Chasederby116:53

Trackside Now coverage for the 2011 season is now complete. Thanks for tuning in this evening and for Panhandle Grading and Paving for sponsoring our coverage today.The entire Speed51 team is grateful to all of our wonderful sponsors and the entire Five Flags Speedway team that is always so helpful and friendly to us – most visibly Tim Bryant, Dave Pavlock, Robbie Harvey, and Dan Spence.

On behalf of (oh boy, this is going to be a long list), Bob Dillner, Elgin Traylor, Ally Fulson, Matt Prieur, Angie Dillner, Matt Kentfield, Matt Dillner, John Chambers, Derek Pernesiglio, Dan Vining, Adam Mackey, Ryan McCollough, Jamie Williams, Becca Kasten, and those 51 helpers and journalists that could not join us this weekend, I’m Tim Quievryn at the keys of Trackside Now wishing you a Happy Holidays and a safe offseason. We’ll see you in 2012!!!

 

6:49

 

6:47

Official Snowball Derby Results presented by Racecar Engineering:1 9 Chase Elliott 300
2 4 D.J. VanderLey 300
3 25 Ross Kenseth 300
4 7 Landon Cassill 300
5 91 Heath Hindman 300
6 83 Cale Gale 300
7 51 Boris Jurkovic 300
8 82 Grant Enfinger 300
9 11 David Rogers 300
10 99 Casey Smith 300
11 54 Hunter Robbins 300
12 18 Bubba Pollard 300
13 96 Benjamin Kennedy 300
14 51 Stephen Nasse 300
15 89 Dillon Oliver 299
16 82 Donnie Wilson 298
17 1 Stephan McCurley 298
18 6 David Ragan 298
19 17 Derrick Griffin 298
20 22 Jeremy Pate 298
21 67 Jeff Fultz 298
22 75 David Odell 297
23 49 Josh Hamner 295
24 61 Johnny VanDoorn 295
25 26 Derek Thorn 294
26 14 Ken McFarland 291
27 5 Jerry Artuso 280
28 42 Dennis Prunty 220
29 41 Chris Davidson 182
30 29 Andy Loden 182
31 39 Kenzie Ruston 145
32 112 Augie Grill 142
33 29 Jeff Choquette 141
34 1 Mike Garvey 134
35 5 Steve Wallace 131
36 7 Erik Darnell 99
37 10 Johanna Long 97

 

6:47

 

6:42

We are beginning to wrap down our Snowball Derby coverage for the weekend. Speed51 will have so much more on our website this weekend as well as on our Five Star Racing Bodies Facebook Feed. Photo galleries from this weekend have already been posted on that Facebook page, viewable at www.facebook.com/speed51While you’re on the social media stream, why don’t you go ahead and follow Speed51 on Twitter at @speed51dotcom

 

6:39

The stands are now completely empty of fans that tech has cleared. They will not be occupied for months, but the excitement of one of the best Snowball Derby still tangibly lingers over those same stands where we saw fans rise in unison and cheer five of the best laps of racing one will ever see.

 

6:35

Comment From spotter-rick Congrat’s Chase great win,thank you speed 51 for a great weekend of coverage.Spotterrick Lou,Ky.

 

6:34

Augie Grill’s team prepares the hauler for the trip back to Alabama. (speed51.com photo) 

 

6:32

Dave Pavlock has just said “NOW HEAR THIS. All cars have passed tech”

 

6:32

Mike Garvey’s rig has returned to the infield to retrieve the #1 machine. (speed51.com photo) 

 

6:30

TECH UPDATE: Tech has cleared. The results of the 44th Snowball Derby are official with Chase Elliott winning the Snowball Derby over D.J. VanderLey and Ross Kenseth.Elliott,Garvey, Pollard, and Grill, Hamner and Enfinger will be having their motors pulled as a year-end competition shakedown to make sure the playing field is even.

 

6:23

Ricky Turner really getting into his work. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

6:20

While the mood in the tech shed is serious, our staff reports it to be generally upbeat and jovial for all the top finishers and no signs of issues have arisen yet

 

6:20

“Congratulations to Chase Elliott on a job well-done. I’ve watched him mature behind the wheel and as a person the past few years. He’s a good one and now he’s a Snowball Derby winner. He’s got such a bright future.” – Bob Dillner, SPEED & Speed51.com

 

6:17

Comment From SC Rob Just finished my article for the website i write for, I gave speed51.com and Mr. Dillner plenty of props for all that you do!!

 

6:16

Bill Elliott has made it to the tech shed. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

6:15

Comment From RMS41 congratulations to Chase on the win!! Great job DJ. Congratulations to you and your whole family on a great run.

 

6:15

Comment From Missy Great coverage speed 51, yall were awsome. Sure would have liked to see DJ win this, that win would have been a very special one! RIP Paul

 

6:15

Comment From SkeetMc That was a great race to listen to….Thanks for the coverage Speed51.

 

6:14

Comment From guest DJ is a class act. His parente should be proud.

 

6:12

The Elliott team informed us that they use engines built by Chase’s uncle, Ernie.

 

6:12

Comment From tn terry did elliot have a hendrick motor

 

6:11

 

6:11

Haulers are moving back in, ironically led by the hauler of Johanna Long who finished last this evening.

 

6:09

Kenseth takes a congratulatory phone call while he waits in tech. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

6:08

That’s not rain… That’s water that was spayed all over Elliott and his car in Victory Lane. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

6:05

GARC’s dominance in the Blizzard Series has once again carried over to the big dance… GARC wins in the Snowball. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

6:05

Your top-three included 16-year-old Chase Elliott, 19-year-old D.J. VanderLey, and 18 year old Ross Kenseth.

 

6:04

Comment From tn terry how old is dj great job as always

 

6:02

All the remaining cars in the infield have been asked to leave the infield so the haulers can come back in and the late models may be picked up and hauled home after a long weekend.

 

6:01

Never too early to make plans to join us for the 45th Snowball Derby.

 

6:01

Teardown procedure of Chase Elliott’s car is underway. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:59

Comment From FR121 Looks like I picked the wrong weekend to stay home. Thanks Speed 51.

 

5:59

Second-place finisher DJ VanderLey with Miss Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:58

It seemed from the booth that it was a combination that Chase drove it in hard willing to use the inside lane to move him up a little and DJ getting loose from driving it in so hard. Don’t think any contact was actually made.

 

5:58

Comment From abc why did dj back off in turn four comin to the checkard he had him beat

 

5:58

Chase Elliott climbs out as a Snowball Derby winner. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:57

Chase Elliott. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:56

Unofficial Finishing Order was posted at 5:28. Scroll down to see.

 

5:56

Comment From Guest Whats the finishing order

 

5:55

Comment From TheOwl Great job 51 staff from up here in the Maine cold

 

5:54

VanderLey (4) and Elliott (9) battle towards the finish. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:52

Chase Elliott holds off DJ VanderLey at the checkers. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:52

Jeremy Pate in a late race incident in turn two (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:52

Hot Pit road action during the event (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:51

Teardown of Kenseth’s car is underway. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:51

Mid-race action right before Johanna Long got swept up into a caution (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:51

While tech continues, here’s some great race photography from our fantastic photographer Jamie Williams

 

5:49

Chase Elliott is congratulated by CRA head man Glenn Luckett. Elliott will receive a 1,000.00 bonus or winning when/if he passes tech. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:45

VanderLey weighs in good. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:45

Tech has begun as cars are crossing the scales now.

 

5:44

Comment From GREG DOTSON GREAT COVERAGE SEE YALL AT THE RED EYE 100

 

5:44

Elliott leads DJ VanderLey across the line in one of the wildest Derby finishes ever. (speed51.com photo) 

 

5:44

Kenseth looks in as he is cleared in the scale portion of post race tech. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:43

Comment From JMac Great coverage – good run Landon!

 

5:43

Comment From KB Outstanding race. Thanks for the coverage from Louisville.

 

5:43

Comment From Kay VanderLey Thank you Speed 51 for such great coverage, I wasn’t able to be there at the track so really enjoyed such good comentary and pics

 

5:42

VanderLey just told our Dan Vining down in the pits that he thought about paying back Chase Ellott after Elliott moved him out of the way late but that it wouldn’t be right and he wanted to win it clean.

 

5:42

Comment From North Carolina Jack Great job and congrats to DJ VanderLey in his first Snowball!

 

5:41

Comment From dan thanks for the stellar coverage speed51 crew…..from Massachusetts! tell Matty D that Dan says hello

 

5:41

Kenseth was talking with Elliott in that photo below about how loose his car got at the end of the race, something that prevented him from getting in the late race fray for the lead.

 

5:41

Comment From Guest along with elliott dj will also be going places in the racing world. great run!

 

5:40

Comment From Frasson118 It’s good to know that NASCAR will be gaining a RACER in a few years, and not just some kid with a name and a checkbook.

 

5:40

Comment From Kmd04106 Congrats chase!!!! Awesome coverage as always guys!!!

 

5:40

Comment From Adam H. Derek Thorn should get the tough guy award AGAIN!!

 

5:40

Comment From DMD Racing great race, great job speed 51 crew, see ya at the oxford 250

 

5:39

Ross Kenseth came home third. (speed51.com photo) 

 

5:39

Dan Spence was awarded the Speed51.com Hal Goodson Award Winner after returning today after health problems to fill his roll as race director. (Speed51.com) 

 

5:39

Ross Kenseth talks with Chase Elliott in tech. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:38

Chase Elliott just turned 16, so maybe he can now procure a driver’s license. How’d you like to be that DMV driving test supervisor?

 

5:38

Comment From schraderfan awesome coverage speed51 from nc.

 

5:38

Comment From Paul from Maryland How old is Chase ? SPEED51 Awesome job as usual … 5Flags …ditto

 

5:38

Comment From robby thanks for the coverage from newbern,nc!

 

5:37

We have just been informed by race staff that since the advent of electronic scoring, this was the closest finish in the history of the Snowball Derby.

 

5:36

Elliott poses with Snowball and Ms. Snowball Derby, Shaylee Roshong. (speed51.com photo) 

 

5:36

The Speed51 Radio crew has just awarded the Hal Goodson award to race director Dan Spence who fell ill late this week but still came back to be the race director. He has been the race director the Snowball Derby longer than most of us can remember.

 

5:35

Comment From Duke Sr. Thank you Speed 51 guys and ladies for all the hard work and great coverage.

 

5:35

Comment From John Hamner Thank you for the great coverage…letting all of us here in California know what was going on…Thanks 51

 

5:34

Comment From Jordan St.Amant Thqnk you Speed51 for this amazing coverage this week. Can’t wait for 45th running of the Snowball Derby! Congrats to Chase!

 

5:34

Comment From goodnu Thank you for the great coverage all weekend speed 51.com crew

 

5:33

Comment From KY DAVE Thanks for the coverage, Louisville,Ky

 

5:33

Chase Elliott, winner of the 2011 Snowball Derby. (speed51.com photo)(spe 

 

5:33

There were 12 cautions for 109 laps per a discussion with track scoring officials.

 

5:33

Comment From DW way to go 51 crew awesome as always !!

 

5:32

Comment From Jason Jefferson Hell of a job on the coverage from speed51 and Bob Dilner!! Thank you!

 

5:32

Comment From Les Congrats chase and thanks sp51

 

5:32

Comment From tuesday wow im shaking (: im soo proud of my bestfriendd !!

 

5:32

Comment From kris pierce Jeremy pate had a good run in the first half of race better luck next year

 

5:31

Comment From Ricka Great job guys. Thanks for the great coverage.

 

5:31

Comment From Guest great job speed 51 u guys rock thank u

 

5:31

Comment From Form calif. Thanks so much you guy out there rock! awesome job! 😉

 

5:30

Some more shots from the late crash wad in Turn One (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:30

Comment From MGM CONGTATS TO CHASE ELLIOTT

 

5:30

Comment From jim h Way to go Chase

 

5:30

Comment From Hater Congrats to Hendrick motorsports on winning the snowball derby….

