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Cole Williams Begins New Challenge Friday at Five Flags

Pensacola, FL — Cole Williams of Borden, Indiana has his sights set on a new challenge in 2017, and that new challenge begins this weekend at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The 21-year-old Late Model driver has plans to contend for the championship in the track’s competitive Allen Turner Pro Late Model division.

“If everything goes well, if it ends up going perfect we will see. Right now, we are planning on running every race. If we can keep the car in one piece and everything is going well, then yeah, maybe,” Williams said.

Williams and his team are coming off of a championship season in which they captured the Pro Late Model championship at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN). Despite that, the former Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO) track champion enters a new championship chase slightly behind his competition when it comes to experience at the historic half-mile speedway.
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Cole Williams Starts 2017 off in Style at SpeedFest

IN — Cole Williams showed he was a driver to be reckoned with in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour portion of SpeedFest Sunday at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA). Despite a limited schedule in 2016, the New Albany, Indiana driver brought home a second-place finish in his first race of the year.

Williams put down the second fastest lap in qualifying Saturday and raced around the top five for much of the 125-lap Pro Late Model race on Sunday. With just over 20 laps to go, the 20-year-old driver made his way into the third position and then battled hard with Chandler Smith for the second spot over the closing laps. Williams took the second position with 14 laps to go and held on for a career-best JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour finish.

“Overall it was a good weekend for us,” Williams said. “It was kind of up and down in the race and we were struggling with a tight car off and it really hurt us on restarts. I kept getting put on the inside and it would freight train us more and more. There were some restarts here and there I got hurt with three wide, but we ended up having a really good car at the end. I got cleared from the inside to be able to dart down and race for second with Chandler (Smith). Had a heck of a race with them and we ended up finishing second, so I can’t complain at all.”
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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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Crooks Racing Announces Eight S.T.A.R. Tryouts Finalists

Concord, N.C. — After a long evaluation, Crooks Racing has chosen eight finalists for the 2017 S.T.A.R. Tryouts. The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday and the drivers come from a variety of backgrounds and regions across America. Some are already recognizable names that have put in strong runs at big events; others have yet to be discovered and are hoping this is their chance.

Crooks Racing owner, Gary Crooks, believes his team will be extremely competitive with any of these eight drivers and that all eight of the drivers have the potential to make it in racing.

“We would like to thank everyone who submitted their resumes to participate in our program,” said Crooks. “We feel we have selected a wide array of drivers with very competitive backgrounds. We are looking forward to working with each of them through the next phase of our program.”
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Eckes Pulls Off Surprise Win in Wild Snowball Derby Finish

(PENSACOLA, FL) – Fresh off two straight Late Model victories, 16-year-old Christian Eckes carried a red-hot streak into Pensacola, Florida one weekend ago. Eckes turned that streak from red-hot to white-hot by taking the checkered flag in a Snowball Derby finish for the ages at Five Flags Speedway. The Greenville, New York native beat John Hunter Nemechek to the finish line by a bumper to win the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The official margin of victory being only 0.017 seconds.

With the win, Eckes became the first driver from the state of New York to win the Tom Dawson Trophy.

“It’s started to sink in,” Eckes said. “When I look at that trophy and I see my name on it I’m like, ‘Holy crap that says my name on it.'”

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49th Annual Snowball Derby to Be Broadcast on Speed51.com

Pensacola, FL — Race fans, mark this date on your calendar: December 4, 2016. Make sure that your only plans that day are to either be at Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby or to be on your couch watching a live signature video broadcast of the prestigious short track race on Speed51.com.

For the third consecutive year, the Snowball Derby will be available worldwide via a live, pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Race fans unable to make it to the Pensacola, Florida area will have the opportunity to follow four days of racing action beginning Thursday and ending Sunday with a television-style broadcast of the 300-lap Super Late Model main event.

“We realize that not everyone can make it to Pensacola the first weekend of December, and the Speed51 TV broadcast provides the perfect platform for them to still enjoy the events,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby. “Any apprehensions we may have had about live coverage of the race, certainly went out the window when we heard stories from people around the country who hosted ‘Super Bowl-type’ parties for the Derby.”

