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Welcome to Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage of the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby week.     Follow along all week and weekend as Speed 51 will provide unprecedented coverage of the Snowball Derby, Snowflake 100 and everything surrounding the action at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida – from Trackside Now live updates to radio show coverage on RaceTalkRadio.com and video highlights on Speed51Video.com.     We have you covered.

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PLEASE NOTE: ALL TIMES ARE IN CENTRAL TIME ZONE (LOCAL TRACK TIME)

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Here is today’s schedule of events:Saturday Dec 5th
8:00 am Pits open
9:00 am Drivers Meeting
10:00 am Grandstand opens
10-11:30 am SnowFlake Pro LM Practice
11:30-1:00 pm Snowball SLM Practice
Snowflake PLM cars to Pre-Qualifying Tech
2:00 pm Snowflake 100 Qualifying (Lock in top 30)
4:00 pm Snowball Qualifier (50 laps Transfer 4)
5:00 pm Snowflake Qualifier #1 (25 laps transfer 2)
Snowflake Qualifier #2 (25 laps transfer 2)
6:45 pm Pre Race Festivities
7:00 pm Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Green laps

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Make sure to check out all the Snowball Derby coverage thus far by visiting the Speed 51 Snowball Derby index:http://www.speed51.com/2009_Stories/Snowball/Snowball_index.html

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Yesterday was a record-breaking day here at Five Flags Speedway.   16 year old Johanna Long broke the track record and snagged the pole position for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, while 17-year-old Ross Kenseth will be on the outside pole.   For the complete rundown of qualifying times, visit our coverage from yesterday.SPEED 51 VIDEO: JOHANNA LONG ON HER POLE QUALIFYING RUN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0fRU0zIX_E

SPEED 51 VIDEO: ROSS KENSETH ON QUALIFYING SECOND
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR4jeTK9_ck

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We are going to step away from the PC for just a few moments to check in with some drivers and get some more morning video.   We will be back momentarily.

9:43

Ryan Lawler had one of the fastest cars all weekend, but will have to race his way into the Snowball Derby.   Why?   He only was given one lap during qualifying as a penalty for having his roof height 1/8th-inch low in pre-qualifying tech.   If he would have had the second lap, he probably would have made it in no problem.

9:44

We have found out about the last chance race for the Super Late Models (Snowball Derby cars).   There will be one 50-lap race with only green flag laps counting.   The top four will transfer to the Derby.

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That means that the top 30 in qualifying will start 1st – 30th, 31st – 34th will be from the last chance race, 35th and 36th will be the two Blizzard Series provisionals and 37th will be for the most recent past winner of the Derby that hasn’t qualified.

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We have found out that Bubba Pollard and Hunter Robbins, the two Blizzard provisional drivers, will not race the last chance race.   They had the option and could improve their starting position in the Derby, but they will not.   They will start 35th and 36th respectively.Also, Bobby Gill is the most recent past champion that didn’t make it in on time, and since he will not race the last chance race either, he will start 37th.

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Comment From Hoosier Highbanks I like the idea of one 50 lap event. Is Johnny Van Doorn back today after his crash in qualifying? Great job on coverage!

9:47

Comment From Nick Lay Do you have an update on Vandoorn?

9:48

Johnny VanDoorn and his team do not know the meaning of “quit.”   They are down in the pits working hard on their race car to get it ready for the last chance race.   One of his crew members said “we are here to race.”

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Comment From gerry is cassius clark back to day with a car

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We haven’t heard anything of him getting another car.   As far as we know, his weekend is over.

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Matt Smith has pulled out of the Super Late Model race.   We do expect a few more drivers might decide to not race the last chance race and decide to either focus on their Pro Late Model if they are attempting to race in the Snowflake 100, or just load up and go home.

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Speaking of the Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model cars, after qualifying (taking top-30 cars from qualifying), there will be two 25-lap last-chance races (yellow laps do not count) with the top-two drivers from each race transferring in (31st – 34th).   35th and 36th will be for the Five Flags Speedway Pro Late Model points provisional drivers with 37th being for the most recent past Snowflake 100 champ.

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Practice for the Pro Late Models is just moments away from starting.   Hopefully the drivers will have learned from the past few mornings and early spins to get their tires warmed up before giving it a lot of gas, or we are going to have a few spins.

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Cars are now on the speedway.

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Warm up laps are now underway for the Pro Late Model cars and their Snowflake 100 practice session.

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Brandon Carlson is on the track for the first time of the weekend.   The only laps prior to today he has taken is dominating over at Fast Eddie’s on the karts Thursday night.

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Comment From Blade Not take anything from Johanna, but I thought it was stated yesterday that the track record was a 16.33 set in 1980 by Gary Balough in the Batmobile?

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That gets a little confusing.  There was a track record for Super Late Models, previously set by Grant Enfinger, that Johanna Long broke last night.  That is the track record that the track acknowledges.  Gary Balough’s track record from 1980 is considered the track record for the days of when tire soaking was common here.  It’s kind of like the use of steroids in baseball, you can debate all day long if a record from an era where artificial enhancements were used is legit or not.

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Comment From Guest How many cars will race in Snowball Derby

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There will be 37 starters in the Snowball Derby.  The first 30 were locked in after qualifying last night, the next four will come from a last chance race to be held this afternoon and then there will be the provisional starters.  Bubba Pollard and Hunter Robbins received Blizzard Series provisionals while Bobby Gill will use a previous winner’s provisional to start shotgun on the field.

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Comment From Gardrfan Goodmorning I’m redy for another great day of racing from Wisconsin. Go Ross an Dennis.

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Comment From DW Is any radio station in the area carrying the race tonight and/or tomorrow?

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We are not aware of any local radio station doing updates.  The Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 will both be broadcast live by Speed 51 Radio on RaceTalkRadio.com though if you are need a computer.

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Comment From Mike Ray Just wanted to thank you guy’s and gal’s for all your hard work.Hope to see you at the World Series in Fl. in Feb.peace,out.

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Comment From Ray Ray Did everyone pass the room of doom last night after qualifying?

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Yes, all 30 qualifiers passed technical inspection last night.  As a bonus, we are told that there were no issues with either the Super Stock or Modified finishers either.

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Comment From Guest Without anybody getting DQ yet or a fight it just dont seem like SnowBall weekend!!

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The caution is now out in Snowflake 100 practice for a turn three spin by the #24 of Brandon Sweet.

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Comment From Hoosier Highbanks What time does covreage start for both races?

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The Snowflake 100 broadcast starts at 6pm CT and the Snowball Derby broadcast starts at Noon CT tomorrow.

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Paul Kelley has stopped his #23 Pro Late Model on the frontstretch during caution flag laps in Snowflake 100 practice.

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A push truck has been dispatched for the stopped car of Paul Kelley.

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Comment From RP What about Dave Mader III did he find another ride

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Dave Mader withdrew his entry after a practice wreck on Thursday.  His car could not be repaired and he did not find another ride.

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The caution is out for debris on the track.

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Here is the starting line-up for today’s Snowball Derby Last Chance Race.  The top four finishers will advance into the Derby:1.  Jeff Fultz
2.  Dennis Schoenfeld
3.  Jason Young
4.  Matt Smith (Withdrawn)
5.  Jeremy Colangelo
6.  Heath Hindman
7.  John Boy Wilkerson
8.  Max Gresham
9.  Tom Thomas
10.  Ryan Lawler
11.  Ryan Crane
12.  Jerry Artuso
13.  Chris Davidson
14.  Dawyne Buggay
15.  Ken McFarland
16.  Tim Martin
17.  Jimmy Garmon
18.  James Buescher
19.  Gary Helton
20.  Tim George, Jr.
21.  Roger Reuse
22.  Donnie Wilson
23.  Josh Brock
24.  Rocky Boyd
25.  Johnny VanDoorn

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Comment From Rickaa Will you guys be doing updates for the LCQ or live radio

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The last chance race will be covered live on Trackside Now.  The radio coverage will start an hour before the start of the Snowflake 100 tonight.

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The caution is out for a frontstretch spin by Ryan Crane.  He made light contact with the outside wall with his Pro Late Model.

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Last night, we had over 8,300 viewers of our Trackside Now coverage for Snowball Derby qualifying.  We are expecting even more for today and tomorrow.  As a result, we are not going to be able to answer each and every question that is asked.  We will try to get to everything that we can, but we do ask that you please try to scroll down and see if a question that you asked has been covered already.Also, asking things like “are you guys awake?”, “I’ll bet you won’t answer this question” or “Hello, is anyone there?” won’t increase the chances of your question being answered.

That being said, keep your questions and comments coming and we’ll do our best to get to them.

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The red flag has come out to allow teams to cross over to and from the infield.

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Paul Kelley has just withdrawn from the Snowflake 100 due to a rear end failure in practice.

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Comment From Matt Prieur – Ovid, MI Great Job on the coverage from Pensacola. It’s cold and snowy here in Michigan as we get ready for the Owosso Speedway Banquet tonight. Take care guys and again great job.

10:46

Richard Johns is working hard on his Snowflake 100 car.   He says that making it in the show on time is the focus right now during practice. RIght now they are strugglig with the #43 machine being tight in the center of the corner.”You are carrying so much speed here that it makes it tough to get the car slowed down  enough to turn in the center,” said Johns.

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After a rear end issue in practice came news that Paul Kelley, who was a favorite to take the trophy in the Snowflake 100, withdrew his bid due to a rear end failure and would not attempt to make the show. However, when we contacted Kelley, he said that they haven’t exhausted all hope just yet, although the outlook is grim.

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The last person to win a Snowball Derby other than Augie Grill is not here this weekend.  Clay Rogers won the race in 2006 and hoped to race here this year, but he had a few sponsors back out of what appeared to be a nearly-done deal to run the race in a Billy Hess house car.  Rogers has had a busy year, winning the USARacing Pro Cup championship and recently welcoming a new daughter into the world.Yesterday, Rogers was following along with Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage and even asked a few questions using our live interaction feature.  We’re told that he is cheering for his pal Bobby Gill to place well in this year’s event.

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Comment From Guest I see that you had over 8300 viewers on Friday. I have tried to find contact info for speed. If anyone has the contact info please post it. Maybe we can get the snowball derby aired.

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Speed51.com and SPEED TV are two entirely different companies.  We would suggest going to the SPEED website to find their contact information.  We’d love to see them broadcast the Snowball Derby as well.Also, Speed51.com is not related to NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Scott Speed either.  We got that question earlier this weekend.  Everything “speedy” isn’t always related.

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Another favorite in tonight’s Allen Turner Snowflake 100 is local girl, Johanna Long.   Long’s Pro Late Model career here at Five Flags has had its fair share of successes but it seems they are having some issues getting her #10 to hook up today.   The 17-year old has not left the drivers seat since Snowflake practice began and has made several stops for her crew to turn the wrenches on the front end of that machine.

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Comment From Tim why did Matt Smith withdraw from the LCQ race? He had a 4th starting spot granted its on the outside. Also great coverage will you guys do this amount for the Winchester 400 next year?

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Comment From Ed Mann Why did Matt Smith Withdraw?

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Comment From Steve Any reason given why Matt Smith withdrew? He would start the race in a transfer spot. I could see if he was starting 20th in the LC race, but he is starting 4th

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A source on the Matt Smith team told Speed51.com that they did not want to chance wrecking a brand new car by running the Last Chance race.

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A little report from the infield… it is cold down here. Crews are all bundled up in winter-hats and jackets trying to keep warm. A peak of sun came out just a minute or two ago and it got everyone happy. With cloud covering much of the sky, the sun might tease us on and off for the day.

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Ryan Crane took his Snowflake 100 car out for the first time all weekend in this latest practice session.  Things didn’t go very well for him either.  Crane went for a loop on the front straightaway during the first round of practice. Crane blamed the spin on his cold tires in this frigid Florida weather. He may have been the first but he will likely not be the last to experience that problem today.

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Today’s first practice session for the Snowball Derby cars has just begun.

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We have last learned that Ken McFarland and Jimmy Garmon have withdrawn their Snowball Derby entries and will not run the last chance race today.

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Comment From Blade CUP: Star Power Heats Up The Snowball Derby… Kyle Busch, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace will all be at the Snowball Derby, but not everybody will be on the track…found on Speedtv site

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Comment From TANNER WATSON JO JO FAN I THINK JO JO HAD AN AWESOME QUALIFYING RUN

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We are currently editing our “Sites and Sounds” video from Friday at the Snowball Derby.   It was a dramatic day with practice crashes and Snowball Qualifying.   We hope you have all enjoyed the videos we have posted this weekend.   To see all of them please visit www.speed51video.com

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Comment From Guest thought the snowball cars were supposed to start qualifying at 11:30??

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Comment From darin Is the Snowball Derby ran today or tomorrow?

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The Snowball Derby cars had their time trials last night and will have their last chance race take place this afternoon.  The race will take place tomorrow afternoon.

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Comment From wingnut from Pa you guys ROCK! i couldn’t be there this year,so this the best thing my computer thanks again

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Comment From paul Johanna Rocks

11:14

The sun is out and breaking through the clouds to where we can now see blue skies at Five Flags Speedway.

11:17

We were mistaken earlier.  Pro Late Model practice is now continuing, with Super Late Model practice taking place in a little bit.

11:17

Hunter Robbins just spun his #18 down the frontstretch.  He did not appear to hit anything and it just brought out a quick caution.

11:17

Comment From Blade Previous winners of the Snowball Derby include the likes of Darrell Waltrip, Donnie Allison, Jody Ridley, Rick Crawford, Ted Musgrave, Butch Miller, Ronnie Sanders, Jeff Purvis, Wayne Anderson, Bobby Gill, Rich Bickle Jr., Gary St. Amant and Steven Wallace.

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Michael Fettig sent us this photo from yesterday when a power line came loose in the infield near the concession stand.  Nobody was injured, but it looked pretty scary.

11:24

The #17 of Josh Brock just spun in turn four and hit the outside retaining wall.  The caution is out.