 

5:30

Comment From DK53fan congrats to Chase and his crew

 

5:30

Comment From SC Rob Thank you soooo much for the coverage speed51.com. I havent been able to get there since 2005, but your great coverage makes me feel like I never miss the Snowball.

 

5:30

Comment From JR Cox Thanks 51 for the great coverage!

 

5:29

Comment From cjr good job chase !!!!!!!

 

5:29

Comment From Taylor Good job derrick griffin!!! You did the best you could!

 

5:29

Comment From Ian Great coverage like always Speed51.com!!!!

 

5:28

Unofficial Results presented by Racecar Engineering:1 Chase Elliott 300
2 D.J. VanderLey 300
3 Ross Kenseth 300
4 Landon Cassill 300
5 Heath Hindman 300
6 Cale Gale 300
7 Boris Jurkovic 300
8 Grant Enfinger 300
9 David Rogers 300
10 Casey Smith 300
11 Hunter Robbins 300
12 Bubba Pollard 300
13 Benjamin Kennedy 300
14 Stephen Nasse 300
15 Dillon Oliver 299
16 Donnie Wilson 298
17 Stephan McCurley 298
18 David Ragan 298
19 Derrick Griffin 298
20 Jeremy Pate 298
21 Jeff Fultz 298
22 David Odell 297
23 Josh Hamner 295
24 Johnny VanDoorn 295
25 Derek Thorn 294
26 Ken McFarland 291
27 Jerry Artuso 280
28 Dennis Prunty 220
29 Chris Davidson 182
30 Andy Loden 182
31 Kenzie Ruston 145
32 Augie Grill 142
33 Jeff Choquette 141
34 Mike Garvey 134
35 Steve Wallace 131
36 Erik Darnell 99
37 Johanna Long 97

 

5:28

 

5:28

Sorry folks, we got booted offline for a second. Here are the UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

 

5:27

Comment From Kyle Alderman Great coverage Speed51 team… joined you while traveling in London, England today!

 

5:27

Comment From Jakec98 Good job Heath and big D!!

 

5:27

Comment From Guest As said before and so true, GREAT coverage! I kept up on the radio coverage as well as Speed51.com. But its not like being there, hope to make it back next year>

 

5:27

Comment From ARBODIES Congratulations to Chase Elliott, the Elliott family on a great Win. Awesome job preparing the car to Crew chief Ricky Turner and Jim Barfield and the entire Aarons crew. Congrats

 

5:26

Comment From guest speed51 covers every major event worth covering

 

5:26

Comment From Donna Thanks so much speed51.com for the Snowball coverage!!

 

5:19

1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champ Bill Elliott as he often is, was in attendance tonight and is currently being interviewed about his son Chase’s win.

 

5:16

The Margin of Victory tonight was officially 0.229 seeconds and it was a heck of a lot closer than that. The margin at the flag was the largest it was over the last five laps, no exaggeration.

 

5:14

Comment From Guest Great job from Western New York!!!

 

5:14

Comment From bobby castleberry great run for heath hindman

 

5:14

Comment From GB Thanks for the coverage from Olympia Wa

 

5:13

Comment From fran congrats chase meet you and your dad at n.s.b. speedway for the asa race.

 

5:12

 

5:12

It will be a while before the crowd dies down on the frontstretch. These crews will be celebrating for a while before heading to tech in Ricky Brooks’ “Room of Doom.”

 

5:11

Comment From Meg thanks 51 for the coverage but wish i could see it!

 

5:11

Comment From SC Rob Congrats to Chase Elliott!!. Real shame short track racing will have to lose him to NASCAR in 2 years!!

 

5:10

Folks, that was a five-lap run to the finish that went four and three-quarters laps side by side.

 

5:10

Many of the personal vehicles that were parked in the infield are now creating a long line down the back straightaway to get out the back gate here at Five Flags Speedway.

 

5:09

We will be working on a finishing order as soon as it becomes available.

 

5:08

Derek Thorn crash sequence Pt. 2 (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:08

Yes, Chase Elliott becomes the youngest winner in the 44 year history of the Snowball Derby.

 

5:08

Comment From tuffy casey is he the youngest winner

 

5:08

Just because the race is over don’t go away. Stay tuned for all the post-race updates and photos from the pits the rest of the evening here on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage presented by Panhandle Paving and Grading.

 

5:07

Comment From Dillon Spreen Congrats to Vanderley, good run

 

5:07

Comment From Racing Electronics Congrat’s to RE customer Chase Elliott on winning the 2011 Snowball Derby!

 

5:06

Elliott stands on the roof of his #9 machine with the checkered flag in hand and waves to the crowd who roars in response.

 

5:05

Comment From Mike Ray Congrat’s to Chase and all the competitors,Thank you Speed51.com.

 

5:05

Comment From LeadSeventeen Awesome Job DJ! Thanks for the coverage Speed51…. next best thing to being there!

 

5:05

Comment From Neal What a finish!!! Congrats to Chase!!!

 

5:05

The top two have stopped on the frontstretch for post-race ceremonies.

 

5:05

That is a career finish for VanderLey for sure. Makes his father Dan VanderLey’s, owner of VDL Fuel Systems, choice to come to the Snwoball Derby instead of the PRI show look genius.

 

5:04

Elliott wins followed by VanderLey, Kenseth, Cassill and Hindman.

 

5:04

CHECKERED: Elliott gets VanderLey in turns three and four and takes the win in the 44th Annual Snowball Derby.

 

5:03

Wreck sequence for Derek Thorn (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

5:03

JEGS Lap 298: Kenseth is third and Cassill is fourth followed by Hindman.

 

5:03

JEGS Lap 298: VanderLey and Elliott still side by side for the lead.

 

5:02

JEGS Lap 296: Elliott inside and VanderLey takes the lead in the Snowball Derby at JEGS Lap 297.

 

5:02

JEGS Lap 295: Kenseth touches Hindman and Hindman washes up in turns three and four.

 

5:02

GREEN: VanderLey and Elliott side by side into turn one.

 

5:01

One lap from the green flag now.

 

5:00

Some of the remnant’s of Thorn’s car lie on the inside of turn two. (speed51.com photo) 

 

5:00

Two laps away from the green.

 

5:00

Jeff Fultz has come back to the track after working on his #67 machine to rejoin the field.

 

4:59

We are back rolling under the yellow flag.

 

4:58

http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/MPD/MPD_voting.html 

 

4:58

The sun has all but set here at Five Flags Speedway and we are only a few minutes away from the darkness of night time. But before you ask, yes, they do have lights here at Five Flags Speedway and they are ON.

 

4:57

A large crowd watches as they tow Thorn’s car away. Thanks to the fan for use of his truck bed! (speed.com photo) 

 

4:57

 

4:56

We are still under red flag for cleanup for the massive wreck by Thorn, Ragan, Hamner, VanDoorn and Fultz in turns one and two. We are stopped on JEGS Lap 295 with five laps remaining in the 44th Annual Snowball Derby.

 

4:56

Comment From Mooresville Pretty typical last 5 laps of this race. Wouldn’t want to be in the top 3 yet. There’s still a few more wrecks to come I’m sure

 

4:53

Thorn’s roof is no more. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:52

 

4:51

Our own Matt Prieur talks with Thorn after a will ride. He is okay. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:51

David Ragan has pulled away under his own power.

 

4:51

Meanwhile, Chase Elliott holds command of the field followed by VanderLey, Kenseth, Hindman and Cassill.

 

4:50

It looks like the entire infield has started migrating to turns one and two to see the carnage.

 

4:49

RED: JEGS Lap 295 : We are under the red flag and the remainder of the field is stopped just before the start finish line on the frontstretch.

 

4:48

 

4:48

Ragan also sits on the apron of turns one and two with damage.

 

4:48

Hamner, Fultz, VanDoorn and Thorn have all got immense damage.

 

4:48

Derek Thorn is destroyed. ( speed51.com photo) 

 

4:47

There are four DESTROYED racecars in turn one.

 

4:47

Thorn is okay. He has climbed from the car.

 

4:47

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 295: Thorn flips in turn one after contact with Fultz, VanDoorn and Hamner.

 

4:47

Three wide around seventh but they all survive

 

4:46

GREEN: Elliott has the spot at the line and leads off turn four.

 

4:46

Thanks for the insight!

 

4:46

Comment From The Orange Cone Race Analysis: whoever completes all the laps first will be the winner of the race.

 

4:46

Comment From Jesse I Hope Ross Kenseth Wins This Race!

 

4:45

Going green in one lap with six JEGS Laps remaining.

 

4:45

Thorn and VanDoorn did continue.

 

4:45

Stephen Nasse’s sister on Twitter: ” Bad restart wrecked in front of us, have a little front end damage. Looks to be all cosmetic”

 

4:44

Two laps away from the drop of the green flag.

 

4:44

 

4:44

VanDoorn hits pit road under this caution.

 

4:44

Running Order:1 Chase Elliott
2 D.J. VanderLey
3 Ross Kenseth
4 Cale Gale
5 Heath Hindman
6 Grant Enfinger
7 Landon Cassill
8 Casey Smith
9 Boris Jurkovic
10 Bubba Pollard
11 Hunter Robbins
12 David Rogers
13 Ben Kennedy
14 Stephen Nasse

We believe Thorn lost a lap in that skirmish. Johnny VanDoorn possibly as well.

 

4:43

VanderLey’s car continues to spit water out under every caution.

 

4:42

We are working JEGS Lap 289. If we should reach JEGS Lap 295 under caution they will not count. The final five laps must be run under green.

 

4:41

Oliver’s right front door peeled back in the damage.

 

4:41

Derek Thorn damage. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:41

VanDoorn had lost about four spots after contact in one the previous lap.VanderLey had almost cleared Elliott two laps after the restart, but Elliott gave him the chrome horn off of four and pulled away.

 

4:40

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 287 : Thorn spins in turn two. Oliver, VanDoor, McCurley and Wilson are also involved.

 

4:40

 

4:40

JEGS Lap 285: Elliott now leads VanderLey, Kenseth, Gale and Hindman.

 

4:39

Hamner past Enfinger for sixth.

 

4:39

Side by side for lead.(speed51.com photo) 

 

4:39

JEGS Lap 283: VanderLey clears the lead and Elliott gives him a shove to take the lead back off turn four.

 

4:39

Three wide around tenth for Cassill, VanDoorn, and Thorn.

 

4:39

JEGS Lap 283: Elliott and VanderLey side by side for the lead.

 

4:39

GREEN: The outside line got a great run on the start and VanderLey takes the advantage down the backstretch.

 

4:38

Ross is Matt’s son.

 

4:38

Comment From kim is ross kenseth related to matt

 

4:38

One lap to the green.

 

4:38

Comment From les mn come on no18 this is going to be a great finish

 

4:38

Comment From Fiegel Go nasse

 

4:37

Comment From pits 25 lap shootout uh? It always ends like a friday feature! Thrilling!

 

4:36

 

4:36

 

4:36

Enfinger comes to pit road for perhaps for the final time. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:35

UNOFFICIAL Running Order – after the pits:1 Elliott
2 VanderLey
3 Josh Hamner
4 Kenseth
5 Johnny VanDoorn
6 Gale
7 Cassill
———–
Took two:

8 Hindman
9 Jurkovic
10 Casey Smith
11 Derek Thorn
———-

Took four:
12 Enfinger
13 Pollard
14 Rogers
15 Nasse
16 Robbins

 

4:34

Enfinger, Rogers, Nasse and Robbins also added to the four-tire list.

 

4:33

Pollard, Rogers, Nasse and Robbins all come back in for two more tires to complete a four-tire change.

 

4:33

Casey Smith pits. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

4:33

Wilson, Fultz, Kennedy, McCurley, Ragan, Griffin and Odell all hit pit road as lap-down cars.

 

4:32

Ben Kennedy is back on the lead lap under this caution.

 

4:32

Enfinger, Rogers, Smith, Robbins, Jurkovic, Thorn, Pollard, Nasse and Pate all hit the pits under this caution for fresh rubber.

 

4:30

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 272 – Oliver in inside wall and Pate in outside wall of turns three and four.

 

4:30

Gale and Jurkovic all kinds of together as they battle for ninth.

