lastly, the week closes on Sunday, December 6 with the biggest race of all, the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities begin at noon, with driver introductions at 1:30 p.m. The green flag will drop on the 300-lap Snowball Derby at 2:00 p.m., closing out an incredible week of racing.
Race fans looking to make the pilgrimage to Pensacola for the Snowball Derby can order tickets for the event now at 5flagsspeedway.com.
For fans unable to make the trip, they can tune in for the pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.TV for all four days of racing, plus the aforementioned Wednesday qualifying draw. Order your video ticket by clicking here.
For more information on the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby, visit Speed51’s Snowball Central.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51