(Editor’s Note: Speed51.com has learned that apparent second-place finisher BJ Leytham has been disqualified for having a drag link that was two inches too wide.)


It took a while for Thursday’s Snowball Derby Sportsman feature at Five Flags Speedway to get going, but as the saying goes, “good things come to those that wait.”


B.J. Leytham led most of the 50-lap Sportsman feature but battled a race car that was looser and looser as the race neared its completion.  The loose condition and lapped traffic allowed Shanna Ard to make a three-wide pass for the lead off turn two with nine laps to go.  Lapped traffic continued to play a factor through the end of the race, allowing Ard to extend his lead and take his first Snowball Derby Sportsman division win.


For Ard, the victory was many years in the making.  It was hard for him to find the right words in victory lane when speaking with Speed51.com after his win.


“Well I’m speechless really, kinda unbelievable,” Ard said.  “Eighteen years of trying this and we finally won.  I think we’ve finished in every position there is to finish in, but tonight we came out number one.”


Ard let the crowd know he wasn’t sure how long it would take for the victory to sink in. 


“I don’t know how it feels yet, but I’ll let you know later tonight.”


Action at Five Flags Speedway continues Friday night with one of the most intense qualifying sessions in racing, qualifying for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.  Also on tap is the 75-lap Snowball Derby Modified of Mayhem feature. 


Speed51.com has a live live pay-per-view broadcast available all weekend, you can learn more about it here: https://speed51.com/speed51-tv-51st-snowball-derby-five-flags-speedway-fl/


-Story by: Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

-Photo credit: Speed51.com


Snowball Derby Sportsman Unofficial Results

Five Flags Speedway (FL) – November 29, 2018

Pos # Driver
1 29 Shanna Ard
2 3 Mark Barnhill
3 357 Jason Huffmaster
4 10 Chad Robinson
5 65 Steven Allday
6 97 Hunter Lambert
7 71 Tommie Blocker
8 45 Tony Jones
9 99 Billy Hoover
10 5 Jason Gammon
11 2 Paul Schloss
12 13 Paul Mathis
13 28 Dayton Sidner
14 32 Lee Reynolds
15 42 Jake Moore
16 07 Jim Pokrant
17 24 Thumper Grice
18 16 Tony Boyd
19 60 Jimmy Goodwinn
20 0077 Garrett Cobb
21 8 BJ Leytham (DQ)

Snowball Derby Sportsman Win 18 Years in the Making