7:18
Good night and have a safe and blessed holiday season to you and your kin! See you in 2013!
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7:18
From the Speed51 staff this week – Bob and Angie Dillner, Matt Kentfield, Bruce Nuttleman, Elgin Traylor, Tim Quievryn, Mike Twist, Jamie Williams, Ryan McCullough, Mark Keeler, Matt Prieur, Kevin Ramsell, and Adam Mackey – thank you for tuning in with us this week and we will see you next year for the 46th Annual Snowball Derby on December 8, 2013. Please make plans to join us then!
7:15

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7:15

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7:15
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7:14
The haulers have collected the cars from the infield and are now leaving Five Flags Speedway. After a great week of action, it’s about time for Speed 51 to do the same. We’re headed out for our post-Derby meal at Beef O’Brady on Mobile Highway and to take a chance to sit down and recollect about all the great racing we saw here today.

7:12

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7:12
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Speed51.com is the official photo provider of the 45th Annual Snowball Derby. 51 Photos will be uploading a slew of on-track and behind-the-scenes photos to www.speed51photos.com that will be available for purchase.

We uploaded a ton of photos from all this weeks’ action and we will continue to add more throughout the weekend. Photos from today will begin to be uploaded overnight. Get your photos now!

7:11

Erik Jones takes the checkered flag (Speed51.com Photo)

7:07

Calm before the storm: Cars wait to warm up engines earlier today (Speed51.com Photo)

7:04

7:03

Jones narrowly avoided being caught up in this Turn One incident involving Wallace, Rogers, and Smith (Speed51.com Photo)

7:02

Erik Jones climbing out of the car (Speed51.com Photo)

6:56

Erik Jones poses with Snowball and Miss Snowball and, best of all, The Tom Dawson Trophy (Speed51.com Photo)

6:46

Daniel Hemric gives the a-okay symbol to his fans (@mikehermanjr Twitter)

6:42
We posted a detailed update on Hemric at 5:19. He is in the hospital overnight, but in good spirits.

6:41
Comment From Kimberly
Has anyone heard anything else about Daniel Hemric?

6:40

After driving out of the infield, the haulers have returned to pick up their machines and gear (Speed51.com Photo)

6:37

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6:36
Since his back-to-back Snowball Derby wins, Augie Grill has finished 31st, 28th, 32nd, and 36th in the last four Derbys. Just goes to show you that this race is hard to win and place well in, no matter how much success you’ve had in the past. Grill had a motor issue today and only completed 38 laps.

6:31
Comment From wayne
erik jones winning the derby is like trevor bayne winning the daytona 500 are u kidding me am i dreaming

6:28
Our crew is on the steps of the frontstretch grandstands now with Bob Dillner interviewing Erik Jones, shooting a video for Speed51. Look for it early this week.

6:21
Cale Gale never arrived at the track in so far as we know.
6:21
Comment From kylem
I heard Cale Gale was there and loaded up and left on Thursday. Can you confirm if this is true if so why? Thanks for all of the great coverage this weekend, awesome job!!!

6:21
Comment From eddie thomas
congrats to jeff choquette someone needs to give him a fulltime ride in the truck series.

6:20

6:19
OFFICIAL SNOWBALL DERBY FINISH
PRESENTED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING – WWW.RACECARENG.COM

Fin St # Driver Laps Led
1 9 4J Erik Jones 300 124
2 14 29C Jeff Choquette 300 0
3 4 51 Kyle Busch 300 15
4 34 67 Jeff Fultz 300 0
5 5 9 Chase Elliott 300 0
6 30 36 Grant Enfinger 300 0
7 17 71 Kyle Benjamin 300 0
8 1 77 David Ragan 300 31
9 28 41 Chris Davidson 300 0
10 2 8 John Hunter Nemechek 300 46
11 25 25 Ross Kenseth 300 0
12 15 45 Dwayne Buggay 300 0
13 26 2 D.J. Vanderley 300 0
14 31 10 Johanna Long 300 0
15 24 2W Donnie Wilson 300 0
16 12 22 Hunter Robbins 299 12
17 16 7 Chuck Barnes, Jr. 299 0
18 19 84 Clay Alexander 297 0
19 29 21J Kyle Jones 283 0
20 33 29T Austin Theriault 249 0
21 22 99S Casey Smith 228 43
22 37 66 Steven Wallace 226 0
23 27 11 David Rogers 226 0
24 18 96 Ben Kennedy 221 0
25 11 0 Brad Rogers 201 0
26 3 41R T.J. Reaid 164 29
27 7 26 Bubba Pollard 158 0
28 23 5 Nelson Piquet, Jr. 125 0
29 8 98 Daniel Hemric 125 0
30 36 11B Logan Boyett 125 0
31 35 1 Mike Garvey 123 0
32 10 51 Stephen Nasse 117 0
33 6 4 Jeremy Pate 116 0
34 32 20 Brian Campbell 112 0
35 31 10K Paul Kelley 45 0
36 13 49 Augie Grill 38 0
37 20 10D Steve Dorer 1 0

6:19

6:16
All cars have cleared technical inspection. Erik Jones is the official winner of the 45th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

6:14
Erik Jones led 124 of the 300 laps, the most of anyone in this car.

6:14
Comment From jon
who led the most laps?

6:14
We have just confirmed with Ricky Brooks that the #51 entry of Kyle Busch has passed technical inspection. Busch crossed the line in third place. The first and second place cars are still being inspected.

6:14

6:10
Austin Theriault.

6:10
Comment From Carolyn Ward
which driver was driving the Brad Keselowski owned car, Austin Theriault or Grant Enfinger?

6:10
The haulers have come back into the infield and are now starting to load up the cars from the Snowball Derby. Technical inspection continues in the tech area near turn three.

6:08
Austin Theriault ran in the top five for awhile this afternoon, but dropped out of the race with mechanical issues. Those issues were actually just a broken alternator belt. The belt left his charging system not working, so he had to run the car off its battery for several reduced speed laps. Eventually, Theriault ended up with a 20th place finish.

6:07
We caught up with T.J. Reaid after the race and he was actually chatting with several members of the #51 Kyle Busch Motorsports team. Reaid was not happy with Busch after today’s race, but pointed out that “the team doesn’t drive the racecar.” Reaid worked with the team for over a year and told us that he didn’t expect Busch to get into him on the racetrack. He told us that he looked up to Busch and was disappointed in how things turned out. Reaid and Busch did not talk here after the race.

6:05
Yes, Chase Elliott started 9th back in 2011 before winning the Snowball Derby

6:05
Comment From Bowen93
Didnt chase Elliott win from the ninth position last year too?

6:03
Today’s Lap Leaders:

David Ragan (1-31)
John Hunter Nemechek (32-56)
Kyle Busch (57-60)
John Hunter Nemechek (61-69)
Erik Jones (70-104)
John Hunter Nemechek (105-116)
Hunter Robbins (117-128)
T.J. Reaid (129-157)
Kyle Busch (158-163)
Casey Smith (164-206)
Erik Jones (207-278)
Kyle Busch (279-283)
Erik Jones (284-300).

5:59
Kudos are due to all the teams down on pit road today. These teams have live pit stops maybe a handful of times a year, so the pressure was definitely on in the waning laps.

5:58
Comment From bobby g
Congrats to jeff for that,,,looks like the winner had pretty good pit crew to change tires with the best of them

5:56
Jeff Fultz (+30) gained the most spots in today’s Derby.

5:56

Kyle Busch and his #51 await the inspection process. (Speed51.com Photo)

5:55
Erik started 9th.

5:55
Comment From bobby g
Where did eric start the race from?

5:54

Jeff Choquette’s machine is in the “Room of Doom” getting etched, weighed, and measured. (Speed51.com Photo)

5:51

The entire Jones family celebrates Erik’s win. (From Left to Right): Dave Jones-Father, Carol Jones-Mother, and Lindsey Jones-Sister. (Speed51.com Photo)

5:51
We have posted some banners during our coverage announcing some of the next big Late Model shows in the south like Speedfest and The Rattler and the World Crown. We’ll be talking more about those when the calendar slips into 2013.

5:50
Comment From James
First time viewer and thanks for the coverage. One question. I have seen you all post something about Speedfest. Is it an invite similiar to the magnitude of Snowball Derby and have as many drivers? Thanks again for the coverage.

5:49
We did not get a full engine list this year, so many special combinations it would be too hard to classify. But we will look into who made Jones’ power plant.

5:49
Comment From 21fan
I’m sorry to ask again…but did u guys ever do an engine rundown of each entry ???

5:48
Comment From Jerry at ARBODIES
Congratulations to Erik Jones, Rich Lushes and the entire crew on a fantastic Snowball Derby Win.

5:47

5:47
Erik is a Port City, 2nd and 3rd were Hamkes. We posted a full chassis list at 1:12 PM if you would like to scroll down and see how they stack up.

5:47
Comment From Ian
Is Erik’s chassis a GARC?

5:47
Comment From alex mora from california
thanks guys for your great coverage and pictures. cant waut for next years snowball derby

5:46
Comment From Craig (Ravenna, OH)
Excellent coverage by the whole staff!!! Racing over football any day of the week, wish you guys had a booth at IMIS next weekend.

5:46

Erik Jones (Left) and Crew Chief Rich Lushes (Right) reunited this weekend and the combination proved to be potent once again. (Speed51.com Photo)

5:40

16-year-old Erik Jones’ car in tech. (Speed51.com Photo)

5:32

5:31
T.J. Reaid may be leaving the track angry after his run-ins with Kyle Busch today, but Reaid will also be a bit richer as he will get $151 bonus from Speed51.com for leading the 151st lap.

5:29
The #snowballderby hashtag on Twitter became the #1 hashtag this afternoon, higher than the Sunday-popular #nfl. Thanks for everyone who tweeted this afternoon to spread the word!

5:28
The top finishers have arrived in technical inspection and gone across the scales. Ignition boxes are now being pulled out and a host of other tests will be applied to make sure that the top finishers are legal. We will keep you posted until the inspection process is completed.

5:26
Comment From Kris from ME
Sweet!!!! The coverage was awesome guys, but I gotta see this in person!!!!!

5:24
December 8, 2013 is the date for the 46th Annual Snowball Derby

5:24
Comment From Kris from ME
Is there a date already for next year? I want to book my hotel ASAP!!!!!

5:23

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5:23
Speed51.com is the official photo provider of the 45th Annual Snowball Derby. 51 Photos will be uploading a slew of on-track and behind-the-scenes photos to www.speed51photos.com that will be available for purchase beginning tonight and continuing through the weekend and beyond.

We uploaded a ton of photos from all this weeks’ action and we will continue to add more throughout the weekend. Photos from today will begin to be uploaded overnight. Get your photos now!

5:22
Stop by and see us next year! We will be looking for you!

5:22
Comment From CanArmyGuy
The coverage y’all provided the entire week was absolutely first rate in every facet!! I want to thank you, especially for us up in Canada, and I have decided, I will be makin this trip next year, absolutely gauranteed!!

5:21

The top finishers are already started in Ricky Brooks’ Room of Doom. (Speed51.com photo)

5:21
Our best wishes from the Speed51 crew to Daniel Hemric tonight. A tough end to a breakthrough season for Daniel Hemric, who won 8 races in the CRA JEGS All-Star Tour and the championsihp as well as a Tour-type Modified race in New Smyrna and a CRA Super Late Model race at Gresham Motorsports Park. A rising talent for sure, hopefully this is just a bump in the road for him.

5:19
Comment From Christi (Hemrics mom)
Just talked to Daniel on the phone at the hospital. CT scan done, Looks ok, still some slurred speech, but keeping him overnight for observation and having an MRI in the morning for his jaw, spinal and head area. Prayers please. Thank you!!

5:19
Comment From Matthew Dillner
The Hal Goodson Award! A great Speed51.com tradition that continues tonight. Chase Elliott wins it by finishing well with a very torn up race car. Here is a link to a pic from Speed51 coverage when he raced to the finish in his #16 at the Derby and prompted 51 to come up with that endurance award. > http://www.speed51archives.com/files/SLM__16_damage_sb.jpg

5:17

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5:17
The 2012 Snowball Derby coverage on Speed51.com is presented by JEGS.com. JEGS is the leading high performance auto parts store, featuring the best discounts on Accel, K&N, Holley, MSD and Moroso and more. No matter what type of car, from your street rod to your Late Model, JEGS.com has a full line of products ready for you.

5:17
On the Speed51 Radio Broadcast, we hear Chase Elliott saying he lost a lot of respect for Kyle Busch after being caught up in the Busch-Reaid altercation just past halfway

This may not cheer Chase up too much, but he will win 51’s “Hal Goodson Award”. The Goodson goes to the driver who had the most torn up racecar but managed to persevere to get a good finish. Chase was involved in that big mid-race kerfuffle in Turn Four but despite having a front end held together with duct tape and impromptu braces, Elliott finished 5th today.
5:12
A lot of fans have written in thanking us and our sponsors for our coverage today! Thanks! We put our hearts into this week and we’re very glad to hear you enjoyed it. But we say this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – the best way to thank us and our sponsors is to come to the tracks to thank the drivers and officials in person. Fans in the stands are the lifeblood of this business. Please make plans to come to the Snowball Derby in 2013!

5:12

The winning team. (Speed51.com photo)

5:11
The race is over, but the fans are not leaving! There is a huge crowd assembled listening to all of the post race interviews.

5:10

Jones is the first ever recipient of the Snowball Derby championship ring. (Speed51.com photo)

5:10
Comment From guest
THANKS TO SPEED51 AND PANHANDLE PAVING! Great broadcast for all those who can’t make it to Florida.

5:08

To the victors, go the spoils (Speed51.com Photo).

5:08

Your winner of the 45th Snowball Derby… Erik Jones. (Speed51.com photo)

5:06
Here on Speed51’s Trackside Now, we will have pictures up from Victory Lane in just a few moments. We will also have people heading to tech to make sure everything checks out okay with our top finishers today.
5:05

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5:05
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5:04

The stands are still packed to hear our winner (Speed51.com Photo)

5:04
The crowd at the bottom of the grandstands is now about eight deep. That is better than the crowd on pit road – which is about ten deep.

5:03
Dennis Schoenfeld is almost in tears. He built the headers for Erik Jones’ car and just told us. “I’m not here as a driver, but I’m here in Snowball Derby victory lane.”

5:02

5:02
UNOFFICIAL SNOWBALL DERBY RESULTS
RESULTS SPONSORED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING – WWW.RACECARENG.COM

1 4 J Erik Jones 300
2 29 C Jeff Choquette 300
3 51 Kyle Busch 300
4 67 Jeff Fultz 300
5 9 Chase Elliott 300
6 36 Grant Enfinger 300
7 71 Kyle Benjamin 300
8 77 David Ragan 300
9 41 Chris Davidson 300
10 8 John Hunter Nemechek 300
11 25 Ross Kenseth 300
12 45 Dwayne Buggay 300
13 2 D.J. Vanderley 300
14 10 Johanna Long 300
15 2 W Donnie Wilson 300
16 22 Hunter Robbins 299
17 7 Chuck Barnes Jr 299
18 84 Clay Alexander 297
19 21 J Kyle Jones 283
20 29 T Austin Theriault 249
21 99S Casey Smith 228
22 66 Steven Wallace 226
23 11 David Rogers 226
24 96 Ben Kennedy 221
25 0 Brad Rogers 201
26 41 R T.J. Reaid 164
27 26 Bubba Pollard 158
28 5 Nelson Piquet Jr 125
29 98 Daniel Hemric 125
30 11 B Logan Boyett 125
31 1 Mike Garvey 123
32 51 Stephen Nasse 117
33 4 Jeremy Pate 116
34 20 Brian Campbell 112
35 10 K Paul Kelley 45
36 49 Augie Grill 38
37 10 D Steve Dorer 1

5:01
Fans are six deep against the fence watching what is going on in victory lane.

5:00
Erik Jones – “I can’t believe it…I can’t even believe it!” . He is audibly catching his breath after a frantic run to the checkers.

5:00
The crowd is going crazy.

5:00
Here comes Erik Jones! The crowd gives him a very, very warm welcome after outdueling one of NASCAR’s best in the final laps.
5:00
Kyle Busch walked over to Erik Jones’ car and congratulated the winner.

4:59
Jones has stopped on the frontstretch and is about to climb out in a career-defining moment.

4:59
Someone has run over to the driver’s door of Kyle Busch. We think it is TJ Reaid.

4:59
Comment From leon
great race

4:59
Comment From Rick Akron OHio
Congrats Erik Jones and Rich Lushes on your SnowBall Derby win

4:59
Comment From Kevin
Fanfriggintastic!!!!!!!! Great job guys!

4:57
JEGS LAP 300 – CHECKERED – Michigan’s Erik Jones claims the 2012 Snowball Derby over Jeff Choquette, Kyle Busch, Jeff Fultz, and Chase Elliott

4:57
JEGS LAP 299 – WHITE FLAG – Erik Jones has half a mile to glory!