11:26

A flatbed wrecker has been dispatched to remove the wrecked racecar of Josh Brock.  The damage to that Pro Late Model is worse than originally thought.

11:28

Comment From Brandon Is there anywhere we can view photos from the weekends action?

11:28

There is a photo gallery from Thursday posted on the Speed 51 Facebook page with nearly 50 photos, as well as photos throughout the week’s Trackside Now coverage.  More photo galleries will be coming as well.

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11:32

There are blue skies over the infield on Saturday morning at Five Flags Speedway.

11:34

Josh Brock’s car has been towed off the track and the green flag is back out for the final minutes of Pro Late Model practice.

11:35

Logan Boyett, who although he is local, we haven’t seen much of at Five Flags this season is working hard along with his crew to get their car carrying speed a little quicker through the corners before they head out for Snowflake qualifying at 2pm today.

11:36

Another driver who hasn’t made but a few appearances this year is Alabama native, Korey Ruble.   Ruble feels that despite his lack of participation this year, he is still equipped with enough experience at this track to help his team make the proper adjustments to get them into tonight’s Pro Late Model feature.

11:36

Pro Late Model practice for Snowflake 100 cars is completed for this morning.

11:36

Georgia driver Taylor Satterfield, who made his first outing in a while at the World Crown 300 a few weeks ago at Gresham Motorsports Park, has made his way down to Pensacola, Florida this weekend for the Snowflake 100. Satterfield has encountered many near misses and amassed several second-place finishes in his most recent runs but he and his team hope that their bad luck is in the past and they can make a solid run in Snowflake qualifying later this afternoon.

11:36

Beau Slocumb is a driver that’s been in the news quite a bit over the past several months due to life-threatening medical issues which ejected him from the driver’s seat.   Slocumb has made a major comeback and made his way back to his familiar spot behind the wheel a couple times in the past few weeks and is down here at Five Flags Speedway hoping to pull off a heart-warming win in tonight’s Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model event.   Slocumb is thankful that they had a good baseline set up to start their practice runs with and are fairly certain that the adjustments they’ve made will benefit them in their qualifying attempt for the Snowflake 100.

11:38

Comment From Jerrod So whats up with Cassuis Clark?

11:38

Cassius Clark wrecked hard in practice yesterday.  he was okay, but his car was done for the weekend.  Without a back-up, Cassius is done for the weekend as well.

11:41

Rick Crawford and Johanna Long shared a conversation before cars got on-track today.   Crawford congratulated her on becoming the pole-sitter for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby.   The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver then grabbed us and had Speed51.com take a picture of the two of them.     “21-years ago today, this was me. I won the pole for the Snowball Derby. I am proud of her, she did a great job,” said Crawford.Crawford said he isn’t done yet and don’t be surprised if he makes his return to the Derby in coming years.

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PHOTO: Rick Crawford and Johanna Long.   (51 Sports Photo)

11:43

Comment From Kat Its so good to see Beau Slocumb healthy and back out there! My thoughts and prayers are with the Hole family this weekend.

11:43

Comment From Guest Let SPEED TV know we would like to see the Derby. http://www.speedtv.com/feedback/

11:43

Comment From jimmy boston thank you guys for keepin this yankee informed of this weekends races

11:43

Bubba Pollard has suffered a blown motor in his #18 Pro Late Model, he and his team are now feverishly working to get another engine in the car.

11:52

AUGIE GRILL’S DERBY DIARY – Friday, December 4th, 2009
http://www.speed51.com/2009_Stories/Snowball/Derby_Diary_Augie_Grill.html

11:55

There hasn’t been a decision on what is going to happen with the line-up of the Last Chance race for the Snowball Derby yet.  Three drivers have already withdrawn from that race, including second row starter Matt Smith, and more are expected to pull out rather than wreck their cars.  Whether that means entire rows will move up in line at the start or the field will be re-gridded remains to be seen.  Track officials are going to wait and see just how many cars withdraw before making a decision.

11:57

TJ Reaid who was one of the “usual suspects” and always a threat to win in the Georgia Asphalt Series throughout the 2009 season made several runs around this track during Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model practice and knows they’ll have to work hard to get where they want to be.”We’re working as hard as we can,” said Reaid.   “We’ve got to get an exceptional qualifying spot so we can stay up front and stay out of trouble and hopefully bring home the trophy tonight.”

11:57

PRO LATE MODEL FIRST PRACTICE TIMES

Pos No. Name Best time
Class Pro Late Model
1 51 Kyle Busch 16.761
2 40 Taylor Satterfield 16.784
3 23 Jimmy Weller 16.871
4 18R Hunter Robbins 16.914
5 33 Dillion Oliver 16.935
6 10 Ryan Blaney 16.936
7 84 Clay Alexander 16.963
8 11 Logan Boyett 16.969
9 5 Wes Burton 17.010
10 9 Chase Elliott 17.030
11 18 Bubba Pollard 17.038
12 83 Cale Gale 17.044
13 11 Brandon Bendele 17.065
14 10 Johanna Long 17.065
15 08 Beau Slocumb 17.066
16 2 John Bolen 17.096
17 2 Daren “DJ” Vanderley 17.098
18 41 T. J. Reaid 17.105
19 9 Kurt Jett 17.113
20 4 Elliott Massey 17.118
21 14 Jake Kruger 17.129
22 28 Thomas Praytor 17.160
23 43 Richard Johns 17.162
24 112 Augie Grill 17.163
25 16 Brandon Odom 17.165
26 93 Kyle Sirizzotti 17.182
27 73 Korey Ruble 17.183
28 64 David Jones 17.184
29 31 Tyler Milwood 17.199
30 28 Jack Smith 17.202
31 51 Brandon Carlson 17.205
32 15 Cody Smith 17.207
33 2X Dennis Reno, Jr 17.214
34 27 Ronnie Smith 17.268
35 36 Keith Thorpe 17.286
36 45 Dwayne Buggay 17.300
37 40 Tyler Miles 17.305
38 40 Keith English 17.321
39 10 B Danny Bagwell 17.328
40 6 Chris Whorton 17.356
41 37 James Kimbrough 17.359
42 14 Bobby Measmer Jr 17.385
43 2 Zach Niessner 17.396
44 02 Scott Patton 17.402
45 02 Matt Smith 17.417
46 36 Rodney Benefield 17.420
47 04 Jerrod Foley 17.491
48 7 Shain Cheney 17.496
49 54 John Thompson 17.532
50 10 Ryan Crane 17.545
51 17 Josh Brock 17.816
52 23 Paul Kelley 17.930

12:01

Snowball Derby practice is currently on track now.  So far, there have been no incidents of note.

12:03

We’re actually seeing something that we haven’t seen much of all weekend right now and that is the #112 of Augie Grill in line to practice.  Grill, who is going for three straight Derby victories, has been stingy when it comes to practicing this weekend so far.

12:11

Rodney Benefield says that he and his #36 machine aren’t really agreeing as well as usual but hopefully with what they’ve learned in practice, they will put down a lap in qualifying that will secure them a spot in tonight’s race.

12:14

The #61 Super Late Model of Johnny VanDoorn has hit the track and is currently practicing.  We thought that the car was done for the weekend after it wrecked in qualifying yesterday, but the team hasn’t given up and VanDoorn will try to get into the Derby through its last chance race.

12:14

Comment From matty ups the 112 doesnt need to practice….. wwwoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12:17

Comment From smokersracin Congrats to VanDoorn & KAOS!

12:19

Something cool that Speed 51 is going to debut this weekend at the track is at-track radio.   Thanks to our good friends at Racing Electronics, we now can broadcast our live Speed 51 Radio broadcast of both the Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby at the track.   Fans in the stands can tune in their scanners to 454.5000 and listen to what the folks at home are hearing on RaceTalkRadio.com, right here at the track during our live radio broadcasts.So, if you are heading to Five Flags Speedway later today for the Snowflake 100 or tomorrow for the Snowball Derby, bring your scanner and program 454.5000 into it and listen to us live at the track.

12:25

Comment From jake..wi what is the difference between a snowflake car and a snowball car?

12:25

There isn’t much of a difference.  At this track, they even run the same tires.  Typically, a Super Late Model (used in the Snowball Derby) can be converted to a Pro Late Model with only a few changes – such as the carb.  A Pro Late Model (used in the Snowflake 100) has a little bit less power.

12:31

There is a break in the action right now in Super Late Model practice to allow teams to cross over to and from the infield.  So far, this session has been uneventful.  We’ll have practice times at the conclusion of the session as soon as they are available from Timing and Scoring.

12:32

Comment From Brandon Who is the youngest driver among all the entries on the weekend?

12:32

That is probably Chase Elliott, who just turned 14.

12:34

Comment From rastus #77 speedway king I thought this race was at South Georgia Motorsports but when I got here I was the only person except for the clean up guys who told me to go to 5 Flags, do I have time to drive there before the race starts?

12:34

If you want to be here in time for the Snowflake 100 tonight, drive quickly.  If you want to get here in time for tomorrow’s Snowball Derby, you’ll be okay.  Just don’t get lost.

12:35

Comment From Wayne I spent some time with Travis Barrett( GWC) this morning at Cabelis and he says Hi. He was at work over there. ( Ice Fishing Thing) You know how bad he would like to be with you .

12:35

He’d have fun here – it really is an amazing event.  Plus, it there isn’t any snow forecasted for Pensacola this weekend like there is for Maine.

12:36

Comment From BigBill How old is Ryan Blaney?

12:36

I’m not sure of when his birthday is, but he is either 14 or recently turned 15.

12:38

Super Late Model practice has resumed.  Josh Hamner, Bobby Gill, Max Gersham, Dennis Schoenfeld and Brian Campbell are among the drivers currently on track.

12:40

Comment From KOOTER74 is the two late model races on tv or on the internet somewhere?!

12:40

The Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100 are not televised.  You can follow along one of three ways – the best one is to buy a ticket and sit in the grandstands.  There is no substitute for seeing this in person.  If you can’t make it, you can listen to live Speed 51 Radio coverage on RaceTalkRadio.com or follow along on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage.

12:42

Comment From Guest We keep getting reports about the track record being broken. Is this true? I am pretty sure that the record is a 16.34 set in 2002 derby. I saw it with my own eyes. Pate,Mader, & Busch were 123.

12:42

Grant Enfinger held the Super Late Model track record and that was broken in qualifying last night by Johanna Long.  Unofficially, there is a lower track record set in 1980 by Gary Balough in the era of soaked tires.  Long did not run quicker than that lap.

12:43

Comment From BigBill Thanks for all that Speed51 & RaceTalkRadio are doing for this advent.It is said that Speed TV are not taping or doing nothing for this advent.I believe this is the best racing advent that is happened this weekend.

12:44

Comment From Guest How old is Max Gresham?

12:44

Max Gresham is 16.

12:46

Comment From Guest Any sign of Matt (Kenseth) in P’Cola yet?

12:46

Not yet.  Ross Kenseth told us on Speed 51 Radio last night that his father is out in the Midwest taking flying lessons this week.

12:46

Comment From Grundy Fan thanks for the coverage

12:47

Comment From Melissa Ryan Blaney’s Birthday is December 31. He will be turning 15 this year (I think).

12:47

Comment From Dan The all time record is in the 15’s. that wild winged car in the 1980’s

12:50

Comment From Guest Thanks for all the coverage, gives us some good insider information!

12:52

There are only entered three drivers who would be eligible for the previous winner’s provisional for tonight’s Snowflake 100 – Brandon Carlson, Ryan Crane and Hunter Robbins.

12:52

Comment From Melissa I forgot to mention. Thanks for the coverage! You guys do a great job!

12:53

Comment From Guest are the top 30 in inpound?

12:53

No, the top 30 Snowball Derby qualifiers have all cleared tech last night and have been practicing this morning.

12:54

Comment From Craig How old is DJ VanderLey #02

12:54

19 Years Old.

12:54

Comment From Mike Scott in Alabama Yes in 2002 pate did break the existing track record with that time of 16.34 and he broke Scott Carlsons record of 16.40. This was in the soaked tire era at 5 Flags and that has since went away. The times you see now are with out soaked tires.

12:55

Comment From richard what about that dillon oliver kid

12:56

He’s 20 years old.

12:56

After quite the week, Justin Drawdy is relieved to be in the Snowball Derby. Now he and the team are focusing on getting the car better for the race during this session.   Before the practice began crew chief Gary Crooks told us, “The other car was a little better but this on is close. We are trying to find some forward bite coming off. I’ll find it during this practice.”

12:56

Comment From Mike Martin How is John Bolen doing this practice

12:56

He’s been making laps and is sitting on pit road right now.  We won’t have a rundown of the speeds until after the session is completed.

12:58

Bobby Gill is done practicing. He said the car was ok. When asked where the car could be faster he responded, “We’re not trying to get the car to go faster.   We are trying to get the car consistent for longer. If you get the car to run good and last longer, when you put tires on it, it will be fast.”

12:58

There has been some sad news here this Snowball Derby week.  On Wednesday night, Rhonda D. McGinnis lost her life in a Georgia traffic accident. McGinnis was 48 years old and has connections to the Derby.  Her father, Billy McGinnis raced in the Derby many times and is a previous winner of the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway.  Her brother-in-law, David Hole, was entered in the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 this year, but loaded up and went home after receiving news of the accident.Speed51.com  sends out thoughts and prayers out to the McInnis and Hole families.

12:59

Comment From Guest DJ VanderLey is 17 years old, he will be 18 in March.

12:59

Comment From guest who is helping niessner-wasn’t he close to deon deneau?

1:00

Zach Niessner is driving for the Stroupe family out of North Carolina.

1:00

Comment From KOOTER74 thank you for info about tv coverage. and i really wish i was there right now but i want to plan my first trip to snowball weekend in 2010. where can i get info about everything including lodging nearby and anything else that’ll help with trip to 5 flags speedway. never been there!!