 

4:29

JEGS Lap 271: Elliott leads Enfinger by ten car lengths as Enfinger holds about eight car lengths on VanderLey.

 

4:29

JEGS Lap 270: VanderLey under Smith for third.

 

4:28

Chase Elliott tries to pull away from the pack. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:28

JEGS Lap 269: Elliott leads Enfinger, Smith, VanderLey, Hamner, Rogers and Kenseth.

 

4:28

Ross Kenseth has made a late charge and is seventh.

 

4:28

JEGS Lap 268: Rogers can’t make it work and falls back in line.

 

4:28

JEGS Lap 267: Rogers now under VanderLey for sixth.

 

4:28

JEGS Lap 266: Enfinger nudges Smith out of second and sets his sights on Elliott in the lead.

 

4:27

JEGS Lap 265: Enfinger under Smith for second into turn one.

 

4:27

The race must finish with five green flag laps. So once we get to lap 295, only green flag laps count ,even if we go past 300.

 

4:27

Comment From Guest What’s the rule with the race finishing under green? I think last year we went 312 laps

 

4:27

JEGS Lap 264: Smith tried to slam the door on Enfinger in third but thought better of it.

 

4:27

JEGS Lap 263: Elliott pulls ahead down the backstretch.

 

4:27

GREEN: Elliott and Smith side by side into turn one.

 

4:26

We can’t go through all the lap down cars, but here are some fan favorites:David Ragan lost three laps due to a right rear wheel issue.

Stephen Wallace crashed out

Johanna Long crashed out and we believe will finish last one year after finishing first.

Dennis Prunty has been plagued by a crash and then a broken brake caliper

Augie Grill and Jeff Choquette were taken out in a mid-race race for the lead that turned into a junkyard.

For more information on your favorite drivers, please scroll down the feed and catch up.

 

4:25

We are two laps away from the drop of the green.

 

4:24

Landon Cassil gets service under the yellow. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:23

Running Order under Caution:1 Chase Elliott
2 Casey Smith
3 Josh Hamner
4 Grant Enfinger
5 D.J. VanderLey
6 Johnny VanDoorn
7 David Rogers
8 Hunter Robbins
9 Ross Kenseth
10 Stephen Nasse

Still sorting out the order behind there. Hindman, Thorn, Gale, Cassill are among the rest on the lead lap.

Bubba Pollard got the lead lap back due to the lucky dog.

 

4:23

Landon Cassill actually slid through his pit stall which got his jackman and tire changer tangled up in the pit sign. Both apparently hit the ground but are ok.

 

4:21

Odell also hits pit road.

 

4:21

Hindman, Cassill, Gale, Thorn, Jurkovic, Nasse, Fultz, Pate and Olliver all hit the pits under this caution.

 

4:20

Hamner and Enfinger had battled hot and heavy on those last few laps and there are plenty of hand gestures of an angry variety being exchanged between the two. Hamner will be ahead on the restart.

 

4:20

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 255 – Caution is out for a spin by Olliver off the nose of Ragan on the backstretch.

 

4:19

JEGS Lap 254: VanderLey bumps VanDoorn into turn three to try and make the pass and gets under him into turn one to clear him for fifth.

 

4:19

Ricky Turner keeps a close watch leader Chase Elliott. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:19

Kenseth under Nasse for ninth.

 

4:18

JEGS Lap 252: VanderLey under VanDoorn for the fifth spot but can’t complete the pass.

 

4:18

JEGS Lap 251: Kenseth under Hindman for tenth.

 

4:18

VanderLey under Rogers and past for sixth.

 

4:18

JEGS Lap 250: Elliott leads by five car lengths over Smith.

 

4:17

JEGS Lap 248: Hamner takes the spot and now Enfinger makes contact with VanDoorn to try and make his way by for fourth.

 

4:17

JEGS Lap 247: Hamner now under VanDoorn for third.

 

4:17

Nasse past Hindman for sixth.

 

4:17

JEGS Lap 246: Elliott leads Smith, VanDoorn, Hamner and Enfinger.

 

4:16

JEGS Lap Elliott now leads with VanDoorn and Smith side by side in his mirror.

 

4:16

GREEN: Elliott leads VanDoorn into turn one with Smith in tow.

 

4:15

Running order on this restart:1 Chase Elliott
2 Johnny VanDoorn
3 Casey Smith
4 Grant Enfinger
5 David Rogers
6 Josh Hamner
7 Stephen Nasse
8 Heath Hindman
9 D.J. VanderLey
10 Dillon Oliver
11 Landon Cassill
12 Hunter Robbins
13 Cale Gale
14 Ross Kenseth
15 Boris Jurkovic
16 Derek Thorn (lucky dog)

 

4:15

A memeber of VanderLey’s gets a boost to see the action. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:14

We are again two laps away from the drop of the green flag.

 

4:13

We are now working JEGS Lap 241.

 

4:12

Jeff Fultz has hit pit road every chance he’s gotten since his initial damage.

 

4:12

They are now cutting the nose off the front end of Jeremy Pate’s car.

 

4:10

Stephen Nasse’s sister just tweeted: “Up to P7 on the restart. Another caution for pile up behind us. Car looks good now, sun is going down and temp is lowering”

 

4:09

Derek Thorn also hits the pits this lap.

 

4:09

Pate’s car pits with heavy nose damage and to adds insult to injury falling off the jack and then stalling the car leaving.

 

4:09

Jurkovic, Kenseth, Ragan and Wilson all hit pit road under this caution.

 

4:08

Kennedy, Pate and Fultz all pit too soon.

 

4:08

This is a quicky yellow so anyone who wants to pit can.

 

4:08

Ken McFarland was also involved in that caution. He got into the inside wall and has sustained front end damage.

 

4:07

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 234: Pollard spins and Pate gets into the outside turns three and four wall.

 

4:06

JEGS Lap 232: Elliott clears VanDoorn and leads.

 

4:06

GREEN: Elliott and VanDoorn side by side for the lead through turns one and two.

 

4:05

Run down after pits:1 Chase Elliott
2 Johnny VanDoorn
3 Casey Smith
4 Josh Hamner
5 Grant Enfinger
6 Heath Hindman
7 David Rogers
8 Landon Cassill
9 Nasse
10 VanderLey
11 Oliver
12 Robbins
13 Jurkovic (we believe he is the last car on the lead lap)

 

4:05

One lap to the green.

 

4:05

Dennis ‘s right front brake caliper on the ground. (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:04

As the stops have cycled through, Chase Elliott is now the leader at JEGS Lap 229 under this caution.

 

4:04

Ragan, Jurkovic Kenseth, and Pate will get waved around on this caution. We believe that puts Jurkovic and Kenseth back on the lead lap.

 

4:03

Comment From Gary balough good luck david rogers win one for our generation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

4:03

We are working on a rundown for you as the scoring is reset after pits.

 

4:03

The entire brake caliber just fell off Prunty’s machine.

 

4:03

Cale Gale got the lucky dog.

 

4:01

VanderLey clearly angry about his pit stop, nailing the rev limiter as he leaves pit road.

 

4:01

Hunter Robbins pits. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

4:00

The lapped car of Prunty seemed to have an issue on his pit stop and now limps off pit road with a dragging right front.

 

4:00

Thanks for being up at this hour and we’re glad you’re with us, Bob!

 

4:00

DJ VanderLey (speed51.com photo) 

 

4:00

Comment From Bob Listening from YANTAI, CHINA. Great coverage. Thanks so so much

 

4:00

Comment From LeadSeventeen Gotta give a shout out….to Deanslist WAREAGLE DJ Vanerley @ The Snowball Derby!

 

3:59

Now the lap down cars of Wilson, Gale, Odell, Prunty, McFarland, Jurkovic, Kenseth, Fultz, Pate, McCurley, Kennedy and Pollard come in.

 

3:59

VanderLey’s car seemed to be streaming water when it came it to stop, but it stopped when the crew began service. Matters got worse when a very very very slow pit stop costs him about 8-10 spots.

 

3:58

VanderLey, Elliott, Smith, Rogers, Robbins, VanDoorn, Cassill, Nasse, Hamner, Enfinger, Olliver and Hindman pit under this caution.

 

3:58

Pit road is about to be swamped. Remember, only two tires at a time, so we expect two stops for all of the leaders.

 

3:57

A capacity crowd watches Donnie Wilson and David Rogers go to turn one (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:56

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 220 – The caution is out for the #22 of Jeremy Pate in the outside turn two wall.

 

3:55

JEGS Lap 218: Elliott takes second from Smith down the backstretch.

 

3:55

JEGS Lap 216: Chase Elliott around now closing in on Smith for the second spot.

 

3:54

JEGS Lap 215: VanderLey takes the lead from Smith.

 

3:53

Choquette’s rear clip has been removed. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:53

Comment From Lindsy Hays Go David Rogers / Eberstein RaceCars

 

3:53

Casey Smith leads. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

3:52

JEGS Lap 209: The sun sets on the front straightaway as David Rogers moves around Hunter Robbins for the fourth spot.

 

3:52

Thirteen cars are on the lead lap at this time.

 

3:52

Comment From last chance motorsports go vandoorn!!!!!

 

3:52

Choquette’s destroyed racer. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:52

Bubba Pollard has been nursing his car since that wreck but must now hustle as leader Casey Smith catches him.

 

3:52

JEGS Lap 206: Smith now holds a five car length lead over VanderLey and Elliott with no lapped traffic between them.

 

3:51

JEGS Lap 203: Texan Casey Smith continues to lead DJ VanderLey, Chase Elliott, Hunter Robbins and David Rogers with 97 laps remaining in the 44th Annual Snowball Derby.

 

3:51

Enfinger after pitting for only two tires earlier in the day is now back to 10th.

 

3:50

No change in the top-five as David Rogers in fifth catching the logjam at second.

 

3:49

JEGS Lap 199: VanderLey takes the spot and Robbins falls to third.

 

3:49

Augie Grill’s car sits in pieces and roped off so no crew touches it. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:49

JEGS Lap 198: VanderLey now under Robbins for the second spot.

 

3:49

Landon Cassill is seventh at the moment, with Nasse eighth, and Hamner ninth.

 

3:48

JEGS Lap 195: Three lapped machines now stand behind Robbins and leader Smith.

 

3:48

Coming up on three quarters if the way through the race. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

3:48

ASAMWT driver Dan Lensing just tweeted: “Watching #SnowballDerby from the comfort of my couch and the packer game. Thanks speed51” in our AR Bodies Snowball Derby box.

 

3:47

Andy Loden is off the pace after returning to the track multiple laps down and will hit pit road again.

 

3:46

JEGS Lap 190: Robbins, VanderLey and Elliott are all nose to tail in second, third and fourth.

 

3:46

Johnny VanDoorn has suddenly hit the go switch and based off our understanding of the running order should be in sixth.

 

3:46

JEGS Lap 188: Elliott has now closed in on VanderLey for third.

 

3:45

JEGS Lap 184: Smith now closes in on the lapped cars of Loden and McFarland with Robbins closing in.

 

3:44

Davidson’s car will hit pit road with an engine that sounds like it’s heading south.

 

3:44

Chris Davidson’s car is about to lose the lead lap.

 

3:43

Stephan McCurley and Derek Thorn fight heavily for the lucky dog but a car of Chris Davidson that seems to have severe handling issues allows McCurley to get away

 

3:43

JEGS Lap 178: Smith continues to lead and is now closing in on a pretty large group of lapped traffic.

 

3:43

Cassill now past Enfinger for ninth. Remember, Enfinger only changed two tires on his last stop.

 

3:42

Hamner past Enfinger for eighth.

 

3:41

JEGS Lap 175: Elliott clears Rogers for fourth on the outside.

 

3:41

JEGS Lap 172: The top-three of Smith, Robbins and VanderLey have pulled out to a straightaway lead on Elliott and Rogers battling for the fourth spot.

 

3:40

Comment From Guest listening from Austin….GOOOOOO CASEY!

 

3:40

JEGS Lap 168: Smith now holds a two car length lead on Robbins who is about five lengths ahead of VanderLey in third.

 

3:39

Elliott passed Pate for fifth.

 

3:39

Comment From Guest Casey came through the last chance race that’s pretty impressive

 

3:39

 

3:39

Pollard’s rub seems to have corrected itself but now he’s nerfed the right front a little trying to past the lapped machine of David Odell

 

3:38

JEGS Lap 164: Pate takes fifth, Elliott sixth and Enfinger falls in line seventh.

 

3:38

JEGS Lap 163: Pate, Enfinger and Elliott all battle hard for the fifth spot.

 

3:38

http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Radio.html

 

3:38

Reminder that in addition to this lap-by-lap feed, you can listen to our all-star radio team broadcast this race. We encourage you to open it up in a new tab or window:

 

3:38

JEGS Lap 161: Smith leads Robbins, VanderLey, Rogers and Enfinger.

 

3:37

JEGS Lap 159: Rogers now by Enfinger for fourth.

 

3:37

Rogers under Enfinger for fourth and takes the spot.

 

3:36

JEGS Lap 156: Hunter Robbins takes second and VanderLey pulls by Enfinger for third.

 

3:36

Heath Hindman fell off the pace on that restart. Pollard’s left rear tire is smoking heavily and will probably cut down a tire in a hurry.

 

3:36

GREEN: Casey Smith pulls away on the start and leads by ten car lengths down the backstretch.

 

3:35

At 3:28, we posted the lead lap running order. If your favorite driver is not on that roster, they are a lap or more down. Sorry, but it’s hard to eyeball whose where as it is on the lead lap, so we can not offer you the full results for the lapped down field.We would encourage you to scroll down in our feed to see why your favorite driver is not on the lead lap as we’ve noted all crashes and tried to note most cars going laps down.

 

3:34

Mike Garvey watches action in the Chris Davidson Pit. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

3:33

Mike Garvey is out of his machine and now atop the pitbox for Chris Davidson.

 

3:33

He seemed to have some sort of right rear tire issue that was not simply the tire but maybe the wheel or the axle

 

3:33

Comment From Adam How did Ragan go from 10th to 3 laps down?

 

3:33

Choquette just talked to our Ryan McCullough on pit road and wasn’t as angry as he looked at first, instead asking Pollard’s crew members if they knew what happened. Choquette put part of the blame on the setting sun, said vision is currently terrible in Turn Three and Four.

 

3:32

We are two laps from the green.

 

3:32

We have now hit the halfway mark under this caution.

 

3:31

David Ragan is three laps down and will be required to fall to the back of the pack.

 

3:30

Front clip on Augie Grill, Rear clip on Jeff Chqoeutte.Choquette is “on the war path”, looks like he is about to visit someone’s pit.

 

3:28

Current Running Order:1 Casey Smith
2 Grant Enfinger
3 Hunter Robbins
4 DJ VanderLey
5 David Rogers
6 Jeremy Pate
7 Landon Cassill
8 Dillon Oliver
9 Heath Hindman
10 David Ragan
11 Josh Hamner
12 Johnny VanDoorn
13 Chris Davidson

Nasse got the free pass and will be 14th.

 

3:28

We are now working JEGS Lap 148.

 

3:28

The early leader is done for the day. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:27

Stephen Nasse will get the free pass under this caution.

 

3:26

The scoreboard now shows Casey Smith leading Grand Enfinger, Hunter Robbins, DJ VanderLey and David Rogers.

 

3:26

The wreck seemed to precipitate when Pollard, Choquette and Elliott tried to go in a place only two could. Just hard racing on the restart.

 

3:26

Work to the rear of Elliott. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:25

Comment From brian Guess they all forgot it was 300 laps !!

 

3:25

Multi-car crash in turn four. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

3:25

Comment From rowdy51 the complection of this race just changed dramatically!

 

3:25

Pollard and Elliott seemed to have escaped without much damage, looks like the bumper covers were scraped up a little but that was mainly it.

 

3:25

Both Choquette’s #29 machine is and Grill’s #112 will have to be towed from the scene.

 

3:25

Wallace… Done for the day. 

 

3:24

Meanwhile, Casey Smith now moves to the lead followed by Enfinger. Choquette and Grill are out of their cars.

 

3:23

Choquette, realizing that the best car of the first 150 laps was done, pounded the roof in frustration.

 

3:23

Pollard has pulled away but Grill and Choquette are still in the wall in turn four.

 

3:23

In that crash: Chase Elliott, Bubba Pollard, Andy Loden, Jeff Fultz, Augie Grill, Jeff Choquette.

 

3:23

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 142: The leaders tangle in turns three and four.

 

3:22

GREEN: Pollard leads at the line and he and Choquette are side by side for the lead into turn two.

 

3:21

Steve Wallace surveys the damage to his car. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

3:21

Two laps to the green flag.

 

3:20

One of Jeff Choquette’s pit crew members soldiers on despite getting fuel dumped on his foot. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:20

Mr. Mackey reports he is at 80% thanks for asking.

 

3:20

Comment From Robin Did Adam Mackey take any medicine? Hope you feel better soon Adam. It’s not very warm in Ohio!

 

3:19

The window net is down on Wallace’s car in the pits and he has taken his helmet off and is seemingly out of the event.

 

3:19

Yes, they can add fuel and do any adjustement whenever. They can just add two. That is the only restriction.

 

3:19

Comment From ken knouse Can they add fuel on both tire stops?

 

3:18

Wallace pits. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

3:18

Mike Garvey pits with smoke pouring from his rear.David Odell seems to have wrinkled up the nose in that incident.

 

3:17

Wallace spun and then got back going with the caution never flying so he stopped on the frontstretch to bring out the caution and he will be penalized two laps for that action.

 

3:16

Jeremy Pate’s team is prepared for just about any issue. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:16

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 134: Steven Wallace spins and then stops on the frontstretch.

 

3:16

JEGS Lap 133: Pollard clears and leads Choquette, Smith and Elliott.

 

3:15

JEGS Lap 131: Pollard and Smith still side by side as Choquette and Elliott are side by side for third.

 

3:15

We know a lot of fans are asking where their favorite drivers are. We posted a running order at 3:11 and we can not stress this enough – if they are not on that rundown, they are laps down. We’re having hard time in the scoring booth with the lapped cars, so we’re focusing only on the lead lap rundown, sorry.

 

3:15

GREEN: Pollard and Smith side by side into turn one.

 

3:14

One lap to the green.

 

3:14

Not only is he pit reporting for Speed51 Radio presented by Hedman Husler Hedders but he’s also providing our Trackside Now coverage presented by Panhandle Paving and Graving with photos!

 

3:14

Comment From Justin Hoyle Freat work on pit road Matt Dillner!

 

3:14

Comment From Bobby Reuse Dillon says car is tight in the center. New tires are not workin.

 

3:13

Johanna Long has officially retired from this race. We believe the defending winner will finish dead last in the 2011 Snowball.

 

3:13

A scoring check has shown that Steve Wallace was actually a lap down and now the jumble continues.

 

3:11

Running Order:1 Bubba Pollard
2 Casey Smith
3 Jeff Choquette
4 Chase Elliott
5 Grant Enfinger
6 Hunter Robbins
7 Augie Grill
8 Landon Cassill
9 David Rogers
10 Jeremy Pate
11 DJ VanderLey
12 Steve Wallace
13 Dillon Oliver
14 Heath Hindman
15 Josh Hamner
16 David Ragan
17 Johnny VanDoorn
18 Chris Davidson (lucky dog)

Pretty much every car that has started the race is still runnign except for Johanna Long. However, if they are not in that rundown, they are down laps.

 

3:09

Garvey now rejoins the field without the hood of his bright yellow #1 machine.

 

3:09

David Ragan’s wheels after experiencing a loose lugnut. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:08

Garvey’s crew working under the hood of his #1 machine.

 

3:08

Mike Garvey hits pit road.

 

3:07

Stephen Nasse’s crew chief: “we are struggling a little bit, but it’s our first Derby and it’s a long day”

 

3:06

The incident started when Mike Garvey got sideways in the turn and the field hit the binders.

 

3:05

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 120: Prunty around in the inside turn four wall.

 

3:05

Rogers working Cassill for eighth.

 

3:05

Back to green! (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

3:05

JEGS Lap 118: Choquette now clears Elliott for third.

 

3:04

Just like NASCAR, lapped cars restart behind the lead lap cars

 

3:04

JEGS Lap 1126: Choquette now under Elliott for third.

 

3:04

Comment From Guest Where do the lapped cars line up on restarts?

 

3:04

JEGS Lap 115: Casey Smith now moves up to the second spot behind Pollard.

 

3:03

GREEN: Pollard leads Enfinger into turn one and takes the lead down the backstretch.

 

3:02

We are NOW one lap from the green. We will go green on JEGS Lap 114.

 

3:02

More running order:11 D.J. VanderLey
12 Heath Hindman
13 Steve Wallace
14 Augie Grill
15 Mike Garvey

 

3:02

The lights are back on on the pacecar.

 

3:01

Boris Jurkovic had to have a drive-thru penalty for speeding on pit road.

 

3:01

We are one lap from the drop of the green flag.

 

3:01

Work continues on Long’s car. (speed51.com photo) 

 

3:00

Running Order after pit stops – JEGS Lap 110:1 Grant Enfinger
2 Bubba Pollard
3 Jeff Choquette
4 Casey Smith
5 Landon Cassill
6 Chase Elliott
7 Hunter Robbins
8 David Rogers
9 Dillon Oliver
10 D.J. VanderLey

Some confusion trying to get this running order in line so it may be in further flux.

 

2:58

Hamner came back down pit road for a drive through penalty for too many men in the pit stall

 

2:56

A VanderLey crewman: “Pate stopped in our pit box, we had no where to go”

 

2:56

Damage for Long. (speed51.com photo) 

 

2:56

Out of the pits Enfinger leads Pollard, Hamner, Choquette and Smith.

 

2:55

The Pits were very busy. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:54

Grill comes back to pit road for a drive-through penalty.

 

2:53

Pit Stops. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:53

Hamner and Pollard had won the battle off of pit road the first time while VanderLey and Pate got together.Enfinger will stay out having only pitting once this time.

 

2:52

Now the lead lap cars are back for their next two tires.

 

2:52

Now the lap-down cars of VanDoorn, Jurkovic, Prunty, Gale, Nasse, Odell, Kenseth, Kennedy, Wilson, Wallace, Ruston, Fultz and Davidson all on pit road.

 

2:51

Choquette, Hamner, Pollard, Elliott, Grill, Rogers, Garvey, Enfinger, Robbins, Cassill, Pate, VanderLey, Hindman, Smith, Ragan and Olliver all pit under this caution.

 

2:50

Loden’s machine actually was suffering from a suspension issue in the right rear that was cutting down the tire, possibly an axle, and he has shut his car off.

 

2:50

Jo Long after contact with the turn three wall. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:49

Erik Darnell has slowed on the backstretch.

 

2:49

Long’s car drags the right front into the pit.

 

2:49

Johnny VanDoorn gets the Lucky Dog Award.

 

2:48

The teams are now prepping for stops under this caution.

 

2:48

Erik Darnell was just pitting as that happened.

 

2:48

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 98: Johanna Long in the turn three outside wall.

 

2:48

Sixteen lead lap cars remain with Jeff Choquette’s blistering pace.

 

2:47

Andy Loden pita with tire issues. (speed51.com photo) 

 

2:47

Prunty and VanDoorn loses the lead lap as well.

 

2:47

JEGS Lap 93: Choquette now puts 2010 Snowball Derby Champion Johanna Long down a lap.

 

2:46

JEGS Lap 90: Choquette is now right in the middle of a wild battle at the tail of the field. Definitely not a safe place for the leader. Hamner is seven cars back in second.

 

2:46

Wallace is down a lap now as is Nasse. VanDoorn next.

 

2:46

Loden has a right rear down.

 

2:45

Lapped machine of Loden slides way up the track in Turn Two and may have an issue as he is now freightrained.

 

2:45

JEGS Lap 88: Choquette still holds the top spot through lapped traffic followed by Hamner, Pollard, Elliott and Grill.

