SNOWBALL DERBY: NEWS & NOTES
Cup Drivers, Indy Car Drivers And Former ASA Champs
DAVID STREMME ENTERS INTO SNOWFLAKE 100
Nextel Cup driver David Stremme is coming to Pensacola to race at Five Flags Speedway. Coming as somewhat of a surprise, the driver of the Chip Ganassi Racing/ Coors Light #40 Dodge has entered the Pro Late Model race on Saturday night instead of the Snowball Derby.

He will join a growing list of drivers representing at least nine states in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100.

Originally from South Bend, IN and now living in Davidson, NC, Stremme joins a long list of ASA stars to venture south for the December racing getaway. That list includes Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Bob Senneker, Dick Trickle, and Butch Miller.

Miller, a current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drier and former Snowball Derby winner, will join Stremme in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and is entered in Sunday’s Snowball Derby. Stremme will run his own car which is normally driven by his brother Bobby in the ASA Late Model Series.

BUCKSHOT JONES RETURNS TO RACING

Roy Jones is returning to the arena where he last did battle twelve years ago. No it’s not the boxing ring, but rather Five Flags Speedway, where NASCAR Busch and Cup driver Roy “Buckshot” Jones will return
David Stremme, who won the ASA Rookie of the Year along with several races, will race in the Snowflake 100.  (51 photos)
to action after a 4-year hiatus from the sport. The former Golden Gloves boxer competed in the ’93 and ’94 Snowball Derbies before moving on to the Busch Series where he garnered three poles and two victories. Jones was twice named the Most Popular Driver in the series before entering Winston Cup competition in 2000. He dropped out of competition in 2002 because of family business commitments.

The call to return to the short-track battles came at the urging of friend and former crewman, Kasey Dunn. When Jones learned that Jerry “Scoot” Rice, to whom he had sold his racing equipment several years earlier, had a second car available for the Derby, his interest perked. The knockout punch came when he found out his old crew-chief, Keith Hinkien and engine-builder Pat Chauncey were also involved. Jeremy Rice will be behind the wheel of the team’s other entry.
“These were the guys I used to race with and I would never pass up such an opportunity,” relates Jones. There was one condition. He had to get some seat time at the Pensacola speedway. “Being out of a car for so long, I couldn’t just plan on unloading and making the race. You get rusty over time. It’s a race I really enjoyed running earlier, but it’s an extremely tough field to crack.”

The Georgia-based team will be coming to town to practice and an old friend will be on hand to lend advice. Defending Snowball Derby® Champion, “Eddie Mercer told me to come on down for some testing and he’d help me out,” says Jones. If a competitor is going to have someone in their corner at the famous speedplant, Mercer would certainly be a good choice.
Jones, Rice, and Mercer will all be shaking down their equipment on Wednesday in a private practice session and race fans are welcome to stop by the track and watch.

ASA CHAMPION BUTCH MILLER TO DO DOUBLE

Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee, Butch Miller has joined the growing list of entrees for both the Allan Turner Snowflake 100 and the 39th Annual Snowball Derby®. Miller claimed the 1987 Snowball Derby® after posting two runner-ups and a fifth place finish in the three previous December classics. The three-time ASA National Champion hasn’t been back on the historic track since 1994. He was in the pits, however, at the ASA Late Model Series race in May acting as crew chief and mentor for Andrew Weldon, the son of U.S. Congressman Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania.
The 54 year old veteran of the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series will be piloting the Pro Late Model and Super Late Model SS Racing Development Chevrolets. Miller wears several hats with SS Racing including manager, mentor, and of course driver. The Mooresville, NC native is currently mentoring both Weldon and Hostess sponsored “Race Diva”, Leilani Munter. Butch says, “I enjoy helping new drivers that join our program. I feel when I help someone learn something about racing, I’m helping myself.”