1:02

Comment From smokersracin Let’s turn the tables here. How about Bobby Gills’ age or Dave Maders’?

1:02

I’m too scared to ask Bobby Gill that question.  I might be younger, but he could still kick my tail.

1:02

Comment From michael was j. vandoorn able to repair his car after the crash during qualifying?

1:02

Yes, he has been practicing this morning.

1:03

Comment From Guest Who is the crew chief for Bobby Gill?

1:03

Dustin Archer is Bobby Gill’s crew chief this weekend.

1:03

Danny Bagwell who has one race already under his belt this weekend is looking to set the pace by competing in three races here at Five Flags Speedway on Snowball Derby weekend.   Bagwell raced in the modified feature event here last night, will attempt to make the Snowflake 100 here this afternoon and will start 25th in 42nd Annual Snowball Derby tomorrow.   Bagwell says his Derby car is stout and he’s hoping for similar results in Snowflake qualifying later.

1:03

There are several drivers here this weekend pulling double duty and running both the Snowflake 100 tonight and the Snowball Derby tomorrow.   One of those drivers is John Bolen who says both of his GARC racecars are ready for action.   Bolen is thankful for his 23rd starting spot in the prestigious event tomorrow and knows they’ve got one of the best prepared cars for tonight Pro Late Model event as well.

1:03

2008 Five Flags Speedway Blizzard Series Champion Josh Hamner has a multitude of experience and success on this racing surface and is confident that his #38 Hamner Racing Engines machine will be strong tomorrow and is content with his 15th-place starting postion.

1:04

Grant Enfinger who was very competitive in this race one year ago is hoping to put on a repeat performance with better results this year.   “We came down last year and ran up front and even led the race some,” commented Enfinger.   “This year we want to do the same thing but put it in victory lane at the end of the day.”

1:04

The Super Late Model practice session for the Snowball Derby teams has just wrapped up.  We will post times from that practice when they are available from timing and scoring.

1:04

Comment From Late Model Fan Sounds like Jimmy Weller has been running pretty good. He is a Yankee from up here in the North that just moved to NC this year.

1:04

Comment From redwolfwindwind hello all . i am all the way in washington listen to the snowball. cant wait till it gets started. have heard awesome things about this race

1:04

1:04

PHOTO: Ross Kenseth slides his #25 through the center of turns one and two. (51 Sports Photo)

1:06

1:06

PHOTO: Jeff Futlz practices under blue skies at Five Flags. (51 Sports Photo)

1:06

1:06

PHOTO: Junior Niedecken at speed. (51 Sports Photo)

1:07

Fast Eddie Mercer says he’s got a good feeling about this year’s Snowball Derby.   “We’ve had success here in the past,” said Mercer.   “I think things are going to go our way this year.   This car is strong, we practiced well and I really think we’re going to get a great run tomorrow.”

1:07

Junior Niedecken told us the pressure is off since he made the show last night in time trials and now it’s time to race and have fun.

1:09

Comment From mike harnish was cassius the only northern guy trying to make the field?

1:09

Cassius Clark is the only New England driver to have come down for the Snowball Derby this year.  There are several Northern drivers from the Midwest and Brandon Sweet has come down from New York state for the Snowflake 100.For those who don’t know him, Mike Harnish is the 2008 PASS Outlaw champion.  We’d love to see him come down to give the Derby or Snowflake 100 a try.

1:09

Speed51.com’s 42nd Annual Snowball Derby Best Appearing Car Vote
Fan Vote Wins Car Owner A Hero Card Design From 51 Sports / Speed51.com

The Speed51.com Best Appearing Car Award for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, is a fan vote.A panel of experts here at the track picked the eight best-appearing Snowball Derby Super Late Model cars here during the weekend.   Fans (and drivers, team members and such that can get to a computer) have approximately 24 hours to vote for who they think has the best appearing car at the Snowball Derby.   The winning car owner will receive a free hero card design, courtesy of 51 Sports and Speed51.com.

CLICK BELOW NOW TO START VOTING!!!

http://www.speed51.com/2009_Stories/Snowball/Best_Appearing_Car_Vote.html

1:09

Comment From Chris Will Snowflake 100 Qualifying or the LCQ races be streamed live on Race Talk Radio?

1:09

Neither will be on RaceTalkRadio.com, but both will be covered on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now.

1:12

Chris Davidson took a hard hit in the World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park just a few short weeks ago but says they’ve recovered from there and their strategy for this weekend is to keep their nose clean and stay out of trouble to get a good finish.

1:12

Comment From BigBill Yes Jimmy Weller is doing great this weekend.He has been up in the top 5 pretty much this weekend.Even Kyle Bush took his car for a ride in testing because it looked real good.

1:13

Comment From P-cola Are there any vendors at the track selling Johanna Long shirts? My 9 year old wants me to pick one up for her tomorrow. Go Pensacola Drivers!!!

1:13

There are a few vendors here and a few more that might set up for tomorrow.  We haven’t had a chance to go out and check to see which drivers they have gear for, but Johanna is very popular here, so they might have something.

1:13

1:13

PHOTO:   Bubba Pollard and his team work hard to get the engine changed.

1:15

Bubba Pollard and the Ronnie Sanders owned team are thrashing to get the engine changed on that #18 machine.   Sanders is in the engine compartment workin hard to get it ready. They are about to put water in it.   Qualifying starts soon but a team member said they are doubtful they will be ready to take time trials.   They said most likely they will have to make the show in the non-qualifiers race.

1:16

Comment From Steve It’s funny how the Speed 51 car is always considered one of the better looking cars. Gotta keep the boss happy I guess

1:16

Actually, Bob Dillner didn’t even get a vote on who the nominees this year.  He was out in Las Vegas until this morning covering the NASCAR banquet for SPEED.

1:18

Comment From steelersrock looked at the best cars voting…seems stupid to having Rusty WAllace advertising his Toyota Dealership on a Ford Fusion…………..

1:18

The Rusty Wallace Inc. NASCAR Nationwide Series team has announced their switch to Toyota next year and they are sponsoring Steven Wallace’s entry this year.  The car is owned by Richie Wauters, who works on the Toyota NASCAR Camping World Series team of Billy Ballew Motorsports.

1:18

Comment From The Gickel Is Ken Mcfarland running the last chance races to try to make the derby

1:18

Ken McFarland has withdrawn from the Last Chance race.

1:18

PASS Super Late Model regular contender Heath Hindman says although they’re not in the show, they needed to take full advantage of all practice time they’re offered to be on top of their game in tomorrow’s Snowball Derby.

1:19

Slinger Speedway regular Dennis Prunty was thankful for his qualifying time and resulting guaranteed spot in Sunday’s Snowball Derby.   “We came quite a ways to get down here,” said Prunty.   “So this success is awesome.”

1:19

Comment From P-cola Didn’t Steven Wallance even wear a Dogde firesuit last year (or the year before).

1:19

Probably.  He has raced Dodges and Chevrolets in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

1:20

CHASE ELLIOTT DERBY DIARY – Saturday, December 5th – AM Update
http://www.speed51.com/2009_Stories/Snowball/Derby_Diary_Chase_Elliott.html

1:20

Comment From The Gickel Is Ken Running the Snowflake or withdrawn altogether

1:20

No, Ken McFarland did not enter the Snowflake 100.

1:22

Comment From Nick Without a doubt, the best appearing car is Johnny Vandoorn. We need to see a better pic.

1:22

The #61 is a sharp looking car.  We were thinking of arranging a photo shoot of the car this morning, but the team was too busy rebuilding it after a hard wreck in qualifying that took place last night. So the on track photo will have to do.

1:23

Comment From Late Model Fan Best wishes to the Mays Motorsports #14 SLM!!!

1:25

We just spoke with Bubba Pollard, who just finished Snowball practice.   He said that the progress with replacing the engine on his Snowflake car (the #18) is going well. So well that they believe now they might be able to be done in time for qualifying.

1:25

Comment From Jason Our thoughts and prayers are with Billy Mcginnis and his family in this time of sadness.

1:26

Comment From dc from michigan i saw a article on mlive.com that the 16 car of tom thomas is owned by tim steele and has chip caputa as a crew cheif and is suposed to have johnny benson jr as his spotter and also heard that mr. jack gritter is there helping in some sort ? any siteings of these guys yet ? Now that is a dream team !!! btw wtg Brian Campbell for making the derby and best of luck to the tomster ( tom pls stay off the golfcarts ) sorry inside joke, and johnny vandroon in the last chance race. All us us michiganders are proud of you guys no matter the outcome this weekend

1:26

Johnny VanDoorn said the car is good. They used the early part of practice to shake it down. They got it fast in the back-half of the session and he’s ready for the last chance race. He has an up-hill battle as he is slated to start near the rear of that field.

1:28

Comment From Mike Scott in Alabama Here is a picture of Steven Wallace in his Dodge firesuit and behind him is his Ford Fushion he drove for Ritchie Wauters. This was in 2006. http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/swat46/2006%20Snowball%20Derby/stevewallace.jpg

1:34

The engine is fired on Bubba Pollard’s Snowflake ride.   The team is all smiles at their hard work has paid off. They will be ready for qualifying.

1:37

1:37

PHOTO:  Johanna Long won the pole last night for the Snowball Derby.   Can she put her Snowflake car on the pole too?

1:41

Paul Kelley’s team is in the tech line currently, working on their car as they go through the line, so they are still hopeful to get into the field today for the Snowflake 100.

1:41

Comment From BigBill When does the Qualifying for Snowflake100 begin?

1:41

We are about 20 minutes away from the start of the Snowflake 100 qualifying.   We will have times as they happen here on Trackside Now.

1:42

Comment From Jamie from ontario where do i find the best appearing cars?

1:42

The link for the best appearing car award is in earlier entries, but we have just put it to the front page of Speed 51.

1:42

Comment From guest i think campbell’s car looks the best!! and he is good no matter where he goes. his father was the same way

1:45

Snowball Derby Super Late Model practice times from earlier today:

Pos No. Name Best time
Class Super Late Model
1 6 Hunter Robbins 16.740
2 31 James Buescher 16.952
3 18 Bubba Pollard 16.961
4 33 Jeff Choquette 16.973
5 66 Steve Wallace 16.977
6 51 Kyle Busch 16.992
7 61 John VanDoorm 17.000
8 39 Ryan Sieg 17.005
9 711 Max Gresham 17.007
10 16 Brian Scott 17.060
11 15 Brian Ickler 17.065
12 09 Randy Gentry 17.068
13 42 Dennis Prunty 17.080
14 67 Jeff Fultz 17.085
15 112 Augie Grill 17.124
16 9 Chase Elliott 17.125
17 51 Bobby Gill 17.128
18 72 Scott Hantz 17.129
19 25 Ross Kenseth 17.133
20 49 Ryan Lawler 17.164
21 10L Johanna Long 17.171
22 2 John Bolen 17.175
23 38H Josh Hamner 17.176
24 11 John Boy Wilkinson 17.177
25 1 Eddie Mercer 17.184
26 44 Gary Helton 17.189
27 20 Brian Campbell 17.194
28 167 Tim George Jr. 17.201
29 1S Stephan McCurlely 17.203
30 82 Grant Enfinger 17.218
31 12 Justin Drawdy 17.223
32 05 Jeremy Colangelo 17.226
33 31 Tyler Millwood 17.227
34 35 David Stremme 17.232
35 41 Chris Davidson 17.263
36 91 Heath Hindman 17.281
37 14 Cale Gale 17.294
38 11 David Rodgers 17.294
39 43 Dennis Schoenfeld 17.302
40 21 Scott Carlson 17.304
41 99 Wayne Niedecken Jr. 17.338
42 88 Roger Reuse 17.343
43 27 Jason Young 17.346
44 48 Cecil Chunn 17.356
45 99S Casey Smith 17.378
46 82W Donnie Wilson 17.399
47 10C Ryan Crane 17.528
48 25 Rocky Boyd 17.789
49 1M Tim Martin 18.123

2:00

Comment From Dan I don’t see how cale gale or steve wallace’s cars are among the “best appearing”? cale’s is very boring and thats the same scheme steve’s had for about 4 years now. it’s funny that all the local drivers have simular schemes just differant colors….the wave/splash down the side. they must all be using the same sign shop lol

2:01

Don’t vote for those entries then.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

2:01

We are in standby for the moment.   There is a tire guy on the way to the track, and they want to make sure to get the tires in before qualifying starts.

2:02

Comment From DeMan951 Thank you for the Beau Slocumb update. We ran against him in ASA in 07, and 08, and the kid can flat out wheel a car. Good luck Beau!

2:02

Comment From BigBill THANKS a job well done.

2:02

Comment From clay rogers where is Bobby Gills snowball diary!

2:02

Our video software cannot edit out swear words at this time (we kid).

2:03

Comment From Gib Hey for those of you that want to see more pictures of the Johnny VanDoorn machine they are posted on the CRA Website at: http://www.craracing.net/photo/2009/dec/jvd12409.html

2:04

Comment From clay rogers you mean the beerholder

2:04

Well, if the shoe fits….

2:05

Comment From Toby Porter Best Wishes to Beau Slocumb today…… Be a good wedding present for him since he is getting married in Mid January

2:05

Comment From RESJE Where is Clay Rogers snowball diary??????

2:07

Comment From CT guy the 20 car was the sickest and why is wallace in a ford?

2:07

The Richie Wauters’ team has run Fords for many years.  Their long-time sponsor, Victor Ford, is a Ford dealership in Illinois.

2:08

Comment From KOOTER74 will there be anyone selling photos from the whole snowball derby?

2:08

Jamie Williams is here shooting photos with Speed 51 for the weekend.   He will be selling photos off his website: http://finishlinephotography.smugmug.com/

2:08

Comment From Taps Annette and Steve want to say thanks for the updates and hello to Mike Twist

2:08

Wish you guys were here too – although it is cold it spotterville!By the way, Steve Tapley is one of New England’s busiest spotters – having worked for a number of racers including Mike Rowe, Adam Bates, Mike Fowler, Mike Olsen and many others.

