Drivers come from all over the country for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby, and the Snowball Showdown at Fast Eddie’s Fun Center is no different.  However, it was a couple of Five Flags Speedway (FL) track champions that battled their way to the front during the Thursday night karting spectacular.


graphic 51 tv snowball watch liveBlizzard Series Super Late Model titlist Casey Roderick held off the track’s Pro Late Model champion Ryan Luza for the flag-to-flag victory in the 20-lap event.


Roderick arrived late and took the place of Chris Dilbeck from PFC Brakes in a heat race after Dilbeck had already transferred to the semi-final round.  He then finished second in the semi-final round to earn one of just eight starting spots in the $251-to-win race.


Luck was on his side from there as he drew a fast kart and the pole position for the main event.


“It was fun out here tonight,” Roderick told powered by JEGS.  “It was the first time I’ve been out here.  It’s a good start to the weekend.”


The Lawrenceville, Georgia driver also touched on his Snowball Derby effort after an eventful day of practice.


“I feel like we have a pretty good Snowball car, though,” Roderick noted.  “We found some stuff in practice.”


In the annual Driver’s Race, Luza capitalized late and nudged his closest Pro Late Model competitor all season long, Dustin Smith, to take the lead and hold on for the win.


In the Media Race, Jim Sanborn of News Talk 1370 won for the second straight year.


Aaron Creed dethroned two-time defending winner Brandon Paul in the Race after a side-by-side battle for a number of laps during the middle portion of the race.  Creed then had to hold off a strong charge from Adam Mackey, who will be on the call for the Snowball Derby broadcast, in the closing laps.


Footage from some of the Snowball Showdown action will be available on the Speed51 Network.


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

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