40th Annual Snowball Derby Week Action-Packed On Track and Off
Biggest Week In Short Track Racing Is In Store for Five Flags Speedway
The eyes of the short track racing world will be permanently affixed to Pensacola throughout the Snowball Derby weekend from the time the first fans walk through the gates for the 4th Annual WEAR -TV3 Green Flag Party in the infield of Five Flags Speedway from 5pm to 9pm on Wednesday, November 28th. At the Green Flag Party, fans will have the chance to meet and get autographs from short track heroes that will be battling in one of the many feature events during Snowball Derby Weekend, including the 300-lap Snowball Derby and the Allen Turner Snowflake 100, plus fans can enjoy the live music and the tasty food and beverages available.
Then on Thursday, it’s time to get down to business for the nearly 300 teams at Five Flags Speedway. At 10am, the first Late Model practice will hit the Five Flags Speedway half-mile. Both the Super Late Models competing in the Snowball Derby and the Pro Late Models vying for success in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will be on track together as
teams and drivers dial their cars in for qualifying and their respective features. Then, at the
Fans from all over the country are headed towards Pensacola, FL this week for the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. (51 Photos)
conclusion of Late Model practice, it’s time for two of the local Five Flags Speedway divisions, the Sportsmen and Bombers, to take center stage with their practice, qualifying events and a feature event for the Bombers, a feature that will include SPEED broadcaster Bob Dillner driving a car against the division’s regulars.
The action won’t be limited to just Five Flags Speedway’s racing surface on Thursday night, however. Once Late Model action is wrapped up at Five Flags, many of the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 competitors will head over to Fast Eddies Fun Center just a few miles down the road for the Fast Eddies Snowball Showdown go-kart race. Fans will have a chance to compete against the Snowball weekend’s stars for cash and prizes, plus there will be a media race featuring several local news personalities and national racing media members.
The final preparations have been made to racecars from coast to coast. Fans have booked their hotels and have their tickets in hand. Drivers are chomping at the bit for one last racing weekend before the 2007 season comes to a close.
And everyone is getting ready for the biggest weekend in all of short track racing. It’s time for the 40th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, November 28th through December 2nd.
Steve Wallace (left) and Jason Hogan (right) are perennial favorites in the Fast Eddies Snowball Showdown go-kart race.
The most tense and nail-biting time in all of short track racing, 102.7 WXBM Pole Night for the 40th Annual Snowball Derby, will take place on Friday, November 30th. The more than 70 pre-entered Super Late Model teams will vie for a starting spot in Sunday’s Snowball Derby 300-lap feature. Only the top-30 cars in time trials will be locked into the main event, with the remainder of the field being set by last-chance heats on Saturday. The Sportsmen and Super Stocks will also be on hand on Saturday night to enhance the excitement of WXBM Pole Night.
What has quickly become one of the top Pro Late Model races in the country, the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will highlight Saturday night’s events at Five Flags Speedway. Nearly 90 drivers are entered into the Snowflake 100 event, including defending Snowflake 100 winner Matt Hawkins, former Snowball Derby winner Ronnie Sanders, former IRL Indy Car standout A.J. Foyt IV, NASCAR Busch Series drivers Cale Gale and Richard Johns and Five Flags regulars Johanna Long, Sammy McMullen and Brandon Carlson are just a handful of the star-studded lineup vying for spots in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 in qualifying Friday afternoon before the main event at 7pm. The night’s action will also include the two last-chance events for the Super Late Models to lock themselves into Sunday’s Snowball Derby and a 75-lap local Modified feature.
On Sunday, it’s the race that short track racers from around the country have been eagerly anticipating, the 40th Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race activities will begin at 1pm, with the green flag for the 300-lap feature scheduled for 2pm.
Once again, the Snowball Derby has a star-studded lineup, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series star Kyle Busch, and his Derby teammate, NASCAR Busch Series young gun and former Snowball Derby winner Steven Wallace. Plus, there are champions from every walk of Late Model racing such as CRA Super Series Champion Chris Gabehart, PASS South titlist Ryan Lawler and Five Flags’ own Blizzard Series Champ Scott Carlson. Some of the youngest talent in the country like Hunter Robbins, Josh Hamner and Jeff Choquette will look to add their name to a list of Snowball Champions that includes drivers such as Dave Mader, III, Eddie Mercer, Gary St. Amant, Bobby Gill and last year’s winner, Clay Rogers, and all are entered into this year’s event.
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.