2:09

Comment From bgf2 is that Toby Porter the driver?

2:09

Comment From Steve I’m a Johanna Long fan but after seeing the VanDoorn pics he got my vote. Old man winter blowing snow and cold air down the side of the car…don’t see that often

2:10

Comment From Mike in Alabama Nick’s photo of Pensacola takes all the photo’s at the track and he will gladly sell you pictures here is his number 850-944 8400 Hope this ok Stix LOL

2:10

Comment From joe ralph just want to say good luck to beau, bubba thinking about up here in ny

2:11

Comment From Guest How long before qualifying begins?

2:11

They are still waiting for a tire truck to get through to the infield and restock the tire compound.  Once that happens, qualifying will start.  It should only be a few minutes.

2:14

Comment From Guest Did Kyle busch buy out the tire shed?

2:14

He may have.   Over at Fast Eddie’s karting on Thursday, after a few runs, he said he didn’t have money left to keep racing the karts.

2:15

A number of drivers are only going to be allowed to take one qualifying lap due to various tech and procedural violations.  Those drivers are Richard Johns, Jack Smith, Stephen McCurley, Clay Alexander, Chris Whorton, John Thompson, Brandon Bendele, Taylor Satterfield, Paul Kelley, Brandon Odom, Wes Burton, Scott Patten and Beau Slocumb.

2:15

Comment From Guest What time will the results of the appearance vote be released tomorrow?

2:15

We will announce it sometime before the race – possibly during the driver introductions on the stage, which should be covered live on RaceTalkRadio.com.

2:15

Comment From Mike in Alabama Kyle said that because Brandon Carlson was kicking his butt al lover the place and everyone elses LOL

2:15

Comment From Guest Restocking the tire truck? Hoosier is the big winner of the weekend.

2:17

Comment From Johnny VanDoorns fan Better be watching out the back of your helmets becuase Johnny V dosent quite and will be coming with the pedal on the metal.GO JOHN GO!

2:18

Comment From steelersrock is there a tire limit for the snowball?

2:18

There is for the race, but there isn’t for practice.

2:18

2:18

PHOTO: Bubba Pollard’s crew were changing an engine earlier today.   (51 Sports Photo)

2:20

Comment From mark Did Paul Kelly make it through tech ? Will he qualify?

2:20

He is not lined up for qualifying yet, but there are still a few cars rolling through tech.

2:21

We are still waiting on the tire truck to arrive and qualifying for the Snowflake 100 to begin.

2:21

There are over 3200 people watching our Trackside Now coverage from today.   We appreciate everyone for following our coverage.

2:21

Comment From Savannah How can you listen to the race other than the Race Talk Radio?

2:21

You can come and sit in the stands.  Otherwise, Speed 51 Radio on RaceTalkRadio.com features the exclusive radio coverage of the Snowball Derby.

2:23

Tim Martin is loaded up and goin home. “We just couldn’t get the car right. Not right enough to go out there. We have a complete racecar right now. There’s no use tearing it up. If we got the car better that practice we would race.”

2:24

The tire truck is not here yet and there is heavy traffic outside the track.  Track officials have made the call to close to gates and start qualifying for the Snowflake 100.

2:24

During the qualifying, we will not be posting user comments, but we will pick back up afterwards. 

UP NOW: SNOWFLAKE 100 QUALIFYING – Live on Speed51.com

2:25

CAR # DRIVER 1st LAP 2nd LAP BEST LAP NOTES

2:26

18 Hunter Robbins 17.156 16.930 16.930 CURRENT POLE SETTER

2:27

7 Shain Cheney 18.166 17.592 17.592

2:28

9 Chase Elliott 17.226 17.044 17.044

2:30

14 Bobby Measmer Jr 17.530 17.407 17.407

2:31

43 Richard Johns 17.333 X 17.333 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

2:33

31 Tyler Millwood 17.469 17.148 17.148

2:34

2 John Bolen 17.000 17.025 17.000

2:35

73 Korey Ruble 17.042 16.985 16.985

2:37

x2 Dennis Reno 17.345 17.172 17.172

2:38

84 Clay Alexander 17.175 x 17.175 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

2:39

40 Keith English 17.875 17.432 17.432

2:40

6 Chris Whorton 17.820 X 17.820 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

2:42

36 Keith Thorpe 17.498 17.115 17.115

2:43

112 Augie Grill 17.015 16.966 16.966

2:44

2 DJ Vanderley 17.053 17.053 17.053

2:46

51 Brandon Carlson 17.330 17.297 17.297

2:47

18 Bubba Pollard 17.025 16.961 16.961

2:48

40 Tyler Miles 17.451 17.350 17.350

2:50

10 Danny Bagwell 17.623 17.240 17.240

2:51

54 John Thompson 17.912 X 17.912 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

2:52

45 Dwayne Buggay 17.388 17.030 17.030

2:55

36 Rodney Benefield 17.790 17.344 17.344

2:56

51 Kyle Busch 16.955 16.893 16.893 NEW POLE SETTER

2:57

11 Branson Bendele 17.341 X 17.341 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

2:59

2 Zach Niessner 17.415 17.193 17.193

3:01

Taylor Satterfield was next on the track, but getting up to speed, he lost control of his car, popping the turn three wall hard.   His car looks damaged pretty good, so that is a tough break for Satterfield.

3:06

23 Paul Kelley 17.136 x 17.136 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

3:07

16 Brandon Odom 17.135 x 17.135 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

3:08

5 Wes Burton 17.175 x 17.175 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

3:09

43 Justin South 17.447 17.183 17.183

3:12

24 Brandon Sweet 18.320 17.715 17.715 spun on warm-up lap / able to continue

3:13

We have 30 cars on the clock, so the bumping will start.

3:13

ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): John Thompson

3:13

02 Scott Patton 17.178 X 17.178 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

3:14

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: John Thompson
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Chris Whorton

3:15

14 Jake Kruger 17.112 17.050 17.050

3:15

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Chris Whorton
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Brandon Sweet

3:16

9 Kurt Jett 17.114 16.951 16.951

3:16

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Brandon Sweet
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Shain Cheney

3:17

11 Logan Boyett 17.238 17.104 17.104

3:18

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Shain Cheney
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Keith English

3:19

04 Jerrod Foley 17.585 17.388 17.388

3:19

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Keith English
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Bobby Measmer

3:21

4 Elliott Massey 1:07.179 17.153 17.153 spun on first lap / able to continue

3:22

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Bobby Measmer
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Jerrod Foley

3:22

1 Stephan McCurley 17.437 x 17.437 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

3:24

10 Johanna Long 17.027 16.863 16.863 NEW POLE SETTER

3:24

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Jerrod Foley
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Tyler Miles

3:25

10 Ryan Crane 17.252 17.172 17.172

3:25

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Tyler Miles
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Rodney Benefield

3:26

37 James Kimbrough 17.428 17.055 17.055

3:27

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Rodney Benefield
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Branson Bendele

3:28

10 Ryan Blaney 17.140 17.015 17.015

3:28

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Branson Bendele
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Richard Johns

3:29

64 David Jones 17.140 17.133 17.133

3:30

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Richard Johns
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Brandon Carlson

3:31

08 Beau Slocumb 17.381 x 17.381 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

3:32

28 Thomas Praytor 17.479 17.213 17.213

3:32

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Brandon Carlson
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Danny Bagwell

3:33

28 Jack Smith 17.154 x 17.154 (1 lap due to pre-qual tech violation)

3:33

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Danny Bagwell
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Thomas Praytor

3:34

79 Kyle Bryant 18.022 17.787 17.787

3:36

02 Matt Smith 17.730 17.285 17.285

3:37

83 Cale Gale 17.102 16.992 16.992

3:38

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Thomas Praytor
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Zach Niessner

3:38

23 Jimmy Weller 17.100 16.915 16.915

3:39

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Zach Niessner
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Justin South

3:40

27 Ronnie Smith 17.526 17.222 17.222

3:41

41 TJ Reaid 16.927 16.667 16.667 NEW POLE SETTER

3:42

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Justin South
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Clay Alexander

3:43

33 Dillon Oliver 17.106 16.864 16.864

3:43

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Clay Alexander
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Scott Patton

3:44

93 Kyle Sirizzotti 17.114 17.096 17.096

3:44

BUMPED FROM TOP 30: Scott Patton
ON THE BUBBLE (currently 30th): Wes Burton

3:45

15 Cody Smith 17.536 17.260 17.260

3:46

Qualifying has completed.   TJ Reaid has won the pole for the Snowflake 100, pending tech.   Johanna Long was second fastest.   We will have a full list from qualifying shortly.

3:49

UNOFFICIAL SNOWFLAKE 100 QUALIFYING RESULTS

POS CAR # DRIVER BEST LAP
1 41 TJ Reaid 16.667
2 10 Johanna Long 16.863
3 33 Dillon Oliver 16.864
4 51 Kyle Busch 16.893
5 23 Jimmy Weller 16.915
6 18 Hunter Robbins 16.930
7 9 Kurt Jett 16.951
8 18 Bubba Pollard 16.961
9 112 Augie Grill 16.966
10 73 Korey Ruble 16.985
11 83 Cale Gale 16.992
12 2 John Bolen 17.000
13 10 Ryan Blaney 17.015
14 45 Dwayne Buggay 17.030
15 9 Chase Elliott 17.044
16 14 Jake Kruger 17.050
17 2 DJ Vanderley 17.053
18 37 James Kimbrough 17.055
19 93 Kyle Sirizzotti 17.096
20 11 Logan Boyett 17.104
21 36 Keith Thorpe 17.115
22 64 David Jones 17.133
23 16 Brandon Odom 17.135
24 23 Paul Kelley 17.136
25 31 Tyler Millwood 17.148
26 4 Elliott Massey 17.153
27 28 Jack Smith 17.154
28 x2 Dennis Reno 17.172
29 10 Ryan Crane 17.172
30 84 Clay Alexander 17.175
31 5 Wes Burton 17.175
32 02 Scott Patton 17.178
33 43 Justin South 17.183
34 2 Zach Niessner 17.193
35 28 Thomas Praytor 17.213
36 27 Ronnie Smith 17.222
37 10 Danny Bagwell 17.240
38 15 Cody Smith 17.260
39 02 Matt Smith 17.285
40 51 Brandon Carlson 17.297
41 43 Richard Johns 17.333
42 11 Brandon Bendele 17.341
43 36 Rodney Benefield 17.344
44 40 Tyler Miles 17.350
45 08 Beau Slocumb 17.381
46 04 Jerrod Foley 17.388
47 14 Bobby Measmer Jr 17.407
48 40 Keith English 17.432
49 1 Stephan McCurley 17.437
50 7 Shain Cheney 17.592
51 24 Brandon Sweet 17.715
52 79 Kyle Bryant 17.787
53 6 Chris Whorton 17.820
54 54 John Thompson 17.912

3:50

All of the Snowflake 100 qualifying times are unofficial until technical inspection is completed.Former CRA Super Series champion Chris Gabehart is helping out TJ Reaid’s team and he knows a few things about Snowflake tech inspection.  After qualifying a few years ago, Gabehart was disqualified and forced to run the last chance race after his quarter panel height was too low.

3:53

We have plenty more coverage throughout the evening, including the last chance races for the Snowflake 100, the last chance race for the Snowball Derby, and the Snowflake 100 here on Trackside Now (Snowflake 100 will also be broadcast on Speed 51 Radio / RaceTalkRadio.com and 454.5000 on scanners at the track).

3:53

3:53

The crossover area is a busy place in between activities here at Five Flags Speedway.  This was the line to cross the track after qualifying for the Snowflake 100.

3:54

Makes sure to vote for the best appearing Snowball Derby car:http://www.speed51.com/2009_Stories/Snowball/Best_Appearing_Car_Vote.html

3:54

Comment From LeadSeventeen FTR.. Chris has never attempted to run the Snowflake. It was the Derby, the dq was due to the shocks not settling yet and he did make it into the Derby via the last chance race.

3:54

You are correct.  It was for the Snowball Derby.

3:55

Comment From sm great coverage, thanks.

3:55

Comment From Guest Man….A bit to fast for pro! If ity holds up in tech congratulations TJ

3:57

We have been told by officials that the 35th and 36th Pro Late Model provisionals will go to Ronnie Smith and Keith English.   Brandon Carlson will be 37th with the most recent Snowflake 100 winner’s provisional.All three drivers can choose to start the last chance race to improve their starting position, but we hightly doubt they will.

3:59

Taylor Satterfield’s car is basically junk and he is done.   There is heavy damage to the right front and they will have to re-clip the front of the car.

4:00

Jack Smith might have only had one lap for qualifying but he made it into the show. He just walked up to us with a huge smile on his face.   “This is the best car I have ever had,” said Smith.   He thinks he has a good shot at winning the race.

4:04

The Snowball Derby last chance race is being gridded right now.  Here is the starting line-up.  The top four finishers will advance into the Derby:1.  Jeff Fultz
2.  Dennis Schoenfeld
3.  Jason Young
4.  Heath Hindman
5.  Jeremy Colangelo
6.  Max Gresham
7.  John Boy Wilkerson
8.  Ryan Lawler
9.  Tom Thomas
10.  Jerry Artuso
11.  Ryan Crane
12.  Dwayne Buggay
13.  Chris Davidson
14.  Tim Martin
15.  Gary Helton
16.  James Buescher
17.  Roger Reuse
18.  Tim George, Jr.
19.  Josh Brock
20.  Donnie Wilson
21.  Johnny VanDoorn
22.  Rocky Boyd, Sr.

Withdrawn – Matt Smith, Ken McFarland and Jimmy Garmon

4:06

4:06

PHOTO:  Taylor Satterfield’s hard impact into the wall during Snowflake qualifying. (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo)

4:07

Comment From Guest How do we listen to the last chance live

4:07

There is no radio coverage of the Last Chance race – just follow along on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage.

4:08

Johnny VanDoorn is on the grid for the Snowball Derby last chance race after a long night of work by his team to repair crash damage from time trials.

4:09

4:09

PHOTO: TJ Reaid is on the pole for the Snowflake 100.   (51 Sports Photo)

4:09

As a reminder, fans that are sending in questions and comments can join and interact in the Speed 51 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/speed51 and the discussion forums at www.motorsportslounge.com/speed51 … we have had a lot of comments that we haven’t been able to post due to time constraints, so join both of those and interact!

4:10

Comment From Kat Taylor had a great car this week. I feel bad for him and his team. Just remeber guys there is always next year.

4:11

We have over 4500 people watching our Trackside Now coverage today.   We appreciate every one of you and hope you are enjoying our coverage.

4:11

Comment From sm Thank You Speed51 for theawesome coverage.

4:11

Comment From Guest Way to go TJ!!! Beat the big names and didn’t even have to cheat.

4:12

Comment From Guest What time is the SnowFlake scheduled to start? Thanks- Great coverage!!!!

4:12

The Snowflake 100 will start at 7pm CT and our RaceTalkRadio.com coverage will start one hour before that.

4:13

Comment From Guest Has TJ cleared tech?

4:13

Not yet.

4:13

Comment From Guest Go TJ!!! Wish I was there to see some awesome racing. I was at the World Crown 300 at GMP and it was a great race.

4:13

Comment From Guest With Jeff C. dominating the world crown, why isn’t he racing the samecar in the snowflake.

4:13

He is concentrating on the Snowball Derby.

4:14

Comment From Guest Lets go North! We need Tom Thomas (Tim Steele car), Johnny Van Doorn and Jeff Fultz to make the A main!!

4:15

We are still waiting for the cars to roll off for pace laps for the Snowball Derby Last Chance race.  The cars are lined up on the frontstretch right now.

4:17

The engines have been fired and we are about to start the last-chance Snowball Derby 50-lap feature.   Top four qualify in, the rest go home.

4:18

STARTING LINE-UP1.  Jeff Fultz
2.  Dennis Schoenfeld
3.  Jason Young
4.  Heath Hindman
5.  Jeremy Colangelo
6.  Max Gresham
7.  John Boy Wilkerson
8.  Ryan Lawler
9.  Tom Thomas
10.  Jerry Artuso
11.  Ryan Crane
12.  Dwayne Buggay
13.  Chris Davidson
14.  Tim Martin
15.  Gary Helton
16.  James Buescher
17.  Roger Reuse
18.  Tim George, Jr.
19.  Josh Brock
20.  Donnie Wilson
21.  Johnny VanDoorn
22.  Rocky Boyd, Sr.

4:20

The #67 of Jeff Fultz has just rocketed by the pace car.  He appears to be headed to the pits on the pace laps.

4:21

Jeff Fultz just pulled down pit road and the hood is coming off his #67 car.

4:21

GREEN FLAG

4:22

The hood has stayed on, but the #67 team is focused on the front end of their car.

4:22

Jeff Fultz is watching the Last Chance race start from pit road.

4:22

Jason Young has taken the lead and leads the first lap.

4:22

Johnny VanDoorn passed two cars on the first lap and is trying to move up through the field.

4:23

Dennis Schoenfeld has settled into second with Heath Hindman in third.

4:23

The #25 of Rocky Boyd, Sr. has dropped off the pace.  He is still on the track but far behind the rest of the field.

4:23

Jeff Fultz has parked his #67 car.  He will not race in tomorrow’s Snowball Derby.

4:24

Five laps are in the books.   Jason Young currently leads Dennis Schoenfeld.

4:25

The turn four wreck has involved John VanDoorn and Donnie WIlson.  Both cars were able to drive away.

4:25

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 8 

4:26

As we run under caution, we offer a reminder that during this race we are holding all fan comments and questions.  We’ll get to some of those after this race is wrapped up but for now we are focusing on the racing action.

4:26

Donnie WIlson is pitting under caution.

4:27

Donnie Wilson is coming back on the track after his pit stop.

4:27

Max Gresham is coming down pit road under caution.

4:28

Top five: Jason Young, Dennis Schoenfeld, Heath Hindman, John Wilkinson, Jeremy Colangelo

4:29

Max Gresham pitted for his team to look at the left rear tire.  They did their work and he pulled away hard…too hard.  The rear end broke in the car and Gresham is now out of the race.  A pool of fluid is now down on pit road.

4:29

Just before the yellow, John Wilkenson and Jeremy Colangelo were battling hard side by side for the transfer spot, so this next restart should be interesting.

4:29

One lap to green.

4:30

GREEN FLAG

4:30

Jason Young has held the top spot on the restart as the top five remain the same.

4:31

Right now the field is single file.

4:32

Chris Davidson’s #41 just got loose in turn two.  He gathered it back up though and didn’t lose any spots.

4:32

Ryan Lawler is moving up through the field.   He has picked off a few cars here and there, and currently rides in the seventh position.

4:33

Jeremy Colangelo, Ryan Crane, Ryan Lawler and James Buescher are all running just outside the transfer spot of fourth.

4:33

20 laps are in the books of the 50 lap race.   The top five hasn’t changed since the restart.

4:33

Johnny VanDoorn has just pulled down pit road under green.

4:34

Rocky Boyd, Sr. is in danger of being lapped within a few more circuits.

4:34

Jeremy Colangelo has a mirror full of Ryan Crane and Ryan Lawler, who are trying to work their way to the top four.

4:35

Colangelo is currently fifth.

4:35

Johnny VanDoorn is out of the race.

4:35

Ryan Crane has made his way to fifth now, moving Jeremy Colangelo back a few spots as Ryan Lawler also went by for position.25 laps are on the board.

4:35

Rocky Boyd, Sr. just got lapped.

4:36

Donnie Wilson has not been able to advance much after his pit stop.  He is near the rear of the field.

4:36

Jeremy Colangelo has lost a few more positions as his car is going the wrong way.

4:37

Ryan Crane has worked his way to the back bumper of John Wilkinson for the fourth position.

4:37

There was just a close call on the track between Gary Helton, who runs near the tail of the field, and the lapped car of Rocky Boyd, Sr.

4:37

Contact was made coming off turn four with Ryan Crane getting the position, moving him into the final transfer spot.

4:38

Dennis Schoenfeld has taken the lead from Jason Young on the 34th lap.   Young has slid back to third with Heath Hindman moving to second.

4:38

Ryan Crane isn’t satisfied with fourth.   He is working over Jason Young for the third position.

4:39

Things aren’t looking too good for Tim George, Jr.  He is the last car on the lead lap and time is running out in the race.

4:39

Ryan Crane is now third with Ryan Lawler moving to fourth.   Jason Young has went from leading to fifth in a few laps.

4:39

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 39

4:40

John Boy Wilkerson has spun on the backstretch.

4:40

Top five: Dennis Schoenfeld, Heath Hindman, Ryan Crane, Ryan Lawler, Jason Young

4:41

Tim George and Donnie Wilson are coming down pit road.

4:42

We are one lap to green.

4:42

The crew for Donnie Wilson raised the hood of their #82 during its pit stop, but didn’t spent much time under there.  Wilson is now back on track.

4:42

John Boy Wilkerson has also pitted.

4:42

GREEN FLAG

4:43

Dennis Schoenfeld held serve up front and leads with 10 laps to go.   The top five hasn’t changed, but Ryan Lawler is putting pressure on Ryan Crane.

4:43

Chris Davidson and Jason Young made slight contact while racing in turn three.

4:43

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 41

4:44

Chris Davidson has spun in turn one.

4:44

Chris Davidson has just pulled up alongside of James Buescher under caution and does not appear to be happy.

4:45

Chris Davidson and James Buescher have both been sent to the rear by race officials.

4:45

Top five: Dennis Schoenfeld, Heath Hindman, Ryan Crane, Ryan Lawler, Jason Young

4:45

Dwayne Buggay has dropped out of the race.

4:46

One lap to green.

4:46

GREEN FLAG

4:47

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 41

4:47

Chris Davidson and Donnie Wilson have wrecked together on the backstretch.

4:47

Chris Davidson and Donnie Wilson have driven away and both came down pit road.

4:48

Top five: Dennis Schoenfeld, Heath Hindman, Ryan Crane, Ryan Lawler, Jason Young

4:48

Donnie Wilson appears to have dropped out of the race.  He pulled into his pit stall nosed towards his hauler and the #82 team isn’t hurrying around their car.

4:49

One lap to green.

4:49

GREEN FLAG

4:50

Ryan Lawler   popped the back of Ryan Crane hard in turn four.

4:50

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 42

4:50

Jason Young just dumped Ryan Crane in turn four.

4:51

John Boy Wilkerson got caught in the crossfire on that wreck and nosed into the frontstretch wall.

4:51

It appeared that after the contact to his bumper, Ryan Crane tried hard to jump down to the low line to get behind Ryan Lawler to return the favor, but Jason Young was trying to close the gap and the contact occured.

4:51

John Boy WIlkerson is out of the car.  He took a brief look at its damage and has abandoned it on the fronstretch.

4:52

RED FLAG: LAP 42

4:53

Two wreckers are working to peel the car of John Boy Wilkerson off the frontstretch wall.

4:54

Ryan Crane appears to have parked his Super Late Model.  It has heavy rear end body damage.

4:55

There are only nine cars that appear to be still in the race.

4:55

Top five: Dennis Schoenfeld, Heath Hindman, Ryan Lawler, Jason Young, Jeremy Colangelo

4:55

Positions six through nine are held down by Gary Helton, Tim George, James Buescher and Rocky Boyd, Sr.

4:56

Jason Young just got booted to the rear for the contact with Ryan Crane.The cars are back rolling again.

4:57

Chris Davidson is headed back onto the track.

4:57

Chris Davidson is listed as being one lap down.

4:57

The adjusted top five will be: Dennis Schoenfeld, Heath Hindman, Ryan Lawler, Jeremy Colangelo, Gary Helton

4:57

One lap to green.

4:58

GREEN FLAG

4:58

Gary Helton has worked his way to fourth around Jeremy Colangelo.

4:59

Chris Davidson just hammered into the side of Jason Young.  Both cars kept going without hitting anything else.

4:59

Up front with five laps to go, Dennis Schoenfeld leads Heath Hindman, Ryan Lawler, Gary Helton and Jeremy Colangelo.

4:59

The transfer spot is a three car battle.

5:00

Chris Davidson just made contact with the rear of Jeremy Colangelo’s car.

5:00

One lap to go.

5:00

Chris Davidson just ran into the side of Gary Helton’s car.

5:00

CHECKERED FLAG

5:01

Dennis Shoenfeld has won the last chance race.

5:02

We’re seeing a few guys running down pit road.  There might be a very heated disagreements about the last laps of the race.

5:02

The scoring beyond race winner Dennis Schoenfeld is now under review.

5:03

After scoring had to figure out whether Chris Davidson was actually on the lead lap or not, the top four cars in the race that will transfer to the Snowball Derby are Dennis Schoeldfeld, Heath Hindman, Ryan Lawler and Gary Helton.   We think that Jeremy Colangelo finished fifth and will miss the 42ndAnnual Snowball Derby by one position.

5:04

That means the field is set, pending tech, for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby.

5:04

Timing and scoring reviewed the final laps of the race and have determined that Chris Davidson was a lap down.

5:05

We don’t see any fights from up here and no police or security have been dispatched to any pit stalls, but there are definately going to be some sore feelings after this Last Chance race.

5:06

Comment From NY Race Fan Sounds like Chris Davidson needs to be escorted from the Facility. That’s ridiculous. I would say that is the Track’s fault. Why would you send someone that is a lap-down back out on the Track with 5 laps to go?

5:07

Comment From Guess Who Why didn’t chris Davidson just hit the wreckers too while he was at it?

5:07

Comment From supertx Thanks for the coverage for us that couldn’t make it to the race this year

5:08

Comment From Neil Have to work this weekend and couldn’t make the derby, Thanks so much for the live coverage.

5:08

Comment From Guest Sounds like he did not know he was a lap down

5:08

UNOFFICIAL STARTING GRID FOR THE 42ND ANNUAL SNOWBALL DERBY

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 10 Johanna Long
2 25 Ross Kenseth
3 51 Kyle Busch
4 112 Augie Grill
5 99 Casey Smith
6 20 Brian Campbell
7 1 Eddie Mercer
8 14 Cale Gale
9 39 Ryan Sieg
10 9 Chase Elliott
11 16 Brian Scott
12 42 Dennis Prunty
13 72 Scott Hantz
14 31 Tyler Millwood
15 38 Josh Hamner
16 1 Stephan McCurley
17 15 Brian Ickler
18 66 Steve Wallace
19 33 Jeff Choquette
20 48 Cecil Chunn
21 09 Randy Gentry
22 35 David Stremme
23 2 John Bolen
24 82 Grant Enfinger
25 10 Danny Bagwell
26 11 David Rogers
27 93 Shane Sieg
28 21 Scott Carlson
29 99 Wayne Niedecken Jr
30 12 Justin Drawdy
31 43 Dennis Schoenfeld
32 91 Heath Hindman
33 49 Ryan Lawler
34 44 Gary Helton
35 26 Bubba Pollard
36 6 Hunter Robbins
37 51 Bobby Gill

5:09

Comment From mike why didnt lawler get sent to rear he booted crane didn’t he?

5:09

Comment From NY Race Fan Why not send Lawler to the back too. It sounds like he started the whole deal.

5:09

The Lawler vs. Crane battle set the stage for when Jason Young hit the rear of Crane’s car and spun him out.  Lawler did not actually make any direct contact though that led to Crane’s wreck.

5:09

Comment From Guest Davidson is a true racer

5:09

Comment From Mike Ray Boy those last laps were wild;Thanks for the great coverage.peace,out.

5:10

Comment From PawPawBama Congratulations, Ryan Lawler!!! You are in the race. Go Bama!!! PawPaw and Grandmother

5:10

Comment From Guest I know Chris very well and he should have mellowed out. His Crew Chief should have pulled the reins back

5:10

Comment From Guest sounds like he was racing. maybe just a little to hard… cant blame him for tryin

5:11

Comment From Bruce McMahon Thanks guys great coverage Good job by Heath

5:11

Comment From Guest short track racing does not need to follow in NASCAR’s current footsteps. Let them boys race.

5:11

Comment From Molly Ryan Lawler should have chilled out…there is no need to race that hard in a last chance race…

5:12

Comment From Guest i dont blame him, rubbin is racing.

5:12

Comment From Guest Do you possibly have a rundown of the people outside the top five in that race?

5:12

We are awaiting the full field rundown from timing and scoring.

5:12

Comment From wingo i wish i was there.. thanks for the great coverage

5:12

Comment From Guest Not only great coverage, but free coverage. Thanks and good luck to Kyle Busch.

5:12

Comment From RCfromNashville Congrats to Gary Helton, A super nice guy…Glad you made it

5:12

Comment From Guess Who Davidson did some of the same at Gresham but got his own payback

5:12

Comment From Rickaa Folks its the Derby LCQ if you don’t rub a little paint for the last transfer spot you aren’t trying hard enough

5:13

Comment From mike race is one thing rooting somebody is something else

5:13

Comment From bgf2 HEY, THIS IS THE DAYTONA 500 FOR THESE BOYS

5:14

We are getting a ton of comments and we’re not able to post them all.  But there are a few good hot topics to debate and feel free to visit MotorsportsLounge.com to discuss them all.

5:14

Comment From Guest Go North on Sunday. The last North win was Gary St. Amant in 2000. Chances are good this year with Kenseth, Campbell, Hantz and Stremme all fast.

5:14

Comment From Guest what # is davidson

5:14

#41

5:14

Comment From plug thanks,guys,watching game ,on the way to the snow flake, go COREY #73 low budget can run with the big boys

5:15

Comment From doodle bryant that’s ok, the driver that booted Ryan Crane will get his payback! GO RYAN CRANE

5:15

Chris Davidson’s crew has come up to the control tower to debate whether or not they should have been scored on the lead lap and whether or not they should be in the Snowball Derby.

5:16

Comment From Guest Chris might of had a good reason for what he did. None of us saw it. And knowing him he is niotjust gonna take some one out unless they messed with him. All drivers do it under pressure,

5:17

The question regarding Chris Davidson right now centers on whether or not he lost a lap in the pits or was on the lead lap, and in a transfer spot, after the race.  It is not about any on-track incidents.

5:18

We have just found out that the Snowflake 100 qualifiers have all cleared tech.

5:19

Comment From sportsman12 Would be lap 41 or 42 in question…he and Donnie Wilson got into it and they both came down pit road…#41 went back out..depends on if they completed a lap on lap 42 or not…that would be the difference…

5:19

Comment From Guest sounds like good hard racing… wish i was there… thanks for the coverage

5:19

Comment From NY Race Fan I really blame the Track for Chris Davidson. They have Scorers that can tell the Infield Officials if he was on the Lead Lap or not. If he indeed wasn’t, they shouldn’t have let him on the Track with less than 5 laps to go.

5:20

Comment From BWP3 Thank’s SPEED51 for the coverage, GOOD LUCK COREY#73,ROLL TIDE.

5:20

Comment From Guest Transponders are on each car.

5:21

Comment From PAM EDWARDS I WISH TAYLOR SATTERFIELD COULD BE OUT THERE RACING!

5:25

Up next: Snowflake 100 last chance qualifiers.   The top two from the two 25-lap qualifiers will transfer to the Snowflake 100.

5:25

Snowflake 100 Last Chance Race #1 Starting Grid1. Wes Burton
2. Justin South
3. Thomas Praytor
4. Cody Smith
5. Richard Johns
6. Beau Slocumb
7. Bobby Measmer Jr
8. Shain Cheney
9. Kyle Bryant

Rodney Benefield, John Thompson and Jeff Godwin were scheduled to start, but are not on the track.

5:26

Comment From Nick Holt I use the same CoverItLive software to cover races in Texas for Lone Star Speedzone (http://wwwlonestarspeedzone.com). You do a great job. How do you get to spell everyone’s name right? I butcher them for sure! LOL

5:26

Occasionally, we do too.  But we try not to.

5:26

The field is shifted just a bit from sixth on back as Rodney Benefield was supposed to start in the sixth position.

5:26

One lap to green.

5:26

Pace laps are underway right now for the first Last Chance race for the Snowflake 100.  We’re going to hold off on posting comments and questions from readers until it is over.

5:27

The top two finishers will transfer out of each Last Chance race.

5:27

GREEN FLAG

5:27

Wes Burton has the lead but it is a scramble behind him.

5:27

Cody Smith and Bobby Measmer made slight contact, but neither car spun or wrecked.

5:28

Justin South has the second position fairly firm.

5:28

Richard Johns just made contact with Thomas Praylor – who slid right up the track and did an impressive job of saving the car.

5:30

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 9

5:30

Both cars have driven away.

5:31

Top five: Wes Burton, Justin South, Richard Johns, Beau Slocumb, Bobby Measmer

5:32

One lap to green.

5:33

GREEN FLAG

5:33

Wes Burton and Justin South got away clean from the field and resume their lead up front.

5:34

Beau Slocumb just did a power move to take third from Richard Johns.

5:34

13 laps are on the board, so we are halfway with Wes Burton leading Justin South and Beau Slocumb.

5:35

Beau Slocumb is a bit back from Justin South, trying to see if he can cut into the lead the front two have to transfer into the Snowflake 100.

5:36

The field is pretty strung out at the moment.   There are five laps remaining in this race, and unless something crazy happens, Wes Burton and Justin South will transfer into the Snowflake 100.

5:37

Beau Slocumb has turned up the wick.   He is starting to move in on second with three to go.

5:37

Two laps to go.

5:37

One lap to go.   Wes Burton has a good lead.   Beau Slocumb is trying to catch Justin South.

5:38

CHECKERED FLAGWes Burton has won the first last chance race.

5:39

The top  two cars in the race that will transfer to the  Snowflake 100  are Wes Burton and Justin South.   Beau Slocumb finished third  and will miss transferring in by one spot.

5:40

While we have a break in the action, we have some Snowball Derby notes.Jason Young is dejected in his pits but was still nice enough to talk to Speed51.com and put a smile on. The Texas driver was in the middle of a lot of action including the incident that took out Ryan Crane.

“I’ve never missed a race in my life,” said Young. “Not even in Go-Karts.”

5:42

Our Speed 51 Radio coverage of the Snowflake 100 might get off to a slightly late start.  It is scheduled to start at 6pm CT, but if the second Snowflake 100 Last Chance race isn’t quite finished right away, our broadcast starting time might be pushed back slightly.  We need enough time between events to get our equipment all online.

5:43

Comment From mike is the burton the son of ward or jeff?

5:43

Comment From BigBill Is Wes Burton Jeff Burton son?

5:43

No.

5:44

5:44

5:45

PHOTO: Ryan Crane (#10) spins while in a 3-car battle with Ryan Lawler and Jason Young.  (51 Sports  / Jamie Williams Photos)

5:47

Lawler admitted he moved Crane to take the third spot. Crane said that he got turned and was not happy about it.  Jason Young said he tried to follow Lalwer through it was a racing deal where Crane came down forcing the spin.

5:47

Comment From Guest Is the coverage on the radio or just the blog

5:47

Comment From Debi, Michigan Is the Snowflake (and Snowball) on the radio link? Or just on the Blog

5:47

Both.

5:47

Snowflake 100 Last Chance Race #2 Starting Grid1. Scott Patton
2. Zach Niessner
3. Danny Bagwell
4. Matt Smith
5. Brandon Bendele
6. Tyler Miles
7. Jerrod Foley
8. Stephan McCurley
9. Brandon Sweet
10. Chris Whorton

Taylor Satterfield and Josh Brock will not start this race.

5:48

The top two will transfer in.   The rest will go home.   This is also a 25-lap race.

5:48

One lap to green.

5:49

GREEN FLAG

5:50

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 0

5:50

That was a false start.  The lineup was ragged and then Zach Neissner jumped a little bit as Scott Patton also appeared to hold back.  We’ll try it again.

5:51

One lap to green.

5:52

GREEN FLAG

5:52

Scott Patton held the top spot after a hard battle on the first lap with Zach Niessner.

5:53

Brandon Bendele has moved to second.

5:53

Brandon Bendele has now taken the lead from Scott Patton.

5:53

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 4

5:54

Stephen McCurley just made contact with the Danny Bagwell in turn one.  Bagwell spun and hit the wall.

5:55

Danny Bagwell just made slight contact with the side of Stephen McCurley under caution.

5:56

Top five: Brandon Bendele, Scott Patton, Zach Niessner, Stephan McCurley, Matt Smith

5:56

GREEN FLAG

5:56

Matt Smith just slid up the track in turn three.  There was no contact and no caution.

5:57

Brandon Bendele has maintained the top spot with Scott Patton in second.

5:58

Zach Neissner is falling back through the field.

5:58

Stephan McCurley has moved to third with Jerrod Foley going to fourth.

5:58

Zach Neissner has pulled down pit road.

5:58

Zach Neissner has pulled to his trailer.  He has been scored as out of the race.

5:59

We are halfway through the race at lap 13.   Brandon Bendele still leads Scott Patton with Stephan McCurley in third.

6:00

Stephan McCurley is trying to run down Scott Patton for the final transfer spot.

6:00

Stephan McCurley is now just a car length back from Scott Patton, coming to five laps to go, for the final transfer spot.

6:01

Jerrod Foley is fourth and has the best seat in the house if it gets dicey up front.

6:01

The top three are all tightening up.

6:01

After his spin, Danny Bagwell just hasn’t been able to get going again.  he is running as the last car on the track.

6:02

Scott Patton is right on Brandon Bendele’s bumper with just two laps to go.

6:02

White flag.

6:02

CHECKERED FLAGBrandon Bendele has won this last chance race.

6:03

The top  two cars in the race that will transfer to the  Snowflake 100  are Brandon Bendele and Scott Patton.      Stephan McCurley  finished third  and will miss transferring in by one spot.

6:03

The Speed 51 Radio broadcast of the Snowflake 100 will start at 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET.

6:04

Comment From Deon Mmmm ? Wonder who asked about Zach Niessner earlier

6:04

Are you here helping anyone out this year Deon?

6:04

Comment From david holland whats the weather like there does it look like the rain will hold off tomorrow

6:04

Tomorrow looks clear.  Weather shouldn’t be an issue.

6:05

Comment From Ryan Daley So Ryan Crane will not be in the Derby>

6:05

No, he won’t.  He will run in the Snowflake 100 tonight.

6:05

Comment From Deon Tim Sauter

6:06

Comment From Guest So what’s the deal with Jason Young? I tried to read and understand, but couldn’t follow to see if Young was out, dejected, or what?

6:06

Only the top four finishers in the Snowball Derby Last Chance race will advance to the Derby.  Young did not finish in the top four and won’t make the field.

6:07

Comment From more what ended up happening with the Chris Davidson issue

6:07

Davidson was scored a lap down.  He will not make the Snowball Derby.

6:07

Comment From Rob Spires Just wanted to say that you’re doing a great job. I’ve tried keeping a live blog during a race and it isn’t easy!

6:07

Comment From sportsman12 please don’t let your servers burn up!

6:07

Comment From George Jetson Deon… Zach needed your help. Where were you?

6:08

Comment From david holland (2005 track champ) wishing i was there. working in PA. Good luck all

6:08

Comment From guest mark matins car didnt make it ?

6:08

Jeremy Colangelo, in the Mark Martin Performance Chevrolet, did not make the field for the Snowball Derby.

6:09

Comment From NY Race Fan Any update on the current #’s for the Best Appearing Derby Car Vote???

6:09

No, we won’t be tallying those up until the morning.

6:09

UNOFFICIAL STARTING FIELD: SNOWFLAKE 100

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 41 TJ Reaid
2 10 Johanna Long
3 33 Dillon Oliver
4 51 Kyle Busch
5 23 Jimmy Weller
6 18 Hunter Robbins
7 9 Kurt Jett
8 18 Bubba Pollard
9 112 Augie Grill
10 73 Korey Ruble
11 83 Cale Gale
12 2 John Bolen
13 10 Ryan Blaney
14 45 Dwayne Buggay
15 9 Chase Elliott
16 14 Jake Kruger
17 2 DJ Vanderley
18 37 James Kimbrough
19 93 Kyle Sirizzotti
20 11 Logan Boyett
21 36 Keith Thorpe
22 64 David Jones
23 16 Brandon Odom
24 23 Paul Kelley
25 31 Tyler Millwood
26 4 Elliott Massey
27 28 Jack Smith
28 x2 Dennis Reno
29 10 Ryan Crane
30 84 Clay Alexander
31 5 Wes Burton
32 11 Brandon Bendele
33 43 Justin South
34 02 Scott Patton
35 27 Ronnie Smith
36 40 Keith English
37 51 Brandon Carlson

6:16

While we have some track downtime, we have posted some videos.

6:16

Sights & Sounds Friday Snowball Derby
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwI04hMTb1U

6:25

Comment From ben wilder77 thanks for the coverage,painting my nails orange here in maine

6:25

A new Johanna Long fan!

6:26

Comment From ROLL TIDE ROLL A girl is on the front row of the Snowflake and Snowball……not bad….not bad!!! Great Job Johanna!!!

6:26

Comment From Guest Are you going to be posting about the last chance race?

6:26

The Last Chance races have all taken place.  The Snowflake 100 is up next.

6:26

Comment From michael SPEED31.COM YOU GUYS HAVE DONE AN AWESOME JOBS HERE IN PENSACOLA…MAYBE WITH A LITTLE HELP WE CAN GET THIS TELEVISED….SEE YOU SUNDAY AT THE DERBY

6:27

It is scheduled for 7pm CT, but the schedule seems to be running a little behind.

