Kaden Honeycutt experienced his first Snowball Derby last year, finishing 30th after being collected in an accident just past halfway. With another season of experience under his belt, the Texas young gun is ready to tackle to 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ's Wholesale Club at Five Flags Speedway (FL).
Honeycutt spent most of the season racing Modifieds on the dirt throughout the Deep South, but did make three ARCA Menards Series starts. One of those came at Five Flags Speedway in in March, where he finished ninth and led 10 laps.
Honeycutt greatly benefitted from that experience, and believes he could have scored an even better finish if pit strategy had fallen his way.
“The ARCA car, the only issue was we took four [tires] on the first stop,” Honeycutt told Speed51. “That was a huge mistake, but it was a shot in the dark. If we had gone green the whole way, we didn’t have that weird caution, we would have been in pretty good shape. To lead laps for as long as we did, it showed how good our car was.”
Honeycutt also returned to Five Flags Speedway for the Blizzard Series finale in September. While circumstances worked against him to start the weekend, Honeycutt rebounded to score a sixth-place finish.
“After our Blizzard race in September and some of the circumstances we were in, we ran really well for what we went through,” explained Honeycutt. “We ended up not having practice on Friday night because we had a motor issue. It turned out to be a master switch. It hurt our practice on Saturday, too. We only had three laps, total. Our qualifying was our practice.
“We adjusted throughout the race. We were probably one or two adjustments from being really good, so I feel confident coming back.”
Going into the Snowball Derby, Honeycutt is confident based on his experiences at the Pensacola half-mile in 2019. However, he understands the challenge of making the Snowball Derby field with a star-studded entry list featuring Super Late Model standouts and full-time NASCAR competitors alike.
“Just qualifying into the race, especially this year with how many people and how many NASCAR drivers are coming back, it would be awesome.”
That level of competition is what makes it special to win the Snowball Derby, which is the goal of any racer who enters the Snowball Derby.
“To have your name on the Tom Dawson Trophy, it’s going to be a tough task. There are a lot of heavy hitters who know what they’re doing like Casey Roderick, Bubba Pollard, NASCAR drivers coming back this year, KBM and all those guys. We’ll have to see where it takes us.
“If I end up winning the race, which is the main goal for me, I don’t even know if I can put into words how that would feel.”
Race fans looking to make the pilgrimage to Pensacola for the Snowball Derby can order tickets for the event now at 5flagsspeedway.com.
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For more information on the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby, visit Speed51’s Snowball Central.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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