He was a crew chief, a chassis man, an innovator and so much more to many in the short track world. Ray Stonkus’ reach spanned five decades, if not more in auto racing.   Stonkus passed away last Thursday at the age of 80.   Growing up in New England, Stonkus made his way south with […]

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Dreams have been crushed and others have been made in “The Room of Doom” following the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.   Throughout the 50-year history of the race, the stories from the tech shed have kept racers, officials and fans on their toes.   Today, we look at the timeline of some of the […]

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There have been plenty of infamous stories from the Snowball Derby and the activities surrounding the race, both before and after. We picked 10 of them to share as the best-of-the-best infamous stories at the Snowball Derby.   Hamilton No, we are not talking about the Broadway musical.  Pete Hamilton was in the limelight twice in a […]

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As we continue to close in on the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, we at Speed51.com continue our look at the history of the event through the years.  Our newest feature takes you through the race decade-by-decade and give you a look at each year’s race.   Today we take a look at the 1970s, a decade which […]

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As we approach the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway, it only makes sense to put together a list of the top 50 drivers who have helped shape the history of the prestigious race.  We start today with a look at #31 through #40 on the all-time list.   If you haven’t viewed #31 […]

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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.    When the past winners take the […]

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Pete Hamilton, the winner of the 1974 Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL), passed away at the age of 74 on Wednesday.   Hamilton, a native of Dedham, Massachusetts, may have been best known for becoming the first driver from New England to win the Daytona 500. He won the 1970 version of the race […]

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