 

2:45

2010 Snowball Derby pole sitter of Cale Gale, 2011 Winchester 400 winner Boris Jurkovic go a lap down. 2004 Snowball champion Steve Wallace next.

 

2:44

(Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:44

JEGS Lap 83: As they battle side by side the lapped car of McFarland holds up Enfinger as he tries to dive back by Grill for fifth.

 

2:43

David Rogers’ team smiles and gives a big ol’ thumbs up as he approaches the side by side battle of Grill and Enfinger

 

2:42

JEGS Lap 80: Grill now around Enfinger to re-enter the top-5.

 

2:42

JEGS Lap 78: Pollard moves up the track to try and work around lapped traffic on the outside.

 

2:42

Comment From Adam We need a caution! Its too early for some of these guys to be a lap down!

 

2:42

JEGS Lap 75: Choquette continues to lead Hamner, Pollard, Elliott, Enfinger and Grill. As they work through lapped traffic the only duo that can even see each other are Enfinger and Grill who are nose to tail.

 

2:41

JEGS Lap 73: Now it’s the gaggle of Loden, McFarland and Jurkovic in front of Choquette trying to stay on the lead lap.

 

2:40

Mike Garvey is up to 9th after being just outside of the top-ten for the last few laps.

 

2:40

JEGS Lap 72: Choquette makes his way round Kenseth to put him down a lap.

 

2:39

JEGS Lap 70: Choquette now working to put Loden and Kenseth down a lap as they battle side by side in front of him.

 

2:39

Choquette has lapped up to 21st, where Loden and Kenseth are side by side

 

2:39

Artuso’s car has refired after a new battery and will rejoin the race.

 

2:39

David Rogers hanging tough in seventh.

 

2:39

JEGS Lap 68: Elliott on the move again and into the fourth spot around Enfinger.

 

2:38

JEGS Lap 65: Chase Elliott has now moved into the fifth position.

 

2:38

Right around 20th, Wallace past Gale, Jurkovic around Kenseth.Chase Elliott to fourth past Enfinger and Grill. Enfinger now clear past Grill

 

2:37

JEGS Lap 64: Enfinger again under Grill down the backstretch and now takes the fourth spot away.

 

2:37

Fast movers: Ragan to 13th, Casey Smith to 17th, Wallace to 19th, Kenseth to 20th.

 

2:37

JEGS Lap 62: Grill pulls ahead as Enfinger has to focus on the lapped machine of Odell.

 

2:37

JEGS Lap 60: Enfinger under Grill for the fourth spot as all of the top-5 work through lapped traffic.

 

2:36

Elliott and Rogers past Robbins for sixth and seventh, Pate under VanderLey for ninth

 

2:36

Artuso done for the day – engine issue.

 

2:36

JEGS Lap 57: The lapped cars of Jeff Fultz and Chris Davidson now separated Choquette from Hamner.

 

2:36

Derek, Thorn Jeff Fultz, Chris Davidson, and David Odell goes down a lap.

 

2:35

Action in turn four. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:35

JEGS Lap 55: Choquette makes his way around the duo and now Hamner follows.

 

2:35

It appears to be a motor or a rear end failure for Artuso.

 

2:34

JEGS Lap 53: Choquette is now stuck behind the duo of Ruston and and Odell battling side by side to stay on the lead lap.

 

2:34

Derek Thorn is really loose and has not been able to advance beyond 30th or so.Jerry Artuso blew a tire or a motor and pulled into the garage

 

2:33

McFarland becomes the first car a lap down and McCurley soon to follow suit.

 

2:33

JEGS Lap 48: Choquette leads Hamner, Pollard, Grill and Enfinger.

 

2:32

JEGS Lap 44: Choquette is now closing on on the tail of the field and will have dense lapped traffic to navigate when he gets there.

 

2:32

Elliott under Rogers for eighth and makes the pass out of two.

 

2:31

Single file all the way around for now except for 36th where McCurley and McFarland battle for the penultimate position.

 

2:30

JEGS Lap 40: Choquette leads Hamner by about three car lengths and then it’s about three more car lengths back to Pollard in third.

 

2:30

Robbins has gotten past VanderLey for sixth and Rogers may soon follow Robbins through.

 

2:30

Steve Wallace passes Griffin and is near the top-twenty.Fultz has dropped to the rear of the field and one of our pit road eyes are reporting the car sounds a bit off.

 

2:30

JEGS Lap 38: Robbins makes his way under VanderLey for sixth.

 

2:29

JEGS Lap 35: Choquette, Hamner, Pollard, and Enfinger have all spaced themselves out in the top-5 spots.

 

2:29

Elliott under Pate for ninth.

 

2:28

The top 3 racing hard. (speed51.com photo) 

 

2:28

Derrick Griffin slipping back three or four spots in the last two laps.

 

2:28

JEGS Lap 32: Choquette gets the lead followed by Hamner and Pollard.

 

2:28

Hunter Robbins was a big winner on the restart and is now seventh.

 

2:28

JEGS Lap 31: Three car battle for the lead as Choquette is under Pollard for second and they’re right on Hamner for the lead.

 

2:27

GREEN: Hamner pulls ahead on the inside line and leads the field into turn one.

 

2:27

Running Order:1 Hamner
2 Pollard
3 Choquette
4 Grill
5 Enfinger
6 VanderLey
7 Pate
8 Rogers
9 Elliott
10 Robbins
11 Cassill
12 Long
13 Prunty
14 Artuso
15 Oliver
16 Garvey
17 Ragan
18 Griffin
19 Hindman
20 VanDoorn

 

2:26

One lap to the green.

 

2:25

Polar opposites next door to each other: Chase Elliott’s crew and Augie Grill’s (speed51.com photo) 

 

2:25

Kenzie Ruston will get the Lucky Dog Award for this caution.

 

2:25

We are two laps from the drop of the green.

 

2:25

Davidson pits. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:24

Yes, restarts are double file.

 

2:24

Comment From Adam restarts are double file?

 

2:23

McCurley will be penalized for pitting too soon.

 

2:22

The class photo for the 44th Snowball Derby (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:22

McCurley has hit pit road again under this caution.

 

2:22

Yes, you can lose laps since yellow flags laps count.

 

2:22

Comment From advjrchamp can u lose laps in the pits during this race?

 

2:22

The caution was for debris from their vehicles, but both vehicles kept it straight.

 

2:21

Hunter Robbins had just taken tenth when the caution flew.

 

2:21

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 23: Chris Davidson made contact with Donnie Wilson in turn four and they have brought out the caution.

 

2:21

JEGS Lap 22: Hamner leads Pollard, Choquette, Grill and Enfinger.

 

2:20

JEGS Lap 21: Pollard holds the spot and Grill now battles Choquette for third on the outside.

 

2:20

Kenzie Ruston hits pit road again and will lose a lap under green.

 

2:20

JEGS Lap 20: Grill now works outside of Pollard for second.

 

2:20

Kenzie Ruston Pits. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:20

GREEN: Hamner gets a run on the outside of Pollard on the frontstretch and leads into turn one.

 

2:19

Running Order under caution:1 Pollard
2 Hamner
3 Choquette
4 Grill
5 Enfinger
6 VanderLey
7 Pate
8 Rogers
9 Elliott
10 Cassill
11 Robbins
12 Jo. Long
13 Prunty
14 Griffin
15 Artuso
16 Ragan
17 Oliver
18 Nasse
19 Garvey
20 Hindman

 

2:19

McCurley’s team went under the hood of his #1 machine on that stop.

 

2:18

Ruston, McCurley, Fultz and McFarland have all hit pit road under this caution.

 

2:18

As a reminder, cautions DO count in the Snowball Derby. We are now working JEGS Lap 16.

 

2:16

Ruston has slight damage to the front of her machine as she made contact with the inside pit wall.

 

2:16

YELLOW: JEGS Lap 14: The caution is out for a spin by Kenzie Ruson in turn four.

 

2:15

JEGS Lap 13: Chase Elliott moves around Landon Cassill for the ninth position.

 

2:15

Hamner stalks Pollard for the lead. (speed51.com photo) 

 

2:15

JEGS Lap 11: A car length separates Pollard and Hamner from Choquette who has a five car length lead on Grill.

 

2:14

JEGS Lap 10: Hamner has now closed in on Pollard for the lead.

 

2:14

JEGS Lap 9: The top-10 are now single-filed around this half-mile.

 

2:14

JEGS Lap 8: David Rogers now looks under Pate for seventh but can’t complete the pass and falls back in line eighth.

 

2:13

JEGS Lap 6: Pollard leads Hamner, Choquette, Grill, Enfinger and VanderLey.

 

2:13

JEGS Lap 5: Now three-wide Grill and Hamner go around Pate and now battle for the second spot.

 

2:13

Pollard leads the field to one. (speed51.com photo) 

 

2:13

JEGS Lap 4: Pollard leads Pate and Grill and Hamner continue to battle side by side in third.

 

2:12

JEGS Lap 2: Grill battles on the outside of Hamner for third down the back straightaway.

 

2:11

GREEN: Pollard leads Pate into turn one and pulls away by a car length down the backstretch.

 

2:09

We are just a few laps from the drop of the green flag on the 44th Annual Snowball Derby.

 

2:08

The field rolls through turn four on the pace laps. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

2:05

Some of the military personal from Pensacola AFB give the command to fire engines.

 

2:05

The cars are now rolling under the initial pace laps.

 

2:05

Sorry you’re not here and get well soon!

 

2:03

Comment From Guest first time in 25 years that i’ve missed this race ,just got out of the hospital

 

2:02

Miss Snowball Derby Shalee Roshong sings the National Anthem.

 

2:01

Members of the Cale Gale crew pause for the national anthem. (speed51.com photo) 

 

1:59

Our Bob Dillner is presented with a Nova Scotia from a fan in attendance. Thanks! (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

1:59

We see Lisa France Kennedy, granddaughter of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. and chairman of IRC here to cheer on her son, Ben Kennedy.

 

1:59

Mike Garvey’s ride. (Speed51.com Photi) 

 

1:58

Comment From Italianpixie4 Good luck to Johanna and Kenzie! Represent!!

 

1:55

Though the 1980s Bucs uniforms might win the Best Appearing Uniform of the Week award…

 

1:55

Comment From Alderman Watching the feed from the Bucs/panthers game, wish I was watching the derby instead!

 

1:54

Comment From Robin griffin Goodluck Derrick Griffin were all rooten for u back here at home

 

1:51

Chase Elliott says, “Today Ricky (Turner, crew chief) and the boys are more important than they have been all year.”

 

1:51

Chase Elliott poses for fans. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

1:51

Cars and campers as far as the eyes can see in the parking lot. 

 

1:50

After receiving the Speed51.com Best Appearing Car Award, Dennis Prunty told the crowd, “Since it’s clear I won’t ever win the Best Appearing Driver Award I guess this will do.”

 

1:49

Bubba Pollard. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

1:49

Dillon Oliver didn’t know he was going to run this race until Thursday and has just said, “If I can win this race my head will be so big I won’t be able to get in the front door when I get home.”

 

1:49

Augie Grill. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

1:48

Johanna Long. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

1:48

Our own Matt Kentfield is now on stage presenting the Best Appearing Car Award. Dennis Prunty has won the Speed51.com Best Appearing Car Award as well as a free website design from 51 Sports.

 

1:47

2011 Snowball Derby Best Appearing Car – Dennis Prunty 

 

1:45

Stephen Wallace and David Stremme share a light moment before we go green. ( speed51.com photo) 

 

1:44

Stephen Wallace has told our pit reporter, “I’m going to just ride to lap 20, because there’s going to be a gigantic wreck on lap 20.”

 

1:41

We have received a report from pit road that Tracy Goodson has employed a Hendrick Motorsports pit crew to make the stops for Mike Garvey today. It is a crew comprised of guys that will make Cup, Nationwide and Truck stops in 2012.

 

1:40

Right before going on stage for driver intro’s, Augie Grill said, “It would be pretty cool to win a third one (Snowball Derby) because that would mean he’s only got two to go to catch the guy out front.” The ‘guy out front’ being 5-time Derby winner Rich Bickle Jr.