6:27

Comment From 7szittai what time is the snow flake?

6:27

Comment From Mike Martin when does the coverage start?

6:27

The Radio coverage will start in just a few minutes.

6:28

Comment From asaracer9 is wes burton related to the cup drivers

6:28

No

6:33

TJ REAID: SNOWFLAKE 100 POLE SETTER
Video: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJKq5uuPKiY

6:34

We have had a few questions about the live call of the race.   We will have Trackside Now coverage through the entire Snowflake 100, but you can also listen live to the call by Speed 51 Radio.Listen Online: www.racetalkradio.com
Listen at the Track: 454.5000 on your scanner (courtesy of Racing Electronics)

6:36

The radio coverage of the race will be starting soon.   We will let you know on here.

6:42

SPEED 51 RADIO COVERAGE OF THE SNOWFLAKE 100Listen now at

www.racetalkradio.com or on 454.5000 at the track.Trackside Now will also continue through the entire race.

6:51

Comment From Jonathan I heard about the 454.5000 frequency deal. I’m here for the Derby but am staying to watch the race. I’m getting off my laptop and headed to the stands and will be listening on my scanner. Thanks to Speed51.com, Racetalkradio and Racing Electronics!

6:54

The guys are talking about tires on the radio show right now.   This track eats up tires. Teams can change tires but will they?

Hunter Robbins
 told us before that it all depends on how many cars are on the lead lap.   If there aren’t many cars on the lead lap, it would make sense to take tires.   “Although I did win it without pitting for tires,” said the 2005 Snowflake winner Hunter Robbins.

6:55

The Johanna Long crew painted their nails orange. They did get Freddie Query to paint one nail, his pinky finger.   Freddie said he’d paint them all if Johanna wins tonight.

6:58

We are getting close to the start of tonight’s race.

7:02

Comment From Eric Andes I wish I were there …. watching the snow in Delaware. Great coverage …. Best Wishes to Danny Bagwell for the Derby.

7:02

Comment From ROCKITV8 We are listening in austintown ohio and cheering Ryan Blaney on to the win tonight!

7:02

Comment From Blade A shout out to Heavy P, Great job Speed 51with Trackside Now and the Radio show, thanks guys

7:02

Comment From Guest Johnny Van Doorn’s “Old Man Winter” themed car is amazing and by far the most creative design I’ve seen on a car in a long time, especially for this weekend! It is still eligible for Best Appearance, correct?

7:03

Comment From David Hole Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. I wish I was there racing but God had a different plan. I have been following everything on SPEED51 and you guys are doing a great job, its just weird being on this side instead of being there and racing. David Hole

7:03

We wish that you were here too.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Stay strong!

7:12

The National Anthem is being sung now.   We will post the starting line-up momentarily.

7:14

Comment From Mike Scott Alabama Our prayers our with you my friend. Scott Carlson Racing

7:14

Comment From NY Race Fan David, I lost my Brother-In-Law (who was also my Best Friend) this last summer. My wife and I are still coping, but God is a great God. Just pray and he will take care of you.

7:14

Comment From david holland ok lets kick the tires and light the fire its time to go racing boys (and girls)

7:15

The cars have been fired and we are getting set to rock and roll here at Five Flags Speedway with the Snowflake 100.

7:16

SNOWFLAKE 100 STARTING LINE-UP 

POS CAR # DRIVER
1 41 TJ Reaid
2 10 Johanna Long
3 33 Dillon Oliver
4 51 Kyle Busch
5 23 Jimmy Weller
6 18 Hunter Robbins
7 9 Kurt Jett
8 18 Bubba Pollard
9 112 Augie Grill
10 73 Korey Ruble
11 83 Cale Gale
12 2 John Bolen
13 10 Ryan Blaney
14 45 Dwayne Buggay
15 9 Chase Elliott
16 14 Jake Kruger
17 2 DJ Vanderley
18 37 James Kimbrough
19 93 Kyle Sirizzotti
20 11 Logan Boyett
21 36 Keith Thorpe
22 64 David Jones
23 16 Brandon Odom
24 23 Paul Kelley
25 31 Tyler Millwood
26 4 Elliott Massey
27 28 Jack Smith
28 x2 Dennis Reno
29 10 Ryan Crane
30 84 Clay Alexander
31 5 Wes Burton
32 11 Brandon Bendele
33 43 Justin South
34 02 Scott Patton
35 27 Ronnie Smith
36 40 Keith English
37 51 Brandon Carlson

7:19

Over 6800 people are following along on Trackside Now, and we appreciate everyone.   We hope you enjoy our continued coverage of all the action this weekend at Five Flags Speedway.

7:20

Dennis Reno has come down pit road for some sort of adjustments.

7:21

We are one lap to green.

7:21

GREEN FLAG

7:22

Johanna Long got the jump and has the lead going down the backstretch.

7:22

Kyle Busch has worked his way to second behind Johanna Long.

7:23

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 3Brandon Bendele and Wes Burton have wrecked in turn two.

7:24

Top five: Johanna Long, Kyle Busch, Dillon Oliver, TJ Reaid, Bubba Pollard

7:28

The clean-up is still happening over in turn two as Brandon Bendele’s car is being loaded on a flatbed.

7:30

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7:33

A hoodpin broke on Korey Ruble’s car, forcing him to pit so the hood wouldn’t come off.   There is no damage and he is back out.

7:33

Comment From Blade Are the restars single or double file?

7:34

Single file, and yellows do not count.

7:34

One lap to green.

7:34

GREEN FLAG

7:34

Kyle Busch has worked his way to the outside of Johanna Long to take the lead.

7:35

Kyle Busch has slowed.

7:35

He has dropped back to fourth.   It appeared his car might have had trouble, but maybe he was just dropping back to save his tires.

7:36

Johanna Long has the lead again with TJ Reaid second and Dillon Oliver third.

7:36

TJ reaid is putting pressure on Johanna Long for the top spot.

7:38

TJ Reaid has worked his way under Johanna Long to take the lead at lap 16.

7:39

Alex Haase, who is working with the Kyle Busch team, has reported to Matt Dillner that nothing is wrong with Busch’s car.   They were testing the waters with trying to get the lead, now they are conserving their car.

7:40

Hunter Robbins has worked his way to third around Kyle Busch.

7:42

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 25A few cars had trouble in turn four.   Johanna Long tried to avoid the incident and got slammed in the back by Kyle Busch.   Both have damage.

7:43

Kyle Busch has exited his car and went into his hauler.   It appears he is done for the night.

7:44

RED FLAG: LAP 25                                                                                                                           There is a mess to clean up in turn four, so we are in red.

7:47

Johanna Long’s car just got towed by us.   It looks like it might be too damaged to continue.   Ally Fulson is reporting from the pits that they might have a broken ti-rod.

7:49

7:49

PHOTO: Kyle Busch’s car in the pits after the wreck with Johanna Long.   (51 Sports Photo)

7:50

The cars have refired.

7:50

The Kyle Busch car is being loaded up on the trailer now.

7:51

Top five: TJ Reaid, Hunter Robbins, Augie Grill, Dillon Oliver, Bubba Pollard

7:53

The window net went back up on the Johanna Long car in the pits, so she might actually be coming back out.   Since the cautions do not count, she is not losing any time.

7:54

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7:55

Johanna Long is back on the race track, trying to see if her car is ok to continue.

7:55

One lap to green.

7:56

GREEN FLAG

7:57

TJ Reaid go out to a good lead on this restart, but Hunter Robbins has a mirror full of Augie Grill right behind.

7:57

Augie Grill has worked his way passed Hunter Robbins for the second position.

7:58

Johanna Long has only passed two cars since the last restart, so she might still have some damage that is hindering her speed a bit.

7:58

John Bolen, who pitted during that last yellow from the top 10, is working his way back up through the field.

7:59

Augie Grill has worked his way to the back bumper of TJ Reaid.

8:00

Dwayne Buggay has worked his way to the fifth position, knocking Bubba Pollard back a few spots.

8:00

Augie Grill has pushed his way to the lead on lap 39.

8:01

Top five at lap 40: Augie Grill, TJ Reaid, Hunter Robbins, Dillon Oliver, Dwayne Buggay

8:03

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 45A few cars spun in turn four, but then more cars spun to avoid with a complete track blockage.

8:03

It looks like everyone has driven away, except one car that needs a push to get back going.

8:04

Pit road is closed, but a few drivers have made their way onto pit road.

8:04

Korey Ruble’s car has stopped on the front stretch.

8:04

The leaders are on pit road.

8:05

It appeared that over three-quarters of the field at least pitted during this yellow.

8:06

We are actually on lap 44, not 45.

8:07

John Bolen is now the leader, and it doesn’t appear he pitted this time.   He pitted earlier, which helped get him to the front now.   It will be interesting to see if he can hold the lead with just about the whole field behind him on fresh rubber.

8:08

Top five: John Bolen, Brandon Odom, David Jones, Keith Thorpe, Jake Kruger

8:09

With many of the fast cars behind the current drivers on the track, it is going to be an interesting restart.

8:10

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8:11

GREEN FLAG

8:12

John Bolen has the lead, but it is a scramble behind him.

8:12

Augie Grill has worked his way through to third.

8:13

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 47Keith Thorpe went for a slide, possibly off the bumper of Hunter Robbins.

8:14

Top five: John Bolen, David Jones, Augie Grill, Cale Gale, Hunter Robbins

8:17

One lap to green.

8:18

GREEN FLAG

8:18

John Bolen has the lead with Augie Grill in second after this restart.

8:19

Augie Grill has worked his way to the lead around John Bolen.

8:20

Cale Gale is running third with Hunter Robbins in fourth.   Ryan Blaney is in fifth.

8:22

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 55DJ Vanderley, Clay Alexander and Ryan Crane as well as others all wrecked at the end of the straightaway.

 

8:23

RED FLAG: LAP 55                                                                                                 Due to the cleanup needed, they are going under red.

8:23

Bubba Pollard appears to also be damaged in this wreck as he was being pushed to the infield.

8:25

Chase Elliott was able to squeeze through the wreck, weaving back and forth like he was dodging debris.

8:26

We understand there is a bit of an issue with the radio show.   The problem is with the Internet towers in the area as we have experienced a few issues as well over the last 20 minutes.   We are hoping it clears up shortly.

8:28

Top five: Augie Grill, John Bolen. Cale Gale, Hunter Robbins, Ryan Blaney

8:29

Bubba Pollard is out due to a motor issue.

8:29

The radio hiccups appear to be over for the moment.LISTEN LIVE AT RACETALKRADIO.COM (454.5000 at the track)

8:30

GREEN FLAG

8:30

TJ Reaid has worked his way to fifth by Ryan Blaney.   The top four ahead are all the same on the restart.

8:31

Hunter Robbins has worked his way to third around Cale Gale, bringing TJ Reaid with him.

8:32

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 59A slow car just couldn’t make it all the way around to the pits, so they had to throw the yellow.

8:32

Top five: Augie Grill, John Bolen, Hunter Robbins, TJ Reaid, Cale Gale

8:36

GREEN FLAG

8:37

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 59Dennis Reno, Jake Kruger, Brandon Carlson, Brandon Odom and Jack Smith all piled into a wreck in turn one on the restart.

8:38

RED FLAG: LAP 59                                                                                                     Due to the extensive clean-up needed, the red flag is back out.

8:45

Top fifteen at this red flag: Augie Grill, John Bolen, Hunter Robbins, TJ Reaid, Cale Gale, Ryan Blaney, Dwayne Buggay, Kyle Sirizzotti, Jimmy Weller, Paul Kelley, Tyler Millwood, Dillon Oliver, Logan Boyett, Chase Elliott, Ronnie Smith

8:45

The cars are back rolling.

8:48

Clay Alexander claimed the last wreck was his fault.   He said he feels bad too because it was driver error and it took out his good friend DJ Vanderlay and also took out Ryan Crane.

8:49

Comment From Bob Dillner At Beef O Bradys right now on West Nine Mile Rd in Pensacola, FL having some good food while listening to the race on RTR and watching Trackside Now on Speed51.com. Awesome combo! Everyone is invited to join us after the race for some fun!

8:50

GREEN FLAG

8:51

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 59Jack Smith and Jake Kruger wrecked in turn four on the restart.   The leaders almost stacked up and wrecked on the backstretch as they were trying to all slow down.

8:52

It is possible that occured due to the slow restart by Augie Grill.   He brought the cars down a lot slower than before and the top 10 cars all were pretty stacked up.

8:53

Top five: Augie Grill, John Bolen, Hunter Robbins, TJ Reaid, Cale Gale

8:54

One lap to green.

8:54

GREEN FLAG

8:54

TJ Reaid passed to the outside on the restart and has third, going for second.

8:55

TJ Reaid is now second to Augie Grill.

8:55

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8:56

Augie Grill has pulled a few car lengths out now from TJ Reaid, but Reaid isn’t letting him get too far out.

8:57

Johanna Long is out of the event with a left front spindle bent.   They changed the lower control arms, but the car wasn’t right.   They decided since it wasn’t up to speed to just pull it in.

8:59

At lap 70, Augie Grill still leads TJ Reaid, but Reaid has pulled right back to Grill’s bumper.   John Bolen is third with Hunter Robbins fourth and Ryan Blaney fifth.

9:00

With 80 laps on the board, it is still Augie Grill, TJ Reaid, John Bolen, Hunter Robbins and Ryan Blaney

9:01

TJ Reaid is not letting Augie Grill get out away from him too far.   He is maintaining about a car-length lead and that is about it.

9:02

The cell towers in the area are having issues, so please bear with the Trackside Now and radio issues.

9:02

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9:03

TJ Reaid looked like he almost made contact on the back of Augie Grill down the front stretch.

