After a morning shower washed away one round of practice, Snowball Derby teams had just one hour to make their final adjustments for Country Pleasin’ Pole Night Friday at Five Flags Speedway.
Kaden Honeycutt turned in a lap of 16.454 seconds to take fast time in the session. The Donnie Wilson Motorsports team changed transmissions during the session, but that did not slow down the No. 2 entry which has been fast all weekend.
“We did two sets of tires and changed the transmission right before we went out for the second run,” Honeycutt told Speed51. “We worked really fast. The first run, we didn’t have a very good time. I had to pass two cars on my money lap. We had a clean track the second time and it paid off.”
Second-fastest in the session was last year’s pole sitter, Derek Thorn. Ever the competitor, though, Thorn admitted he was still looking for more speed.
“We tried some things this morning, and it seemed to help,” Thorn told Speed51. “I’m not 100 percent happy with it, but there’s no more time to do anything with it, so we’re married to what we’ve got. Hopefully it’s enough to put us in the top 30 tonight.”
One hero of the session was Preston Peltier, clocking in third-fastest. However, he was nearly a zero, spinning down the frontstretch early in the session.
Despite the tight frontstretch with the pit wall looming nearby, Peltier avoided any contact with the wall and rebounded for his fast lap.
“First, I recap by going and changing my shorts, and I’m going to church tomorrow because you don’t spin down the front stretch and not hit anything here normally,” said Peltier. “I’m thankful to God that he gave the talent and luck to stay out of the fence.
“I think things have been pretty consistent this week. I wasn’t expecting the grip to be the level it was today, and it got better as the session went on. That gives me confidence because you’ll need that for a level of comfort going into tonight.”
Tonight, the 30 drivers will be locked into the Snowball Derby through single-car qualifications during Country Pleasin’ Sausage Pole Night. Fans unable to attend the festivities at Five Flags Speedway can click here to watch live on Speed51.TV, presented by Hooters.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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