Predicting a winner in the Modified race at the Snowball Derby is no easy task. Each year, drivers from all over the Gulf Coast and beyond make their way to Five Flags Speedway (FL) hoping to win on the big stage. While the races have been thrilling to watch in recent years, there’s been one driver who has come out on top three years in a row.
That driver is Donnie Hamrac, who at this time three years ago, would never have pictured having a Snowball Derby hat-trick in hand.
“Never dreamed I would have. It’s hard enough to just get one and three is just unbelievable,” Hamrac told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Jeff Letson won four of the 10 races this year on the Modified of Mayhem tour and looks to be the next favorite in line behind Hamrac. Early on, the entry list includes 15 names including a half dozen from the great state of Texas.
More big names will be added in the coming days and others will just show up on race day. Some of the names include former track champion Okie Mason, as well as Joe Aramendia who is a stud on the Texas racing scene with three track titles at Houston in recent years.
To help get you even more prepared for one of the most exciting races of Snowball Derby week, lets take a look at the Modified division “by the numbers.”
By The Numbers
8: Donnie Hamrac in the No. 8 ride will be the one to watch as he looks for his fourth straight win in the Modified class.
30: The Modified car count can be well over 30 and even pushing 40 some years.
50: The main event will be 50 laps.
$2,500: The feature pays $2,500 to win and over $500 in the top five.
Time for Redemption: Jeff Letson was disqualified from a win earlier this season and looks to lock down a win to cap off a long season.
Late Model Crowd: Don’t be surprised to see a Late Model driver or two try there hand in the mods. Augie Grill, Bubba Pollard, Korey Ruble, and several others have run the Friday night tune up event. Jeff Choquette put down the fastest Modified time at the Snowball Preview, look for him to be a contender when green flag falls.
2015 Donnie Hamrac
2014 Donnie Hamrac
2013 Donnie Hamrac
2012 Billy Melvin
2011 Brian Nester
2010 Mark Chrudimsky
2009 Mark Chrudimsky
2008 Tuffy Hudson
2007 Kurt Jett
2006 Jason Boyd
2005 Jeff Letson
2004 Tim Martin
2002 Jeff Letson
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman