Derek Thorn continued a stellar week at the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) Saturday with a win in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models on Saturday.
Thorn took the lead from pole-sitter Augie Grill on a lap 64 restart and pulled away for the victory, continuing what has been an incredible week for the Californian in Pensacola, Florida.
On Friday night, Thorn claimed the pole for the Snowball Derby in his Super Late Model, setting the fastest time in the field of 57 Super Late Models who made the trek to Pensacola, Florida for the crown jewel race.
Thorn carried that momentum into Saturday, starting second in the Snowflake 100 before taking the checkered flag.
“If you told me we’d win the pole this week in the Derby race and have this win in our first Snowflake 100, I can’t believe it,” Thorn told Speed51. “We were alright through the middle portion of the race, but Augie was good there. I knew Bubba [Pollard] was saving, that car is just so dang fast. It was lightning quick there at the end. It hasn’t sunk in yet, but damn, this feels good.”
Will Thorn’s success carry into Sunday’s Snowball Derby? He was hesitant to make any such proclamation.
“If I could only rub my crystal ball and tell you. I don’t know. It’s just one of them things. This has been an awesome weekend already, and this is icing on the cake.”
Grill settled for a runner-up finish, tipping his cap to Thorn for his pass on the late restart.
“Derek caught me napping there on that restart and got a nose under me. I think we had about dead-even cars, but I needed to be in front of him, not behind him. Hats off to him, he had a great run.”
Young gun Sammy Smith rounded out the podium, wishing his car had more short-run speed to compete with the front runners.
“I wish we could have gotten the win. We struggled on the short run. About seven laps in it started to come back. By that time, it was too late. They were too far gone. We were really good on the long run, just the short run killed us.”
Justin South finished fourth, with Stephen Nasse rounding out the top five.
There was a major incident on lap 54 of the race collecting several drivers when Jarrett Parker lost brakes entering turn three before spinning and sliding into traffic. Justin Bonnett, grandson of the late Neil Bonnett, collided heavily with Parker’s car, shearing the fuel cell from Parker’s car.
Following the incident, Bonnett was transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation. No further information is available on his condition at his time.
Race fans can watch Sunday’s 52nd Annual Snowball Derby on Speed51 by clicking here.
Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Unofficial Results
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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