Those who have been to the Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, know that there is more to the experience than just the 300-lap Super Late Model main event on Sunday afternoon. Along with all the preparation, qualifying and racing pageantry, there is also much more racing throughout multiple divisions over multiple days to give something to every kind of racing fan.
This year for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, fans will get their first taste of racing 24 hours earlier than ever, with the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks moving to Wednesday night, November 29, for the very first time. Their 50-lap feature race will follow the all-important qualifying draws for both the Super Late Models and Pro Late Models.
Thursday, November 30 the Late Model teams get down to business with a morning and afternoon crammed with practice sessions. That night features a twin-bill of racing with The Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsman and Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks each qualifying and then racing in their 50-lap features.
On Friday, December 1 the business picks up with another full day of Late Model practice sessions. The evening portion begins with some of the most intense time trials in all of motorsports, Snowball Derby qualifying which will set the top 30 for Sunday afternoon’s 50th Annual Snowball Derby. Taking center stage for the night’s feature racing is the popular Open-Wheel Modifieds, whose feature expands to a 75-lap event for 2017.
Racing action picks up on Saturday, December 2 following the final practice sessions of the weekend. After Pro Truck qualifying early in the afternoon, it’s another intense time trial session, this time for the Allen Turner Pro Late Models, setting the top 30 for night’s Snowflake 100.
What follows is two of the most intense races of the entire weekend. The 50-lap Snowflake 100 Last Chance Race and then the 50-lap Snowball Derby Last Chance race. All this leading up to the main event of the day with the 19th running of the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for the Pro Late Models. Capping off the entire day is the 50-lap Pro Truck feature.
Sunday, December 3 is the day that everyone has been counting down to for untold days, weeks, and even months as the Super Late Models take the green flag for the 300-lap 50th Annual Snowball Derby.
Five day reserved tickets are still available for sale and for those who cannot make it can watch the action via a live, television-style broadcast on Speed51.com.
-51 Sports/Snowball Derby Press Release
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