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Miss Snowball Derby 2016 Crowned at Beef O’Brady’s

Pensacola, FL — Miss Snowball Derby 2016 was crowned on Thursday night at Downtown Pensacola, Florida’s Beef O’Brady’s. More than 13 contestants turned out for the annual competition that was streamed live on Speed51.com.

The competition consisted of two rounds. The first round was the casual round, in which every contestant wore a casual outfit for the judges to see. The second round was the formal round, which saw every contestant wear a formal gown for the judges to see.

After both rounds were complete, every contestant was brought back on stage so three finalists could be named. Cam Davis, Miss Snowball Derby 2015, was also brought on stage to crown her successor.

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Snowball Derby Local Division Entries Flying into Pensacola

Pensacola, FL — Entries for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby continue to fly into the office at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. While many of these entries are for the Snowball Derby itself and the Snowflake 100, there are also some local racers sending in their entries with hopes of shining on Snowball Derby week.

Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stocks and Bombers will all be in action leading up to the main event.

A list of 10 drivers have already filed entries for the always-entertaining Modified 50 on Friday, December 2. Headlining that list is Donnie Hamrac, a winner of three straight Snowball Derby Modified features.

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Nerves High on Snowball Derby Qualifying Night at Five Flags

Pensacola, FL — Nerves will be high and stomachs will be turning on Friday, December 2 as drivers attempt to lock themselves into the 49th Annual Snowball Derby during NASH 102.7 Pole Night. Two laps around Five Flags Speedway (FL), an amount equal to one mile, will determine the fate of drivers hoping to qualify for the biggest pavement short track race of the year.

Intensity will be high and the tension could be cut with a knife as drivers begin making their way onto the Pensacola, Florida half-mile for their shot at qualifying for the Snowball Derby.

Nearly 70 drivers will attempt to qualify for the race, but less than half of them will actually do so through time trials. The top 30 qualifiers will be locked in on time, while the rest will be forced the face the daunting task of running a Last Chance Race.

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Free Video Stream of Snowball Derby Preview on Speed51.com

Pensacola, FL — With money on the line, race teams will head to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on November 19 for the Snowball Derby Preview. The annual preview event allows race teams to test prior to the 49th Annual Snowball Derby and allows fans to get their first look at the stars that will be racing on December 1-4.

For the second straight year, those unable to make it to the Snowball Derby Preview will still be able to get a taste of the event from home. Speed51.com and Five Flags Speedway have partnered to bring race fans a free live video stream of the final three hours of the day’s practice sessions.

“Tim Bryant (Promoter, Five Flags Speedway) and Speed51.com wanted to do something cool for all the teams testing during the Snowball Derby Preview,” said Bob Dillner, Executive Editor of Speed51.com. “Now while teams and drivers chase some big bucks and some fast laps, anyone across the globe can tune in as we will offer a free video stream at that time. It’ll give people a chance to size everyone up for the Snowball Derby a couple weeks later.”

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Green Flag Pit Party: A Fun-Filled Intro for Snowball Derby

Pensacola, FL — Four weeks from Wednesday the participants for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby will descend on Pensacola, Florida, and Five Flags Speedway in advance of four days of track time. That same day will be the first opportunity for race fans to see the teams and drivers up close at the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party on Wednesday, November 29 at 5 p.m. CT.

Fans are invited to attend the party on the Five Flags frontstrech for food, drink, music and a chance to meet the stars of the Snowball Derby before they get down to business the following day.

Not only does the night serve as a fun-filled introduction for Snowball Derby, it is a critical time for teams as drivers participate in the Qualifying Order Draw Down which will determine the time trial order for NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night on Friday, December 2.

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Snowball Derby Entry List Passes 60 and Continues to Grow

Pensacola, FL — The entry list for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby has surpassed the 60-driver mark and is continuing to grow with a deep talent pool from top to bottom.  As of October 31, the entry list for the Snowball Derby is now at 64 and expected to grow even more with just over one month until the biggest asphalt short track race of the year.

