The Speed51 Snowball Derby Kickoff Party returns once again to the Beef O’ Brady’s downtown location (22 S Palafox St.) in Pensacola, Florida on Tuesday, November 27, and this year it’ll have a new twist.


The traditional format for the Snowball Derby Kickoff Party live show at Beef O’ Brady’s has seen hosts Bob Dillner and Adam Mackey on set sitting around a table with guests coming up to the set to make appearances. But this year, that’s going to change during a live episode of Short Track Center on location at the Snowball Derby Kickoff Party.


This year there is no table. Instead, Dillner and Mackey will be using every corner of Beef O’ Brady’s in historic downtown Pensacola as their set. Dillner and Mackey will be wandering all over the restaurant, from the bar inside to the patio outside, mingling side-by-side with competitors and fans.


“We’ve been doing this for so many years, and I can’t wait to do it again with this new style,” said executive editor, Bob Dillner. “It’s just awesome to be able to converse with the drivers, teams and fans that come to Tracy Goodson’s Beef O’Brady’s every year before the racing action begins at Five Flags Speedway. It’s neat to see fans that come every year and also meet the new people that have heard about it from our broadcasts in the past, whether it was radio or television. Plus, we all get to eat some good food and have some good drinks before things start to get serious as everyone turns their attention towards winning the Tom Dawson Trophy.”


Fans can sit side-by-side with the favorite Snowball Derby competitors and also partake in games and win prizes that are still to be announced.


Expected guests include Oxford 250 winner Bubba Pollard, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Stewart Friesen, and PASS North winner Derek Griffith.


Drivers planning on coming to the Speed51 Snowball Derby Kickoff Party are encouraged to email’s Editor, Brandon Paul at [email protected] to RSVP.  Those who confirm their attendance are more likely to get air time as we begin planning the live show.


There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available for those that want to be involved with the Speed51 Snowball Derby Kickoff Party. If you want to be involved, please email [email protected]


The 51st Annual Snowball Derby will begin on Wednesday, November 28 as the Pure Stock division will compete for 50 laps around Five Flags Speedway. Wednesday’s program also includes rig parking for Late Model teams, the Green Flag Pit Party following the Pure Stock race, and the qualifying draw for both the Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby.


Late Model teams will take to the track for the first time on Thursday, November 29 in their first rounds of practice. Thursday night’s racing program features 50-lap events for the Sportsmen and Outlaw Stock competitors.


The Friday of Snowball Derby weekend is often called the most intense day in short track racing, as Super Late Model drivers compete in qualifying in hopes of securing their spot in Sunday’s field. The Modifieds will also be in action on Friday night in a 75-lap feature.


Saturday, December 1 is jam-packed with racing action. With qualifying for the Pro Late Model Snowflake 100, last chance races for both the Snowflake 100 and Snowball Derby, the Snowflake 100 itself and a 50-lap Pro Truck feature, there is no shortage of excitement for fans at the track.


Finally, the biggest day of the year comes on Sunday, December 2, the day of the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities begin at Noon CT, with the class photo at 12:30 p.m. and driver introductions beginning at 1:15 p.m. The green flag will drop on the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at 2:00 p.m.


For more information regarding the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.


-By Rob Blount, Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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Speed51’s Snowball Derby Kickoff Party Returns With a Twist