The Snowball Derby is known across the United States as the premier Super Late Model event in the country, drawing fans and teams from all over to compete in the 300-lap crown jewel race at Five Flags Speedway (FL). The race also frequently sees racers make the trip from Canada, such as Cole Butcher and Jerry Artuso, Jr. In this year’s field for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club, there is also representation from Mexico in the form of Rodrigo Rejón.
Rejón from Mexico City, Mexico is making his Snowball Derby debut in style, competing in the Derby as well as the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models.
For Rejón, the experience has been nothing short of amazing thus far, as he is impressed by both the number of cars he faces with 57 entries on the grounds for this year’s Derby as well as the skill level of the competition.
“It’s a great feeling,” Rejón told Speed51. “When I arrived here yesterday, I was amazed. I can’t believe the quantity and amount of cars that are here. The experience they have to run here well.”
While Rejón has not yet found the speed he is looking for to contend with the front runners at this year’s Derby or Snowflake 100, he credits that to the experience and ability of his adversaries.
“I am even more amazed at the experience and level of competition here. It is outstanding. It’s quite a challenge to know how to drive this track and know how to drive these awesome and fast cars.”
First and foremost, this weekend is a chance to gain plenty of experiencing, practicing and competing in two race cars against the best Late Model racers in North America.
“It’s a great experience. It’s a weekend for us to get experience. It’s an awesome event, I saw some videos of last year’s event, it’s a great event. It’s amazing how all the people get to know the cars, get to know the drivers, get to know how NASCAR works.”
Rejón admits he went into the weekend with little pressure on himself, but can’t help but feel the weight of expectation now that he is in Pensacola.
“I thought we were not going to have pressure because we only came here for experience and fun. It’s quite impressive the pressure you manage competing. We have a little bit of pressure at the Snowball Derby and we’re representing Mexico and we want to get a lot of drivers from Mexico coming here in the coming years.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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