There’s going to be a W.A.R. at the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. The W.A.R. Racing Team, owned by veteran racer Willie Allen, will be making its way to Five Flags Speedway next week in an attempt to win the two biggest races of the weekend.
Blaine Perkins (Super Late Models) will attempt to qualify for his first Snowball Derby, while Jackson Boone (Pro Late Models) will attempt to make his Snowflake 100 debut. Both drivers will be behind the wheel of cars owned and maintained by the W.A.R. Racing Team.
With Allen leading the way, the team is excited to make their way to Pensacola, Florida to test their mettle in two of the nation’s biggest short track races.
Perkins has enjoyed a large amount of success competing on the west coast in Late Models, while also adding ARCA and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts to his resume. In 2018, the California native competed in four ARCA races for Mason Mitchell Motorsports with a best finish of eighth and worst finish of 13th.
Now, he’ll shift gears back to Super Late Model racing for one of the toughest challenges on the schedule: The Snowball Derby.
With a strong team behind him, Perkins know what he has to do to kiss the snowball that sits atop the Tom Dawson Trophy.
“My expectations are just like every other driver’s in the field, and that is to win,” Perkins told Speed51.com. “This race hosts the best drivers from all around the country and it will not be an easy task to accomplish, but with hard work and dedication I believe we will have a shot at the Tom Dawson Trophy.”
After a continuous battle of East vs. West short track racers, both sides are always setting out to prove who’s best. Perkins intends to show the east coast drivers and fans that the west has talent.
“It’s pretty cool to be one of the few west coasters heading to Pensacola,” he stated. “I think our biggest goal is to bring the trophy back to the west coast and prove that the east coast is not better than us.”
Overall, Perkins is simply excited to be a part of such a big event. ARCA and K&N Pro Series West aside, competing in this Super Late Model race will be one for his resume.
“The Snowball Derby is known as the most prestigious short track race in the country,” Perkins stated. “I have attended the race as a fan multiple times and having the chance to run this race has been a big goal of mine over the last few years.”
Boone, a native of Franklin, Tennessee, has enjoyed an up and down season thus far while racing close to home at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. In his second year with Willie Allen Racing, he finished fourth in the Pro Late Model standings at Nashville and recorded a pair of top-five finishes during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
“On a scale from one to ten, I’d have to give this year a legitimate eight or nine,” Boone told Speed51.com. “There has been many ups and downs this year, but I feel as if we have taken both the ups and downs in strides and have really come a long way since we started our journey in February. This year has been an overall success and I feel like I have most definitely improved overall as a driver in many aspects of the sport.”
After racing during Florida Speedweeks and having challenges and triumphs, Boone set the pace for a year full of learning. Now with a chance to race in one of the most coveted events in short track racing, he is excited to see how he stacks up against the best of the best.
“I have a sharp team behind me and we can be dangerous in this race if we put the pieces together the right way,” Boone said confidently. “This is such a spectacular and prestigious event; it was no question for us to put this race on the calendar. “
Heading into one of the toughest and largest Pro Late Model fields of the season can be a struggle and a mind game for drivers, but Boone’s positive attitude and easy-going personality has him cool and collected.
“I’m definitely keeping my expectations simple; make the race and be there when it counts in the main event,” he said. “I whole-heartedly believe we will stack up strongly against the competition. We just need to focus on being the best version of ourselves and I am confident we will succeed.”
The 51st Annual Snowball Derby will take place November 28 – December 2 at Five Flags Speedway. Boone hopes to compete in the Snowflake 100 on December 1, while Perkins has his sights set on taking the green flag during the Snowball Derby on December 2.
The full week of racing will be available to a worldwide audience via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Five-day video tickets can now be purchased at the discounted price of $74.99.
You can find more information on the 51st Annual Snowball Derby by visiting Speed51.com’s Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.
As far as the W.A.R. Development’s program goes, their 2019 plans will include the welcoming of 13-year-old Jake Garcia. Garcia has signed on to a full season racing Late Models with W.A.R. Development and working with racing veteran Willie Allen.
-Story by: Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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