With the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) in the books, we here at Speed51.com powered by JEGS wanted to take a look back on the largest television-style broadcast we’ve ever produced.
Speed51.com brought more than 30 employees to Five Flags Speedway to man up to 10 cameras, the audio and digital controls, the announcers’ booth and of course our Trackside Now & social media coverage as well.
Although nobody wanted to see the Snowball Derby be delayed two days due to Mother Nature, the #DerbyAtNight on Tuesday was the best possible consolation prize. It produced a perfect storm of drama and racing action that had viewers captivated all night long.
There’s nothing like being in the stands at Five Flags Speedway, but those who watched the live broadcast on Speed51 TV witnessed the next best thing. With a smooth streaming broadcast, enhanced video features, a new graphics package and more pit reports than ever, race fans throughout the country were able to witness the spectacular that is the Snowball Derby.
“We now hope that the people that watched the Snowball Derby want to come to the 50th running of the event next December,” said Bob Dillner, Executive Editor of Speed51.com. “We always enjoy allowing fans to understand how special the Derby is and then the following year to heard the comments about I watched it on 51 and now I’m buying a ticket. We are proud of our broadcast and partnership with the Bryant family and the entire staff at Five Flags Speedway.”
What really means a lot to us here at Speed51.com is the outpouring of support from our friends and fans. Many have reached out to us on social media, through email and in person to offer their praise for the broadcast. In fact, many commented about the fact that they enjoyed the broadcast while our team made the rounds at the PRI show in Indianapolis, IN. In fact, a large crowd gathered around the Five Star Race Car Bodies booth during setup day at PRI to witness the 49th annual Snowball Derby on Speed51.com.
Racers like Gracin Raz, Kyle Tellstrom and Austin Theriault all tuned in and tweeted about how much they loved the race and loved our coverage. Others such as Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch also tuned in to watch the biggest pavement short track race of the year.
That means the world to us because we love short track racing and we love the Snowball Derby. We strive to put on the best broadcast possible for our fans and for short track racing, because we love it so much.
The Speed51 Video Network pumped out tons of stuff, including highlights of every event, interviews, high-end produced features and so much more.
The Trackside Now (blog-style coverage) viewers coming to the site, for the first time in history, hit the six figure mark on Tuesday’s raceday alone. The PFC Brakes Twitter account, with its live up-to-the-minute coverage, was in the millions and 51’s Facebook Feed presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies followed suit.
Next year is the 50th Annual Snowball Derby. It’s going to be a can’t-miss event for any short track racing fan. So if you enjoyed the coverage on Speed51.com this year, be sure to start making plans to be in Pensacola, Florida next year.
-Text by Speed51 Staff. Photo Credit: Speed51.com