Headlining the latest batch of entries received by the offices at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida is NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Corey LaJoie.  LaJoie has made two prior starts in the Snowball Derby, with each coming in the last two years.  LaJoie’s best finish came in his first Derby start in 2014 when he finished 13th.
 
Former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular Kaz Grala will be making the trip to Pensacola for his second attempt at the Snowball Derby.  Grala started 10th in 2015 and finished the 300-lap showdown in the exact same position. Continue reading ‘Snowball Derby Entry List Passes 60 and Continues to Grow’

Big Money on the Line at Snowball Derby Preview

Pensacola, FL — Festivities for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby will officially begin on Saturday, November 19 when drivers and teams head down to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway for the first official practice session, known as the Snowball Derby Preview.

However, the Snowball Preview is more than just a practice session. It’s a chance for some teams to take home some big money before they come back to Five Flags a couple of weeks later.

Five Flags Speedway will put up bonuses for the fastest laps laid down during the event. All divisions racing during Snowball Derby week – Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sportsman and Bombers – will have a chance to put down a fast lap during a three-hour window (4-7 p.m.). The driver with the fastest lap around the fast half-mile oval in each division will be awarded the bonus money.

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New Look & More Interaction for Snowball Derby Kickoff Show

Pensacola, FL — Before the stress and sleepless nights of Snowball Derby week really begins, there’s time for one last night of fun for everybody at the 8th Annual Speed51.com Snowball Derby Kick-Off Party on Tuesday, November 29.

The Kickoff Party will once again be held at Tracy Goodson’s Beef O’ Brady’s restaurant location on 22 S. Palafox Street, in the heart of Pensacola, Florida’s historic and picturesque downtown district. Adding even more excitement to the festivities, Speed51 TV will feature a free, live video broadcast of the entire night’s activities.

“Each year the Snowball Derby Kickoff Party gets bigger and better, both in entertainment and in the amount of people who attend,” said Brandon Paul, Editor of Speed51.com. “We’re looking forward to seeing drivers, fans and race teams come out to help kickoff what is sure to be an exciting week in Pensacola.”

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Sargeant Wants More Snowball Derby Success at Five Flags

Pensacola, FL — Although Dalton Sargeant grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, nearly 10 hours away from Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, many may think it is a track that he grew up next door to given his impressive results in the prestigious Snowball Derby. It is a track and a race that he has taken well to, and it is no surprise that this year’s 49th Annual Snowball Derby on December 4 is one that he’s looking forward to.

“For sure, plus it’s one of the biggest races of the year. I’m looking forward to going back,” Sargeant said. “We had the runner-up my first year and another top five with a fourth-place finish last year. It’s one of my favorite race tracks to go to. We got a great car this year with all the guys at Bond Suss Racing; I’m super excited.”

Sargeant’s list of reasons for why he enjoys Five Flags Speedway is long, but at the top of that list is the amount of speed a driver can carry around the half-mile oval in a Super Late Model.

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First Look at Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 Entry Lists

Pensacola, FL — The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us. No, we don’t mean Christmas. We mean the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL (November 30 – December 4, 2016). As one of the the greatest short track races in America draws nearer, it’s now time to take a first-look at the current entry list for this year’s event.

The Snowball Derby list boasts a strong 55+ entries with a month-and-a-half still to go until the big Super Late Model race. On the Pro Late Model side, over 40 entries have already been filed for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. Additional entries are hitting the Five Flags Speedway mailbox each day.

“Since Tom Dawson held the first Snowball Derby in 1968, race fans have come to see the best against the best, and this year’s lineup truly will not disappoint,” said Snowball Derby promoter, Tim Bryant. “I’m truly amazed as I go down the entry list at how many guys are capable of not only competing in the Snowball Derby, but winning the Snowball Derby.”

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Opportunity to Sponsor Snowball Derby Laps Still Available

Pensacola, FL — On Sunday, December 4, one of the nation’s most prestigious short track racing events, the 49th annual Snowball Derby, will take place at Five Flags Speedway (FL) in Pensacola, Florida. For businesses, race teams and race fans, a new lap sponsorship program is an affordable way to receive exposure during the major stock car racing event.