 

1:33

Comment From fiegel wish nasse #51 good luck today

 

1:32

Another note: Our outside pole sitter Andy Loden will drop to the back for an engine change at the start of the event. However Jerry Artuso, who put a new rear clip on his car after a practice crash yesterday will get to keep his starting spot since he technically only made an “adjustment.”In an interview Artuso thanked Eddie Mercer for allowing him to use his shop to work on his car and also thanked his friend Augie Grill for helping him find Mercer’s shop since he isn’t familiar with the area.

 

1:27

 

1:26

Jerry Artuso says he doesn’t know how good his new rear clip is but, “it’s good enough to pass tech.”

 

1:24

Comment From Kevin Go Dennis Prunty #42

 

1:18

On a side note, the Mobile International Speedway Cheverolet Camaro pacecar has just entered the back gate and is making its way down the backstretch.

 

1:17

While the drivers are being introduced, the crews finish up race prep. (speed51.com photo) 

 

1:16

Comment From spotter-rick Thank you speed 51 good luck to all the drivers,it will be a great race

 

1:15

Our own Bob Dillner is now on stage preparing to get rolling with the driver introductions. Listen live:
http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Radio.html

 

1:13

Grant Enfinger says, “It would be pretty cool to start the year with a win at Opp (South Alabama Speedway Rattler 250) and end it with one here.”

 

1:12

The Five Flags Speedway track champions are now being awarded their honors on stage.

 

1:09

David Ragan’s plan is to, “Go with 40 (laps) to go and not a minute before.”

 

1:09

Dan VanderLey has awarded the Bryant family of Five Flags Speedway a crystal vase for their dedication to the sport, this track, and the Snowball Derby. NASCAR Spint Cup Series driver and Snowball Derby competitor David Ragan presented the award.

 

1:08

David Ragan presents a special award to the Bryants for their dedication to this event over the years (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

1:06

Josh Hamner has relayed to us that his plan today is to, “Make it to (lap) 300.”

 

1:04

An aerial shot of Five Flags Speedway on Snowball Derby Sunday in 2009. (Microsoft Maps Photo) 

 

1:04

Ben Kennedy reports to us that he’s thinking that tire management will be the making or breaking point here today.

 

1:03

Casey Smith told our pit reporting staff that he is ready to go today. When asked if he feels like this race owes him one he said, “Every driver feels that way, but I’m extra hungry.”

 

1:02

The Snowball Derby always draws a strong field but there are definitely no slouches in this year’s lineup. All of these drivers have long lists of impressive credentials.

 

1:02

Comment From Cale Do you think that this years field is one of the stronger ones we have seen in a while?

 

1:00

Don’t forget that our Speed51 Radio Pre-Race show presented by Hedman Husler Hedders is now live setting the scene for those of you who can’t make it out to Five Flags Speedway today.http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Radio.html

 

12:59

“False. I wore them out straight-up” – Duke

 

12:59

We hadn’t heard that theory yet but we’ll definitely look into it.

 

12:59

Comment From Elgins #1 Fan Is it true that Elgin let Duke win the kart race the other night because he’s such a great guy?

 

12:57

The front straightaway is now packed with drivers, crews and fans in front of the stage ready for the class photo and opening ceremonies.

 

12:56

Robbie Harvey organizes the Snowball Derby Class Photo. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

12:56

After the checkered flag falls today, the attention will turn to the next race coming up, the 2012 Shriner’s Bowl at Lanier National Speedway.

 

12:56

 

12:55

We are about three minutes away from the 2011 Snowball Derby class photo.

 

12:49

Elgin Traylor picks Dennis Prunty out of the bag of names that could go on the trophy today. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

12:47

 

12:47

Speaking of New Smyrna, if you’re heading down for Speedweeks 2012 check out Ocean Properties for your accomodations.

 

12:47

Dave Mader, III’s daughter bringing around Mader’s beloved parrot (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

12:47

Comment From Dee and Dennis Speed51, thanks for broadcasting the race! Will see ya down at New Smyrna Beach hanging out having a cold one at your Tiki hut.

 

12:46

Comment From Gregg Now if we could only get coverage like this at every major event

 

12:46

Absolutely, the legendary Balough is the direct influence on Grill’s #112 as Balough has always been close with the Grill family and was a part of Grill’s childhood.

 

12:46

Comment From Robert Parker Do you know if Gary Balough was an influence on Augie Grill? 112 is an unusual number.

 

12:45

David Ragan just posted on our AR Bodies Snowball Derby Twitter feed: “Our @davidraganford car should be fast.” Man, in case you haven’t figured it yet, we’re really enjoying this Twitter box. Quick easy quotes from drivers pouring in.

 

12:44

 

12:44

The drivers will soon converge on the frontstretch stage for the annual class photo to capture the faces of the 2011 Snowball Derby.

 

12:41

Look at the winner’s list on your right. Kyle Busch, Charlie Bradberry, Rich Bickle, Gary St. Amant, Gary Balough, Dave Mader III. The best of the best have won this race and most of these guys were not “well off”. Regardless of how or why you got here today, truly 37 of the very best drivers in the country are here today.

 

12:41

Comment From 5 Sounds like you have to either have some deep pockets or some good sponsors to run this race

 

12:39

Comment From Guest No! YOU BOYS @ Robins AFB ROCK!!! Thanks for all you do!!

 

12:38

Ken McFarland is ready to race. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

12:38

Derrick Griffin has told our pit reporters that for him, “Today is just another day.” He’s a little nervous but he’s ready to roll today.

 

12:37

It is not required but the last time this track was paved was in 1974 and the surface has gotten increasingly abrasive over the years so I would say it would be nothing short of a miracle to run 300 laps on a set.

 

12:37

Comment From 5 Is it required to put on tires?

 

12:35

Comment From Tom Q Tuned in from USMC HMLA 773, Robins AFB, GA. Goooo Bubba and Ronnie Sanders!

 

12:33

 

12:32

Live pit stops. All day. Two tires at a time during a pit stop. If you do want to come back in and get two more tires during that same pit stop, you must blend back in line, complete a lap, and then pull up to pit. There is no halftime break, there are no other unusual rules. Fuel will be needed as this is going to be 300 or more laps. You restart where you come out of the pits. Hopefully that clears it up.

 

12:32

Comment From Ofishel Is there a halftime break? Could you quickly recap the pit stop rules?

 

12:31

We talked to a few teams in the infield and they are expecting to get about 100 laps for a fuel run and plan to go about 75-80 laps preferably on tires.

 

12:28

A young Johanna Long fan patiently waits to see if she can repeat. (speed51.com photo) 

 

12:28

David Rogers is 0-for-26, so statistically he’s the most due. That doesn’t mean there’s other tough luck or longtime veterans in this field the grandstands wouldn’t mind watching seeing claim their first – Jerry Artuso or Mike Garvey come to mind.

 

12:27

If you asked all thirty-seven drivers, I’m pretty sure they would all tell you they’re due.

 

12:27

Comment From 8racin8 Who is due for a win at the Snowball Derby today?

 

12:26

 

12:26

Awesome. We had a Nova Scotian who told us they are coming as well this year. They promised us a flag and we’re hoping they’re serious. We also have hung out some with Aaron from Pennsylvania this week, who came down for the second straight year after a great experience last year.

 

12:25

Comment From Anthony Hammons My friend Heath Blanchard flew in all the way from Hawaii to attend the Snowball Derby!!! He has not missed one since he was a kid and wasnt going to start now. Im listening in Hawaii on the Speed51 live feed, Thanks Guys this is awesome!!!!

 

12:24

Donnie Wilson has reported to us that he’s been experiencing some rear end issues this weekend but he’s got them fixed now and he was, “P2 last year and going to be P1 this year.”

 

12:24

Remember you can view the list of all the winners of the forty-three runnings of the Snowball Derby right below our #SnowballDerby twitter feed on the right hand side of our Trackside Now page.

 

12:23

Tammy Jo Kirk won the 1994 Snowball Derby as well.

 

12:23

Comment From Guest is johanna long the only female to winner the snowball derby

 

12:22

44th Annual Snowball Derby Starting Lineup presented by Racecar Engineering1 18 Bubba Pollard
2 29 Andy Loden
3 49 Josh Hamner
4 22 Jeremy Pate
5 4 DJ VanderLey
6 29 Jeff Choquette
7 7 Landon Cassill
8 112 Augie Grill
9 9 Chase Elliott
10 82 Grant Enfinger
11 42 Dennis Prunty
12 11 David Rogers
13 10 Johanna Long
14 17 Derrick Griffin
15 51 Stephen Nasse
16 54 Hunter Robbins
17 6 David Ragan
18 5 Jerry Artuso
19 89 Dillon Oliver
20 7 Erik Darnell
21 61 Johnny VanDoorn
22 1 Mike Garvey
23 83 Cale Gale
24 91 Heath Hinman
25 96 Ben Kennedy
26 39 Kenzie Ruston
27 75 David Odell
28 51 Boris Jurkovic
29 82 Donnie Wilson
30 26 Derek Thorn
31 99 Casey Smith – LCQ
32 1 Stephan McCurley – LCQ
33 25 Ross Kenseth – LCQ
34 67 Jeff Fultz – LCQ
35 14 Ken McFarland – LCQ
36 41 Chris Davidson – Blizzard Series Provisional
37 5 Steven Wallace – Past Champion Provisional

 

12:22

 

12:21

As the cars roll their way on to the frontstretch we want to remind you to tune in to our Speed51 Radio Snowball Derby Pre-Race Show presented by Hedman Husler Hedders.http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Radio.html

 

12:19

Jeremy Pate actually asked on our Trackside Now feed yesterday if anyone was available to help him. He has a full compliment of crew members this morning and says he’s good.We do expect a number of hired pit crews today, though hopefully the advantage has been somewhat minimized by the two-tire per pit stop rule this year.

 

12:19

Comment From Chris Are y’all seeing hired pit crews coming in for today’s race?

 

12:14

The pole sitting car of Bubba Pollard is now slotted into its position on the frontstretch.

 

12:14

Jeff Fultz told one of our pit reporters that his strategy for today’s 300-lapper is to “just ride it out, because every time I rush up to the front I always get my a** wrecked.”

 

12:14

Mason Mitchell, who was unable to make the Allen Turner Snowflake also had an interesting tweet this morning: “#snowballderby always has drama. Next year we will be prepared and make sure the little mistakes don’t get in our way. Big thanks 2 the crew”Mitchell, all the way from Iowa, and his team performed admirably after an incident in the opening moments of practice put his team behind the eight ball. They fixed all the suspension damage and were competitive before ultimately falling short in their Last Chance.

 

12:12

 

12:12

Rising late model driver Ryan Reed just wished a hometown buddy good luck via our AR Bodies Snowball Derby Twitter Feed:”Come on Derrick Thorn, make us Bakersfield drivers look good!”

 

12:11

We’ve gotten word from our roaming pit reporters that the mood among the teams on pit road is getting pretty serious except for the crew of Chris Davidson’s #41 machine who are apparently joking around and are pretty relaxed before 300 laps today.

 

12:11

Chris Davidson and crew are surprisingly loose and lighthearted. (speed51.com photo) 

 

12:11

Lucky. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

12:10

Derrick Griffin just told us that he’s not sure how bad the crack in the engine truly is and “will see” when they drop the green if she’ll hold together.

 

12:10

Josh Bragg Motorsports with driver Grant Enfinger, have a team meeting prior to the race. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

12:09

To answer some questions, sorry, but there is no video. We’re working very hard to bring you the best Snowball Derby experience possible via Trackside Now and the radio broadcast. We’re working every year to improve our coverage but we promise the best way to “see” this race is to BE HERE!12,000 fans will have the best view today.

 

12:08

 

12:07

We hear the engines being fired and warming up. The machines will soon be rolled out to the frontstretch.

 

12:06

The stage has been set for driver intro’s on the frontstretch and the infield is buzzing as we close in on the start of the Snowball Derby just under two hours away.

 

12:06

Can Kenzie Ruston become the third female drive to win the Derby? (speed51.com photo) 

 

12:05

Comment From K-Ram ASA Lumpy and I are currently at 36,000 feet on our way to Reno. Good luck to everyone today. Have a good broadcast…will listen as long as we are about 10,000 ft. 🙂

 

12:03

Radio is now live. In addition to our booth team we just listed for you, you can also hear pit road reporters Matt Prieur, Matt Dillner, and Derek Pernesiglio. Open up this link in a new tab or window and listen to our fantastic team give you the feel of this great day.http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Radio.html

 

12:02

The coolest golf cart on the property. (speed51.com photo) 

 

12:02

Spencer Wauters stands with the number 5 car that Steve Wallace will drive. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

11:58

The field of 37 Super Late Models are ready to be gridded for the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

11:58

The Tom Dawson Trophy is named after the original promoter of this track. In 1968, he moved down from Ohio and brought the name of a race he had been toying with in the cold Ohio December – the “Snowball” – with him. It’s stuck ever since and this is the 44th running of the Snowball Derby

 

11:56

The Tom Dawson trophy (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

11:56

We will be going live in five minutes. We encourage you to go ahead and pull up the player in another tab and listen to Bob Dillner, Elgin Traylor, Matt Kentfield, and Adam Mackey begin the pre-race show. Driver interviews will be there, pictures and other up to the minute information will be here.http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Radio.html

 

11:56

Comment From josh is there radio coverage today?

 

11:53

300 laps / 150 miles. Caution laps WILL count today.Here are some minor clarifications we will bring up again as they arise, but for those of you keeping track at home:

* Laps will not start counting until one full lap of green has been completed
* If the race has a red-flag for any reason, laps will not begin counting again until the race is restarted.
* The last five laps must be green. This does not mean they must run five straight green flag laps, but rather that the laps that ultimately count as 296, 297,
298, 299, and 300 will be green flag laps.

 

11:53

Comment From @48JJ Where can I find the length (miles/laps) for today’s race?

 

11:46

As we close in on the drop of the green flag on the 44th Annual Snowball Derby, the press box is now buzzing with activity as everyone finds their places and prepares for 300 laps from Five Flags Speedway today.

 

11:44

 

11:43

Comment From FNFreddie Good Luck to Ole Herm and Johanna Long today…Go get another one!!! Thats one good looking Speed51 Crew… Duke and Them Dillner boys sure are easy on the eyes… lol

 

11:43

Comment From Guest Good Luck to Derek Thorn today. Made the trip all the way from out here in California

 

11:42

Comment From Mike Ray Thank you for today’s coverage.Pulling for#96 Ben Kennedy,FL,Stephen Nasse,FL. and Bubba Pollard,Ga.2-GARC and 1-Hamke!Speed51.com is the Short Track Specialist!

 

11:42

Comment From RAY RAY Special thanks to the entire Five Flags crew for making this a great event. From Wed when we arrived til the checkered flag tonight, this is the event not too be missed. Great job also to the Speed 51 crew. How do you top this, by being at the 45th annual Snowball in 2012.

 

11:42

Comment From John Close Will be tuned in this afternoon to SPEED51 to hear the race… Hate it that I can’t be there this year… Won the Derby spotting for Rich Bickle in the 1990’s… Great to be a part of Bickle’s history at the ‘Ball’…. Have a great time today all….

 

11:41

Comment From Dunn Motorsports That is a stellar crew you have!!!! Please tell Matt P. and Becca Hello and we wish all of you a happy holiday from down here in S. Fl. From Dunn Motorsports.

 

11:41

Comment From Sportsman12 headed to the track for the big one! Thanks Speed51 for all you do..you guys are the greatest..

 

11:41

Comment From Slowel Love the chassis list great work

 

11:39

JVD is staying off Exit #13 in a room numbered 13. We half expected him to draw a 13 in the qualifying draw Thursday evening.

 

11:39

Comment From larry Goodluck to the north invaders its been a tough year for JVD,but a win today would make up for it

 

11:38

Augie Grill pulled off one of the more surprising wins this year, jumping in a Jerry Artuso Outlaw Late Model to win the Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway . There’s no question Grill is talented, but it was a track and a machine very unfamiliar to him.Some of the southerners, most notably Bubba Pollard, went north for the Rowdy Race in June at Berlin Raceway.

 

11:38

Comment From WI racer why is it none of these southern “hot shoes” ever come north to race? one exception is Dalton Zehr, suprised he isn’t at the Snowball

 

11:35

That ’72 Chevelle is going to look pretty sick in the parking lot next year. Happy restoration and come on back for the 45th running.

 

11:35

Comment From Latemodelfan I”m usually at the Snowball Derby every year.I live about 45 mins. away from FFS.Thisyear I am restoting my 72 SS Chevelle,so I decided to stay home and crank it up today.Thanks to SPEED 51, I will not miss a beat.And thanks to Tim Bryant and staff for putting on the best race anywhere!!

 

11:34

Five Flags Speedway and the entire panhandle of Florida is on Central Time.

 

11:34

Comment From Guest is it just me or is the feed tome behind an hour

 

11:33

We believe that is Finish Line Fabrication

 

11:33

Comment From Guest whats FLF i seen griffin was the only one to have one

 

11:30

If you enjoy our Speed51.com attire, check out Threewide Clothing Co. for all your needs.

 

11:30

 

11:29

The Speed51 crew (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

11:27

Port City and Lefthander Chassis are doing fine, they are just more widely used up north. GARC and Hamke have been the dominant southern chassis for a couple of years now.

 

11:27

Comment From Robert Parker lefthander and port city has almost dropped off the chassis list .

 

11:27

It’s a little windy here at Five Flags Speedway but it feels great outside, much better than past Derby’s where we’ve experienced such frigid temperatures.

 

11:27

Comment From drobel what’s the weather like? and what do you expect for a crowd? wish i was there from up here in the midwest. go rk #25

 

11:24

The yellow in the chassis list denotes Snowball Derby rookies. Sorry we did not make that clear earlier.

 

11:23

We were just alerted by a few readers that Derrick Griffin tweeted this late yesterday: “Block is cracked by cylinder head bolt hole. We are going to put it back together and hope it makes it. #snowballderby” (you may have seen it on the AR Bodies Snowball Derby Twitter Feed to your right).We saw his team lining their car up on the frontstretch and setting up their pit box like everything was well. We will follow up as soon as we can to confirm they are well.

 

11:21

 

11:20

The 41 of Brandon Johnson was disqualified for an illegal cam in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 last night. He initially finished third.

 

11:20

Comment From Guest Why did the 41 get dq’d last night?

 

11:19

Hi folks, we’re back from the photo and lunch and Trackside Now will be with you non-stop for the rest of the race

 

10:13

The Speed51.com crew is going to down to the frontstretch for our traditional Snowball Derby morning photo. We’ve brough an all-star crew for an all-star race and we’re going to take in the moment for a second – Becca Kasten, Tim Quievryn, Ally Fulson, Bob Dillner, Matt Dillner, Adam Mackey, Dan Vining, Duke Kentfield, Matt Prieur, Ryan McCullough will be at the keys, controls, pit road, and radio for the rest of the day.

 

10:12

Chassis List presented by RaceCar Engineering:

1 Mike Garvey Port City
1 Stephan McCurley Hamke
2 D J Vanderley Hamke
5 Jerry Artuso GARC
5 Stephen Wallace Hamke
6 David Ragan Hamke
7 Landon Cassill Hamke
7 Erik Darnell Racetech
9 Chase Elliott GARC
10 Johanna Long Hamke
11 David Rogers Ebersol
14 Ken McFarland GARC
17 Derrick Griffin FLF
18 Bubba Pollard GARC
22 Jeremy Pate PMC
25 Ross Kenseth Pathfinder
26 Derek Thorn Joiner
29 Andy Loden Hamke
29 Jeff Choquette Hamke
39 Kenzie Ruston Hamke
41 Chris Davidson Hamke
42 Dennis Prunty Lefthander
49 Josh Hamner GARC
51 Stephen Nasse Hamke
51 Boris Jurkovic Hamke
61 Johnny VanDoorn Port City
67 Jeff Fultz Hamke
75 David Odell Port City
82 Grant Enfinger GARC
82 Donnie Wilson Hamke
83 Cale Gale GARC
89 Dillon Oliver Port City
91 Heath Hindman Hamke
96 Benjamin Z. Kennedy GARC
99 Casey Smith Hamke
112 Augie Grill GARC
154 Hunter Robbins Hamke

 

 

10:11

 

10:11

The Speed 51 Radio broadcast of the 44th Annual Snowball Derby will go live at noon Central Time, 1pm ET, today. The live broadcast is presented by Hedman Husler Hedders.http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Radio.html

 

10:11

Comment From guest will the radio broadcast on the east coast start a 1pm et and 12pm ct there

 

10:10

Comment From Jerry Miller I used to love watching Rich Bickle race, a great driver.

 

10:10

51’s Snowball Derby Saturday/Snowflake 100 Photo Gallery
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150389701185981.357724.57768655980&type=1

 

10:09

Once again, today’s schedule for the 44th Annual Snowball Derby:Sunday December 4th

7 am Pits Open (Team members only),
Exit of Haulers
9 am Hauler Exit Deadline, Pits Open
9:30 am Drivers Meeting
10 am Worship Service
12 pm Engine Warm Ups, Cars to Grid
1 pm Drivers Introduction
2 pm Snowball Derby 300

 

10:08

There are some tickets remaining, but we expect the race to sellout by racetime.

 

10:08

Comment From John C. Any tickets left?

 

10:07

The Snowball Derby, for short track racing, is as close as you can get to the feeling of Talladega Superspeedway for a NASCAR race. The parking lots are already filling up and there is traffic on Pine Forest Rd. Nearly every camper spot is taken and last night the bonfires and parties were going through the overnight hours.

 

10:06

Comment From Robert Parker I would like to let our local drivers, Johanna Long and Jeremy Pate know we will be cheering for yall.

 

10:05

From one ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ to another, thanks for joining!

 

10:05

Comment From malcolmrspears will be following today from Disney world thanks for the coverage

 

10:04

Race Director Dan Spence has been released from Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL. He had a severe stomach virus and was held for observation the past two nights. He has made his way to the track and even spoke at the drivers meeting this morning. He will join officials in the tower today and assist interim Race Director Steve Stokes. Dan has been involved with the Derby since its inception in 1968 and is one of the true nice guys in our sport.

 

10:02

Don’t forget to keep sending in your votes for the AR Bodies 2011 Late Model Most Popular Driver Award on Speed51.com.

 

10:02

Tech Man Ricky Brooks is going over technical procedures in the drivers meeting. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

10:01

http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/MPD/MPD_voting.html 

 

10:00

Comment From mike & Yvonne Would like to send a big shout out to the JRC team and DEREK THORN – we’re proud of all your hard work guys… GOOD LUCK!

 

9:59

Dennis Prunty on the grid (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:59

Rich Bickle is the all-time Snowball Derby champion, winning in 1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999.No other driver has won more than twice. Two time winners: Augie Grill, Bobby Gill, Freddie Fryar, and Wayne Niedecken.

 

9:56

Wallace and Kenseth both had motor issues in qualifying. Kenseth finished third in his last chance race to advance while Wallace, who had to make yet another ignition change late yesterday, took the past champion’s provisional to ensure he would not get damaged in the usual Last Chance chaos.

 

9:56

Comment From Jerry Why are Wallace and Kenseth starting so far in the back?

 

9:52

Chase Elliott getting his machine ready (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:47

Repairs being done to the track wiring after a hauler took out some wires this morning. Never a dull day in track management (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:47

Chase Elliott just turned sixteen and should be the youngest.David Rogers is, we believe, right around sixty and should be the oldest competitor today.

 

9:47

Comment From john wilson what is the youngest and oldest driver for the snowball today

 

9:45

We’d like to once again thank Panhandle Grading and Paving for sponsoring our 44th Annual Snowball Derby Trackside Now coverage. They sponsored our coverage last year and their driver went to victory lane so here’s to another year of a great partnership.