4:57
JEGS LAP 298 – Choquette to second.

4:57
JEGS LAP 297 – Choquette is all over Busch, Jones is driving into the sunset at this point.

4:56
JEGS LAP 296 – Jones has two carlengths now on Busch!

4:56
Chase Elliott is up to fifth.

4:56
JEGS LAP 296 – Choquette may close up before the end of this race.

4:56
JEGS LAP 295 – Jones has Busch in his mirror by half a carlength

4:56
JEGS LAP 295 – Jones slides the rear coming out of Four, Busch is right on the bumper.

4:55
JEGS LAP 294 – Choquette takes third.

4:55
JEGS LAP 293 – Choquette lays a bumper to get alongside Fultz for third.

4:55
JEGS LAP 292 – Jones sails it into Four and clears Busch. Now Fultz works Busch for second.

4:55
The top four are all in one big pack.

4:55

The Jones crew celebrates as the leaders fight for position . (Speed51.com photo)

4:55
JEGS LAP 291 – Paper thin margin still, side by side for the last ten laps!

4:55
Jeff Choquette is fourth and is catching the leaders.

4:54
JEGS LAP 290 – TEN TO GO- Jones half a nose ahead at the line. Busch remains on the inside.

4:54
JEGS LAP 289 – Busch and Jones, hot and heavy. Fultz stalks both.

4:54
Contact between Busch and Jones.

4:54
JEGS LAP 288- Jones keeps the lead using the momentum of the high groove.

4:54
JEGS LAP 287 – Busch lays the bumper ot Jones, gets back underneath.

4:54
Erik Jones’ pit is going crazy right now.

4:53
JEGS LAP 286 – Jones and Busch both laying the dog out on corner exit. Jones wil hang on to the lead for now.

4:53
Jeff Fultz is catching the leaders.

4:53
JEGS LAP 285 – side by side down the backstretch

4:53
Jeff Fultz is in third, observing what goes on in front of him.

4:53
JEGS LAP 285 – Busch draws a fender alongside.

4:53
JEGS LAP 284 – Now Busch back on the attack.
4:52
JEGS LAP 283 – Jones power move under Busch TO THE LEAD

4:52
The crowd is going wild.

4:52
JEGS LAP 282 – Jones is not letting Busch get away as Fultz uses the outside line to get third.

4:52
RESTART – JEGS LAP 281 – Busch easily clears Jones heading into one.
4:51
Coming to the green. We will have 19 to go when that happens.

4:51
RUNNING ORDER – JEGS LAP 279:

1 Kyle Busch
2 Erik Jones
3 Jeff Choquette
4 Grant Enfinger
5 Chase Elliott

6 Jeff Fultz
7 Dwayne Buggay
8 Kyle Benjamin
9 Chris Davidson
10 David Ragan

4:50
Erik Jones’ team had a tire get away from them on their pit stop – which slowed things down and dropped him out of the lead.

4:49

Four tires for the leader, Erik Jones. (Speed51.com photo)

4:49
Race off pit road:

Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Jeff Choquette
Grant Enfinger
Chase Elliott
Jeff Fultz
Dwayne Buggay
Kyle Benjamin
Chris Davidson
David Ragan

4:48
We are pitting on JEGS LAP 277, there will be 23 laps to go from here.

4:48
Ross Kenseth will be sent to the rear of the field on the restart for pitting too soon.

4:48
Pits open. Every lead lap car is pulling up to pit.

4:47
Ross Kenseth pitted but pit road was not open.

4:47
Here comes the tire strategy.

4:46
13 cars are on the lead lap.

4:46
CAUTION – :LAP 275 – Hunter Robbins around on the backstretch

4:46
A tire rub. The team has fabricated a new fender brace to prevent that from happening again.

4:46
Comment From H
What was all the smoke from Elliotts caused by?

4:46
JEGS LAP 275 – Buggay moves under and by Ragan for fifth.

4:45
JEGS LAP 274 – Johanna Long loses a lap.

4:45
JEGS LAP 272 – Buggay has caught Ragan for fifth.

4:44
JEGS LAP 270 – Busch by Fultz for third.

4:44
Top Ten
JEGS Lap 270

1. Erik Jones
2. Jeff Choquette
3. Jeff Fultz
4. Kyle Busch
5. David Ragan
6. Dwayne Buggay
7. Grant Enfinger
8. DJ VanderLey
9. Chase Elliott
10. Kyle Benjamin

4:44
JEGS LAP 267 – Single file, spread out. Tires fall off here and when they do, they do in a hurry. Expect some drivers to suddenly move up and some to suddenly move down in the waning circuits.

4:43
Correction: Chase Elliott IS on the lead lap. He is ninth.

4:43
JEGS LAP 264 – Busch has reeled in Fultz for third.

4:42
JEGS LAP 261 – Jeff Choquette has not gained a lot of ground on Jones, but he does not need to pit again

4:42
JEGS LAP 260 – Despite being laps down, Chase Elliott has passed 9th place Hunter Robbins.

4:41
JJEGS LAP 259 – Fultz and Busch by Ragan for third and fourth. Buggay by VanderLey for seventh.

4:41
There is no relation between the two that we know of. Michelle is from Connecticut and Austin is from right along the Canadian border in Fort Kent, Maine.

4:41
Comment From Kevin
@speed51 Is Austin Theriault Michelle Theriault’s brother?

4:41
JEGS LAP 257 – Enfinger, VanderLey, and Buggay are nose to tail for sixth through eighth

4:40
JEGS LAP 255 – Fultz and Busch quickly reeling in Ragan for third.

4:40

4:39
JEGS LAP 253 – Choquette completes the pass of Ragan for second.

4:39
JEGS LAP 252 – Fultz and Busch are still both within striking distance.

4:39
JEGS LAP 251 – Choquette begins to poke his right front under Ragan for second.

4:38
JEGS LAP 250 – FIFTY TO GO – Austin Theriault is being black flagged for being too slow.

4:38
JEGS LAP 247 – Choquette begins to close up on Ragan as Ragan begins to slide up the hill.

4:37
JEGS LAP 246 – Erik Jones’ crew says they must stop at least one more time before the end of the race.

4:37
JEGS LAP 244 – VanderLey is up to seventh, Buggayeighth, Robbins ninth and Davidson tenth

4:36
Austin Theriault has been lapped.

4:36
Donnie Wilson and John Hunter Nemechek just made contact, but neither one spun.

4:36
JEGS LAP 243 – Theriault’s car is very sick and he will lose a lap.

4:36
JEGS LAP 242 – Busch has fallen behind Fultz and may have Grant Enfinger get him for fifth.

4:36
JEGS LAP 241 – Theriault off the pace with an engine issue.

4:35
JEGS LAP 240 – Jones leads by half a straight on Ragan, with Choquette closing on the 2nd place machine.

4:35
JEGS LAP 239 – Fultz moves Busch out of the way to take fourth.

4:35
DJ VanderLey just got lose on the frontstretch, but saved it.

4:35
JEGS LAP 238 – Kenseth under Long for 11th.

4:35
JEGS LAP 237 – Fultz has taken fifth and is on the bumper of Busch for fourth.

4:34
RESTART – Jones gets a good jump, clears Ragan into one. Busch takes fourth from Robbins.

4:34
We will go back to GREEN on JEGS LAP 236. Jones on the inside of Ragan.
4:34

Speechless…(Speed51.com photo)

4:33
There will be one lap until we go back to green.

4:33
We are told by scoring officials that Steve Wallace has thrown a hammer onto the track towards Kyle Busch’s car

4:33
We are working JEGS LAP 234 of 300. Remember caution laps count until LAP 295. JEGS LAPS 296 – 300 are counted at green flag laps only.

4:32
Chase Elliott is back on pit road. His team is actually trying to fabricate fender braces right now to keep the bodywork off the tires.

4:31
Comment From Parents
Lets goooo Choquette !!!!!

4:31
Comment From John
Go Ragan & Shrub

4:31
He is the highest car (3rd) with fresh tires.

4:31
Comment From fred
Does Choquette have anything for teh leaders?

4:30
Ben Kennedy has dropped out of the race.

4:30

4:30
David Rogers has hopped into a golf cart to save a walk through the infield. He looked over at our Speed51.com team and gave a big thumbs up.

4:30
Comment From Guest
Come on Erik!!!!!!

4:30
Comment From JB
Nice rebound by David Ragan.

4:29
Jeff Fultz got a little damage in that incident. His rear spoiler has a little bit of damage on its left corner. There is also a little bit of quarter panel damage.

4:29
Comment From fred
sounds like David was caught up in everyone else’s 3 wide crap…….does anyone race with patience anymore?

4:29
RUNNING ORDER – JEGS LAP 230 :

1 Erik Jones
2 David Ragan
3 Jeff Choquette
4 Hunter Robbins
5 Kyle Busch

6 Grant Enfinger
7 Jeff Fultz
8 Austin Theriault
9 Dwayne Buggay
10 D.J. VanderLey

11 Chris Davidson
12 Kyle Benjamin
13 Johanna Long

Those are the only cars left on the lead lap.

4:28
The team of Casey Smith is looking under their hood on pit road.

4:28
Ben Kennedy has also pitted with damage to his right front corner.

4:28
David Rogers is getting out of his car. He is OK.

4:28
That was a brand new chassis for Rogers after his trusty old ride was destroyed in the final Blizzard race here this year.

4:27
When Steve Wallace came back into the pits, he drove by the car of Kyle Busch and extended a finger out his window. Wallace, Busch and Casey Smith had been racing hard.

4:27

Rogers car is destroyed. (Speed51.com photo)

4:26
Steve Wallace got into the #99 of Casey Smith to start that incident.

4:26
CAUTION – JEGS LAP 227 – Chsae Elliott’s tire went down in Four. Then David Rogers, Casey Smith, and Wallace wad it up in Two.

4:25
JEGS LAP 225 – Busch up to fifth.

4:25
There is heavy smoke from the #9 of Chase Elliott.

4:25
JEGS LAP 224 – Wallace traps Busch behind him as Casey smith slides around both drivers to take 5th
4:25
Kyle Busch just tired to make things three wide with Casey Smith and Steve Wallace coming out of turn four.

4:24
JEGS LAP 222 – The grandstands get a warm glow to them as the sun begins to set in Turn Four. The lights begin to pop on in the infield.

4:24
Ben Kennedy is back on the track.

4:24
JEGS LAP 221 – Enfinger now dives under Smith looking for sixth.

4:23
JEGS LAP 220 – Jeff Choquette by Robbins for third.

4:23
JEGS LAP 218 – Jeff Fultz by David Rogers for 8th, Kyle Busch will follow as well

4:23
JEGS LAP 217 – Choquette to fourth, Wallace fifth, and Casey Smith sixth.

4:23
The #96 of Ben Kennedy is now on jackstands.

4:23
JEGS LAP 216 – Choquette and Smith battle for fifth as Rogers had to back way out in a three wide battle

4:22
Our pit reporters noted that Ben Kennedy’s car sounded like it would not go into gear.

4:22
JEGS LAP 215 – Wallace working under david Rogers for fourth.

4:22
JEGS LAP 213 – Jones takes the lead, Ragan takes second
4:22
Kennedy is now coasting down the backstretch.

4:22
Ben Kennedy was slow to get up to speed.

4:22
RESTART – JEGS LAP 213 – Jones and Robbins door to door into one.

4:21
Kyle Benjamin still has four tires left in his pits – he might be in good shape if there is another chance for pit stops.

4:21
RUNNING ORDER – JEGS LAP 212:

1 Erik Jones
2 Hunter Robbins
3 David Ragan
4 David Rogers
5 Steve Wallace

6 Jeff Choquette
7 Casey smith
8 John Hunter Nemechek
9 Grant Enfinger
10 Jeff Fultz

11 Austin Theriault
12 Ross Kenseth
13 Kyle Busch
14 Dwayne Buggay
15 Chase Elliott

16 Kyle Benjamin
17 Chris Davidson
18 Ben Kennedy
19 D.J. VanderLey
20 Johanna Long

Those are the only cars on the lead lap.

4:20
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4:20
Clay Alexander almost hit an official during that round of pit stops. The official told Speed51.com that he turned around for a moment and then turned back to see a car there. He jumped away and wasn’t hit.

“It didn’t scare me!” was the comment he offered up after the incident.

4:19
Several cars got stacked up coming onto pit road and Kyle Busch’s #51 almost got turned around. When that was announced, the crowd in turns one and two cheered and clapped very loudly.

4:18

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4:18
Race off Pit Road:

66 Steve Wallace
29 Jeff Choquette
99 Casey smith
8 John H. Nemechek
36 Grant Enfinger
67 Jeff Fultz
29 Austin Theriault
25 Ross Kenseth
51 Kyle Busch
45 Dwayne Buggay
9 Chase Elliott
2 D.J. VanderLey
71 Kyle Benjamin
41 Chris Davidson
96 Ben Kennedy

4:18

Pit work for Choquette and most of the leaders. ( Speed51.com photo$

4:18
Our infield observer noted that the previous incident started when Donnie Wilson got into the car of Johanna Long in turn three. They finished it off in turn four and both spun – along with the #11 of David Rogers.

4:17
Erik Jones takes the lead under caution.

4:17
Pit Stops as we complete JEGS LAP 208

4:16
Erik Jones, Hunter Robbins, Johanna Long, and David Ragan atre staying out. Everyone else appears to be coming in!

4:15
Tire strategy is going to be the real deal down the stretch here. We’d imagine most of the leaders will pit, leaving everyone one extra set for the final 100 laps. When you take that last set will probably determine if you win the Snowball Derby.

4:15
CAUTION – JEGS LAP 206 – Johanna Long and David Rogers loop it in Turn Four. Caution #6

4:14
Brad Rogers is pitting under green.

4:14
JEGS LAP 203 – Choquette has almost caught C. Smith for the lead.

4:14
Theriault

4:14
Comment From Icechips
Which car is the Brad Keselowski owned car? Grant Enfinger?

4:13
Austin Theriault is starting to lose some ground.

4:13
Comment From john santo72
Hard racing today

4:13
Comment From Bilbrey
GO Erik Jones!!

4:13
Top Five
JEGS Lap 200

1. Casey Smith
2. Jeff Choquette
3. Austin Theriault
4. Jeff Fultz
5. Grant Enfinger

4:13
JEGS LAP 200 – Theriault loses third to Fultz.

4:13
JEGS LAP 200 – 100 LAPS TO GO – Cup drivers Ragan and Busch battle back around 12th.

4:12
JEGS LAP 198 – VanderLey falling off in recent laps, he’s lost spots to four cars.

4:12
JEGS LAP 196 – E. Jones did get around Benjamin for sixth.

4:11
JEGS LAP 195 – Casey Smith has a half-straight lead on Choquette.

4:11
Kyle Busch is up to 14th.

4:11
JEGS LAP 193 – Austin Theriault was third in the last chance race, Fultz fourth. They run the same in the main feature, but Fultz is pressuring Theriault to swap positions.
4:10
JEGS LAP 191 – Kyle Busch has made up about four spots since the restart, still outside of the top dozen

4:10
Chris Davidson has been very loose on his past few laps.

4:10
JEGS LAP 189 – Jones trying the outside line to get past Benjamin for sixth, but Benjamin cuts him off.

4:10
Kyle Busch just made contact with Chris Davidson, who got loose but did not spin.

4:09
JEGS LAP 188 – Fultz by Enfinger for fourth.

4:09
JEGS LAP 187 – Erik Jones is seventh, Robbins eighth, Buggay ninth and Long 10th.

4:09
JEGS LAP 186 – Enfinger to fourth ,Fultz to fifth. Benjamin back to sixth.

4:09
One of the cars deep in the field, possibly the #7 of Chuck Barnes, Jr., is making unnatural noises from its engine.

4:08
JEGS LAP 185 – Benjamin can’t keep up with Theriault, now has Enfinger under him for fourth.

4:08
JEGS LAP 184 – No change in the battle for third, Theriault and Benjamin door to door with Enfinger lurking.

4:08
Kyle Busch is hugging the bottom line of the track as he tries to move back up through the field.

4:08
JEGS LAP 182 – Benjamin uses the outside line to pull alongside Theriault for third.

4:07
JEGS LAP 181 – Choquette couldn’t get enough of a run on Smith and will settle into second.

4:07
RESTART – Better start for Choquette this time, he hangs on Smith’s door into one.

4:07
Casey Smith currently leads Jeff Choquette, Austin Theriault, Kyle Benjamin and Grant Enfinger.

4:06
JEGS LAP 180 – NONE of the drivers currently in the top-ten started in the top-ten.

4:06
Our pit reporters just noted that there are not many cars running that don’t have some duct tape or damage out there. “It’s a beat up field right now,” was the report.

4:05
Comment From Guest
awesome job on the radio!! so intense!! Trackside now on the computer, speed51 radio on the radio, and football muted on the tv. awesome afternoon!

4:05

Pit work for Brad Rogers. (Speed51.com photo)

4:05
Comment From gofastrnlft
Keep Diggin Austin Theriault………Northern Maine Excited.

4:04
Comment From Guest
epic ride for fultz so far after starting almost last!!

4:04
Elliott and Ragan both pit to have their cars attended too.

4:04
B. Rogers drove onto pit road, with his right rear bumper hanging off.

4:04
Kyle Busch runs 15th, Chase Elliott 16th as they run under this caution. They are still on the lead lap.
4:03
David Ragan got the lucky dog award and will be back on the lead lap.

4:03
TJ Reaid told Speed51.com that, “I want to make sure that everyone knows that I’m OK.” Then he walked away dejected.

4:03
Comment From R
Your broadcast is awesome – Thank you!

4:03
Comment From dud
kyle benjamin gonna win this one

4:03
Comment From Guest
AT making maine proud!!

4:02
CAUTION – JEGS LAP 175 – Chris Davidson went three wide to try to get arond Brad Rogers but couldn’t make it stick, sending Rogers hard into the outside wall in Turn Three.

4:02
Deep in the field, Steve Wallace made a little bit of contact with John Hunter Nemechek.

4:02
JEGS LAP 173 – Enfinger and Fultz door to door for fifth.

4:01
RESTART – Smith clears Choquette easily into one.

4:01
We are doubled up for the restart. Casey Smith has done no better than third in this race since 2003, but led plenty of laps since then. How will he do here?

4:00

4:00
JEGS LAP 169 –

1 Casey Smith
2 Jeff Choquette
3 Austin Theriault
4 Kyle Benjamin
5 Grant Enfinger

6 Jeff Fultz
7 Dwayne Buggay
8 Johanna Long
9 D.J. VanderLey
10 Hunter Robbins

11 Erik Jones
12 Brad Rogers
13 Ben Kennedy
14 Chris Davidson
15 Ross Kenseth

3:59

3:59
Steve Wallace just pitted.

3:59
David Ragan is one lap down.

3:58
T.J. Reaid is at Kyle Busch’s pit stall right now and is arguing with the team.

3:57
TJ Reaid on the PA system (about the Kyle Busch incident) – “I guess he got p—-d off when I beat him on the restart and then he [explative deleted] cried.”

3:56
Kyle Busch will pit on this caution.

3:56
Reaid, when he climbed out of his disabled race car in Turn Two, pointed directly at Busch as Busch drove by, still upset over the previous incident.
3:55
Comment From RUSS
Keep it up front Jeff!

3:54
Reaid will not be able to drive away. Rogers’ actually comes out of the spin with minimal damage.

3:54
TJ Reaid is into the outside wall in turn two.

3:54
Caution – JEGS Lap 164 – David Rogers spun in turn two by D.J. VanderLey.

3:53

Grill working on the Elliott car. (Speed51.com photo)

3:53
RESTART – Casey Smith clears Choquette into one.

3:53
We get the one to go signal. This race hsa changed complexion in a big way in recent laps. Casey Smith has driven from 22nd to the lead. Choquette in second started 14th. Enfinger has gone from 30th to 3rd

3:53
Clay Alexander has been on and off pit road getting his car repaired.

3:52
Comment From Robert
Come on Casey!

3:52
Running Order – JEGS Lap 163

1 Casey Smith
2 Jeff Choquette
3 Grant Enfinger
4 Austin Theriault
5 Dwayne Buggay

6 Kyle Benjamin
7 David Rogers
8 Jeff Fultz
9 D.J. VanderLey
10 Johanna Long

11 Hunter Robbins
12 Brad Rogers
13 Erik Jones
14 Ben Kennedy
15 Chris Davidson

3:52
Augie Grill is lending a hand to the Chase Elliott team when it comes to making repairs to the car.

3:51
Work continues on the #9 car of Chase Elliott.

3:51

Busch crew a little stunned at the reaction of the crowd. (Speed51.com photo)

3:50
Also excited were the crew of TJ Reaid – who cheered and jumped up and down upon hearing about the penalty.

3:50
The crowd has just cheered upon hearing the news that Kyle Busch is being sent to the rear of the field.

3:49
The command has been given to fire the engines.

3:48
Comment From cecil
good call offical

3:48
Comment From GA Girl
TAKE THAT BUSCH!!! About time

3:48
Comment From S
Kyle Busch did not do anything no one else has done

3:48
We notice John Hunter Nemechek also got some pretty bad damage in the wreck. Race officials are allowing him to go to pit road right now to get his damaged fixed during the downtime.

3:46

Lots of work on the Reaid car as well . (Speed51.com photo)

3:46
We have just been informed that Kyle Busch WILL BE penalized for causing the caution by race director Dan Spense. The race officials felt that Busch went above and beyond a “normal” racing incident with his contact with Reaid.

3:45
Nelson Piquet is walking in front of the grandstands and waving to the crowd as he leaves. We even saw him give a thumbs up to one of the spectators.

3:45

All hands on deck in the 9 pit. (Speed51.com photo)

3:45
Teams already on pit road will be allowed to work on their cars under this down time.

3:45
Nelson Piquet, Jr. is using this red flag as an opportunity to exit the track in his driving suit. He appears to be ready to leave Five Flags Speedway.

3:44
We are going to RED so Daniel Hemric can leave the facility to get further medical attention. We will stress that he climbed out of the car under his own power earlier and did a few interviews. But he has some head and neck pain and thus in the interest of safety will leave the facility for a more formal check-up

3:44

Augur Grill checking on the GARC chassis.

3:43
Ricky Turner is waist deep inside of Chase Elliott’s car trying to repair it.

3:42
Bubba Pollard’s car has very heavy damage to the right side. It appears to be done for the day.

3:42

3:42
Comment From Mike
Of course no penalties. We should love emotions and controversy. I know I do!

3:42

Loading up the Pollard car. (Speed51.com photo)

3:41

Big time damage for the defending champ. (Speed51.com photo)

3:41
Comment From race fan
no black flag Big Daddy. Reid drove Kyle up the track in 1 & 2

3:41
Comment From 21fan
Dont give it if you cant take it Reid !!!!! GO KYLE !!!

3:41
Bubba Pollard on the big wreck – “That’s just typical Derby.”

3:41
John Hunter Nemechek’s car is overheating.

3:40
We have not heard of any penalty coming Busch’s way.

3:40
Comment From North fan
Does Busch have to go to the tail?

3:40
Pit Stops – Ben Kennedy, Brad Rogers, John Hunter Nemechek, Ross Kenseth and others.

3:40
Comment From Guest
Of course a few teams are mad. I’M MAD. Good cars taken out. RIDICULOUS

3:40

No more front end for Elliott. (Speed51.com photo)

3:40
Comment From Guest
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

3:40
Comment From Guest
That’s ridiculous. There’s still a whole nother half. STUPID.

3:40
Comment From Big Daddy
Need to black flag KB

3:40
No, Reaid used to drive for Busch but Reaid is now with Bill Elliott Racing

3:40
Comment From fireman324
is TJ Reaid driving a Kyle Busch owned car?

3:39
Chase Elliott just left his pits too quickly – slinging the jack away and damaging his car even more than it already was.

3:39
Clay Alexander also with some severe damage.
3:39
Our pit reporters have noticed that there are a few teams unhappy with the #51 crew of Kyle Busch.

3:38
Elliott comes down pit road with his right front sheet metal shorn away

3:38
Pollard’s front end is demolished, his day is over.

3:37
JEGS LAP 158 – CAUTION – Busch spins Reaid out. Multiple cars pile in including Elliott and Polllard and Kenseth

3:37
RESTART – Reaid gets a good restart as they begin to clump up behind.

3:37
Clay Alexander slowed in turn one after the restart.

3:37

Lined up for the restart. (Speed51.com photo)

3:37

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3:36
One to go to the restart. Reaid will be on the inside of Busch for this restart.

3:36
He climbed out of his #21J due to some heat exhaustion scoring officials have told us.

3:36
Comment From North fan
What happened to Kyle Jones?

3:35
RUNNING ORDER – JEGS LAP 155:

1 T.J. Reaid
2 Kyle Busch
3 Casey Smith
4 John Hunter Nemechek
5 Chase Elliott

6 Grant Enfinger
7 Jeff Choquette
8 Dwayne Buggay
9 Austin Theriault
10 Ross Kenseth

11 Bubba Pollard
12 Kyle Benjamin
13 Chris Davidson
14 David Rogers
15 Clay Alexander

16 Jeff Fultz
17 Brad Rogers
A few more on the lead lap, but they are currently jumbled between a few lapped cars.

3:34
Johanna Long, Ben Kennedy, Hunter Robbins and Erik Jones are all pitting.

3:33
Pulling up to pit: Kennedy, E. Jones, Robbins, Long, Alsip (in relief of K. Jones)

3:33
Wilson had a tire go down on his #2W machine.

3:32
Donnie Wilson has driven back to pit road.

3:32
There will be no free pass car this caution because #2 Wilson was the first car eligible.
3:32

Flat tire for Wilson. (Speed51.com photo)

3:31
The caution is out at JEGS lap 151 – Donnie WIlson has spun on the backstretch.

3:31
JEGS LAP 150 – HALFWAY – T.J. Reaid will be the halfway leader but Kyle Busch is there for the lead. Casey Smith a straight back in third.

3:31

TJ Reaid shows the way. (Speed51.com photo)

3:30
JEGS LAP 147 – Elliott clears Enfinger for fifth.

3:30
Top 10
JEGS Lap 146

1. TJ Reaid
2. Kyle Busch
3. Casey Smith
4. Grant Enfinger
5. John Hunter Nemechek
6. Chase Elliott
7. Erik Jones
8. Jeff Choquette
9. Dwayne Buggay
10. Austin Theriault

3:30
JEGS LAP 145 – Nemechek took a full lap but clears Enfinger for fourth. Now Elliott tries to follow through as he dives under Enfinger.

3:29
JEGS LAP 144 – Nemechek under Enfinger for fourth. Door to door down the back.

3:29
JEGS LAP 142 – Buggay by Theriault for ninth.

3:28
JEGS LAP 141 – Robbins has fallen out of the top ten, passed by Buggay and Kenseth this lap.

3:28
JEGS LAP 140 – Nemechek rides in fifth, Theriault passing Robbins for ninth.

3:28
Kyle Jones has gone another lap down.

3:27
JEGS LAP 139 – Busch is catching Reaid for the lead. They are well in front of third place Donnie Wilson.

3:27
JEGS LAP 138 – Elliott and Jones will pass Robbins this lap as he begins to drop like a rock.

3:26
JEGS LAP 136 – Enfinger finally under and by Robbins. Nemecheck trying to follow through to take 5th.

3:26
Now that Mike Garvey is out of the race, he has taking a perch on the pit box of Chris Davidson – whose team he advises with set-up and chassis advice.

3:26
JEGS LAP 134 – Robbins has settled in fourth, Efnginer just not able to make a move on him now. His tires are about 60 laps older than the rest of the top-ten.

3:26
JEGS LAP 132 – Casey Smith is to third, Robbins fourth, Enfinger 5th, Nemecheck 6th, and Elliott 7th

3:25
Logan Boyett told us that “The tires are just [not good] this year.”

3:25
JEGS LAP 131 – Theriault and Nemechek make contact around 5th, both lose a few spots.

3:25

Daniel Hemric’s car. (Speed51.com Photo)

3:25
JEGS LAP 130 – Busch to second, Smith now working Robbins for third.

3:25
There are a few tires issues that have surfaced that there are some tire issues today. Mike Garvey has said that there is no grip and that cars are sliding all over the place. Paul Kelley said some tires seem to be pretty good and some are not as good.

3:25
JEGS LAP 129 – LEAD CHANGE – T.J. Reaid under the worn-tire-machined Robbins.

3:24
RESTART – Robbins gets another good jump and will clear Nemechek into one.

3:24
RUNNING ORDER – LAP

1 Hunter Robbins
2 John Hunter Nemechek
3 T.J. Reaid
4 Grant Enfinger
5 Kyle Busch

6 Aiustin Theriault
7 Casey Smith
8 Chase Elliott
9 Donnie Wilson
10 Erik Jones

11 Dwayne Buggay
12 Jeff Choquette
13 Kyle Benjamin
14 Ross Kenseth
15 chris Davidson

16 Ben Kennedy
17 Bubba Pollard
18 Johanna Long

Not sure about the rest behind that.

3:23
Justin Alsip has apparently relieved Kyle Jones behind the wheel in the #21J

3:22
Clay Alexander, whose car was sliding back quickly in that lap since we returned to green, will pit.
3:22
VanderLey appears to be the lucky dog.

3:21
Cars are rolling. Once the scoring officials have a chance to check the order and make adjustments, we will get you an updated running order.

3:20
Yes, we posted a complete chassis chart earlier today at 10:42. Feel free to scroll down the feed and check it out.

3:20
Comment From Race fan
is Chase Elliott in a GARC

3:20

Jeremy Pate done due to a faulty transmission. (Speed51.com photo)

3:19
We were waiting for Hemric to be cleared and the ambulance available again to serve the racers if needed. But the ambulance is now returning to the track and the engines refire.
3:19
Comment From Guest
track almost cleaned yet?

3:17
To recap some exciting information from yesterday that was announced in the Driver’s Meeting:

Five Southern tracks have announced the 15-race, $10,000 to champion, Southern Super Series, a SLM series in 2013. Those tracks are: Five Flags Speedway (FL), Mobile International Speedway (AL), Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL), Gresham Motorsports Park (GA), and Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville (TN).

In the announcement, it was stated that the All-American 400 (Nashville), World Crown (Gresham), and Alabama 200 (Montgomery) – some of the biggest Deep South SLM shows – will be part of the schedule. Some of the Blizzard (Five Flags) and Miller Lite (Mobile) races will also be part of that schedule.

3:17

The junkyard of crashes cars in the infield is growing. (Speed51.com photo)

3:15
We did not see any notable damage on her car when it went past the tower before the red.

3:15
Comment From larry brown
johanna spun out ,any damage?

3:14
Daniel Hemric climbed into the ambulance and they have taken him outside of the track to the turn two area to look him over. He walked to the ambulance under his own power.

3:13

3:13
Out (in no particular order):

Augie Grill
Stephen Nasse
Daniel Hemric
Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Steve Dorer
Paul Kelley
Brian Campbell
Logan Boyett
Mike Garvey

3:13
Comment From Vicki
Dont want running order but can you post who is out?

3:12

A crowd of people gather to look at Hemric’s machine (Speed51.com Photo)

3:12
Nelson Piquet, Jr. told Speed51.com that he is really unhappy with the attitude of some of the drivers out there today.

3:11
Daniel Hemric’s #98 Ford has been towed to the pits and its right front is essentially destroyed.

3:10
When our pit reporters got to Nelson Piquet, Jr. to ask what happened, he simply said, “I’m OK.” His body language told the story that he was not in a good mood at all.

3:10
We have received a report that Daniel Hemric’s car blew a tire – which led to the wreck.

3:09
A crowd has gathered around the wrecked #5 Super Late Model of Nelson Piquet, Jr. that got towed to the infield.

3:09

Front of the field under the red (Speed51.com Photo)

3:09
Daniel Hemric’s car hit hard enough that his steering wheel was bent after the wreck. Hemric is very fit and well conditioned and even so, he was winded after the impact. He is now out of the car and walking around.

3:08
Grant Enfinger has made some incredible progress in this race, 30th to 4th as they sit right now on the frontstretch.

3:08
Some people asking what the running order is. Hard to say, the officials will need to do a bit of shuffling once we return to the yellow flag.

3:08

Heavy damage to Hemric’s car. (Speed51.com photo)

3:07
Daniel Hemric has climbed out of the car after taking a minute to collect his breath.

3:05
Garvey is being pushed into the infield and is done for the day. Tough break for the track’s Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model champ.
3:05

Piquet wrecked. (Speed51.com photo)

3:04
Nelson Piquet, Jr.’s car will need a tow back to the pit area.

3:04
We are going to RED because the backstretch is pretty littered with parts.

3:04
Mike Garvey has driven back to pit road.

3:03
Officially involved in the caution: Hemric, Johanna Long (spun into the infield), Logan Boyett, Mike Garvey, and Piquet

3:03
Nelson Piquet, Jr. is out of his car and OK.

3:03
CAUTION – Piquet and Hemric collide in a hard way on the backstretch

3:02
RESTART – Robbins gets going in a hurry. Field stacks up in the outside line behind Alexander

3:02

Brian Campbell’s wrecked #20. (Speed51.com photo)

3:02
Jeremy Pate – “I was going down the front straightaway when the car went ya-ya-ya-ya-ya, so I pulled in.”

3:01

3:01
Doubling up for the restart .We will get the green with 123 JEGS Laps completed.
3:01

(Speed51.com photo)

3:01
Comment From john santo72
What a exciting race

3:01
Comment From Guest
AT coming to the front!!

3:00

The start of Campbell’s crash. (Speed51.com photo)

3:00
Yes, he seems to have lost a lap in the pits

3:00
Comment From Fl boy
David rogers a lap down?

3:00
Stephen Nasse has pulled into the infield as well.

3:00
Pate’s exit was caused by transmission troubles.

2:59
Jeremy Pate’s car is parked in the infield and appears to be done for the day.

2:59

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2:59
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2:58
RUNNING ORDER – JEGS LAP 120:

1 Hunter Robbins
2 Clay Alexander
3 John Hunter Nemechek
4 Kyle Busch
5 T.J. Reaid

6 Chase Elliott
7 Grant Enfinger
8 Casey Smith
9 Austin Theriault
10 Nelson Piquet, Jr.

11 Donnie Wilson
12 Dwayne Buggay
13 Daniel Hemric
14 Kyle Benjamin
15 Erik Jones

16 Jeff Choquette
17 Ross Kenseth
18 Ben Kennedy
19 Chris Davidson
20 Bubba Pollard

21 Johanna Long
22 Brad Rogers
23 D.J. VanderLey

Not sure if anyone else is on the lead lap behind that.

2:57
Kyle Benjamin and Erik Jones also made contact on pit road.

2:56
Daniel Hemric and Dwayne Buggay made contact on pit road. There is body damage to the right front of Hemric’s car. A track official jumped up onto the wall because he was right in front of where those two competitors hit.

2:56

Tight space for leaders pit stops. (Speed51.com photo)

2:55
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2:55
John Hunter Nemechek, TJ Reaid and Kyle Busch all changed four new tires.

2:55
OFF PIT ROAD in order:

8 Nemechek
51 Busch
41 Reaid
9 Elliott
36 Enfinger
99 Smith
29 Theriault
5 Piquet
2 Wilson
45 Buggay

2:55
Hunter Robbins and Clay Alexander are the only two cars on the lead lap who appeared to stay out

2:54
PITTING under JEGS LAP 115 – Every one of the leaders is dropping down pit road.

2:54
There is a 30 mile per hour speed limit on pit road today.

2:53
There is heavy rear end damage to the car of Brian Campbell. It is the second time this week that he has backed into the turn three wall. The first, which came in practice, was due to fluid on the track.

2:53

Problems for Nasse. (Speed51.com photo)

2:53
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2:53
Brian Campbell received contact from Hunter Robbins before his spun into the wall.

2:52
Comment From Guest
What freq is speed51 on?

2:52
JEGS LAP 114 – CAUTION – Brian Campbell has crashed in Turn Three

2:52
JEGS LAP 112 – Pate has also drooped off the pace.
2:52
Stephen Nasse is pitting under green.

2:52
JEGS LAP 111 – Back in the field, Enfinger is 12th, Pollard 13th, Nasse 14th, Kenseth 15th, and Campbell 16th

2:51
Mike Garvey has been lapped.

2:51
Many pit crews have been stretching and testing their air guns. They are waiting for a round of pit stops soon.

2:51

Nemechek (8) puts a lap on Fultz (67). (Speed51.com photo)

2:51
JEGS LAP 110 – Donnie Wilson in tenth has a large gap back to Jeremy Pate in 11th.

2:50
Steve Wallace has been lapped.

2:50

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2:50
JEGS LAP 107 – Jones and Busch clear Fultz. Busch is all over Jones for second

2:49
Jeff Fultz has been lapped.

2:49
JEGS LAP 106 – LEAD CHANGE -Nemechek nips Jones at the line. Nemechek seems to be able to run the bottom line right now, Jones is stuck to the top groove

2:49
JEGS LAP 105 – Nemechek now diving under Jones who can not do anything with this gaggle of lapped cars.

2:49
One of our pit reporters is starting to smell gear oil – we are not sure which car it might be coming from.

2:49
JEGS LAP 103 – Jones now trying to draw alongside Fultz on the outside.

2:48

Steve Wallace’s crew is at the ready for stops at the next yellow. (Speed51.com photo)

2:48
Among those who have been lapped include Chuck Barnes and David Ragan.

2:48
JEGS LAP 101- Nemechek and Busch have caught Jones as Jones has to wait to see if Fultz can clear Garvey

2:48
Top Ten
JEGS Lap 100

1. Erik Jones
2. John Hunter Nemechek
3. Kyle Busch
4. TJ Reaid
5. Chase Elliott
6. Daniel Hemric
7. Ben Kennedy
8. Kyle Benjamin
9. Casey Smith
10. Bubba Pollard

2:47
JEGS LAP 98 – Jones trapped by Fultz and Wallace side by side, so Nemechek is quickly catching him.

2:47
JEGS LAP 97 – Jones about to lap Fultz, Garvey, and Wallace.

2:47
JEGS LAP 95 – Kennedy trying to diamong the corner to get by Hemric for sixth.
2:46
Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Steve Wallace made contact and that incident left Wallace with some left rear body damage.

2:46
JEGS LAP 93 – Johanna Long and Steve Wallace bang doors racing to gain some distance from leader Jones.

2:45
JEGS LAP 90 – David Ragan will lose a lap.

2:45
JEGS LAP 89 – Nemechek has shaken Busch in recent laps and may be catching leader Erik Jones

2:45

Two time Snowball winner Bobby Gill keeps an eye on things from Piquet’s pit. (Speed51.com photo)

2:44
JEGS LAP 87 – Wilson under and by Pollard for 10th

2:44

Change in tire pressure for Nasse. (Speed51.com photo)

2:44
JEGS LAP 86 – Word on Ragan is that his car is suddenly out-of-control loose.

2:43
JEGS LAP 83 – Wilson bumps Nasse out of his way trying to get into the top-ten

2:43
JEGS LAP 82 – Ragan continues to hemmorage spots. He may be in danger of losing a lap if he keeps slipping back over the next 10 or so laps.

2:42
On the other hand, Mike Garvey, Chuck Barnes, Jr. and Jeff Fultz are all near the tail end of the lead lap.

2:42
JEGS LAP 81 – Jones leads by six carlengths on Nemechek. Busch remains right behind Nemechek, stalking his tire tracks.

2:42
Although Austin Theriault was close to getting lapped earlier, he has made some progress lately and is now moving up into the top 25.

2:41
JEGS LAP 80 – Nasse and Wilson by Ragan. Now Brad Rogers. Ragan seems in deep trouble at this point. Brian Campbell is now behind him, having gained about 10 spots since the last pit stop

2:41
JEGS LAP 79 – Ragan falls out of the top-ten, losing spots to C. Smith and then Pollard.

2:41
Each lap pays out $10 in JEGS Lap cash to the leader. Erik Jones is currently racking up a nice payday with his #4.

2:40
JEGS LAP 78 – Ragan seems to be in some trouble, as he is now back to the tail of the top-ten.

2:40
JEGS LAP 76 – Ragan washes up the track, loses fourth to Reaid.

2:40
Mike Garvey is getting sideways quite a bit with his Tracy Goodson-owned #1.

2:39
JEGS LAP 75 – A quarter of the way through this race, we already have 4 lead changes today.

2:39
JEGS LAP 73 – Benjamin takes ninth.

2:39
Just outside the top 10 currently are Casey Smith, Stephen Nasse, Donnie WIlson, Brad Rogers and Brian Campbell.

2:39
JEGS LAP 71 – Kennedy by Pollard for eighth. Benjamin working Pollard now for 9th

2:38
David Rogers just made contact with Grant Enfinger – sending Enfinger sideways in turn two.

2:38
JEGS LAP 70 – LEAD CHANGE – Erik Jones blasts past Nemechek in turn three.

2:38
JEGS LAP 69 – Nemechek now feels the pressure from Jones as they pull away from Busch.

2:38
JEGS LAP 68 – Hemric to seventh, now Kennedy working under Pollard for 8th.

2:38
Top 10
JEGS Lap 65

1. John Hunter Nemechek
2. Kyle Busch
3. Erik Jones
4. David Ragan
5. TJ Reaid
6. Chase Elliott
7. Daniel Hemric
8. Bubba Pollard
9. Ben Kennedy
10. Kyle Benjamin

2:37
JEGS LAP 67 – Jones is using the outside line and will blow by Busch for second.

2:37

2:37
JEGS LAP 66 – Jones continues his march from 9th on the grid, on the bumper of Busch for 2nd.
2:36
Nelson Piquet, Jr. has gotten loose and has dropped nearly to the rear of the field.

2:36
JEGS LAP 63 – Hemric using the outside line to pass Kennedy, now working the ouside of Pollard.

2:36
JEGS LAP 61 – Ragan has settled into fourth behind Jones. Elliott fifth, Pollard sixth, and then Hemric and Kennedy side by side for seventh.

2:35
JEGS LAP 60 – LEAD CHANGE – Nemechek right back by Busch.

2:35
JEGS LAP 59 – Nemechek back to second. Now Jones takes third from Ragan

2:35
JEGS LAP 58 – Nemechek fights back on the inside for second. Jones to fourth, Elliott under Pollard for fifth.

2:35
JEGS LAP 57 – LEAD CHANGE – Kyle Busch leads, David Ragan trying to take second on the outside.

2:34
RESTART – Busch gets going on the outside line and will lead at the line.

2:33
Doubling up for the restart

2:33
JEGS LAP 55 – Cautions count in this race up until Lap 295. Laps 296-300 must be run under green.

2:33
Chris Davidson got the lucky dog.

2:32
The call has just been made for all lapped cars to drop to the rear.

2:31
RUNNING ORDER – AFTER PIT STOPS – JEGS LAP 53:

1 John Hunter Nemechek
2 Kyle Busch
3 T.J. Reaid
4 David Ragan
5 Chase Elliott

6 Erik Jones
7 Daniel Hemric
8 Buba Pollard
9 Brad Rogers
10 Ben Kennedy

11 Stephen Nasse
12 Kyle Benjamin
13 Casey Smith
14 Donnie Wilson
15 Dwayne Buggay

16 D.J. VanderLey
17 Grant Enfinger
18 Brian Campbell
19 David Rogers
20 Nelson Piquet, Jr.

21 Steve Wallace
22 Austin Theriault
23 Ross Kensth
24 Jeff Choquette
25 Jeremy Pate

26 Johanna Long
27 Hunter Robbins
28 Clay Alexander

We believe those are the only cars left on the lead lap.

2:31

Checking the tires that just(Speed51.com photo) came off Ross Kenseth’s car.

2:30
Jeff Fultz and Mike Garvey are pitting a second time.

2:30
Chuck Barnes, Jr. is pitting.

2:29
Paul Kelley’s team is looking at their ignition box and the wiring on the left side of their cockpit. They are having electrical problems.

2:29
Garvey also pitting.

2:29
Pitting: Robbins, Kenseth, Pate, Alexander, Long, Choquette, Fultz

2:28

Attending to the Kelley machine. (Speed51.com photo)

2:28
This caution helped Austin Theriault as he stays on the lead lap.

2:28
We are now LIVE with Speed 51 Radio. Listen to the Snowball Derby production presented by JEGS now. You can also listen to this race at the track at 454.5000 on your scanner.

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2:28
Top Ten Runners
JEGS Lap 50

1. John Hunter Nemechek
2. TJ Reaid
3. Kyle Busch
4. David Regan
5. Chase Elliott
6. Erik Jones
7. Daniel Hemric
8. Bubba Pollard
9. Brad Rogers
10. Ben Kennedy

2:28

Kelley pulls off the track. (Speed51.com photo)

2:27

2:27
JEGS LAP 48 – CAUTION – Paul Kelley has come to a halt on the backstretch.

2:26

Grill is done. (Speed51.com photo)

2:26
JEGS LAP 46 – Hemric trying the high line to et a launch on Jones.

2:26
Paul Kelley is slow on the track.

2:26
JEGS LAP 45 – Nemechek has Davidson lapped and then Kyle Busch is about half a straight back.

2:25
Augie Grill is taking off his belts and steering wheel.

2:25
JEGS LAP 44 – Reaid by Ragan for third.

2:25
One of our infield observers noticed a big puff of smoke from Augie Grill’s car before he slowed.

2:25

The wounded Garvey (1) machine gets passed by Pollard (26). (Speed51.com photo)

2:25
JEGS LAP 41 – Kyle Busch has gotten by Ragan for second. Reaid looking to follow through

2:25
Augie Grill has shut his engine off.

2:24
JEGS LAP 40 – Nemechek now has Barnes, Theriault, and Davidson in his crosshairs to lap.

2:24

Grill with issues. (Speed51.com photo)

2:24
The #49 team is looking under the hood of Augie Grill’s car.

2:23
JEGS LAP 37 – Leaders spaced out by lapped traffic but Nemechek is not necessarily yarding it out right now.

2:23
Augie Grill has made it around the track and is now coasting into the pits.

2:23
Augie Grill is slow in turn one.

2:23
Augie Grill is off the pace.

2:23
JEGS LAP 36 – Brian Campbell , David Rogers, Nelson Piquet, and Steve Wallace are all gaining spots but need to hustle to stay on the lead lap right now.

2:23

The Pollard crew watches their driver. (Speed51.com photo)

2:23
Paul Kelley has been lapped.

2:22
Paul Kelley, Logan Boyett and Austin Theriault are close to getting lapped.

2:22
JEGS LAP 34 – Joe Nemechek NEVER led a lap in the Derby. His son John has just 31 laps into his first Derby start.

2:22
Kyle Jones has been lapped.

2:22
JEGS LAP 32 – Hemric by Pollard for 7th

2:21

Ragan (77) and Nemechek (8). (Speed51.com photo)

2:21
JEGS LAP 31 – LEAD CHANGE – Nemechek blasts by Ragan for the lead.

2:21
Kyle Jones and Austin Theriault are both close to getting lapped.

2:21
JEGS LAP 30 – Nemechek has caught Ragan for the lead.

2:21
JEGS LAP 29 – Busch by Reaid for third.

2:21
Our pit reporters have noted that several cars are really starting to skate around.

2:20
JEGS LAP 28 – Wallace has gained about 12 spots since the start of this race.

2:20
Bubba Pollard and Daniel Hemric are racing hard for the eighth position.

2:20
JEGS LAP 26 – Jones clears Pollard for sixth. Hemric quickly there to challenge Pollard next

2:20
JEGS LAP 25 – Jones finally under Pollard as they battle for 6th

2:19
Top Ten
JEGS Lap 25

1. David Ragan
2. John Hunter Nemechek
3. TJ Reaid
4. Kyle Busch
5. Chase Elliott
6. Bubba Pollard
7. Erik Jones
8. Daniel Hemric
9. Augie Grill
10. Brad Rogers

2:19
JEGS LAP 23 – Ragan runs Garvey up the track as Ragan laps Garvey

2:18
JEGS LAP 22 – Erik Jones begins to try a lower groove than Bubba Pollard, trying to get a run to take 6th

2:18

Preparing tape patches to repair Garvey’s damaged nose. (Speed51.com photo)

2:18
JEGS LAP 21 – Ragan maintains a half-straight lead on Nemechek.

2:18
JEGS LAP 20 – Steve Wallace has made up about 7 spots since starting shotgun on the field.

2:17
JEGS LAP 19 – Nemechek by Reaid for second

2:17
JEGS LAP 18 – Busch under and around Elliott for fourth.

2:17
Mike Garvey is close to getting lapped.

2:17
JEGS LAP 17 – Everyone seems ready to settle in for a bit and get a handle of how their cars are driving. Busch is putting a little pressure on Elliott for 4th, but otherwise we are pretty spread out

2:17
Stephen Nasse just got loose in turn four. He did not spin or slide, but his bobble was noticable.

2:16
JEGS LAP 14 – Garvey will be the first car to lose a lap at this rate. Ragan is quickly catching the rear of the field.

2:16
The hood is bent up and the bumper cover is cracked on Garvey’s car.

2:16
Mike Garvey has nose damage to his #1 SLM.

2:16
JEGS LAP 13 – Elliott, Busch, Pollard, E. Jones, Hemric, and Grill run nose to tail for 4th through 9th

2:16
Our pit reporters have noticed that some competitors are taking such a low line in turn one that paint is being chipped off the freshly painted inside retaining wall.

2:15
JEGS LAP 11 – Benjamin and Kennedy getting by Pate for 12th

2:15
Dwayne Buggay and Donnie WIlson have made a little bit of contact deep in the field.

2:15
JEGS LAP 10 – Donnie Wilson now under and by Buggay.
2:14
JEGS LAP 8 – First battle is Jeff Choquette working Buggay for 16th

2:14
JEGS LAP 7 – Ragan with a healthy lead on Reaid. Nemechek right behind Reaid and then a large gap back to 4th place Elliott.

2:14
Clay Alexander’s car appears to be pushing. He has lost several positions.

2:13

Dorer’s crew points the 10 back behind pit wall. His day ends before it really even starts. (Speed51.com photo)

2:13
JEGS LAP 6 – Grill passes Rogers 9th. Now Robbins by Pate for 11th

2:13
JEGS LAP 5 – Grill working Brad Rogers for 9th

2:13
Steve Dorer’s car has gone into the infield.

2:13
JEGS LAP 4 – Elliott now to fourth, but Busch is re-pressuring him for position

2:12
JEGS LAP 3 – Kyle Busch has settled into third, fourth to Busch

2:12
Steve Dorer is pulling into the pits on JEGS lap one.

2:12
JEGS LAP 2- Ragan will lead by half a straightaway already on Reaid

2:12

Green flag! (Speed51.com photo)

2:12
Steve Dorer is slow on the track.

2:12
GREEN FLAG – Ragan with a great jump. Now Reaid will dive under Nemechek for second

2:11
“This is the moment we have all been waiting for” – across the PA

2:11

Great race. Great crowd. Great weather. (Speed51.com photo)

2:11
Steve Dorer has rejoined the field on their pace laps, but how long he stays out remains to be seen.

2:11

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2:11
Flagman puts a single finger in the air. We are just 30 seconds away from the start of the Snowball Derby.
2:10
The report from Steve Dorer’s team is that they thing their engine broke.

2:10

Enough neon colors to make a teenage girl happy. (Speed51.com photo)

2:10
Drivers given the two to go signal.

2:10
Even the veterans are nervous here. Ricky Turner isn’t on top of Chase Elliott’s pit box right now – he’s pacing nervously behind it.

2:10
Fans, use the #snowballderby hashtag today on Twitter to talk about the action. Use it to point the fans to the coverage here as you’re keeping up with your favorite driver’s sweets.

The #snowballderby tag is now trending NATIONALLY on Twitter. Join the conversation!

2:10

Early issues for Dorer. (Speed51.com photo)

2:09
51 just asked the crew of Bubba Pollard if this is finally the year for them to win the Snowball Derby. Their response was a big thumbs up and a yell of “Oh Yeah!”

2:09
Steve Dorer is pitting during pace laps. The hood is up on his car.

2:09
Our 51 pit reporters are noticing that many of the teams assembled have hired professional race teams to pit their cars. One that is an amateur crew is the #4 entry of hometown driver Jeremy Pate.

2:08
Cars speed up for a moment to let teams get some extra heat in their tires.

2:08
Comment From tom niewiek
CUTLERVILLE MICHIGAN OUTSIDE OF GRAND RAPIDS BRIAN CAMPBELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

2:08
Comment From Brian
Mooresville,NC Stephen Nasse

2:08
Comment From dylan g
From PEI Canada lettem have it Kyle Busch!

2:07
Comment From Michaelsdad
Eagan,MN rooting for Ross Kenseth

2:07

2:07
STARTING LINEUP FOR THE 45th SNOWBALL DERBY w/ TWITTER HANDLES
PRESENTED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING -WWW.RACECARENG.COM

1 77 David Ragan @DavidRagan
2 8 John Hunter Nemechek @johnnemechek
3 41 T.J. Reaid @TJREAID
4 51 Kyle Busch @KyleBusch
5 9 Chase Elliott @ChaseElliott
6 4JP Jerremy Pate
7 26 Bubba Pollard @bubbapollard26
8 98 Daniel Hemric @DanielHemric
9 4J Erik Jones @erik_jones
10 51 Stephen Nasse @StephenNasse
11 0 Brad Rogers
12 22 Hunter Robbins @Hrobbins_18
13 49 Augie Grill
14 29 Jeff Choquette @JeffChoquette
15 45 Dwayne Buggay
16 77 Chuck Barnes, Jr.
17 71 Kyle Benjamin @kylebenjamin71
18 96 Ben Kennedy @BenKennedy96
19 84 Clay Alexander
20 10 Steve Dorer
21 10 Johanna Long @JOHANNALONG
22 99 Casey Smith
23 5 Nelson Piquet, Jr. @nelsonpiquet
24 2 Donnie Wilson
25 25 Ross Kenseth @RossKenseth
26 2 DJ VanderLey @DJVanderLey
27 11 David Rogers
28 41 Chris Davidson
29 21 Kyle Jones
30 36 Grant Enfinger @GrantEnfinger
31 10 Paul Kelley
32 20 Brian Campbell @CampbellBrian20
33 29 Austin Theriault @AustinTheriault
34 67 Jeff Fultz @Jefffultz
35 1 Mike Garvey
36 11 Logan Boyett @LoganBoyett11
37 66 Steve Wallace @SteveWallace66

2:06
Comment From Aaron Patterson
Hantsport, Nova Scotia Canada 10 Johanna Long

2:06
Comment From ben wilder
maine,austin of course

2:06
Comment From Mike R – NH
Following from Bow, NH today.. Rooting on Johanna Long and Austin Theriault

2:06
Comment From Mike Neff
Kannapolis, NC. – Rooting for a great race. Don’t really have specific driver I’m rooting for. I guess I’ll pull for hometown driver Daniel Hemric

2:06

Pit crews get ready for action. (Speed51.com photo)

2:06
Comment From Calhoun
Nashville, TN. Clay Alexander and Nelson Piquet, Jr.

2:06
Comment From dawgfan
Newnan Ga ==Bubba Pollard

2:06
Comment From Mike Russell
Battle Creek Michigan Hometown of Brian Campbell # 20 Michigans here and pullin’ for yoa

2:06
Wave lap!

2:06
Comment From Grammy
Listening in Gaines, MI – Good Luck to Erik Jones

2:06
Comment From Mike
Listening from Nijmegen, The Netherlands!

2:06

Snowball Derby pace laps. (Speed51.com photo)

2:06
Comment From Kris from ME
So. Portland,Maine……GO AT #29!!!!!!!!

2:05
Comment From Debby
I live in Ocala, FL and I want Kyle Busch

2:05
Comment From andrew
kyle busch pa….got to go to bed before work at 10…cutting it close

2:05
Comment From Jesse
Rusagonis, NB And I May be the only Jeff Fultz fan tuning in!

2:05
Comment From bgf2
Pascagoula, MS. – David Rogers

2:05
Comment From Guest
Go #98 Daniel Hemric from NC

2:05
Comment From Lenny
Kentucky,Go Garvey,Pollard,Fultz,Hemric,Enfinger,and Nasse

2:05
Comment From Easley sc
Go Kyle benjamin #71

2:05
Comment From RJ
Prattville, AL…Augie and KB!

2:05
Comment From Kitten
In Texas, cheering for Rowdy!

2:05
Comment From Bill
Plains, Ga. Chase Elliott/David Ragan

2:05
Comment From Andrew
Tuning in from Nashville, Tennessee! Got to pull for the local Clay Alexander!

2:05
Comment From Dmob
Watching from California…rootin’ for Pollard or Elliott

2:05
Comment From Daniel
tuning in from Robinson, IL Go Chase Elliott

2:05
Comment From Guest
Deland FL DAVID ROGERS!!

2:04
Cars are rolling for their first pace lap.

2:04

Thumbs up from Erik Jones. (Speed51.com photo)

2:04

Kyle Benjamin is focused. (Speed51.com photo)

2:04
Alright fans. WHERE are you turning in from and WHO are you cheering for?

2:03

Last minute prep for Buggay. (Speed51.com photo)

2:02
The command to fire engines is GIVEN. We are just moments away from the start of the Snowball Derby!

2:01
Fans wave their hats as the anthem completes. Drivers strapping in.

2:01
Today’s race features an extra bonus for the teams participating – JEGS laps! Each lap will pay its leader $10 thanks to JEGS. That could add up to a big payday for a competitor who stays out front for awhile during the 300-lap event.

2:01

Stephanie Quayle honors America with the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner. (Speed51.com photo)

2:00
Comment From JH
10 of the 37 starters using Hamner Racing Engines. Good Luck to everyone. Special thanks to Speed51 for the awesome coverage!!!

2:00
Comment From leon
ready for the race

2:00

1:59
Comment From CAPITOL RENEGADE CREW
Congratulations to Brian Cambell and Crew on winning the best Appearing Car Award. Also a shout out to Speed 51 and the Bryant family for the hospitality this week. We are northbound on I85 heading home. Wish we could have stayed for the race but thankful for the covereage. Hoping all the racers stay safe!

1:59
Fans rise for the invocation and national anthem.

1:55
Driver introductions are complete, drivers are now standing by their cars waiting for the National Anthem.
1:54

1:51

1:51
The winner of the Snowball Derby Best Appearing Car presented by Capitol Renegade is….

1:50
We are now LIVE with Speed 51 Radio. Listen to the Snowball Derby production presented by JEGS:
now:

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1:50
He is Joe’s son, named after Joe’s late brother John Nemechek who passed away in a NASCAR Truck accident in 1997. John H. never met his uncle, being born about 3 months after John’s passing

1:49
Comment From Turk
Is John Hunter related to Front Row Joe?

1:49

1:49
OFFICIAL STARTING LINEUP FOR THE 45TH SNOWBALL DERBY
PRESENTED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING -WWW.RACECARENG.COM

1 77 David Ragan Unadilla, GA
2 8 John Hunter Nemechek Mooresville, NC
3 41 T.J. Reaid Acworth, GA
4 51 Kyle Busch Las Vegas, NV
5 9 Chase Elliott Dawsonville, GA
6 4JP Jerremy Pate Pensacola, FL
7 26 Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA
8 98 Daniel Hemric Kannapolis, NC
9 4J Erik Jones Byron, MI
10 51 Stephen Nasse Pinellas Park, FL
11 0 Brad Rogers Bluffton, SC
12 22 Hunter Robbins Montgomery, AL
13 49 Augie Grill Hayden, AL
14 29 Jeff Choquette West Palm Beach, FL
15 45 Dwayne Buggay Canton, GA
16 77 Chuck Barnes, Jr. Louisville, KY
17 71 Kyle Benjamin Easley, SC
18 96 Ben Kennedy Dawsonville, GA
19 84 Clay Alexander Franklin, TN
20 10 Steve Dorer Lakeland, FL
21 10 Johanna Long Pensacola, FL
22 99 Casey Smith Austin, TX
23 5 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brasilla, Brazil
24 2 Donnie Wilson Oklahoma City, OK
25 25 Ross Kenseth Spring Valley, IL
26 2 DJ VanderLey Mobile, AL
27 11 David Rogers Orlando, FL
28 41 Chris Davidson Pearland, TX
29 21 Kyle Jones Germantown, OH
30 36 Grant Enfinger Concord, NC
31 10 Paul Kelley Pendergrass, GA
32 20 Brian Campbell Wyoming, MI
33 29 Austin Theriault Fort Kent, ME
34 67 Jeff Fultz Mooresville, NC
35 1 Mike Garvey Pensacola, FL
36 11 Logan Boyett Pensacola, FL
37 66 Steve Wallace Mooresville, NC

1:49

David Ragan. (Soeed51.com photo)

1:48
Starting on the POLE, a winner in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series in his career as well as the 2011 Ice Cold Shriner’s Bowl winner, David Ragan from Unadilla, GA.

1:48
Starting 2nd, the newly crowned Allison Legacy titlist and a driver who has led chunks of laps in select ARCA CRA starts this season, John Hunter Nemechek from Unadilla, GA.

1:47

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1:47
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1:47
Starting 3rd, a winner on the ARCA CRA Super Series as well as a former winner in the Southeast Asphalt Tour, T.J. Reaid from Acworth, GA.

1:46

Fans clamoring to see their favorite drivers introduced (Speed51.com Photo)

1:46

Kyle Busch. (Speed51.com photo)

1:46
Starting 4th, the 2008 Snowball champion who has also won the Winchester 400, Oxford 250 and Slinger Nationals (he happens to win quite a bit in NASCAR too), Kyle Busch from Las Vegas, NV.

1:45
Starting 5th, defending champion of the Snowball Derby, the 2010 & 2012 Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 winner, and the winner of the 2010 Winchester 400, Chase Elliott from Dawsonville, GA.

1:44
Starting 6th, the 2002 Snowball Derby pole sitter and a longtime regular here at Five Flags, Jeremy Pate from Penscola, FL.

1:44
Starting 7th, the man who swept the Blizzard, Miller Lite, and Sunoco Gulf Coast point championships this season as well as the track Pro Late Model record holder here at Pensacola, Bubba Pollard from Senoia, GA.

1:43

Daniel Hemric. (Speed51.com photo)

1:43
Starting 8th, the 2012 CRA JEGS All-Star Tour champion, the winner of the 2010 Legends Million, a driver who has won in Tour-type Modifieds, Pro Late Models, and Super Late Models this season, Daniel Hemric from Kannapolis, NC.

1:42
Starting 9th, the 2011 CRA JEGS All-Star Tour champion and 2011 Governor’s Cup winner, Erik Jones from Byron, MI.

1:42
Starting 10th, the winner of the 2011 Easter Bunny and a winner this season down at Showtime Speedway, Stephen Nasse from Pinellas Park, FL.

1:41
It’s painted up to look like the car of former Snowball winner and ALL PRO Super Series champ Jody Ridley.

1:41
Comment From NRE
I keep hearing about the significance of the blue and white 98 of Hemric, whats the history behind it?

1:41
Starting 11th, a 3-time winner on the CARS Pro Cup Series, Brad Rogers from Bluffton, SC.

1:40

Hunter Robbins. (Speed51.com photo)

1:40
Starting 12th, the two-time defending winner of the Show Me the Money Series and the 2005 Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake winner, Hunter Robbins from Montgomery, AL.

1:40
Starting13th, the two-time Snowball winner and the two-time Snowflake winner and the winner of the Florida Governor’s Cup just two weeks ago, Augie Grill from Hayden, AL.

1:39
Starting 14th, the 2-time Florida Governor’s Cup winner and a former Speedweeks SLM champ, Jeff Choquette from West Palm Beach, FL.

1:39
He had a bad tire in qualifying that slowed him down and then did not run well enough in the Last Chance race to transfer.

1:39
Comment From Race fan
What happened to cassil

1:38
Starting 15th, a former winner in the Georgia Asphalt Series, Dwayne Buggay from Carlton, GA.

1:38

Dwayne Buggay. (Speed51.com photo)

1:38
Starting 16th, the 2004 ARCA CRA Super Series champ and the 2004 All-American 400 winner, Chuck Barnes, Jr. from Louisville, KY.

1:37
Starting 17th, the youngest winner in CRA history, the titlist of the Smyrna Speedweeks Super Lates and the CRA Super Series South this season, Kyle Benjamin from Easley, SC.

1:37
Starting 18th, the winner of the first ever NASCAR oval race in Europe and 9th this year in NASCAR K & N Pro Series East points, Ben Kennedy from Daytona Beach, FL.

1:36
Starting 19th, a driver with multiple wins at the famous Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville, Clay Alexander from Franklin, TN

1:36

Ben Kennedy. (Speed51.com photo)

1:36

1:35
Starting 20th, the leader of the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series points with five wins this year and the 2011 winner of the Redbud, Steve Dorer from Lakeland, FL.

1:35
Starting 21st, the 2010 winner of the Derby, the 2009 Blizzard and Gulf Coast champion, and a competitor on the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Johanna Long from Pensacola, FL

1:34

Johanna Long is introduced. (Speed51.com photo)

1:34
Starting 22nd, the two-time Viper Super Late Model Series titlist, Casey Smith from Austin, TX.

1:33
Starting 23rd, a F1 graduate who won in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year, Nelson Piquet, Jr. from Brasilia, Brazil.

1:33
Starting 24th, the 2010 runner up in this race and a winner in the old USRA Late Model Series, Donnie Wilson from Oklahoma City, OK
1:32
Starting 25th in his #25, a champion in the Big 8 Late Model Series and Red White and Blue Series and this years winner of the All American 400 and Winchester 400, Ross Kenseth from Spring Valley, IL

1:31

Ross Kenseth chats with Bob Dillner. (Speed51.com photo)

1:31
Starting 26th, a former Pro Late Model champion here at Pensacola and runner up in this race last year, D.J. VanderLey from Mobile, AL

1:31
Starting 27th, a 2-time Governor’s Cup winer, a FASCAR and Bright House champ, David Rogers from Orlando, FL

1:30
Starting 28th, a 2-time USRA Late Model champ with 18 career wins, Chris Davidson from Pearland, TX

1:29
Starting 29th, a prolific winner in the Top Speed Fabrication Modified Tour and making his first Derby, Kyle Jones from Germantown, OH

1:29
Starting 30th, a two-time winner in the Rattler and a strong ARCA competitor, Grant Enfinger from Concord, NC

1:28
Starting 31st, the driver with the most wins in World Crown history (4), Paul Kelley from Pendergrass, GA.
1:27

1:27

Paul Kelley is introduced. (Speed51.com photo)

1:27
Starting 32nd, winner in the ARCA Midwest Tour and ARCA CRA Super Series this season and the 2006 Main Event winner, Brian Campbell of Wyoming, MI

1:26
He won the Allison race at Kershaw Motorsports Park, his first road course victory we’re aware of.

1:26
Comment From Robbie
How did Nemechek do in his race last night in SC?

1:25
Starting 33rd, a winner in ACT Late Models and PASS North Super Late Model Series, Austin Therualt from Fort Kent, ME.

1:25
Starting 34th, 24-time winner and 3-time champ (both records) in the old NASCAR All Pro Series, Jeff Fultz from Mooresville, NC.

1:24
Starting 35th, 2012 Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model champion and 2-time All American 400 winner, Mike Garvey from Pensacola, FL.

1:23
Starting 36th, 2010 Viper Pro Late Model Series champion, Logan Boyett from Pensacola, FL

1:22
We are on to driver introductions with 2004 winner Steve Wallace crossing the stage.

1:22
Lots of questions being asked in our comments section that we’ve answered multiple times today. Not to be rude, but please scroll down to read previous posts as we can’t continue to broadcast what’s going on live AND answer the same questions over and over again.

1:20
Waltrip finished 3rd that year of 1977, one of the first ever times the 1980s rivals would compete in the same race.

1:20
DW won it back in 1976. You can find out more about that race in our 9:17 post this morning.

Earnhardt ran it the next year, finishing 30th in 1977

1:20
Comment From NRE
Saw pictures of Earnhardt with DW on the site; did either run the derby?

1:18
Martin ran this race nine times, but never won. He was the runner-up to Dave Mader, III back in 1978

1:18
Comment From Mike
Did Mark ”The Kid” Martin ever run this event?

1:17

We are now LIVE with Speed 51 Radio. Listen to the Snowball Derby production presented by JEGS now:http://www.speed51.com/2012_Stories/Snowball_Derby/radio.html
Trackside Now will be here with pictures, driver quotes, and pit notes through the rest of the day. So we’d encourage you to open the radio link in a new browser because our Trackside Now and Radio feeds compliment each other well for a complete Snowball experience.

1:16
We are less than an hour away from the green flag. Race is scheduled to go green shortly after 2:00

1:15

Tim Bryant chats with Steve Einhaus. (Speed51.com photo)

1:13
300 laps. Cautions will count but the last five laps counted (296-300) will be only GREEN FLAG laps.

1:13
Comment From crew chief
how mini laps is this race

1:12
45th Annual Snowball Derby STARTING LINEUP – with Chassis Selctions
PRESENTED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING -WWW.RACECARENG.COM
1 77 David Ragan Hamke
2 8 John Hunter Nemechek Hamke
3 41 T.J. Reaid GARC
4 51 Kyle Busch Hamke
5 9 Chase Elliott GARC
6 4JP Jerremy Pate Hamke
7 26 Bubba Pollard GARC
8 98 Daniel Hemric Port City
9 4J Erik Jones Port City
10 51 Stephen Nasse Hamke
11 0 Brad Rogers Port City
12 22 Hunter Robbins GARC
13 49 Augie Grill GARC
14 29 Jeff Choquette Hamke
15 45 Dwayne Buggay GARC
16 77 Chuck Barnes, Jr. GARC
17 71 Kyle Benjamin Hamke
18 96 Ben Kennedy GARC
19 84 Clay Alexander GARC
20 10 Steve Dorer FLF
21 10 Johanna Long Hamke
22 99 Casey Smith Hamke
23 5 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Hamke
24 2 Donnie Wilson Hamke
25 25 Ross Kenseth Pathfinder
26 2 DJ VanderLey GARC
27 11 David Rogers Eberstein
28 41 Chris Davidson Hamke
29 21 Kyle Jones Hamke
30 36 Grant Enfinger Port City
31 10 Paul Kelley Port City
32 20 Brian Campbell Port City
33 29 Austin Theriault Hamke
34 67 Jeff Fultz Hamke
35 1 Mike Garvey Port City
36 11 Logan Boyett GARC
37 66 Steve Wallace Leavitt

1:09
2005 winner Eddie Mercer was not able to make the race, he currently is fighting the flu. Best wishes to him

1:09
2002 Snowball winner Ricky Turner also crosses the stage

1:08
Gary St. Amant, Ronnie Sanders, and Butch Miller cross the stage

1:08
Comment From Christi
Good luck to Daniel Hemric in today’s Snowball Derby!!!! Mom is listening and watching from home thanks to Speed51.com’s awesome coverage!!!

1:06
We are now introducting the past champions of the Snowball Derby in attendance.

From 1971 and 1973, Dickie Davis

1:05
Comment From Anthony Pags #87
pulling for Austin Theriault and Erik Jones here in Massachusetts

1:05
No yet. Stay tuned!

1:05
Comment From Can_kev
Has the best appearing SLM been announced?

1:04
Johnny Van Doorn attempted to raise funds and find sponsors to race in this year’s Snowball Derby, but fell slightly short of his goal and made the decision just over one week ago not to come to Florida this year.

1:04
Comment From NRE
What happened to JVD and the 61 team?

1:04

2012 Snowball Derby Class Photo. (Speed51.com Photo)

1:03

John Hunter Nemechek claimed a championship yesterday, can he put the Snowball on his resume today? (Speed51.com Photo)

1:03
Comment From calvin
I’ll be there next year!!!! thanks speed for your coverage!!!!! go#2 donnie wilson!!!!!

1:02

1:02

Fans clamor to see their heroes all on one stage (Speed51.com Photo)

1:02
We have Speed 51 Radio and Speed51.com Trackside Now coverage of today’s race. To actually see the sights of the Derby, you will have to come here in person. It’s worth the trip!

1:01
Comment From Yann
Hi, is there a video stream, or is it radio only?

1:00
Comment From Water Boy
Good luck to Brian Campbell from your friends at Owosso Speedway! Brian won the 100 lap Super Late Model Outlaw race in 2012!

1:00
Comment From Tyler Prescott
listenin too prerace coverage go kyle busch and david ragan chase elliot and dj vanderley

1:00
Comment From Statsman
Seeing that grid shot with John Nemechek on the Front Row it strikes me that some apples clearly do not fall far from the tree.

1:00
Comment From gofastrnlft
Good Luck Austin Theriault……..From Bridgewater, Maine

1:00
Dennis Prunty came up just a little bit short in yesterday’s Last Chance race and did not make it into this year’s Snowball Derby.

1:00
Comment From Guest
Where does Dennis prunty start today?

12:59

Steve Dorer getting some last minute tips from David Rogers (Speed51.com Photo)

12:59
Comment From Whoop
Good Luck to #41 Chris Davidson and Crew from us back at home.

12:59
Comment From kel
Lets go Jo!!! Good Luck to Daniel H as well… representing K-town!!!

12:58

Autographs galore. (Speed51.com photo)

12:57
Comment From Matt in Wisconsin
Here, listening to prerace coverage, while both Packers and Bears games on mute. Go Ross Kenseth!!

12:57

Nelson Piquet (@NelsonPiquet) tweeting about the #SnowballDerby (Speed51.com Photo)

12:57
Comment From Grammy
Be safe and fast and I will be listening back here in Michigan on Speed51. Love you!

12:56
We are in the midst of pre-race ceremonies right now – which can be heard live on Speed 51 Radio – and then we will have driver introductions. The green flag is scheduled for approximately 2:07 Central Time.

12:55
Comment From racefan
just turned on when does the start?

12:55

Fans in the infield are ready for the race. (Speed51.com photo)

12:55
Comment From Patrick Reynolds
I’ve been following Speed51’s Derby coverage every day since Wednesday. Thank you for the fine work. Next best thing for all of us that could not make it this year. 2013 hopefully?

12:54
Comment From Lisa Campbell
Good Luck to my Husband Brian and the entire KBR Development Team…I’ve seen you drive from the back to the front before so get it done~~~~Go fast, turn left and be safe!!!

12:54
Comment From 08roady
Like to give Eric Jones a shout out from up here in Michigan, Hope he pulls of a win today!!!

12:53
Comment From Guest
I’m hooked. Listening on speed 51 radio and monitoring speed51 text and watching Dolphin game. Thanks speed51

12:52
Comment From Water Boy
The racing family at Owosso Speedway is wishing Eric Jones good luck today!

12:51
Comment From Donnie
Shout out to Clay Alexander from Mingus motorsports

12:51
Yes, in fact we’re about to go down to talk to him!

12:51
Comment From garacefan
is jody ridley at the track?

12:50

12:49

The grid for the 45th Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com photo)

12:49
Comment From Jeff Miller
From family and friends in Franklin, TN Go Clay Alexander!

12:49
Comment From Greg Wood – CRA
I am settled-in, earbud in one ear listening to the Derby call, Trackside Now on my laptop, and the Colts on TV! Great job to the entire Speed51 crew all week! Good luck to all of the great teams in today’s race!

12:48
4th – 1987

12:48
Comment From Jeff Miller
What was the best finish did Mike Alexander have before he crashed in 1988?

12:47
Comment From Nickaroo
Go #10K Paul Kelley !!! Take it to the front bud!!!

12:47
Comment From Grandma2
Good luck Daniel….PawPaw and I will be there thanks to speed51!

12:47
Comment From guest
Good Luck Chuck Barnes Jr. You can do it!!

12:46

12:46
Ah, we forgot Greg was Chris’ dad. So actually a seventh driver had a father in this race.

12:46
Comment From Guest
Greg Davidson?

12:43
There you go! Six drivers had fathers in this race:

John Hunter Nemechek – Joe Nemechek
Chase Elliott – Bill Elliott
Clay Alexander – Mike Alexander
Johanna Long – Donald Long
Ross Kenseth – Matt Kenseth
Steve Wallace – Rusty Wallace

The one notable thing is that none of these drivers’ fathers ever won this race.

12:42
Comment From TheGeneral
Ross Kenseth

12:42
Comment From Guest
Clay Alexander

12:42
Johanna is the fourth

12:42
Comment From STNSteve
Johanna Long

12:41
Correct, that’s three of the six. Anyone else know? Three drivers left.

12:41
Comment From Kris from ME
Oh don’t forget John Hunter

12:41
Comment From Kris from ME
Chase Elliot and Steve Wallace are the first 2 obvious picks

12:39
Here’s a bit of a trivia question for our fans. There are SIX drivers in today’s race whose father also ran in the Snowball Derby previously. Who are they?

12:39
Comment From Tom Barrett
Lets go Steve Dorer! #10

12:39
Comment From Southern Indiana
Thank you, Speed51. Without you, we would be going nuts trying to find out whats going on!

12:39
Comment From CanArmyGuy
Would love to see Johanna Long win a 2nd, but gotta think if lady luck stays on his side Kyle Busch is gonna be real tough to beat, actually I could probably say that about 15 different drivers! Gonna be a heck of a show!

12:39
Comment From Aaron Patterson
from, Hantsport, Nova Scotia, Canada its only 40 F here good luck Johanna Long.

12:34

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12:34
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12:32
Why is this race called the Snowball Derby, when this race is in Florida?

Back in 1969, Ohio businessman Tom Dawson took over Five Flags Speedway. Home in Ohio, Dawson had run a race in the late autumn called the “Snowball Derby” when he was the promoter of another track.

Even in the warmer climate, Dawson really liked the moniker for the race, so when he created this event back in 1969, the name was immediately applied.

12:28

The Speed51 group here with you today. Thanks for joining us, it is a real honor for us to both be here to see a great race and to be able to bring it to you fans (Billy Fulson Photo)

12:25
No one has EVER won both the Snowflake and Snowball race in the same weekend

12:25
Comment From Del Griffith
How many, if any have won both the Snowflake & the Snowball in the same weekend?

12:23
We are now LIVE with Speed 51 Radio. Listen to the Snowball Derby production presented by JEGS now:http://www.speed51.com/2012_Stories/Snowball_Derby/radio.html
Trackside Now will be here with pictures, driver quotes, and pit notes through the rest of the day. So we’d encourage you to open the radio link in a new browser because our Trackside Now and Radio feeds compliment each other well for a complete Snowball experience.

12:21
Comment From RICHARD
GO MIKE GARVEY. This is the one diamond you still need.

12:20

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12:20
The 2012 Snowball Derby coverage on Speed51.com is presented by JEGS.com. JEGS is the leading high performance auto parts store, featuring the best discounts on Accel, K&N, Holley, MSD and Moroso and more. No matter what type of car, from your street rod to your Late Model, JEGS.com has a full line of products ready for you.

12:19
Good question, don’t think it will affect too much strategy since tires will wear out no matter if it’s warm or cool outside. But it will make the track slicker which could lead to trouble as drivers push it as hard as they can in the final laps.
12:19
Comment From TP
What will the strategy be today with the warm temps?

12:17
Jeff Choquette – “When it goes green, everybody needs to stay on their game and keep an eye out. Today is going to be the toughest Derby that I have ever been a part of.”

12:13

Race cars and a low country boil. Near perfection. (Speed51.com photo)

12:13
Casey Smith may be a dark horse, but he has let quite a few laps here in the recent seasons.

12:13
Comment From ben wilder
my longshot pick,casey smith,my educated pick,kyle busch

12:12
Four drivers in today’s race won touring series championships this year:

Johh Hunter Nemechek – 2nd – Allison Legacy
Daniel Hemric – 8th – CRA JEGS All-Star Tour
Kyle Benjamin – 17th – ARCA/CRA South & Smyrna Speedweeks SLM
David Rogers – 27th – Bright House Challenge Series

In addition, Steve Dorer (20th) has a comfortable lead in the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series season with one race to go on that tour.
12:10

12:10
Jeff Fultz has told Speed51 this will probably be his final Snowball Derby. The all-time leading winner and titlist in the old NASCAR All Pro division has never won this event.
12:08

Donnie Wilson inspects his machine. (Speed51.com photo)

12:08

12:08
STARTING LINEUP FOR THE 45TH SNOWBALL DERBY
BEST SNOWBALL FINISH LISTED IN FINAL COLUMN
LINEUPS TODAY PRESENTED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING – RACECARENG.COM

1 77 David Ragan 18th – 2011
2 8 John Hunter Nemechek ROOKIE
3 41 T.J. Reaid 35th – 2010
4 51 Kyle Busch 1st – 2009
5 9 Chase Elliott 1st – 2011
6 4JP Jerremy Pate 8th – 2003
7 26 Bubba Pollard 5th – 2008
8 98 Daniel Hemric ROOKIE
9 4J Erik Jones ROOKIE
10 51 Stephen Nasse 14th – 2011
11 0 Brad Rogers ROOKIE
12 22 Hunter Robbins 7th – 2008
13 49 Augie Grill 1st – 2007 & 2008
14 29 Jeff Choquette 10th – 2007
15 45 Dwayne Buggay 15th – 2003
16 77 Chuck Barnes, Jr. 20th – 2005
17 71 Kyle Benjamin ROOKIE
18 96 Ben Kennedy 13th – 2011
19 84 Clay Alexander ROOKIE
20 10 Steve Dorer 27th – 2004
21 10 Johanna Long 1st – 2010
22 99 Casey Smith 3rd – 2003
23 5 Nelson Piquet, Jr. ROOKIE
24 2 Donnie Wilson 2nd – 2010
25 25 Ross Kenseth 3rd – 2011
26 2 DJ VanderLey 2nd – 2011
27 11 David Rogers 4th – 1979
28 41 Chris Davidson 4th – 2002
29 21 Kyle Jones ROOKIE
30 36 Grant Enfinger 2nd – 2008
31 10 Paul Kelley 7th – 2003
32 20 Brian Campbell 7th – 2007
33 29 Austin Theriault ROOKIE
34 67 Jeff Fultz 3rd – 2007
35 1 Mike Garvey 6th – 1994
36 11 Logan Boyett ROOKIE
37 66 Steve Wallace 1st – 2004

12:07
Comment From Becca Kasten
Good job this weekend speed51.com crew. Four hours of standing in that warm little media booth, packed in shoulder to shoulder definitely wears on you. No napping!

12:07

Engine warmup is underway. (Speed51.com photo)

12:05

Jeff Fultz’s #67 gets pushed to the grid. (Speed51.com Photo)

12:05
We hear the engines beginning to rumble down in Turn Four as the teams have been granted permission to start warming up their engines.
12:03
We are now LIVE with Speed 51 Radio. Listen to the Snowball Derby production presented by JEGS now: http://www.speed51.com/2012_Stories/Snowball_Derby/radio.html
Trackside Now will be here with pictures, driver quotes, and pit notes through the rest of the day. So we’d encourage you to open the radio link in a new browser because our Trackside Now and Radio feeds compliment each other well for a complete Snowball experience.

12:02

John Hunter Nemechek’s #8. (Speed51.com Photo)

12:02
We’ve posted a few types of starting lineups today. Chassis was posted at 10:42, Twitter Handles at 9:33, Hometown at 8:37
12:01
Comment From fred flintstone….
what kinda chassis does steve wallace race….

12:00

12:00
The weather has been PERFECT this week. An unseasonably warm last few days with highs in the low 70s, lows in the mid-40s, and not a single drop of rain has fallen on our heads.

