The first victim during Thursday’s initial practice session for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 was a competitor with a host of experience and success at Five Flags Speedway (FL).
Nearing the Noon hour in Pensacola, Florida, Augie Grill brought his Pro Late Model on the half-mile surface for the first time since the hauler arrived at the track late Wednesday afternoon. Very shortly thereafter, the two-time Snowflake 100 winner pounded the wall out of turn four and the No. 112 came to a rest at the inside wall just past the start-finish line.
Track conditions contributed to the overall issue due to the brisk morning weather.
“Took off a little bit quick on cold tires, and didn’t have enough heat in the tires,” Grill told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
This comes one year after a difficult end to the 2014 Snowflake, finishing 24th after winning the pole and leading 72 laps.
Regarding the difficult luck that can sometimes bite competitors during the Snowball Derby, Grill only had a few words to say.
“It’s pretty disappointing. That’s just racing I guess.”
Grill now will set aside his Pro Late Model to focus on going for his third Snowball Derby victory for the rest of the weekend.
Practice continues at the track through 4:00 p.m. CT on Thursday afternoon and will be followed by Bombers and Sportsman feature events.
The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.
The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.
Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.
Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit Speed51.com for more information.
-By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Central NY & PA Editor – Twitter: @aaron_creed
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