 

9:43

 

9:41

Stephen Wallace and David Ragan listen intently to Dan Spence’s instructions. (speed51.com photo) 

 

9:40

He’s back! Dan Spence is back atop the tech shed conducting the drivers meeting. (Speed51.comPhoto) 

 

9:39

The fans are slowly starting to file into the stands here at Five Flags Speedway and are finding their seats as the parking lot begins to backup with traffic.

 

9:38

David Rogers will compete in his 27th Snowball Derby this afternoon, still looking for his first victory (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:37

Hunter Robbins and Augie Grill at the drivers meeting. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:35

Josh Hamner has told us that this year has been one of the least stressful Snowball Derby’s he has ever had.

 

9:35

Derby Rookie DJ VanderLey is looks on at the drivers meeting. He told us that he’s pleasantly surprised at his performance this weekend in the Super Late Model, and now is just looking for 300 clean laps. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:33

Chris Davidson and Mike Garvey chat prior to the driver’s meeting. (speed51.com photo) 

 

9:33

The finalists for the Best Appearing Car Award 

 

9:33

Later today, Speed51.com’s staff will announce the winner of the 2011 Snowball Derby Best Appearing Car Award. Fans have flooded the polls voting for the car that they thought was the best appearing of the 10 finalists we selected. The voting closed at 12:01am this morning, but here are the 10 finalists. Who do you think will end up winning? The winner will be announced during pre-race ceremonies.

 

9:30

Ross Kenseth’s hauler was one of the last ones to leave the facility. Haulers are parked out off the highway by a ways (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:29

Comment From calvin requested the day off from lowes in san antonio tx for this race!!! thank you speed51 for your excellent work!

 

9:29

Trackside Now will be here with you through the entire race and a live radio broadcast will begin at 12 PM.

 

9:29

Comment From Terry How can you watch the race online? Please let us know.

 

9:27

More prep on Artuso’s recently fixed machine (speed51.com photo) 

 

9:26

44TH ANNUAL SNOWBALL DERBY STARTING LINEUP
http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/starting_lineup.html

 

9:26

Jerry Artuso’s machine has a new rear clip welded on (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:26

Comment From racer68 DID JERRY ARTUSO GET HIS CAR REPAIRED

 

9:25

Comment From Jimmy Mac Thanks to friends on twitter I’m going to watch my first derby. Never heard of it before. Always just shut my tv off after the banquet until Daytona. Now thanks to the magic of ‘puters and cables combos i can warm up the tubes again and watch another race. Yay!

 

9:24

 

9:20

A member of the Kyle Busch Motorsports team collects his thoughts before the madness begins. (speed51.com photo) 

 

9:19

Just like in last night’s Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, all the laps of the 300-lap Snowball Derby will be sponsored by JEGS and the leader of each lap will receive $10 per lap led.

 

9:18

Jeff Fultz polishes his ride. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:17

Weve been asked a few times this weekend what is the purse for this event. It’s $22,500 to the winner. You can view the complete purse here: http://5flagsspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/SnowBallPurse.pdf

 

9:16

For last night’s Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, the fine folks at Allen Turner Hyundai put up $1,000 for a lucky fan if Chase Elliott was able to capture the win for a second year in a row. Since Elliott wasn’t able to pull it off, they have transferred that prize to 2010 Snowball Derby winner Johanna Long today so if she goes to victory lane for a second time a lucky fan will take home $1,000 courtesy of Allen Turner Hyundai.

 

9:14

Comment From Superfan Dave Just want to give a shout out to the guys and gals at speed51, especially the ones i see racing up and down pit road getting the info posted on here. they are a distraction to us watching the action on track cause i find myself following them to see what those at home can’t appreciate the effort they are putting out. Thanks

 

9:09

Georgia boy David Ragan with a Texas Tech helmet? Say it ain’t so! (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:08

The once densely populated infield is now clear of haulers, providing fans the best view possible. (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:04

All the haulers have left the facility, which will ensure fans a clear view of this fast half-mile facility

 

9:02

Our pit reporter Matt Prieur doing Derby prep of his own, as the 51 crew sets up the radio equipment (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

9:00

The Speed 51 Radio broadcast of the 44th Annual Snowball Derby will go live at noon Central Time, 1pm ET, today. The live broadcast is presented by Hedman Husler Hedders.http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Radio.html

 

9:00

Kenzie Ruston nervously awaits her first Snowball Derby appearance (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

8:57

It’s currently 65 degrees here at Five Flags Speedway. The skies are partly cloudy as the sun peeks through and shines on the grounds here off Pine Forest Rd in Pensacola, Florida. The high temperature is scheduled to get up to 69 degrees today, a welcomed change from recent Snowball Derby’s.

 

8:56

Just making both the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby are accomplishments in and of themselves. To get into the two races is tough to do, but to do it by having to transfer through last-chance races is even tougher. That’s what young Texan Stephan McCurley had to do on Saturday. After failing to make both races on time, McCurley spent his Saturday making both feature events through in his final opportunities to do so.For his gritty performance Saturday, Stephan McCurley is the winner of Saturday’s “Tough Guy” Award winner and has earned the $100 gift certificate from Five Star Race Car Bodies.

 

8:56

Saturday’s “Tough Guy” Award Winner, Stephan McCurley 

 

8:55

Every day during Snowball Derby week, Speed51.com will spotlight a driver who overcame odds in some way with the “Tough Guy Award,” presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies. Five Star prides themselves on providing the toughest and longest-lasting racecar bodies and wanted to honor a driver who showed some toughness at some point during each Derby day this week. The winner of each day’s “Tough Guy” Award will receive a $100 gift certificate from Five Star Race Car Bodies. Stay tuned to Speed51.com to find out who each day’s “Tough Guy” will be and be sure to visit Five Star online at www.fivestarbodies.com.

 

8:52

44th Annual Snowball Derby Starting Lineup presented by Racecar Engineering1 18 Bubba Pollard
2 29 Andy Loden
3 49 Josh Hamner
4 22 Jeremy Pate
5 4 DJ VanderLey
6 29 Jeff Choquette
7 7 Landon Cassill
8 112 Augie Grill
9 9 Chase Elliott
10 82 Grant Enfinger
11 42 Dennis Prunty
12 11 David Rogers
13 10 Johanna Long
14 17 Derrick Griffin
15 51 Stephen Nasse
16 54 Hunter Robbins
17 6 David Ragan
18 5 Jerry Artuso
19 89 Dillon Oliver
20 7 Erik Darnell
21 61 Johnny VanDoorn
22 1 Mike Garvey
23 83 Cale Gale
24 91 Heath Hinman
25 96 Ben Kennedy
26 39 Kenzie Ruston
27 75 David Odell
28 51 Boris Jurkovic
29 82 Donnie Wilson
30 26 Derek Thorn
31 99 Casey Smith – LCQ
32 1 Stephan McCurley – LCQ
33 25 Ross Kenseth – LCQ
34 67 Jeff Fultz – LCQ
35 14 Ken McFarland – LCQ
36 41 Chris Davidson – Blizzard Series Provisional
37 5 Steven Wallace – Past Champion Provisional

 

8:52

 

8:52

As far as we know Bubba Pollard is okay. He had a heavy crash, but walked away under his own power and seemed fine when we interviewed him on Speed51 radio.

 

8:52

Comment From racer 1 I heard Bubba was hurt some last night? is he ok for today?

 

8:51

Glad you asked. All of Speed 51’s Snowball Derby coverage is available by going to the home page of Speed51.com , going just below the main headline to the JEGS Snowball Central. Our Trackside Now links are right there.

 

8:51

Comment From Guest Can you post the link for yesterdays coverage please?

 

8:49

Andy Loden will in fact start from the rear of the field after losing an engine and having to make a swap.

 

8:49

Comment From mick does Andy L oden still start front row after the engine swap?

 

8:44

Comment From Jeremiah Thanks for ya’ll s great coverage last night – leaving for the track in just a little while for today’s race – see ya’ll there

 

8:43

We have two very talented females in the thirty-seven car field. Johanna Long, the defending winner, will start 13th. Kenzie Ruston, who won a CRA race at Lucas Oil Raceway, will start 26th.We will be posting a full lineup shortly and will be sure to post it a few more times prior to the start of the race.

 

8:43

Comment From advjrchamp how many girls made the field for today race? and where will they be starting?

 

8:41

Today’s action will make you change “might” to “must” by the end of the day Cory. It’s a whale of show and you the best way to take it in is in person.

 

8:41

Comment From Cory Great coverage. This might be a first time event for me to attend in 2012.

 

8:40

A bumper cover from last nights race still sits embedded in the backstretch wall (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

8:34

Today’s Schedule of Events for the 44th Annual Snowbal Derby:Sunday December 4th

7 am Pits Open (Team members only),
Exit of Haulers
9 am Hauler Exit Deadline, Pits Open
9:30 am Drivers Meeting
10 am Worship Service
12 pm Engine Warm Ups, Cars to Grid
1 pm Drivers Introduction
2 pm Snowball Derby 300

 

8:32

If any two drivers can overcome last night’s disappointment, those two would be a safe bet.

 

8:31

Comment From Guest do you think Andy Loden and Bubba Pollard can take what happened to them last night and apply to todays race. Reffering to how they didn’t have good long run set ups

 

8:31

David Ragan will be pulling this beautiful bike out front when the gates open and selling raffle tickets that will benefit the Shiners International. The drawing will be held at the Ice Cold Shriners Bowl on January 7th (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

8:29

As we prepare to crown the 2011 Snowball Derby champion later today we’d like to send out a hearty Speed51.com congratulations to all of our winners so far this weekend:Bomber Division – Curtis Faircloth
Sportsman Division – Steve Buttrick
Modified Division – Brian Nester
Super Stock Division – Regan Baker
Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 – Augie Grill

 

8:26

Derek Thorn’s crew fueling his car for the first time today (Speed51.com Photo) 

 

8:23

Comment From Guest you guys are hard at it already….very impressive! i’m sure it makes for a long day for you

 

8:23

The hardest working man in the Snowball Derby, track operator Tim Bryant, is currently in the booth next to us recording the phone message for those who call Five Flags Speedway today to inform them that it is Derby Sunday and give a rundown of the schedule. Is there anything he doesn’t do?

 

8:20

Just to refresh your memory, Augie Grill took the win in the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 last night followed by Brandon Odom and Brandon Johnson. Johnson was later disqualified in post-race tech for an illegal cam which moved Ben Kennedy into the third spot.Official Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 Results presented by Racecar Engineering

1 Augie Grill
2 Brandon Odom
3 Ben Kennedy
4 Tommy Rollins
5 Chase Elliott
6 Daniel Hemric
7 DJ VanderLey
8 Ross Kenseth
9 Matt Smith
10 Logan Boyett
11 Cody Coughlin
12 Willie Allen
13 Elliott Massey
14 Ryan Blaney
15 Justin South
16 Brandon Bendele
17 Bubba Pollard
18 Andy Loden
19 Jason Young
20 Mike Garvey
21 Korey Ruble
22 Kyle Benjamin
23 Chris Davidson
24 Erik Jones
25 Brandon Jones
26 Hunter Robbins
27 Dwayne Buggay
28 Kyle Bryant
29 Spencer Davis
30 Roger Lee Newton
31 Jerick Johnson
32 Jeff Choquette
33 Stephan McCurley
34 Dave Mader III
35 Donnie Hamrac
36 Brandon Johnson – DQ

 

8:14

Even with most of the Pro Late Model haulers leaving last night, the infield is still a very congested place as teams are preparing their cars and pit boxes on pit road while the remaining haulers try to negotiate – some doing 10, 12, 14 point turns – their way out of the infield so the fans in the stands can have a clear view of the track for today’s event.

 

7:52

Track operator Tim Bryant has extended a reminder to teams to make sure their observation decks are down before they leave the infield as we have had one hauler come through and knock down a few wires as it exited.

 

7:48

Welcome to Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage presented by Panhandle Grading and Paving of the 44th Annual Snowball Derby live from Five Flags Speedway. Teams are unloading now and removing their haulers from the infield now and we will have all of the live updates for you today from now until tech clears tonight.

Trackside Now: 44th Annual Snowball Derby – Five Flags Speedway (FL) – 12/4/11