California racer Derek Thorn kicked off opening Snowball Derby practice fastest out of the 55 cars on the property Thursday morning. The defending polesitter turned in a 16.498-second lap time, just 0.067 seconds faster than Hunter Robbins, who ran a 16.565 early in the session.
The entire field was separated by 0.737 seconds in the first Snowball Derby practice session of the weekend. From that, just over a half-second separated the top 52 drivers in what appears to be another tight field ahead of Friday night’s Country Pleasin’ Sausage Pole Night.
NASCAR Truck Series competitor Derek Kraus, All American 400 winner Casey Roderick and 2017 polesitter Preston Peltier rounded out the top-five. Other notable drivers include Chase Elliott in ninth, Ty Majeski in 12th, Kyle Busch in 14th, Stephen Nasse in 20th, Bubba Pollard in 24th, Noah Gragson in 21st, Carson Hocevar in 39th and Travis Braden in 50th.
The opening session was marred by two incidents. California’s Bob Lyon hit the inside wall early in pactice and briefly caught flame on the frontstretch. Practice then ended prematurely after Michael House hit the wall in turn three.
Both Lyon and House told Speed51 that they will not be able to continue in this weekend’s Snowball Derby, as neither driver had backup cars at his disposal.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo