Speed51 Staff Picks the Snowball Derby Winner

Today, an entire season of work culminates with the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  The 300-lap Super Late Model showcase pits the best Late Model racers against one another for the coveted Tom Dawson Trophy, and you can watch it live on Speed51.


It also marks the end of a season of hard work and dedication by the Speed51 staff covering countless events across North America featuring the 37 drivers who will answer the call on Sunday.  Now, it is time for that staff to share its picks to win the Snowball Derby.


Adam Mackey, Speed51 Commentator

Pick: Stephen Nasse

With wins at Bristol as well as Winchester in a dominating effort, Nasse is my pick to take the Snowball Derby.


Alan Dietz, Speed51 Pit Reporter

Pick: Stephen Nasse

I’ve thought long and hard about this and I think the West Coast contingent led by Peltier and Thorn will be tough.  But, with that said, I think this is Stephen Nasse’s year.  He has been good in all the big races, winning at Bristol and Nashville, and I believe the disappointment from the All American 400 will be his motivation to win the Derby.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51 Regional Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

This is his year. After coming up one spot short in 2018, he’s poised for a come back here.


Blaise Dillner, Speed51 Pit Reporter

Pick: Derek Thorn

Thorn is on fire right now. He started off with grabbing the pole for the Derby, winning the Snowflake 100, and now he is trying to make history with a weekend sweep.


Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Relatively speaking, Bubba Pollard has flown under the radar entering this year’s Snowball Derby. That seems to be when he performances at his best.  I’m thinking this is the year that Pollard’s “Road to the Snowball Derby” ends in Victory Lane at Five Flags.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

This isn’t the first time I’ve picked Majeski for the Snowball Derby, simply because it’s only a matter of time, and it is time. It takes a complete week to win a Derby, and the 91 camp has what it takes.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51 Regional Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

Majeski has been nearly unstoppable in SLM competition since July, having won every race he has finished. Career win No.100 will be the biggest one of them all, the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby come Sunday.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51 Field Ops Manager

Pick: Chandler Smith

Smith is one of the biggest up and coming stars in motorsports. After KBM going back-to-back in 2017 and 2018, this year will be Smith’s year to shine in the #51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Chandler Smith

He gets his All-American 400 revenge here in Pensacola and Kyle Busch Motorsports gets three straight at the Snowball Derby.


Evan Canfield, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent

Pick: Ty Majeski

Ty Majeski has one pretty much everything there is to win in Super Late Model competition, but he has yet to take home the Tom Dawson trophy back to Wisconsin. I think that this year, Ty gets career win #100 by claiming his first Snowball Derby victory.


Kendra Adams, Speed51 National Correspondent

Pick: Hunter Robbins

Picking him as he showed speed this week in practice, and the Ronnie Sanders ride is always fast here at Five Flags.


Kyler Hope, Speed51 West Coast Correspondent

Pick: Chandler Smith

He may be young but that kid can drive. He has the car to do it and he thought he was robbed of a win at the All-American 400 about a month ago, so you know he is hungry.


Mark Keeler, Speed51 Operations Manager

Pick: Jeff Choquette

Jeff has come close recently and I think it will be “lesson learned” after his car went away in the late going a couple years ago. Everyone makes mistakes, Choquette seldom makes them twice. I look for the JETT #9 car to kiss the Tom Dawson Trophy on Sunday.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51 Technology Coordinator

Pick: Ty Majeski

With controlled cautions in the mix, I expect that a fast car will finally be able to avoid the ghosts of snowball past and stay up front.


Robbie Johnston, Speed51 Digital

Pick: Connor Okrzesik

I pick Connor Okrzesik because he wants this win more than anyone else in honor of his spotter Michael Beasley.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51 Deep South Correspondent

Pick: Stephen Nasse

He’s always in the headlines at the Derby, but fresh off notching his first crown jewel win at Winchester earlier this year, Nasse will keep the momentum rolling.


Will Bellamy, Speed51 Social Media Manager

Pick: Corey LaJoie

He’s been top 10 in all three practices and doesn’t seem nervous at all.  LaJoie is very confident in his car for today’s race.


Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor

Pick: Ty Majeski

Majeski has been nearly unstoppable in the Midwest, and enters the Snowball Derby with a chance to earn his 100th career win.  The move to controlled cautions will benefit Majeski and his team, which has always been a front-runner in the Derby.  This could be the year all the pieces come together for the Wisconsin native.


Speed51 Staff Picks the Snowball Derby Winner