The personable racer ranks third on the all-time win list, first in all-time poles, and second in laps led (over 10,000) in ASA competition. He has won in both Busch and Craftsman Trucks where he was voted the Most Popular Driver in 1995.
Butch Miller is a former Snowball Derby winner.  (Snowball Derby photo)
“Its one tough race to win,” stated Miller after his ’87 Derby victory. “It’s the one race that everyone shows up for. The best from all worlds of stock car racing show up to win the Snowball Derby®. It’s at the end of the season and everybody can race hard knowing they don’t have to hurry home to get ready for the next race.”

The competiton will want to keep an eye on this cagey vet during this year’s racing. They might just learn something and there’s no tuition.

SNOWFLAKE WINNER GETS ADDITIONAL PRIZE

Allen Turner Hyundai, sponsor of Saturday’s Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Model cars had already announced that in addition to the $5000 first-place prize, they would provide the winner with a new General Motors crate engine.

JOHNNY CLARK WITH PENSACOLA TIES
Buckshot Jones will run a team car to Jeremy Rice (above).
Johnny Clark is coming down from Maine to race in the Snowball Derby. But he'll have at least one local family member to cheer him on.

He is the nephew of Joe Clark, the coach of the Pensacola Ice Pilots.

Johnny Clark recently won the 2006 Pro All Star Series North points title with one victory during the season. The series races at tracks in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Canada.

But he won't get to see his brother coach while he's here. The Ice Pilots are on the road during the Snowball Derby weekend.
Johnny Clark (left) is coming off a strong second-place showing in the Mason-Dixon Meltdown on his way to the Snowball Derby.
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES

- Steven Wallace, winner of the 2004 Snowball Derby, is bringing a part of the past this year.  The son of retired NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace will drive for Ritchie Wauters and will have a special sponsor.  Southland Fire & Equipment Company of Baton Rouge, La., will be on the car. The company was Rusty's sponsor during 1980s when he raced in the Snowball Derby.

- Former NASCAR Busch Series start and current IndyCar regular AJ Foyt IV will compete in the Snowflake 100 on Saturday night.  He'll drive the famous Foyt #14 in the 100-lap event.

- Former NBA start Derek Strong will race in the Snowflake 100.  Strong competed all over the state of Florida beginning in the 2003 season and spent two seasons primarily at the New Smyrna (FL) Speedway as well as the Orlando (FL) Speedworld.  Strong was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (47th pick overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft. Strong played three seasons at Xavier, where he was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams, including a 28-5 squad that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen his senior season in 1990.



Jones, Rice, and Mercer will all be shaking down their equipment on Wednesday in a private practice session and race fans are welcome to stop by the track and watch.

ASA CHAMPION JOEY CLANTON READY TO RETURN

Joey Clanton, a 33-year-old resident of Tyrone, Georgia, is no stranger to success on the abrasive 0.500-mile north Florida oval, which will play host to one of short track racing's premier events for the 39th consecutive year on December 3, 2006, the Snowball Derby.
A victory in a 300-lap event in May 2002 at Pensacola propelled Clanton to that season's ASA national championship. Now more than four years later, Clanton will attempt to add Snowball Derby champion to his racing resume this weekend.

Clanton's first order of business will be to fight off any rust associated with not being behind the wheel and in competition for the past 18 months.

Once that is accomplished early in Thursday's opening practice, the former NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series driver will turn his attention to landing a starting position for the prestigious Snowball Derby, whose entry list has swelled to 77 drivers.

“My first expectation is to make the field," said Clanton, who will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby's Super Late Model Ford. “Other than turning a few laps in (ASA Late Model driver) John Wes Townley's car some this season, I haven't been in the seat in about a year and a half.”
Former ASA Champion Joey Clanton will enter the Snowball Derby.
“The first goal is to just make the race. But we've got the equipment and we've got the team to qualify and run well in the race.” Clanton's four-day weekend in Pensacola will go far beyond prepping for and competing in the Snowball Derby."