We are less than three weeks away from the 51st Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL). While fans from all over will make the pilgrimage to Pensacola for the biggest asphalt Super Late Model race in the country, there is a full week’s worth of racing on tap at the Florida half-mile during Snowball Derby week.
Although the Super Late Models will be the main attraction, seven different classes will race at Five Flags Speedway between November 28 and December 2, competing in nearly 700 laps of feature racing. Add in last chance qualifiers and potential B-Mains for some of the classes, and that number grows even higher. Simply put, fans will get their money’s worth with all of the on-track action.
That action begins on Wednesday, November 28. The day begins with rig parking for Late Model teams, with the tradition of track announcer Dave Pavlock welcoming each competitor over the public address system. However, the first class to hit the track will be the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stock division, as they practice at 4:30 p.m. ahead of their 50-lap feature that evening. The Pure Stock feature was added to the Snowball program last year and is a welcome addition to the schedule.
Thursday, November 29 brings the first on-track action for Super Late Model teams in preparation for the Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models. It also brings a pair of 50-lap features, doubling the racing from the night before. The Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsmen and the Faith Chapel Outlaw Stock racers will each compete on Thursday night, giving fans 100 laps of action.
Friday, November 30 features the most dramatic qualifying session in Late Model racing, as Snowball Derby drivers will attempt to secure their spot in Sunday’s feature. Don’t let that take away from the Modified division, which will be in action to close out the work week. After their own qualifying session, which will lock in 20 competitors, a 20-lap B-Main will transfer 10 more cars before the 75-lap feature race for the Modifieds.
Saturday, December 1 boasts 150 laps of feature racing, as well as at least two dramatic last chance qualifiers. The Pro Trucks will make their on-track debut, with practice and qualifying Saturday. After qualifying for both the Pro Trucks and the Pro Late Models, Snowball Derby drivers will get their final chance to make Sunday’s field in the 50-lap LCQ. The Pro Late Models follow with their own 50-lap last chance race, leading into the Pro Truck B-Main if necessary. Finally, the evening closes with the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, followed by the 50-lap Pro Truck feature.
Lastly, the week closes on Sunday, December 2 with the biggest race of all, the 51st Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities begin at noon, with driver introductions at 1:30 p.m. The green flag will drop on the 300-lap Snowball Derby at 2:00 p.m., closing out an incredible week of racing.
If you are unable to make the trip to Pensacola, you can still watch every single lap of racing during Snowball Derby week. Speed51.com will present live pay-per-view coverage of every feature race during the week, as well as qualifying sessions and Late Model practice sessions. Click here to learn more about pricing options, including our five-day pass which saves you $35.00 on the cost of the week’s worth of racing.
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-Story by Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor
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