With over 120 entries on the list for this weekend’s Open Setup Virtual Snowball Derby, the event at the virtual Five Flags Speedway was already shaping up to be one of the most competitive Super Late Model races on iRacing this year. However, the late addition of 2020 Snowball Derby winner Ty Majeski has raised the stakes even further.
Over 120 cars will attempt to lock in Friday night via single-car qualifying, emulating the most stressful asphalt racing qualifying format seen each year at Five Flags Speedway. Each driver will get two timed laps, broadcast live on Speed51.com/eSports at 9 PM ET.
Only the top 28 drivers from qualifying will lock into Sunday’s Open Setup Virtual Snowball Derby. The remaining field will have to race their way in through several LCQ races Saturday night for their show to make the field.
FRIDAY, DEC 11 – 9 PM ET – Open Setup Virtual Snowball Derby Qualifying – Speed51.com/eSports
SATURDAY, DEC 12 – 9 PM ET – Virtual Snowflake 100 – Speed51.com/eSports
SUNDAY, DEC 13 – 12:30 PM ET – Open Setup Virtual Snowball Derby Pre-Race – Speed51.com/eSports
SUNDAY, DEC 13 – 1 PM ET – Open Setup Virtual Snowball Derby – Speed51.com/eSports
Along with this year’s Snowball Derby champion, the field features numerous other racers trading in their usual asphalt and dirt rides for iRacing’s laser-scanned Super Late Model.
CARS Tour Super Late Model champion Matt Craig, Langley Speedway track champion Brenden Queen, Canadian Late Model racer Treyten Lapcevich, Modified racer Ryan Doucette, and Northeast Late Model racer Ryan Kuhn are just some of the names on the entry list for this weekend’s races.
Speed51 eSport’s 2019 Virtual Snowball Derby winner Devon Morgan returns to defend his crown, along with 2020 Speed51 Rowdy Energy Super Select Series Champion Parker Retzlaff. Thomas Axsom looks to double up and win both Virtual Snowball Derby events this year after winning the Fixed Setup Virtual Snowball Derby two weeks ago. He joins fellow spotter Brandon Wilkinson in the field.
However, the big names from iRacing’s highest series are also planning to take on the challenge this event holds. Alex McCollum, Zack Novack, and Jimmy Mullis are among the names making their way from the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Pro Series, the top-level official series for iRacing competitors. Ryan Luza will also be competing, following his trip to compete in the Snowflake 100 last weekend. 2019 eNASCAR Ignite Series Champion Max Cookson drops in for the competition as well, along with Sim Auto Racing Association Speed51 Super Series presented by EPYK Media points leader Ryan Matthews. Matthews is coming off a dominant win Thursday at the virtual Five Flags Speedway in a shorter event, which was aired on Speed51.com/esports .
Speed51 eSports will be broadcasting all three nights of action at Speed51.com/eSports. Friday Night will feature Open Setup Virtual Snowball Derby qualifying at 9 PM ET, with Saturday Night coverage focused on the Virtual Snowflake 100. Sunday is the big show, as the whittled-down field will take the green flag in the Open Setup Virtual Snowball Derby at 1 PM ET. Sunday’s broadcast will be provided by Podium eSports on Speed51.com/eSports.
Proceeds from this weekend’s event will benefit Pensacola’s 98.7 Cat Country’s Christmas Wish program. Christmas Wish allows for families in need to “wish” for anything that may help make their life better, be it clothing, toys, a holiday dinner, automotive repairs, or even travel to see family members disconnected by time or distance. Speed51 eSports donated $1,000 to Christmas Wish in 2019, and looks to help the Pensacola area further this year with the proceeds from both of our Virtual Snowball Derby events. Contributions to Christmas Wish can be made online at http://catcountry987.com.
Special thanks to Open Setup Virtual Snowball Derby partners, including Five Flags Speedway and league partner Late Model eSports and Podium eSports. Sponsors for the event include Reapered Speedlab, Team 126 Racing, and JDR Graphics.
-Patrick Hahe, Speed51 eSports Manager