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Snowball Derby Saturday Postponed Due to Rain

December 1, 2018 • App, Archives, Late Models, Region - National, Snowball Derby

For the first time since 1982, there is no on-track activity on Snowball Derby Saturday.

 

Persistent, and at times severe, storms rolled in to Pensacola, Florida late Friday evening and continued throughout the early afternoon Saturday forcing the postponement of the Snowflake 100.

 

The Snowflake 100 will be run on Saturday, December 8 as a one-day event.

 

Five Flags Speedway General Manager Tim Bryant said the decision wasn’t an easy one to make, but necessary with the extreme conditions.

 

“It is such an inconvenience, but we have taken on so much water to get our grounds in condition, let alone to get the race track dry,” said Bryant. “There just isn’t a way to get it all done.”

 

Saturday’s storms flooded the track parking area, midway and infield sending track crews, race teams and fans scattering and looking for cover. At some places on track property, standing water was between three and five inches deep.

 

Rain had already pushed Modified of Mayhem event to Saturday morning. The Modified event, along with Pro Trucks, will be a part of the rescheduled Snowflake card.

 

Pit gates will open at 10 a.m. next Saturday, followed by a driver’s meeting at 11 a.m. Modified of Mayhem teams will get a quick hot lap session at noon, with Pro Trucks and Snowflake cars practicing afterwards.

 

Modifieds will open the race card for the evening, with Pro Late Models getting on track for a twilight start for the Snowflake 100.

 

All pre-purchased tickets for today’s event will be honored on the make-up date.

 

Bryant and the staff at Five Flags were ready to get the facility and track in race shape if Mother Nature had cooperated. With the date swap, fans will just have to wait a little longer to see another page of history written in the Snowflake record book.

 

“We are extremely disappointed, more so for the folks that aren’t just going to be able to come back next week,” Bryant said. “We hate the inconvenience, because we want our race fans to see what we know will be a great Pro Late Model event. We will have that on Saturday.”

 

Those who purchased a five-day video ticket, a Friday video ticket or a Saturday video ticket on Speed51.com will be able to watch next Saturday's broadcast.

 

If you haven't purchased your video ticket for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, click here to get yours today.

 

-Story by: Ryan L McCollough, Speed51.com Gulf Coast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

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