With over a month and a half remaining until the best Super Late Model racers in the country race 300 laps on the big stage, there is still plenty of time to purchase a lap, two or 20.

The new lap sponsor program, which been created through a partnership with Five Flags Speedway officials and Speed51.com, will see all of the money raised through the program go directly into the racer’s pockets.

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Stout Field Ready for 2016 Season Finale at Five Flags

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The final race for the 2016 Southern Super Series and Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway is set to be wide open with many drivers believing they have what it takes to take home the final trophy in Pensacola before the 49th Snowball Derby.

Jeff Choquette has become a master at Five Flags in the Allen Turner Pro Late Models this season and is confident that his momentum can carry on into this coming Saturday.

“Hopefully we can carry the momentum over from the Pro and it can translate into the Super. I always think our chances are always really good we put a lot of effort into the program, I think we got a good shot no matter where we go.”

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Become a Snowball Derby Lap Sponsor for Just $50

Pensacola, FL — A new and unique opportunity is available for businesses, race teams and race fans wanting to receive exposure during the 49th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL). For the first time in the 49-year history of the race, the opportunity to sponsor laps in the 300-lap Super Late Model race are now available.

The new lap sponsor program, which been created through a partnership with Five Flags Speedway officials and Speed51.com, will see all of the money raised through the program go directly into the racer’s pockets.

With this new and unique opportunity available, racers will have the potential to race for up to $15,000 in lap money. Each lap will cost only $50 and will include a mention in the event program, as well as mentions on the track’s public address system during the race.

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Roderick ‘Back in the Groove’ With Southern Super Series

Concord, NC) – A couple of years ago Casey Roderick had a shot at the big leagues of NASCAR racing. That shot came to an end after about 10 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Roderick’s name wasn’t heard from for a while, but now he’s one of the favorites to win the Southern Super Series race at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway this weekend.

Why is Roderick the favorite? Well, he’s the defending Blizzard Series champion at Five Flags and he already has a win there this season. In fact, Roderick is off to one of the best starts of his career with wins coming in the Super Late Model and in the Pro Late Model at Alabama’s Montgomery Motor Speedway.

And with the results comes confidence. Roderick’s confidence is at a level that it hasn’t been at since before his XFINITY Series (then Nationwide Series) foray.
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SSS Announces Tri-State Bonus Bucks Program for Racers

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Drivers competing in the next three Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco events will have a chance to pad their pockets with extra cash. The series will hand out a $1,000 “Tri-State Bonus Bucks” bonus to the driver with the best average finish in the upcoming trio of events at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on May 27, Mobile International Speedway (AL) on May 28 and Crisp Motorsports Park on June 4.

“We’re excited to kick off the upcoming three race Southern Super Series stretch with the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Doubleheader at Pensacola and Mobile,” said Southern Super Series Director Tim Bryant. “We realize that three races, in three states, in eight days might be tough on guys, so we’ve posted a little extra cash incentive to sweeten the pot. Overall, we’ve been extremely happy with car counts in 2016, so we hope we can keep things rolling with these races.”

While the Southern Super Series had three Gulf Coast doubleheaders between Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway in 2015, this weekend marks the only doubleheader of the 2016 season. A year ago on the Memorial Day weekend double header, it was Casey Roderick and Harrison Burton who found their way to Victory Lane. It was also Roderick who picked up the win when the series visited Pensacola just a month ago.

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Roderick Bests Smith in Battle of the Caseys at Five Flags

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Race number three for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco came down to a battle of the Caseys on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Defending Southern Super Series champion Casey Smith and defending Blizzard Series champion Casey Roderick duked it out throughout the 125-lap race, before Roderick eventually prevailed.

Three lead changes highlighted the battle between the Caseys before Roderick, the ‘local’ champ, stood on top of the podium after taking the lead on lap 78 and holding off Smith through three late restarts.

