In 1953, a stock car racing facility located on Pine Forest Road in Pensacola, Florida opened for the first time.  The facility, known as Five Flags Speedway, operated for several years before Tom Dawson purchased the track in 1968.  It was Dawson who would change the shape of racing in Pensacola forever with his announcement […]

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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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Ty Majeski unclipped his window net and pulled himself up into his signature iRacing stance Sunday night at New Smyrna Speedway .  The Seymour, WI driver had just won the 52nd Annual Governor’s Cup 200, but before celebrations could go any further, the 23-year-old had to take a phone call.   Majeski’s crew chief Toby […]

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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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Those who have been to the Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, know that there is more to the experience than just the 300-lap Super Late Model main event on Sunday afternoon. Along with all the preparation, qualifying and racing pageantry, there is also much more racing throughout multiple divisions over multiple days […]

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A special edition of Short Track Center on Speed51.com will air live from Pensacola, Florida on Tuesday, November 28 thanks to the support of PFC Brakes and JRi Shocks.  The two short track racing supporters will come together to present the annual Snowball Derby Kickoff Show live from Beef O’Brady’s in Downtown Pensacola.   “We […]

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After a smashing season of success, which included a CARS Tour Super Late Model title in 2016, Raphael Lessard took on the challenge that is the Snowball Derby last December with his eyes wide open. During the week, the teenager from Quebec would face challenge after challenge, which included a difficult racecar, a struggle to […]

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With the year 2017 entering its final stages, so too is the short track racing schedule for the season. But in the big picture, there is still plenty of racing to go with several large racing events capping off the season.   Without further ado, we present the remaining top ten short track racing events […]

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The month of November has quickly come upon us, which means the time for ladies to apply for the 2017 Miss Snowball Derby Pageant is running out. The Pageant is set for Thursday November 16, and it will be at a new venue at the Seville Quarters in historic downtown Pensacola, FL   The pageant […]

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