11:59
Race starts at 2 PM CST today.
11:59
Comment From guest
what time does the race start today

11:58

Dwayne Buggay’s pit is set up. (Speed51.com Photo)

11:56

We are still a few hours from the green flag, yet the stands are filling in nicely for the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com Photo)

11:55
They are set up pit road in order of starting position. Pole sitter David Ragan is at the front end of pit road in Turn 1, Steve Wallace in the Turn 3 end.
11:54
Comment From STNSteve
How are pit stalls handed out? Order of where you start or do drivers get to pick? And are some spots better because of a wall opening or does Five Flags have 1 consistent wall all the way around the inside?

11:52

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11:52
Speed51.com is the official photo provider of the 45th Annual Snowball Derby. 51 Photos will be uploading a slew of on-track and behind-the-scenes photos to www.speed51photos.com that will be available for purchase beginning tonight and continuing through the weekend and beyond.

We uploaded a ton of photos from yesterday’s action and we will continue to add more throughout the weekend. Get your photos now!

11:05
Fans at the track, 1977 winner Ronnie Sanders will be doing an autograph session right next to the car he used that victorious day. The car is by the front gates

11:04
We are going to take a break from the keyboard here briefly to gather some notes and also to prepare for our Speed 51 Radio broadcast of the 45th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Stay tuned!

11:02
24 drivers failed to qualify for the Derby. We posted a full DNQ list at 9:09 AM if you would like to see the drivers heading home early.

11:02
Comment From Guest
how many cars had to go home.

11:02

11:02
Performing in the clutch is what seperates a winning driver from the rest of the pack. Flexing muscle at the right time is something that true talents posess. Often luck plays a big role in winning versus losing, but being able to squeeze just enough strength out at the perfect opportunity is what separates winners from losers. Performing in the clutch doesn’t necessarily mean winning, however; it’s all about making the most from what you’ve got.

That’s why Quarter Master, providers of winning clutches & driveline components to racers from Super Speedway to the Bullring, from IRL to Rally, from NASCAR to the “Weekend Warrior,” is proud to honor a weekly “Clutch Performance of the Day” during Snowball Derby week.

Saturday’s winner…

CHASE MILLER
Chase Miller ran well in the Snowflake 100 last night, doing things the hard way. He missed locking into the Pro Late Model feature in qualifying, but rebounded to finish second in the Last-Chance Race to make the start. He then rifled through the field and got into the top-10 before being involved in a late crash. Still, to transfer through the Last-Chance Race and then to run as well as he did in the feature, Chase Miller certainly performed in the clutch.

11:00

10:59
A list of all the pole-to-victory winners of this event

2005 Eddie Mercer
1996 Rich Bickle
1987 Butch Miller
1986 Gary Balough
1981 Freddie Fryar
1980 Gary Balough
1974 Pete Hamilton
1972 Ed Howe

10:59

10:59
Each day during Snowball Derby week, Speed51.com will award a Snowball Derby or Snowflake 100 driver a “Five Star Race Car Bodies ‘Tough Guy Award.’ This will go to a driver who showed some toughness or battled back from adversity in some way.

The Tough Guy Award is presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies. After years of research and development, Five Star’s engineers have uncovered the secret to Higher Performance Composites: ULTRAGLASS! For more on Five Star and its ULTRAGLASS line, visit www.fivestarbodies.com.

Saturday’s Tough Guy was Korey Ruble. The 2012 Viper Series Champion ran well in the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 last night. He was in the top 10 and looking for more when he was sent for a spin and a hard crash in turn one late in the feature. Ruble talked with Speed51.com’s reporters and gave his take on the accident before making a trip to the hospital, where he was later diagnosed with a concussion and some broken ribs. Ruble will be okay, proving that he is one tough customer.

10:58

Robbie Harvey (right) and Bill Roth (Left), Five Flags Speedway announcers going through pre-race activities. (SPEED51.com Photo)

10:58
Comment From Lynette
Praying for a safe race while cheering on Chuck Barnes Jr….show ’em how it’s done!

10:57
The cars that have cleared pre-race technical inspection are now staged four-wide in the infield to wait for the race. Those who are lined up include Jeff Choquette, Donnie WIlson, David Rogers, Logan Boyett, Casey Smith and Stephen Nasse.

10:56

10:56
AP Brakes will be presenting Speed51.com’s “Stop of the Day” Award each day during Snowball Derby week. This will go to the driver that puts the biggest stop to bad luck, stops to avoid some trouble or puts a halt to any kind of negative vibes that may be surrounding his car.

Yesterday, Speed51.com awarded the “Stop of the Day” to Mike Garvey. After radioing to the crew that he thought he felt a tire going down early in the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, Garvey stopped worrying about it and started his march for victory. He fell up just short of Chase Elliott, but it was still a show put on by the veteran Garvey.

Garvey joins Chase Miller and Brad Rogers as “AP Stop of the Day” winners this week.

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10:54
David Ragan will hope to reverse a little history in today’s running of the Derby. The last time a pole winner has won the Derby was 2005 when Eddie Mercer did the sweep.
10:52
Comment From Racing in Nevada
Good luck to John Hunter Nemechek. Safe racing to all. Speed51 thanks for all the great coverage

10:52
Comment From Red rocket
I hate to hurt every bodies feelings. It’s going to be a Ragan Reaid Busch and Elliot show. Which one of them plays the tire game right. Is taking home trophy. Watch and see going to be a good one!!!!!!!

10:52
Comment From Tim Lake
Let’s go Florida Mafia boys Chouette, Rogers, Nasse, Dorer, and Kennedy! They got our hardware, bring us home some theirs!!!

10:52
For those of you who don’t know, Bobby Timmons is a teammate to Austin Theriault in the respect that they both competed in a PASS North event in 2012 for the Mulkern Racing team.

10:52
Comment From Bobby Timmons #48
good luck to austin, gary and the 29T crew in todays race. bring the hardware back to the north!

10:51
51TV: Chase Elliott won his second Allen Turner Snowflake 100 here at Five Flags last night.

10:50
Of course, the best thnaks people can give 51, our sponsors, and Five Flags Speedway is to be here IN PERSON next year at the track. This is truly a unique atmosphere and special event, you really do want to see this in person.

10:50
Comment From Kary
I love the Derby Diary’s from Erik Jones. I’m a new fan for sure!!

10:50
Looking forward to having you all here.

10:50
Comment From Guest
HEADIN TO THE TRACK…ITS A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN PENSACOLA…GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE DRIVERS..THANKS SPEED 51.COM

10:50
Yes, Trackside Now coverage will be here with you for the rest of the day with pictures, quotes, and a full play-by-play of the race, continuing all the way until tech clears. We will also have a radio broadcast beginning at 12 PM CST. We will post the link here when that is available.

10:50
Comment From JD
Will the race be played live on the computer?

10:49

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10:49

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10:47
Comment From steve
The badest short track driver in the country jeff choquette is going to win the snowball derby today!!!!!!!!

10:42
45th Annual Snowball Derby STARTING LINEUP – with Chassis Selctions
PRESENTED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING – WWW.RACECARENG.COM

 

1 77 David Ragan Hamke
2 8 John Hunter Nemechek Hamke
3 41 T.J. Reaid GARC
4 51 Kyle Busch Hamke
5 9 Chase Elliott GARC
6 4JP Jerremy Pate Hamke
7 26 Bubba Pollard GARC
8 98 Daniel Hemric Port City
9 4J Erik Jones Port City
10 51 Stephen Nasse Hamke
11 0 Brad Rogers Port City
12 22 Hunter Robbins GARC
13 49 Augie Grill GARC
14 29 Jeff Choquette Hamke
15 45 Dwayne Buggay GARC
16 77 Chuck Barnes, Jr. GARC
17 71 Kyle Benjamin Hamke
18 96 Ben Kennedy GARC
19 84 Clay Alexander GARC
20 10 Steve Dorer FLF
21 10 Johanna Long Hamke
22 99 Casey Smith Hamke
23 5 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Hamke
24 2 Donnie Wilson Hamke
25 25 Ross Kenseth Pathfinder
26 2 DJ VanderLey GARC
27 11 David Rogers Eberstein
28 41 Chris Davidson Hamke
29 21 Kyle Jones Hamke
30 36 Grant Enfinger Port City
31 10 Paul Kelley Port City
32 20 Brian Campbell Port City
33 29 Austin Theriault Hamke
34 67 Jeff Fultz Hamke
35 1 Mike Garvey Port City
36 11 Logan Boyett GARC
37 66 Steve Wallace Leavitt

10:40
The panhandle of Florida, where Five Flags Speedway resides, is located in the Central time zone. All of the timestamps you see here on Trackside Now are in Central time.

10:40
Comment From Jamie Ryder
What time zone is 5 flags in eastern or central ?

10:39

10:39
Last chance race was yesterday afternoon. Paul Kelley won it to advance to the feature along with Campbell, Theriault, and Fultz. You can find more information along with a full recap on our Trackside Now coverage from yesterday, currently linked (along with all the Trackside Nows this week) in our “JEGS In the News” section of Speed51.com

10:39
Comment From Cheryl
When was the Last Chance Race and what were the results?

10:37
Pre-race tech has begun. It’s a pretty basic weigh & measure roll through. Cars will then be staged on the end of pit road for engine warmup at noon.
10:35
ERIK JONES DERBY DIARY – SATURDAY
Michigan’s Erik Jones recaps his Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 from Saturday night and gives his thoughts on Sunday’s Snowball Derby.

10:32

10:30
Nemechek won 15 of the 18 races in the Allison Legacy tour this year and was the champion over Casey Hillenburg, the son of Rockingham Speedway owner Andy Hillenburg. Congrats to Nemechek on his first championship.

10:30
Comment From Jason
Go get em John Hunter Nemechek!! He won a championship yesterday now hes onto the snowball!!!

10:27

The Tom Dawson Trophy is now on stage for driver introductions (Speed51.com Photo)

10:26
No, KBR Development is separate from Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM)

10:26
Comment From Jsn
brian campbell and the KBR Development Team…is that KYLE BUSCH RACING that brian is associated with ?

10:25

10:23
Comment From fred
Godspeed to all the drivers this afternoon……….enjoy the day

10:22
Comment From Ciaraz92
A Snowball Trophy Deserves to LIVE in Maine! Go Austin Theriault!

10:21
Comment From Fans
Good Luck Steve Dorer And Crew!!!! Go Get’em Boys!!!

10:21
Comment From Linda Schrader
BIG thanks to Speed51.com and JEGS.com for the coverage!!

10:20
Comment From Brandon
Time to bring home that Snowball hardware Erik Jones!!! EJR4-the win

10:19
Comment From Kerry
Let’s make it another great day Austin!!! You got this GCR and BKR!

10:19
Get here as soon as you can, there is plenty of sights to take in!

10:19
Comment From John
Some friends and I had a wild idea last night and decided to drive all night to come see the snowball, we are just starting to wake up. What time should we head to the track?

10:18
Comment From George&Alice
Have A Solid Team Effort from #4 car and Driver Erik Jones !!!!

10:05
Drivers meeting is over

10:04
Wheel swapping not allowed unless an official approve.

10:03
Tires will be released shortly. Cars will be weighed and impounded. Car warm up at noon.

10:00
Speed51’s crew is going down for one of our favorite moments of Derby Sunday as our 13-person team at the Derby will pose for our group shot with the Tom Dawson Trophy. We’ll be back in just a minute.

9:59

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9:58
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9:58
Kason is Stephen Nasse’s newly-born baby nephew. Congrats to the Nasse family

9:57
Comment From Mom, Kristen, and Kason
Good Luck to Stephen Nasse!!! We wish we could be there! Bring baby Kason that Snowball trophy home! We love you!

9:56
Clarification…no passing until they pass the start/finish line on the initial start.

9:56
After much discussion, Dan Spence said that he doesn’t like changing the rules on raceday. Driver who jumps has two laps to give the spot back or have a drive-thru penalty.

9:53
Many drivers are asking for an explanation of the re-starts. I.E. if someone jumps a start.

9:52
Comment From trent twamley
Just wanted to thank you and your team for doing this for race fans who can be there…were tuned in at work all the way from prudhoe bay alaska..go get um chase…#9…

9:50
Every winner from 2007 forward is in today’s race. Clay Rogers (2006) is the most recent winner to not in today’s race. His brother Brad though will roll off 11th

9:47

9:47
Question was asked if someone jumped a re-start…race director will give the driver an opportunity to give the spot back or its a drive-thru penalty.

9:46
Once the white flag is shown, the next flag is checkered unless the track is blocked is blocked in turns three and four. If that happens, then a red flag and a green, white, checkered.

9:46
Caution laps will not count after lap 295.

9:45
If a driver stops on the track to purposely cause a caution, two lap penalty. Spin out three times, car will be parked.

9:45
On re-starts there is a box in turns three and four…anytime within that box, the leader can decide when to hit the pedal and go.

9:44
There will be a lucky dog for each caution.

9:44
Landon Cassill had a bad tire during qualifying.

9:43
Comment From Daniel Brickert
Landon cassill ever give a reason why he had no speed this year?

9:43
Lead lap cars will be at the front, lapped cars will be behind the leaders.

9:43
Fan voting for the 2012 Best Appearing Car presented by Capitol Renegade closed at midnight. 51 nominated finalists from both the Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100 and the fans will got to choose their favorite. The winning driver of 51’s Snowflake 100 BAC, Mike Garvey, got a $200 prize, while the Snowball Derby BAC will get $300, both presented by Capitol Renegade. The Best Appearing Car winners will each get a one-page website design provided by 51 Sports, the parent company of Speed51.com.

The winner of the Derby BAC will be announced during driver introductions.

9:43

David Rogers listens in on the procedures and rules for todays race. (Speed51.com Photo)

9:43
Comment From NCJack
Good Luck to the VanderLey’s – DJ, Dan and Linda! Pulling for you in North Carolina.

9:43
Comment From Brian
Thanka Speed 51 for the great coverage and good luck to DLP Motorsports and driver Stephen Nasse…

9:43
Re-starts are double file.

9:42
If the field completes 75 consectutive green flag laps, they will have a competition yellow. After lap 280, no competition yellows.

9:42
Teams can change four tires on a stop.

9:41
Pits are closed under red flag. No one is allowed to leave the track. They can work on their cars during the red flag if they are in the pits before the red comes out. Laps will not count until they go green again after a red flag.

9:40
On cautions, pit road will be closed until the next completed lap. That lap, lead lap cars can double file up on the inside of the start/finish line behind the pace car and can pit next time by. The same procedure for lap down cars next time by.

9:39
Comment From norwood arena fan
good morning five flags speedway Good Luck to Austin Theriault #29t

9:39
Caution laps will count…no racing to the caution. Lineups will be reverted to the last green flag lap. Those involved in the caution or go to the pits will fall to the rear.

9:38
Start and re-starts will be at the yellow line in turn four.

9:37

Track workers use every available utility to dry the fresh coat of paint put on Five Flags overnight. (Speed51.com photo)

9:37
Dan Spence is going over the race procedures for the 45th Annual Snowball Derby. Pit road speed will be 30 mph.

9:37
There’s another New England touring driver checking in – PASS North competitor Kirk Thibeau who has served as a mentor of sorts to Austin Theriault.

9:37
Comment From #28KTHIBEAU
good luck to austin theriault today

9:37

This starting line-up flyer will be passed out today to all fans at the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com Photo)

9:36
Comment From Guest
GO #45 Buggay!!! The old WFO team from LNS is pulling for you bro!

9:36
Fans are now starting to pull into the infield to claim their perches for today’s race. On race day, spectators are allowed to purchase infield tickets.

9:33

Race Director Dan Spence begins roll call to start the Drivers Meeting. (Speed51.com Photo)

9:33

9:33
Remember fans, you can use the hashtag #SnowballDerby on Twitter today to join the conversation on social media. See what the drivers are saying on their pages and if you’re going to tweet, point your friends to Speed51.com today! We’d love to have them along for the race.

STARTING LINEUP FOR THE 45th SNOWBALL DERBY w/ TWITTER HANDLES
PRESENTED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING – WWW.RACECARENG.COM

1 77 David Ragan @DavidRagan
2 8 John Hunter Nemechek @johnnemechek
3 41 T.J. Reaid @TJREAID
4 51 Kyle Busch @KyleBusch
5 9 Chase Elliott @ChaseElliott
6 4JP Jerremy Pate
7 26 Bubba Pollard @bubbapollard26
8 98 Daniel Hemric @DanielHemric
9 4J Erik Jones @erik_jones
10 51 Stephen Nasse @StephenNasse
11 0 Brad Rogers
12 22 Hunter Robbins @Hrobbins_18
13 49 Augie Grill
14 29 Jeff Choquette @JeffChoquette
15 45 Dwayne Buggay
16 77 Chuck Barnes, Jr.
17 71 Kyle Benjamin @kylebenjamin71
18 96 Ben Kennedy @BenKennedy96
19 84 Clay Alexander
20 10 Steve Dorer
21 10 Johanna Long @JOHANNALONG
22 99 Casey Smith
23 5 Nelson Piquet, Jr. @nelsonpiquet
24 2 Donnie Wilson
25 25 Ross Kenseth @RossKenseth
26 2 DJ VanderLey @DJVanderLey
27 11 David Rogers
28 41 Chris Davidson
29 21 Kyle Jones
30 36 Grant Enfinger @GrantEnfinger
31 10 Paul Kelley
32 20 Brian Campbell @CampbellBrian20
33 29 Austin Theriault @AustinTheriault
34 67 Jeff Fultz @Jefffultz
35 1 Mike Garvey
36 11 Logan Boyett @LoganBoyett11
37 66 Steve Wallace @SteveWallace66

9:32

9:31
Comment From robsquared
good luck team KBR , Bring the trophy back to Michigan….never quit!!