“We had a really good car tonight,” said Roderick with a smile after the 125 lap event. “That’s the best car I’ve ever had here.”
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Stout List of SSS Drivers Making Their Way to Five Flags

PENSACOLA, Fla. — With two races in the books already this season, the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco is ready to crank up the speed once again this weekend at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  The top Super Late Model drivers from the Deep South and beyond will make their way to Pensacola, Florida this weekend for the first of four races at the track this season. 

The list of pre-race entries and expected entries for the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series opener is shaping up to be a great collection of racing talent that will impress those in attendance this Friday night.  
 
Current points leader Donnie Wilson leads the charge into Pensacola, looking for his first career Southern Super Series win at Five Flags.  The Oklahoma driver is coming off a dominating effort earlier this month in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee.  Wilson took the Music City by storm, first winning the 50-lap Southern Super Series points-counting race before coming back the next night to win the 75-lap North/South Super Late Model Challenge against stars from both the Southern Super Series and ARCA/CRA Super Series.

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LFR Driver Development Group Shines in Debut Snowball Derby Appearances

William Byron, Quin Houff and Christian Eckes All Finish in Top-25 Out of 244 Entries

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 9, 2015) – The LFR Driver Development Group was greatly represented during Five Flags Speedway’s 2015 Snowball Derby, as drivers William Byron, Quin Houff, and Christian Eckes all made the field for the famed short track race and finished in the Top-25. Byron earned the LFR Driver Development Group an 8th place finish, while Houff placed 12th and Eckes rounded out the group in the 22nd spot. It was the debut appearance for all three drivers in the famed Snowball Derby event.

“The Snowball Derby this year was another huge moment for LFR Driver Development Group and chassis company,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “We took three kids down there that have never raced in the derby before and they all made the show. I’m so proud of what they accomplished and how they matured over just those four days that we were down there. I’m really looking forward to working with all of these young drivers in the 2016 season especially after how strong they ran at the Snowball Derby. It was an unbelievable feeling when I knew that all the LFR Chassis on-site cars made the show. Another milestone for our young company.”

In his debut Snowball Derby start, William Byron was looking forward to competing for the win during Sunday’s race. The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion spent much of his race day up towards the front of the field, competing alongside the NASCAR notables such as Chase Elliott and Christopher Bell.

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Clark, Majeski and Peltier Claim Snowball Derby Bounties 

Pensacola, FL — Three drivers from three different regions have one more reason to be pleased with their efforts at the 48th Annual Snowball Derby.  Cassius Clark (Northeast), Preston Peltier (West Coast) and Ty Majeski (Midwest) each earned $551 by being the highest finishing drivers with teams originating from their particular region during Sunday’s race at Five Flags Speedway (FL).

The annual bounties for the three regions, which are put up by Speed51.com powered by JEGS, are offered in an attempt to bring more drivers from those regions to Pensacola, Florida for the biggest pavement short track race of the year.

“Drivers come from all over the country to be in this race.  For some drivers and teams, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Speed51.com owner Bob Dillner.  “We wanted to reward the highest finishers from these three regions who put in the time and effort to come compete in this prestigious race.”

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Five Star Tested Tough Winners Announced for Snowball Derby

Tested Tough Award Winners Announced for Snowball Derby

Pensacola, FL — Throughout the five days of the Snowball Derby many teams face adversity, and it is how a team deals with that adversity that can determine their performance. Once again Speed51.com powered by JEGS is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Five Star Race Car Bodies Tested Tough Awards.

Handed out annually to teams who show toughness and perseverance despite hardships, this year’s awards go to Steve Buttrick, Harrison Burton, Christopher Bell and Casey Smith.

The Five Star Tested Tough Award isn’t just for Late Model competitors. In fact, it was Sportsman driver Steve Buttrick earning the award for his performance Thursday night. Buttrick had a left front tire go flat while leading the 50-lap Sportsman feature, but that didn’t stop him from finishing.