9:04

10 laps remain.   Augie Grill leads a hard-pressing TJ reaid.   A bit back is John Bolen, Hunter Robbins and Ryan Blaney.

9:04

Lapped traffic could be an issue towards the end of this race.

9:05

Augie Grill has a few car-length lead over TJ Reaid, but who knows what each driver is doing in their car.   Five laps remain.

9:06

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 95John Bolen made contact with Ronnie Smith, bringing out the yellow.

9:07

Top five: Augie Grill, TJ Reaid, John Bolen, Hunter Robbins, Dwayne Buggay

9:09

Comment From Guest i hope you guys have this fixed by tomorrow!!! doing a cool job though!! keep it up!!

9:09

We are at the mercy of the local internet towers.   Our equipment is working fine and we have strong signal to the towers, but the towers to the rest of the net are struggling.We apologize for those issues, but we are at their mercy (Verizon).

9:10

Comment From darin in alabama the coverage has been great so far thank you speed 51

9:11

TJ Reaid has been great on restarts, but Augie Grill isn’t bad either.   It should be an interesting five laps.

9:11

One lap to green.

9:11

GREEN FLAG

9:12

TJ Reaid has worked his way inside of Augie Grill for the lead.   They battle side by side, banging doors.

9:13

YELLOW FLAG: LAP 96A wreck on the front stretch brought out the yellow, but TJ Reaid was listed as having the lead when they crossed the stripe on the last completed lap, so he will be the current leader.

9:13

Top five: TJ Reaid, Augie Grill, John Bolen, Hunter Robbins, Dwayne Buggay

9:14

GREEN FLAG

9:15

Augie Grill is all over the back of TJ Reaid for the lead.

9:15

Augie Grill has the lead with twolaps to go.   TJ Reaid is dropping bac kto third.

9:15

John Bolen is second with one lap to go.

9:16

CHECKERED FLAGAugie Grill  has won the Snowflake 100.

 

We are heading trackside to help our pit crew cover the post-race action.   Make sure to tune into the post-race radio show now on Race Talk Radio for more coverage.   We will be back with more on Trackside Now, including a finishing order, soon.

 

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9:25

Comment From Bob Dillner Hey Darin from AL – thanks for checking us out, but how come you are not at the track watching the race if you live so close?

9:26

Comment From darin in alabama wtg augie grill congrats

9:26

Comment From Ole Timer The “Mother Ship” does it again!

9:26

Comment From jimmy boston i see a double for the 112 go augie

9:26

Comment From Clayton from Atlanta, GA Amazing coverage! Great job! The small interuptions were nothing compared to the fact that we all got to stay up on what was going on. Thanks!

9:26

Comment From darin in alabama cause i got the flu

9:26

Comment From Worm Thanks for the coverage couldn’t be there this year keep up the good work.

9:27

Comment From wingnut in pa thank you speed51 and race talk for a good race wish i was there

9:41

Here is the unofficial finishing order of the Snowflake 100:1.  Augie Grill
2.  John Bolen
3.  T.J. Reaid
4.  Dwayne Buggay
5.  Hunter Robbins
6.  Ryan Blaney
7.  Kyle Sirzzotti
8.  Paul Kelley
9.  Jimmy Weller
10.  Tyler Milwood
11.  Dillion Oliver
12.  Chase Elliott
13.  Logan Boyett
14.  David Jones
15.  James Kimborough
16.  Cale Gale
17.  Jake Krugar
18.  Keith Thorpe
19.  Ronnie Smith
20.  Elliott Massey
21.  Jack Smith
22.  Justin South
23.  Brandon Carlson
24.  Dennis Reno, Jr.
25.  Brandon Odom
26. Johanna Long
27.  Clay Alexander
28.  DJ Vanderley
29.  Kurt Jett
30.  Ryan Crane
31.  Bubba Pollard
32.  Korey Ruble
33.  Kyle Busch
34.  Scott Patten
35.  Keith English
36.  Wes Burton
37.  Brandon Bendele

9:41

Comment From Texas Guest Are you guys done? It has been along day.

9:42

Not yet, we’ll stick around to shoot some 51 Videos, answer some questions and most importantly – wait for technical inspection to be completed.

9:42

Comment From Jamie in Canada Thanks for the coverage speed51, best site ever for short track race fans!

9:42

Comment From Jeff in Cumming GA Great coverage never been to the snowball but i won’t miss it next year.THANKS SPEED51

9:42

Comment From DMRedden Thank you from Las Vegas. Great Job!

9:42

Comment From KOOTER74 thank you to bob dilner for making such an awesome website for all of us short track fans!!! i actually met you at the grundy county speedway a few years ago when you were there. i work there and you were checking it out and taking pix in the infield. good guy!1

9:42

Comment From Atlanta GA hell of a job speed51, and bob you run a nice little operation!!!!!!!!go paul kelley

9:43

Comment From Guest Good Job Speed 51, you will get the radio thing fixed I am sure, last year was great for those of us that could not be there

9:43

Comment From alice gale williams cograts to augie grill good race

9:43

Comment From Guest Bought as tiring seeing Augie Grill win everything as it is seeing Jimmie Johnson. Guy does have great cars though. Would have liked to have seen Augie and Kyle battle it out.

9:43

Comment From Ron In Grand Bay Great Job Speed 51 and RTR

9:43

Comment From DeMan951 Lets see if he passes tech.

9:43

We’ll find out shortly…. or maybe not so shortly.

9:44

Comment From Texas Guest Thank You for the awesome coverage. May have to skip TMS in Nov. and come to the Derby.

9:44

This is so much more exciting than a Cup race!

9:45

We love Iowa – Jason “Stix” Buckley is from the Quad Cities area and the Twist family is originally from Audubon.

9:45

Comment From mason Thanks speed 51 from iowa.

9:45

Comment From les ferris Hi Bob doing great job say hi to Ronnie Sanders for me its his birthday thank you again great job

9:45

Comment From Blade Great job guys, Thanks, cant wait till tomorrow

9:45

Comment From Joe Meyer This is great!! In a day when few are not ale to travel you make it almost like i was there!!! Thanks!!

9:46

The full, but unofficial, results are all listed down below.  Scroll on down to see what your favorite driver finished tonight.

9:47

Comment From mason Were there any iowa drivers in the snow flake. Is there any in the derby

9:47

Not this year.

9:47

Comment From alice gale williams Are you gonna post the official results after tech

9:47

Yes, we are going to stick around and see what happens in tech.  Hopefully, nothing will change.

9:48

Comment From darin in alabama was awesome race especially closing laps

9:48

Comment From prostock88 great job on covering the race

9:48

Comment From mason good coverage speed 51. Auggie is amazing

9:49

Comment From KOOTER74 hey i’m over 900 miles away and have really enjoyed all the coverage and videos and pictures. keep up the great job. if only we could watch it online.

9:49

Comment From Wingnut in pa the coverage is great in pa. thanks speed51

9:49

Comment From Guest there comes a point where it is more embassaing then helpfull, you have reached that point

9:50

We are sorry that you felt that way.  We apologize for the technical difficulties, but we stuck with it for as long as there was hope of getting them resolved.  We aren’t quitters and would rather be embarassed than give up.

9:50

Comment From KyleMac for anyone here that follows TQ Midget Racing or follows Mike Stefanik… He on tonights race @ THe Dunkin Donuts Center! Congrats Mike.

9:50

That indoor midget race took place tonight in Providence, Rhode Island.

9:51

Comment From wd151515 way to go speed 51 greate coverage ,way to go augie. maybe next year jake krugar

9:51

Comment From Frasson118 Coolest coverage ever… Looking forward to The Derby coverage. If this coverage was done every week, I’d never accomplish a thing!

9:52

Comment From Poptart Sr. Have they ran the last chance race yet?

9:52

Yes, the field is locked in.  You can scroll down to read all about the last chance race.  It was a wild one!

9:52

Comment From TomDeVette thank you for the broadcast, I am looking forward to Sunday’s race

9:52

Comment From Don You guys do a great job & I thought I was the only one allowed to be critical;)))

9:52

Comment From Texas Guest Thanks Speed51 for the amazing coverage. Hope we can get it on yhe speed channel next year.

9:52

Comment From Brendan from Canada Thanks for the great updates, its awsome to be able be at home and be able to keep up to date, wishing I could be there like some friends.

9:53

Comment From Alabama Guest What time does SnowBall Derby start tomorrow?…and telephone # for ticket purchase?

9:53

The Snowball Derby starts at 2pm CT.  Call the track office at 860-944-8400 for ticket information.  Come on over!

9:53

Comment From David Smith Motorsports Augie was ahead of his time… if only he was a decade younger!

9:54

Coming from David Smith, who is a true expert when it comes to scouting racing talent, that is quite a compliment.

9:54

Comment From Guest people just need to be grateful that there is ANY coverage of short track racing. so what if there are some technical difficulties? THANKS SPEED51.COM!

9:55

Comment From Alabama Guest We are on our way there….thanks for the info and GREAT coverage.

9:55

Comment From ben wilder77 if we could get,mike rowe,augie grill at the same race . wow!

9:56

Comment From Guest for years we had nothing, if you want perfect coverge there are still tix available, thx speed 51

10:00

Comment From bob sr. awesome guys your the greatest

10:00

Comment From Nick Holt There’s always a boo-bird somewhere in the crowd. 99% of the short track racing world appreciates the hard work that goes into bringing these live updates. Keep up the great work Speed51!

10:00

Comment From Guest Speed51 is the best. If you can not be there. Grat job to all speed51 staff.

10:00

Comment From Guest yeah guys like augie….who win everything…deserve a chance, age shouldn’t matter

10:00

Comment From alice gale williams You cant please everyone the weather is really bad for this area yall did a GREAT JOB THANK YOU!

10:01

Comment From Duke Sr MD, Twisty, Stix, Stat Boy and New Girl, Thanks for spending long days busting your butts to bring all the information to us that can’t be there. Great Job!

10:03

Technical inspection is focusing on the top three finishers tonight, so if your favorite driver finished off the podium, they are probably going to be safe in their finishing position.We’ll keep you posted on how the top three do in tech.

10:04

Comment From Rickaa you guys are going to need new key pads buy the end of the weekend keep up the good work

10:04

Comment From Lester in turn one Who needs tickets???

10:04

There is no substitute for being here.  We can’t even come close to explaining how awesome this event is.

10:04

Comment From Guest I agree with Nick Holt. If you have never been in the tower and running back and fourth to the pits you will not understand the hard work these guys do

10:05

Several Snowflake 100 teams are already loaded up and leaving the track.  Ryan Blaney’s right has just pulled out to head back to North Carolina.  Meanwhile, technical inspection continues.

10:06

As a reminder, you can scroll down to see the full, but unofficial results from tonight’s Snowflake 100.

10:06

Comment From Kat Thank you so much for the updates all week. I couldn’t make it down this year so I have been checking updates every chance I get. Great job Speed51!

10:06

Comment From [email protected] As always great job speed 51having little money kept us from coming hope to be down for the PASS RACE CAR #48 THE BATTENS JOHN AN BOBBY BATTEN FLOORING / TILE WATCH OUT WE ARE COMING [email protected]!!!!!!!

10:06

Comment From BigBill For being only 14 years old Ryan Blaney did a good job.And Jimmy Weller that doesn’ have that much racing in this type of racig did a good jod comming in 9th at 24 years old.

10:07

Comment From Don I have listened to a lot of internet races this Year.(121) From Lucas to WoO & everything else, Race talk has been one of the best & If there is a problem with the local cell phone tower It’s not their fault. Once again Thanks for all the races I’ve listened to where Your concerned…Don from This Week in Asphalt & Dirt Racing

10:07

10:07

This is still a new technology, so there are going to be bugs to work out.

10:07

10:07

PHOTOS: Augie Grill is your race winner in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100. (51 Sports Photos)

10:12

We are still here at Five Flags, awaiting word from tech.

10:23

We are hearing that tech is taking transmissions, bell housings and clutches out, and may be taking motor out.   So, it could be a bit before we hear anything official.

10:27

10:27

PHOTO: Dennis Reno was visibly shaken after a hard crash into the turn-one wall. (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photos)

10:30

10:30

PHOTO:  Augie Grill (outside) and TJ Reaid battle for the lead in the closing laps of the Snowflake 100. (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo)

10:32

10:32

PHOTO: Defending Snowflake winner Brandon Carlson was a part of a mult-car crash, dashing his hopes for a repeat.   (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo)

10:38

10:38

PHOTO: Jake Kruger, Tyler Millwood and John Bolen do battle. (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo

10:40

10:40

PHOTO: After climbing out of his car with hands raised in the air, race winner Augie Grill fell onto his roof.  He made a little dent, laughed, and enjoyed the moment.   (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo)

10:42

10:42

PHOTO: Grill’s #112 in tech.   (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo)

10:44

10:44

PHOTO:  John Bolen’s machine in tech.   (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo)

10:46

10:47

PHOTO: Ryan Blaney raced to a solid sixth-place finish even though he wrecked after the checkered flag flew.   (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo)

10:48

10:48

PHOTO: Augie Grill hoists the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 trophy in victory lane.   (51 Sports / Jamie Williams Photo)

10:50

Comment From Guest is dennis reno ok?

10:50

Our photographer Jamie Williams spotted Dennis Reno in victory lane congratulating tonight’s winner Augie Grill. He was shaken from the wreck, but it appears Dennis is ok. He might be a little sore tomorrow as he took a heck of a hit.

11:00

Comment From Lifelong 5 Flags Fan Any word on tech for the Snowflake?

11:00

It is still going on and will be for awhile.

11:02

We have just received word that everyone has cleared technical inspection.  Augie Grill is the 2009 Snowflake 100 winner.

11:03

Well, that does it for tonight.  Thank you for tuning in – we’ve had nearly 10,000 readers today for our Trackside Now coverage.  We’ll be back in the morning to do the same thing tomorrow for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby.Good night.

Trackside Now: Last Chance Race for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby & Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway – 12/5/09