Race fans, it’s finally here. Snowball Derby Week is officially upon us. The 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida is less than seven days away, which means it’s time to take a look at the entry list for the biggest asphalt short track race one final time. More than 230 cars are entered to race during Snowball Derby Week across all divisions from December 1 through December 4.
Once again, the Snowball Derby entry list is as deep as it is long. Seventy drivers have officially filed an entry at the Five Flags Speedway offices. That means 70 of the best Super Late Model drivers in North America will be fighting for a chance to win the Tom Dawson Trophy.
The Tarheel State of North Carolina claims the most drivers with 16 drivers making the drive down I-85 to the Florida Panhandle. 2014 Snowball Derby winner John Hunter Nemechek headlines the list of notable North Carolinians.
The host state of Florida has nine drivers entered in this year’s Snowball Derby. David Rogers, Jeff Choquette, Dalton Sargeant and Logan Boyett are a few of the notable Floridians entered in the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. None of the nine Florida drivers entered have won the Snowball Derby.
The Snowball Derby entry list has drivers from 19 different states and two different Canadian provinces. 2016 CARS Super Late Model Tour champion Raphael Lessard hails from St. Joseph, Quebec. Jerry Artuso calls Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario home.
Just three drivers entered in the 2016 Snowball Derby field can say they’ve won the Tom Dawson Trophy. Augie Grill has gone to victory lane twice. He scored back-to-back Snowball Derby wins in 2007 and 2008. John Hunter Nemechek took the win in 2014, and Clay Rogers won the Snowball Derby in 2006.
The entry list for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model feature is just as long with 64 names entered. More than 10 drivers are going to pull double-duty in the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 this year.
All of the Five Flags Speedway local divisions have strong entry lists as well with more than 20 drivers entered for each division. The Florida Modifieds currently have the best numbers with 30 drivers entered.
Full entry lists can be seen by visiting Schaeffer’s Snowball Central on Speed51.com.
The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.
Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.
The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.
The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.
Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.
For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at [email protected]
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