9:31
Comment From Jim & Diane
may all drivers have a safe day

9:31
Driver’s Meeting has just started. Roll call is being taken.

9:31
Comment From Dave Appleton WI
Good Luck Ross Kenseth

9:31
Comment From Will
Appreciate the coverage since I could now make it own from TN this weekend. Hope to make it to South Georgia next month for SpeedFest. Great coverage as always.

9:31
Comment From Old Man Richard
Good Morning Snow Ball Derby == Well the big day is finally here == To all the drivers & crews – The track & crew – especially all the sponsors == Thanks for the fantastic weekend == everyone have a safe race == One lap at a time == Speed51 entire crew thanks as always == you all make our weekends here at home complete == Happy Holidays to everyone == Thanks == Conyers, Ga. ==

9:31
Comment From Matthew Dillner
Seriously? What other race in the American Racing landscape has me glued to a computer HOURS before he start. Even to watch trailers leave the infield and cars being prepped… ONLY the Snowball Derby. It’s just that big.

9:31
Since qualifying took place on Friday night, we have had a practice session and (for some competitors) a Last Chance race. This means that teams have been allowed to work on their cars and make adjustments, changes and repairs. David Ragan found a broken ring gear in his rear end and repaired that issue yesterday. Chuck Barnes had his transmission out due to a vibration. Steve Wallace changed rear end gears as well. Since this is not an impound race, none of those drivers will be penalized.

9:30

Brian Campbell (Left) and Kyle Busch (Right) wait for the Drivers Meeting to start. (Speed51.com Photo)

9:28
Comment From Michigan fan
Go Erik Jones!!! #EJR4

9:28
Comment From Ken Sweet
What a GREAT race week ,5 Flags Speedways Rocks, can`t wait for the race to start today, Good Luck to all the drivers and Teams

9:28
Austin Theriault might be the only New Englander in the starting field for the 45th Annual Snowball Derby, but that does not mean that he is the only one from that region here this weekend.

PASS North car owners Scott and Vicki Mulkern are here to help out Theriault along with Canadian PASS North driver Lonnie Sommerville.

ACT Late Model director Tom Curley was spotted here yesterday. The 2012 ACT Late Model championship car owner Bruce Barnhardt is here as well.

That isn’t the only New England championship team owner on the grounds. Two-time PASS Modified championship team owner Dave Weir is here. He tries to make this trip an annual one.

Maine Modified driver Jacob Dore is here and revealed a little bvit of news. Dore will run a limited schedule of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in 2013.

The hosts of the Mainely Motorsports television show, Steve Perry and Greg Emerson are here – along with Beech Ridge Motor Speedway competitor Lewis as their cameraman. Anderson has shown a little bit of Northern hospitality as well. When the hotel clerk where they are staying had car trouble, Anderson jacked up their car in the parking lot of the hotel and fixed their brakes.

Another Beech Ridge connection spotted down here has been a “Naughty 40” team T-Shirt for former Beech Ridge and PASS Sportsman champion Dan McKeage. Several crew members from McKeage’s #40 team made the trip down here.

In addition, a number of New England drivers are following along with Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage. Oxford driver Matt Sanborn and former PASS Outlaw champion Mike Harnish have both offered up comments as part of this week’s coverage.

9:23

Final touches on the Kyle Benjamin pit (Speed51.com Photo)

9:21
Drivers Meeting is scheduled to begin in 10 minutes.

9:19
Comment From 22racing – Ontario
Thanks for the great coverage! Wish I was there, it’s pouring rain but warm up here today. If John Hunter can pull of a huge win would he be the youngest ever winner? Going to be tough to beat that black Monster #51!

9:19
Comment From Guest
Good luck Chuck Barnes Jr!!! Bring us home a win

9:19
Ben Kennedy is another driver who took to Twitter this weekend to show his emotion. Last night, in the Snowflake 100, Kennedy dropped out while running second due to a fluid leak. He was dejected, but kept his eye on the big prize of the weekend.

“More hungry than ever for that Derby trophy,” tweeted Kennedy.

9:18

Applying glue to the wheel studs on Daniel Hemric’s car (Speed51.com Photo)

9:18
This is a race that every Super Late Model driver in the country…and beyond wants to be at. This is proven by a simple Tweet by Canadian SLM racer Shawn Turple.

“I wish I was at the Derby,” was all that Turple needed to say.

9:17

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9:17
Today’s Trackside Now coverage is presented by Panhandle Grading and Paving of Pensacola, Florida. Panhandle Grading and Paving is a state certified general contractor that began operations in 1979. Some of the services provided by Panhandle Grading and Paving, Inc. are road construction, asphalt paving, excavation, grading & clearing, parking areas, sidewalks, gutters, curbs, landscaping, and tennis courts. For more information visitwww.panhandlepaving.com

9:17
David Rogers will make his 28th start in the Snowball Derby today, second all-time behind Red Farmer (30). Rogers made his first Derby start back in 1976.

1976 was notable Derby in a few other regards – Darrell Waltrip’s win is the only one in this event by a NASCAR Cup champion. Harry Gant was second. And, believe it or not, they started 45 cars that day. See how the field stacked up that day

9:16
Comment From fred
THe old man David Rogers is a master of working through traffic….he has 300 laps to get to the front

9:16
Bubba Pollard got a little extra sleep last night and just arrived here at the track. He says this is the best car he’s ever had at the Snowball Derby.

9:16
Comment From Guest
Good Luck Today Austin Theriault!!!! I have a good feeling that you do excellent today!!!

9:16
The attention to detail shown by track workers here at Five Flags Speedway is very high. Right now, there is someone with a roller of white paint laying down a fresh coat of it on the finish line.

Meanwhile, in the infield, there are 37 competitors who are all trying to figure out the best way to get there first after 300 green flag laps.

9:13
This is the fifth time that the Snowball Derby will run on December 2nd. Dickie Davis, Freddie Fryar, Rich Bickle Jr., Wayne Anderson and Augie Grill are past winners of the Derby on 12/2.

9:13
Comment From Mike R. – NH
This lineup is very stacked… Many I’d like to see win. I’m rooting for Austin Theriault and Johanna Long today.

9:12
The overall mood throughout the pit area is quite relaxed as the teams continue their pre-race preparations.

9:12
No inversion or redraw, they start the Derby straight up on how they qualify. We posted a lineup at 8:37 AM if you want to scroll down and see how they stack up.

9:11
Comment From Loren
No inversion?

9:11
Green is scheduled for 2 PM

9:11
Comment From nc derby fan
Are you guys going to have a chassis motor combo list for all the starters?

9:10

Russell Fleeman’s Snowflake hauler was the last hauler to leave the track. Mike Garvey was the last Snowball trailer to exit the infield. (SPEED51.com Photo)

9:09
Failed to qualify for the Derby:

Stephan McCurley
Tim Martin
Matt Smith
Erik Darnell
Brandon Watson
Danny Bagwell
Brandon Odom
Chuck Tuck
Scott Carlson
Dalton Grindle
Anderson Bowen
Spencer Davis
Kyle Grissom
Kenzie Ruston
Dennis Prunty
Dennis Schoenfeld
A.J. Frank
Cole Powell
Landon Cassill
Roger Reuse
Ron McDonald
Junior Niedecken
Mason Mingus
Allen Karnes

9:09
Comment From badgerboy
Who are some of the drivers that didn’t make the field? Oh and by the way how ’bout them BADGERS!

9:07
We agree with one of the previous commentators that picking a favorite is hard to choose. Look at 51 Staff’s picks from earlier this week, no real runaway pick from our team:

http://www.speed51.com/2012_Stories/Snowball_Derby/Derby_Picks_11-26.html

9:07

9:07
Comment From Bodie Kling
It should be a great day of racing for these boys, I look forward to seeing who is the King of the Snowball this year!!

9:06
Comment From Guest
absolutely amazing job done by all the speed51 staff all weekend long! you guys are the racing lifeline for us north of the border during the winter months! keep up the good work!!

9:06
Comment From Matt
Wishing Austin Theriault the best of luck from Maine, where it is 31 degrees and freezing rain is falling.

9:06
Comment From Guest
There are so many wonderful drivers in todays race, picking a favorite will be impossible

9:03

Steve Dorer has won plenty of events in the state of Florida in 2012. None would be bigger though than the Snowball Derby. (Speed51.com Photo)

9:02
Other teenagers in today’s race: John Hunter Nemechek (15), Erik Jones (16), Chase Elliott (17), Stephen Nasse (17), Ross Kenseth (19), and Austin Theriault (18).

9:00
Call has been made that the drivers meeting will be in 30 minutes.

9:00
Youngest is Kyle Benjamin (15 years, 28 days). Oldest is David Rogers (57 years, 7 months, 12 days)

9:00
Comment From Damien, Canada
Do you have a statistic about the age of every driver making the field today. It looks like a lot of young drivers. Thanks for the coverage.

8:56

8:56

Ross Kenseth has a chance at pulling off the rarest of trifectas in the short track racing world. (Speed51.com Photo)

8:55
Comment From Manistee Mayor
good luck to Brain Campbell and his crew, they have worked there tale off.

8:55

Nelson Piquet Jr., will make his first Snowball Derby start later this afternoon. (Speed51.com Photo)

8:54
No, but he ran the Snowflake last night. He finished 6th. You can find a replay of yesterday’s Trackside Now on the home page of Speed51.com

8:54
Comment From Guest
Was Brandon McReynolds entered?

8:48
The Snowball Derby has a great list of winners…but sadly it also has a list of famous drivers who hasn’t won this race. Some include: Dick Trickle, Bob Senneker, Scott Hansen, Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Scott Carlson, Red Farmer, and Dave Rogers.

8:48
Comment From calvin
good morning race fans!!! today is the day and thanks to speed51.com for ALL there hard work and dedictaion toward this race and the derby in general!!!

8:44
Comment From Jaws
As usual, nice job!

8:42
We will have live radio coverage starting at noon central along with live updates here.

8:42
Comment From TERRELL
ANY BROADCAST OF THE RACE?

8:41

It’s been a long and adventurous Snowball Derby Weekend for Brian Campbell and the KBR Development Team. The Wyoming, Michigan driver is hoping all the hard work will pay off today. (Speed51.com Photo)

8:37

8:37
OFFICIAL STARTING LINEUP FOR THE 45TH SNOWBALL DERBY
PRESENTED BY RACECAR ENGINEERING – WWW.RACECARENG.COM

1 77 David Ragan Unadilla, GA
2 8 John Hunter Nemechek Mooresville, NC
3 41 T.J. Reaid Acworth, GA
4 51 Kyle Busch Las Vegas, NV
5 9 Chase Elliott Dawsonville, GA
6 4JP Jerremy Pate Pensacola, FL
7 26 Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA
8 98 Daniel Hemric Kannapolis, NC
9 4J Erik Jones Byron, MI
10 51 Stephen Nasse Pinellas Park, FL
11 0 Brad Rogers Bluffton, SC
12 22 Hunter Robbins Montgomery, AL
13 49 Augie Grill Hayden, AL
14 29 Jeff Choquette West Palm Beach, FL
15 45 Dwayne Buggay Canton, GA
16 77 Chuck Barnes, Jr. Louisville, KY
17 71 Kyle Benjamin Easley, SC
18 96 Ben Kennedy Dawsonville, GA
19 84 Clay Alexander Franklin, TN
20 10 Steve Dorer Lakeland, FL
21 10 Johanna Long Pensacola, FL
22 99 Casey Smith Austin, TX
23 5 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brasilla, Brazil
24 2 Donnie Wilson Oklahoma City, OK
25 25 Ross Kenseth Spring Valley, IL
26 2 DJ VanderLey Mobile, AL
27 11 David Rogers Orlando, FL
28 41 Chris Davidson Pearland, TX
29 21 Kyle Jones Germantown, OH
30 36 Grant Enfinger Concord, NC
31 10 Paul Kelley Pendergrass, GA
32 20 Brian Campbell Wyoming, MI
33 29 Austin Theriault Fort Kent, ME
34 67 Jeff Fultz Mooresville, NC
35 1 Mike Garvey Pensacola, FL
36 11 Logan Boyett Pensacola, FL
37 66 Steve Wallace Mooresville, NC

8:37
Charlie is missed greatly.

8:37
Comment From Bobby
Charlie Bradberry started 38th in 2003 and won it!!! Without getting a single lap of practice in the car all weekend before the race!!! AWESOME!!! RIP Charlie!!

8:37
Nine drivers are Snowball Derby rookies today – John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, Erik Jones, Brad Rogers, Clay Alexander, Nelson Piquet, Jr., Kyle Jones, Austin Theriault and Logan Boyett.

8:37
Comment From Derek “Chief” Chalfant
How many drivers are making their 1st Snowball start today?

8:36

Teams continue to prepare put stalls for today’s race. (Speed51.com Photo)

8:33

The local military students have done an awesome job of keeping the grounds clean at Five Flags Speedway. (SPEED51.com.Photo)

8:31

Six hours before the drop of the green flag, the parking lots at Five Flags are already packed (Speed51.com Photo)

8:31

Kyle Benjamin hopes to become the youngest event winner in Snowball Derby history. (Speed51.com Photo)

8:29

Normally at a race, KBM’s pit box would have a TV stream of the broadcast. Today, they’re just like you folks at home – Speed51.com is pulled up on their monitors (Speed51.com Photo)

8:28
Today’s race features an extra bonus for the teams participating – JEGS laps! Each lap will pay its leader $10 thanks to JEGS. That could add up to a big payday for a competitor who stays out front for awhile during the 300-lap event.

8:27

8:25

Clay Alexander’s team goes over the pre-race checklist for today’s 300-lap main. (Speed51.com Photo)

8:25

More haulers are heading out of the infield. (SPEED51.com.Photo)

8:22
Korey Ruble was involved in a hard wreck during last night’s Snowflake 100 event. According to his Twitter feed, Ruble has a concussion, multiple rib fractures and bruising from the impact.

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The hauler parade continues as teams rush to get their haulers out of the track before the 9 AM deadline. Things going smoothly thus far, we have only about 5 trailers left in the inifield.

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Mike Garvey’s #1 Super Late Model. (Speed51.com Photo)

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Starting positions for a number of years in Derby history are not known, but it’s probably when Augie Grill came from 38th place to win the 2008 Snowball Derby.

So coming from the back can be done today, especially when you have drivers like Brian Campbell, Jeff Fultz, Steve Wallace and other heavy hitters starting from 30th on back.

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Comment From Guest
what’s the farthest back anyone has started and won? it would be great to see Brian Campbell come from deep in the pack and win…I watched him start last at IRP and win

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Brad Rogers’ #0 Super Late Model. (Speed51.com Photo)

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Cale Gale was on the initial entry list but withdrew earlier this week.

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Comment From guest
Hadn’t seen Cale Gales name?

8:15

Chris Davidson’s #41 Super Late Model. (Speed51.com Photo)

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Activity is picking up in the tire impound in prep for today’s Derby. (Speed51.com Photo)

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David Rogers (#11) and D.J. VanderLey (#2) line up on pit road. (Speed51.com Photo)

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, David Ragan will lead the talented 37-car field to the green flag to start the 45th annual Snowball Derby later this afternoon. (Speed51.com Photo)

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The team of Erik Jones pushes their #4. (Speed51.com Photo)

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The transition of pit stalls getting set up and haulers leaving the infield is well under way this morning. (Speed51.com Photo)

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Haulers begin making their way out of the infield. (Speed51.com Photo)

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Daniel Hamric’s #98 Super Late Model. (Speed51.com Photo)

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Jeremy Pate’s #4 Super Late Model. (Speed51.com Photo)

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300 laps

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Comment From Guest
how many laps is the Derby?

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Nelson Piquet, Jr.’s #5 Super Late Model is unloaded. (Speed51.com Photo)

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John Hunter Nemechek’s team gets ready to unload. (Speed51.com Photo)

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A parade of haulers on Derby day. (SPEED51.com.Photo)

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Jeff Choquette’s hauler leaves the pits in preparation for today’s Snowball Derby. (SPEED51.com.Photo)

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Today, 37 of the world’s top short track racers will battle for the Tom Dawson Trophy in the 45th Annual Snowball Derby.

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Good morning. In fact, good Snowball Derby morning from Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

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Trackside Now: 45th Annual Snowball Derby – Five Flags Speedway (FL) – 12/2/12