Snowball Derby Brings Hundreds Upon Hundreds Of Cars To Pensacola
Snowball And Snowflake Bring In Big Numbers, And So Do The Support Divisions
As of Sunday, November 25th, there were already paid 65 entries for the 40th running of the Snowball Derby, one of the biggest and most prestigious races in the country. On top of that, the Eighth Annual running of the Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models has already received 80 total paid entries as of November 25th. That makes for 145 cars expected to show up in Pensacola for just two races.
“We are ecstatic with the entry list,” said Tim Bryant, promoter of Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby. “I guess, we are nervous more than anything because we want to make sure it’s a good experience for everybody. When you have that many cars in a confined spot, there will be some glitches along the way. We just try to handle everyone in the best way that we can.”
A total of 13 states will be represented in drivers vying for starting spots at the Snowball Derby. Drivers will come from as far from Maine, Oklahoma, Michigan and Indiana and from as close as right in Pensacola.
Cars packed the garage during the 2006 Snowball Derby and 2007 looks to be the same. (51 Photos)
Drivers racing for spots in the Snowflake 100 will also represent 13 total states, including Delaware, Kentucky, Michigan and Colorado.
“It is always nice when you see a lot of teams and drivers come in from around all over the Southeast and the greater Eastern part of the United States,” said Bryant. “That makes the whole weekend more enjoyable because you get to see a lot of guys race with each other who haven’t raced with each other very much.”
In addition to the Snowball and Snowflake races, there are Modified, Super Stock, Sportsman and Bomber races all expected to go off during the weekend. While those four classes have 53 pre-paid entries up to this point, Bryant expects plenty more cars to show up and pay for entries during the race weekend.
“What we are seeing with the local classes are guys that are building next year’s cars and thrashing on them at the last minute to get them done,” added Bryant. “A lot of them will come to the Snowball with new cars and fresh paint schemes. It is their Snowball Derby too.
“A lot of those guys will enter when they come through the gate on their particular racedays. The Super Stocks will probably get around 25 cars. The Sportsman Division will get between 30 and 35 cars, and before its over, I think we’ll have around 40 Bombers. The wild card is the Modified Division. We have 17 confirmed entries as of Monday, but we really think that number could as much as triple. It should be a good show.”
Tickets and RV Parking spots for the 40th Annual Snowball Derby weekend are still available, but they are going fast. Four-day advance Reserved seats are only $70. For more information on tickets and RV passes, contact Five Flags Speedway at 850-944-8400 or order tickets online at www.snowballderby.com
For more information on the 40th Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.snowballderby.com.
There is nothing race fans love more is than to see a packed pit area when they walk in the front gates of a racetrack. There is also nothing race promoters love more than to see a packed pit area when they show up for work at the track. And because of that, the 40th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida should be a dream weekend for everyone.