During the past 47 years the Snowball Derby has cemented itself as one of the biggest short track events in America.  Thousands of fans and hundreds of drivers will once again embark on Five Flags Speedway this December 2 – 6 in Pensacola, FL and Speed51.com powered by JEGS will be there to bring you all the latest news and happenings of the prestigious event.


For the 15th straight year, Speed51.com will serve as the “Official News Site of the Snowball Derby.”  The site is a one-stop-shop for everything “Derby” related.


Speed51’s commitment to providing Snowball Derby news kicked off last week with the launch of its ‘Snowball Central’ presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.  That area contains everything from fan and visitor information to entry lists, daily schedules and driver stories.


“It’s hard to believe, but this year’s Snowball Derby has more momentum than ever before and Speed51.com is a big part of that,” Promoter of Five Flags Speedway Tim Bryant told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “They embrace this race and help us promote it prior to the event; cover it and all of the competitors during it and, of course, wrap things up for us after the race as well.  It has been a beneficial relationship for both of us and one that we are proud of.”


“Snowball Derby time is the biggest time of the year for us at Speed51.com.  It’s something we look forward to all year,” said Executive Editor Bob Dillner.  “Honestly, it’s an honor to reach 15 years of coverage of one of the greatest short track events in the country.  We are excited to be such a big part of it each and every year and can’t wait for fans to join us in Pensacola this December.


“We have a lot of new things in the works that will bring fans more coverage of the Snowball Derby than ever before and give them a more in-depth look at drivers and teams.  I’m really looking forward to this year’s Derby and all that we will be able to offer fans and drivers alike.”


Currently there are 59 drivers entered for the 300-lap Snowball Derby (Super Late Model race) and 56 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 (Pro Late Model race).


As an added incentive for drivers considering making a long haul to compete in the Snowball Derby, Speed51.com powered by JEGS has put up three, $551 bounties for the highest-finishing driver from different regions of the country.


A Midwest team that originates from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin are eligible for the Midwest $551 bonus.


The Northeast bonus of $551 is up for grabs for teams based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont or Rhode Island.


For the first time this year, a West Bounty of $551 will be paid to the highest finishing team coming from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.


The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2.  On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models.  The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.


The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags.  The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.


The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags.  In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race.  The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.


Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.


For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.  All media credentials and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at [email protected] and/or Pat Bryant at [email protected]


For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through [email protected] and visit Speed51.com.  Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.


-51 Sports/Snowball Derby Press Release

Speed51.com Reaches 15 Years of Snowball Derby Coverage