For decades Augie Grill had seen the checkered flag from nearly every possible location...except one.   Grill stood in the bed of his dad’s truck as a child. He sat on top of the pit box and called Wayne Anderson to the win in 2001. He even spotted a few races.   Decades after his […]

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Forward - In 2005, Eddie Mercer ended his 17-year drought and finally won the Snowball Derby.  To date, he is still the driver who had to wait the longest before winning the Snowball Derby.  Mercer always seemed to come up short, but 2005 was different.  The local driver had a calm approach to the race and that […]

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For three decades the track record was untouchable at the Snowball Derby.   Super Late Models came from all regions to Five Flags Speedway and could not master the lap that was laid down in 1980.   It was a perfect storm. Temperatures in the mid 50’s. Body rules out the window. Tires soaked right […]

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It was to be the race's finest hour, but in the end it was a PR nightmare. 1999 was built as the Big Bonus at the Snowball Derby as three drivers had a shot at a $100,000 bonus if they could win the race.   The drivers were involved were four-time Snowball Derby winner Rich […]

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“50 for 50” is a new series on Speed51.com that will tell the 50 best stories to have ever come out of the Snowball Derby. The stories will focus on the legendary tales of the event as we prepare for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby on December 3.    Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Prince […]

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Defining a perfect season can come down to a single race, a single lap and even a single turn.  That was the story of Butch Miller’s 1986 season.  Despite 19 wins that season, the one win that got away from him was the one that he thought about all winter long.  The Snowball Derby was […]

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In 1971, Dickie Davis started near the back of the 36-car starting field at the fourth Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. At the end of the day, Davis won the race, even after a protest was filed by Freddy Fryar. Two years later, Davis won the race again, and once again, […]

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When people talk about racing’s greatest ironmen, those in the Deep South short track racing circles will tell you to look no further than one of the sports living legends who still has no desire to hang up his helmet. Red Farmer is not only one of the founding members of the prestigious ‘Alabama Gang,’ […]

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Over the years the readers of Speed51.com have been treated to some amazing numbers, win lists, statistics and random facts in our stories and Trackside Now coverage.  The reason is we take our time, do research and keep lots of records.     The two main people behind this project are Elgin Traylor and Tim […]

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The Snowball Derby is by far the biggest pavement short track race there is. It’s the race that every Super Late Model driver dreams of winning. Having your name placed on the Tom Dawson trophy is something that only a select few drivers can say they’ve achieved.  But for a few years, the Snowball Derby […]

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