Snowball Derby Has History of Special Paint Schemes

Each December, racers from all over North America point their haulers towards Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway to compete in the Snowball Derby.  Throughout the 52-year history of the race, teams have used the event as an opportunity to showcase special paint schemes on the biggest stage in Super Late Model racing.




With temperatures getting cold throughout the country during the winter months and the holiday season approaching, paint schemes often reflect the time of the year.  But the fun doesn’t just stop with themes related to winter and/or the holiday season.  Racers have shown up to Five Flags Speedway with unique schemes that will only be used for one race, or they use the Snowball Derby to preview their scheme for the next season.


One of the most memorable schemes from recent seasons came during the 2014 Snowball Derby when Ross Kenseth showed up with an “Ugly Sweater” on his No. 3 Super Late Model.  That scheme, like many, was used only for that one race and has never been seen on a race car again.


We’ve also seen special schemes like Jeremy Doss’ “Underbird” throwback in honor of Alan Kulwicki that he debuted last December at the Snowball Derby.  Like Kenseth’s “Ugly Sweater,” that paint scheme was only used by Doss for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby.


It’s not only the big show, the Snowball Derby, that gets to have fun with special paint schemes.  The tradition has continued in the Snowflake 100 (Pro Late Models), as well as in other divisions that compete throughout the week at Five Flags Speedway.


As part of the special paint scheme tradition, Speed51 hands out a Best Appearing Car Award each year based on a fan vote.  That tradition has been in place for over 10 years and will continue once again for this year’s 53rd Annual Snowball Derby.


Previous winners of the Snowball Derby Best Appearing Car Award include Derek Griffith (2019), Bubba Pollard (2018 & 2017), Cole Anderson (2016), Brian Campbell (2015 & 2012), Ross Kenseth (2014), Johanna Long (2013) and Dennis Prunty (2011).


Stay tuned for more information about this year’s Snowball Derby Best Appearing Car Contest.


Race fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida will be able to watch all of the action live on Speed51.TV’s pay-per-view broadcast.


For more information on the Snowball Derby, visit Snowball Central on

Snowball Derby Has History of Special Paint Schemes