Race teams traveling from three different regions have extra incentive to travel to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on December 6 for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby.  Speed51.com recently announced that it would once again be putting up bounties of $551 for the highest finishing driver from the Midwest, Northeast and West Coast.


graphic 51 tv snowball derby ppv1Thus far, the response from these regions has been great with teams from all three regions filing official entries to compete in the prestigious Super Late Model race.


The $551 bonus for the highest-finishing Midwest racer will be open to cars that originate from race shops in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.


Midwest racers Brian Campbell, Dennis Prunty, Boris Jurkovic, Paul Shafer, Jr., Ty Majeski, JJ Haley and John DeAngelis are those who have filed an entry and are currently eligible for the Midwest bounty.


The Northeast bonus is for the highest-finishing driver with a team based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont or Rhode Island.  Race teams from Canada will also be included in the Northeast bounty to encourage teams from the Maritime, Quebec and other provinces north of the border to make their way to Pensacola.


Currently, Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine and his Nova Scotia-based No. 13 King Racing team is the only Northeast team eligible for the bounty.


“I was talking to my crew chief Andrew (Hicken) and he’s really pumped up for that,” Clark said.  “It’s not a whole lot but all of the little stuff adds up for sure.  We’re looking forward to that and Speed51.com putting that stuff on.  It’s something you don’t have to do.  There’s four corners and we’re a long ways away, so it will get us through a couple toll booths and buy us some fuel to get down there.”


The West bonus will go to the best finish for a driver whose car originates from Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho or Montana.


A pair of California drivers, Derek Thorn and Jeremy Doss, are currently set to duke it out for the West Coast bounty.


Of course, there’s still plenty of time for teams from each of these regions to file entries and immediately become eligible for the $551.


In 2014, Mark Kraus finished 16th in the Snowball Derby to claim $551 as the highest finisher from the Midwest region.


Vermont’s Brian Hoar became the first driver from his home state to qualify for the race and finished 20th to claim the Northeast bounty.


2015 marks the first season that Speed51.com powered by JEGS has established a third bounty for West Coast drivers.


Speed51.com welcomes partners interested in expanding the bounties to other regions of the United States.  Contact [email protected] for more details.


Advertising opportunities with Speed51.com’s exclusive coverage of the 48th Annual Snowball Derby are currently available.  For details on Speed51.com’s marketing packages, email [email protected]


Speed51.com enjoys partnerships and provides live event coverage with leading series including the NASCAR Home Tracks touring series, the Southern Super Series, ARCA Midwest Tour, CARS Tour, ARCA/CRA Super Series and more.  51 is the Official News Website of such major short track racing events as the Snowball Derby and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna.


The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2.  On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models.  The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.


The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags.  The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.


The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags.  In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race.  The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.


Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.


For more information on the 48th 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 Matt Kentfield at [email protected] and/or Pat Bryant at [email protected]


For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through [email protected] and visit Speed51.com.  Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.


-51 Sports/Snowball Derby Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com

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