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LFR Driver Development Group Prepared for 2015 Snowball Derby

Quin Houff, William Byron and Christian Eckes to Compete in Prominent Short Track Race

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 2, 2015) – The LFR Driver Development Groups looks to close out its 2015 season with a win in one of the most famous short track races as the group prepares to compete in the Snowball Derby. Drivers Quin Houff, William Byron and Christian Eckes will represent the group during this year’s trip to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

“I look forward to the Snowball Derby each and every year but this year is going to be special for sure,” said Rob Fuller, team owener. “Our drivers and teams have worked hard all year, and now it’s time to close out the year at Pensacola. This’ll probably be the most difficult race that our drivers have entered in their young career so far. I’ve got a lot of confidence in each and every driver and crew, and I look forward to a great result in this year’s Snowball Derby. It has been special for me to watch these young drivers learn and get acclimated to these higher horsepower racecars throughout the season, and now they can apply what they have learned to making the toughest field in motorsports. There will be 80 cars looking to take one of the 30 spots available. It will be a amazing week of short track racing to say the least.”

Quin Houff looks to make his debut start at Five Flags Speedway this weekend in the Snowball Derby. Houff had a successful year racing Super Late Models this season, most recently finishing fourth in the CARS Tour Super Late Model standings with one win, five Top-5s and seven Top-10s. He also participated in a test at Pensacola last week, helping him to get a feel for the track.

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Longtime Racer’s Memory Honored with Snowball Derby Bonuses

Pensacola, FL – The Snowball Derby and Five Flags Speedway family lost a valued member earlier this year when Sherman Chunn, father of Cecil Chunn, passed away on August 28. To honor Chunn’s memory, Jeff Hamner, owner of Hamner Racing Engines, is putting up money for the leaders of laps 48, 148 and 248 during the 48th Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 3.

“I remember Sherman at the Derby from when I was a kid,” said Hamner. “He was a truly great person. We are hoping that this honors him in the right way being that this is the 48th Derby and all of his cars were always number-48.”

Sherman’s real name was Jerry, but everybody called him Sherman because he was “as big as a tank,” according to Bryant. Chunn was a fixture at race tracks all over the country, including Five Flags Speedway. Chunn was a fan, a car owner for his son as he chased his Late Model dreams, and a fabricator for three-time NASCAR champion and Snowball Derby winner Darrell Waltrip.

Hamner is putting up $200 to the leader of each of those three laps. However, if the same driver leads all three laps then the money is upped to $1,000.

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Battle Your Favorite Drivers at the Fast Eddies Snowball Showdown

Pensacola, FL – The “Snowball Showdown” pits drivers, fans, team members and media members in a battle for on-track karting supremacy, and on Thursday, December 3 it returns for its 16th year at Fast Eddies Fun Center in Pensacola, Florida. While the event is meant for fun, there’s plenty of intensity with a prize of $251 on the line.

The “Snowball Showdown” is an annual karting race event held at Fast Eddies Fun Center in conjunction with the Snowball Derby. Registration begins at 7:00 p.m. with the “Snowball Showdown” starting at 8:00 p.m. The race will take place on Fast Eddies SuperKart Speedway. The entry fee is $12.00 plus $8.00 for each race entered. There will be 10-lap heat races, semi-finals and a 20-lap feature race. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top-three finishers. All participants must be at least 16 years of age with valid I.D.

In addition to the Snowball Showdown, there will a Snowball Derby driver’s race at 7 p.m. and another for all Media in attendance beginning at 7:15 p.m. (Members of the media will be allowed practice time on the track beginning at 6:45 p.m. There is no charge for participating in the media or driver events).

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Buttrick Leads Local Flavor at Snowball Derby Weekend

Pensacola, FL – The Snowball Derby is not just about the Super Late Models. It’s also the Snowball Derby for all the local classes, and there are many stories to tell. One is that of Steve Buttrick the standout in the Beef O’Brady’s Sportsman division. He finished fourth in points during the 2015 season, but as a four-time winner of the biggest race of the year he’s developed a niche for coming up big at the Snowball Derby.

“It doesn’t matter what class you’re in,” said Buttrick. “This is the biggest race of the year. This is our Snowball Derby. I didn’t start racing till I was 50 so I don’t have plans to move up and run other classes. This is my hobby and the wins I have had have been special. “

Buttrick was going for an unheard of fifth-straight win a year ago before he got taken out in a wreck ending his bid.

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