Pro Late Model drivers will be in the spotlight Saturday night during the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway. Before they qualify and before they take the green flag, our staff made their picks to win the biggest Pro Late Model race of the season.
With 14 votes from our staff of 24, Casey Roderick is the overwhelming favorite to win the Snowflake 100. Bubba Pollard was the only other driver receiving more than two votes.
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Without further ado, here are our picks to win the Snowflake 100:
Aaron Creed (Speed51.com Central NY & PA Editor) – Twitter: @aaron_creed
Casey Roderick – If all goes as planned, it is mighty difficult to pick against this Georgia racer after the dominance he and car owner Ronnie Sanders have combined for and achieved in the Pro Late Models this season. It could come down to a thrilling battle with a perennial favorite, Bubba Pollard, but the familiar No. 18 will (maybe barely) end up on top.
Adam Mackey (Speed 51 TV Color Commentator)
Augie Grill –Augie Grill has been in victory lane many times at Five Flags Speedway, with Snowball Derby and Snowflake wins, including last year’s Snowflake 100. I predict Grill will edge Casey Roderick in this year’s Flake.
Allick Jorgensen (Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent) – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
Casey Roderick –His Pro Late Model is hooked up on the high banks of Five Flags Speedway like none of which I’ve ever seen before. I would be shocked if anyone in the field could keep up with him if the race goes green throughout.
Casey Roderick -He’s been dominant this year in the Pro Late Models; that clearly makes him and the Ronnie Sanders No. 18 a favorite to win.
Brandon Paul (Speed51.com Editor) – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
Bubba Pollard – I can’t imagine Pollard leaving Five Flags Speedway without a trophy this weekend. I picked him in the Snowball, so I’m going to pick him in the Snowflake as well. His odds of at least betting .500 are pretty good, and I don’t think you can count him out for the sweep.
Bruce Nuttleman (Speed51.com Photographer) – Twitter: @BruceNuttleman
Casey Roderick –Casey has been so good this year. Bubba Pollard and a few others may match the speed, but will they beat Roderick?
Casey LaJoie (Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent) – Twitter: @Casey_LaJoie
Eddie Fatscher – Never count out the underdogs. Eddie had an impressive run at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Short Track U.S. Nationals before he got tangled up with Dillon Oliver. Fatscher has the ability to shock the Pro Late Model world with a victory on its highest stage.
Connor Sullivan (Speed51.com Regional Editor) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
Jeff Choquette – The last man to rule the Allen Turner Pro Late Models at Five Flags before Casey Roderick was that of Choquette. He and Jett Motorsports have established one of the finest Pro Late Model programs in the Southeast and Choquette knows Five Flags like the back of his hand. You can’t keep him down for long; this could very well be the year he finally comes through in the ‘Flake.’
Daryl Canfield (Speed51.com Photographer) – Twitter: @dcanfield17
Bubba Pollard – Although snake-bitten at the Derby in years past, Pollard’s success at Five Flag’s Speedway this season can not be denied. I predict a fender-bending last lap between Roderick and Pollard to decide this year’s Snowflake winner.
Elgin Traylor (Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent) – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
Justin South – Pick him until he wins it. South runs Pro Late Models on a regular basis and this is his Super Bowl. He has won the pole award twice and he’s had to watch Casey Roderick sweep the season at Five Flags this year. Look for motivation to keep him in the mix late.
Evan Canfield (Speed51.com Photographer) – Twitter: @ecanfield17
Chandler Smith – Smith turned a lot of heads last year with strong runs during Derby weekend and ran well against some of the best at Bristol in May. This young talent is certainly one to keep an eye on and a threat to take the checkered flag at Five Flags.
Jana Wimmer (Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent) – Twitter: @JWimm22
Bubba Pollard – Bubba is solid at Five Flags and his entry into the Snowflake means one thing: he’s there to win. I believe he does.
Jeremy Anders (Speed51.com West Coast Correspondent)
Casey Roderick – Last year at the Derby was my first time watching Roderick on the track in person and I was very impressed. This year in the Pro Late Model ranks it’s pretty tough to bet against him in any race, especially at Five Flags Speedway where he has been so strong.
Kendra Adams (Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent) – Twitter: @2KendraAdams
Jeff Choquette – Choquette has been racing a long time and ran well at New Smyrna during Speedweeks including a win. He is also familiar with Five Flags Speedway and has a great team behind him. He has a very good chance to win the Snowflake at the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.
Koty Geyer (Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
Casey Roderick – Roderick has been unstoppable in Pro Late Model racing this season, winning track championships at three different tracks. He’s undefeated in PLM racing at Five Flags Speedway this year, and he will cap 2017 PLM racing off with a Snowflake 100 win.
Mark Keeler (Speed51.com Operations Manager) – Twitter: @KeelerMark21
Casey Roderick – His 19 wins, most of them in Pro Late Models, are all you really need to know. He’s been the best driver in the Pro Late Model ranks in 2017, so it only makes sense that he wins the biggest race of the year.
Melissa Strahley (Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent)
Casey Roderick – He may be the cliché pick for the Snowflake 100, but Casey Roderick won his first race of the season at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Now, 450 miles up the road to Five Flags Speedway, he’s going to win his last.
Mikayla Kugler (Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent) – Twitter: @MikaylaKugler
Casey Roderick – It’s tough not to pick Roderick, coming off of 19 wins this season. He has two Snowflake starts with his best finish in 2008 when he was third. Roderick’s team has proved they have a good handle on their Pro Late Model team with their success. I think Roderick will be able to close out his 2017 season with 20 victories after he claims this years Snowflake 100.
Patrick Hahe (Speed51.com Regional Editor) – Twitter: @PatrickHahe_S51
Casey Roderick –Roderick’s domination of the Pro Late Model scene has not gone unnoticed. He knows how to get to and stay up front in these big races. Though, I wouldn’t be surprised if JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour regular Carson Hocevar is able to contend as well following an impressive season in the Midwest.
Rob Blount (Speed51.com Southeast Editor) – Twitter: @RobBlount
Casey Roderick – I’m not exactly going out on a limb here by choosing Casey Roderick to win the Snowflake. 2017 has been one of his best years to date. He’s been dominant in Pro Late Model competition, and I expect that to continue at the Snowflake 100.
Ryan McCollough (Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent) – Twitter: @RyanLMcCollough
Casey Roderick – Roderick and Ronnie Sanders teamed up a few years ago and have developed into the best Pro Late Model team in the country. Roderick’s 2017 has been magical with nearly two dozen wins and three Pro Late Model track titles. The PLM dominance continues with a win on Saturday night of Derby weekend.
Tom Ryan (Speed51.com Digital Manager) – Twitter: @TJRthe9
Casey Roderick – He’s been the driver to beat at Five Flags and I don’t see that ending this week.
Zach Evans (Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent) – Twitter: @ztevans
Casey Roderick – Roderick has been nearly impossible to stop this season in the Pro Late Model ranks, racking up three track championships. A Snowflake victory would be a fitting conclusion to his season.