The 49th Annual Snowball Derby was an event that race fans won’t forget anytime soon. From the first feature races on Wednesday to the final checkered flag on Tuesday, there were plenty of eventful moments.

 

We at Speed51.com have done our best to narrow down the list to the 10 best moments from the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL).

 

1The Closest Finish in Snowball Derby History

It may have taken two more days than originally planned to complete the Snowball Derby, but the wait was well worth it.  Christian Eckes and John Hunter Nemechek put on a show for the fans that ended with Eckes winning by a narrow margin of 0.017 seconds.

 

You can watch the full Snowball Derby broadcast, including the thrilling finish, now on Speed51.com.

 

Nasse and Byron clash during the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com photo)

Nasse and Byron clash during the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com photo)

2Nasse & Byron Clash in the Closing Laps

The emotions involved with the Snowball Derby were on full display when Stephen Nasse and William Byron collided on the race track with less than 50 laps to go.  Nasse made his frustrations well known by making contact with Byron’s car under caution, ending the night for both drivers.

 

Speed51.com caught up with both drivers for their side of the story after the race.

 

3Grill Gets Emotional in Return to Victory Lane

Augie Grill has won plenty of races during his career, but you wouldn’t have known it based on his emotions after winning the Snowflake 100 on Saturday night.  Grill displayed the excitement level of a teenager who just won his first race after holding off John Hunter Nemechek to win the biggest Pro Late Model race in the country.

 

You can watch the full on-demand broadcast of the Snowflake 100 now on Speed51.com.

 

Fist bump for William Byron after winning the Snowball Derby pole. (Speed51.com photo)

Fist bump for William Byron after winning the Snowball Derby pole. (Speed51.com photo)

4Byron Claims Snowball Derby Pole in Second Attempt

In just his second attempt to qualify for the Snowball Derby, William Byron set fast time and earned the pole for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby.

 

Race fans can watch the full qualifying broadcast on-demand now on Speed51.com.

 

5Buttrick Does It Again

After totaling his car in the Five Flags Speedway regular season finale, veteran Steve Buttrick repaired his No. 33 Sportsman ride and went to Victory Lane on Snowball Derby Thursday.

 

A full replay of Thursday’s broadcast on Speed51.com can be viewed now.

 

Finley (42) was dominant before a mechanical failure late. (Speed51.com photo)

Finley (42) was dominant before a mechanical failure late. (Speed51.com photo)

6Finley’s Heartbreak

Chad Finley seemed to be well on his way to a Snowball Derby victory on Tuesday night.  But battery issues on his No. 42 saw him fall off the pace and retire early after leading a race-high 169 laps.

 

A full broadcast of the race including Finley’s mid-race dominance can be found by clicking here.

 

7Sportsman Driver Goes For Wild Ride

It’s very rare to see a Sportsman car flip, but rare things seem to happen at the Snowball Derby.  One driver in the field went for a wild ride that saw his car barrel roll four times before landing.

 

You can watch the full race highlights now on Speed51.com.

 

8Dillner, Mackey Don’t Like the Rain

Speed51.com’s Bob Dillner and Adam Mackey were in the middle of a video report on Wednesday afternoon when heavy rain showers hit the area.  The two tried their best to do their best Jim Cantore impersonation, but the rain ended up being too much.

 

Modified battle for Snowball Derby glory. (Speed51.com photo)

Modified battle for Snowball Derby glory. (Speed51.com photo)

9Modifieds Battle for Snowball Derby Glory

The 50-lap Modified feature on Friday night of the Snowball Derby never disappoints.  Thirty-five drivers battled it out for Derby bragging rights this time around. You can watch the full highlights of the Modified race now on Speed51.com

 

10 – Armstrong Returns to Derby After Going Home

Dalton Armstrong saw his Snowball Derby dreams come to a screeching halt Saturday night when he finished one spot out of transfer spot in the last chance qualifier.  But when Clay Jones withdrew from the race due to the delay caused by Mother Nature, Armstrong hauled all the way back to Pensacola, Florida from Indiana.

 

Honorable MentionKen Squier Narrates Snowball Derby Broadcast Intros

The most legendary voice in motorsports was heard by those watching the Snowball Derby broadcasts on Speed51.com.  Legendary broadcaster Ken Squier narrated the intros for each broadcast.

 

-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

 

Top 10: Moments From the 49th Annual Snowball Derby