Victory is Fultz's goal and the big races are the ones he wants to win. So when Fultz and car owner Curtis Veneble put together their racing schedule for the year, there was no doubt that the biggest short track race of them all, the Snowball Derby, would be on it.
Fultz is prepping to take his best shot at victory in this year's 41st Annual Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida's Five Flags Speedway, December 4th through 7th.
“I've always tried to run all the big races,” said Fultz. “In my career, I've always thought it'd be cool if I had a lot of money so that I could go run all the big Super Late Model races. A couple cars, nice truck and trailer, the same guys and just all go and have fun. That's something our team does. We're all like a family. We pat each other on the back, we laugh, we go out and have drinks and we do things together. We don't have any fighting or anything like that. We work together and have a good time.”
Personally, Fultz puts almost as much emphasis on the Snowball Derby as he does on the marquee event at his home track of Winchester Speedway (IN).
“The Derby means a lot to me, just like the Winchester 400,” said Fultz. “To get your name on the shirt is what I want. To have the trophy, that's fine, but to have your name on the shirt is a big deal. I have trophies from all over, except the Winchester 400 and the Snowball Derby and the big races. To win the Derby would be awesome. The last two years, we've had cars in the top three until the end of the race and in position to win the race. Then at the end of the race, luck didn't go our way to win the race. The year before, we had a set of tires that we brought home, which is very odd.
“At the Snowball last year we very good and had a shot at winning it before [eventual winner] Augie [Grill] got us. The way I look at it, we can only do what we can do. We're not beating ourselves. The competition's tough and the luck just hasn't gone our way for a win.
“Most of the time, you go to the Snowball and guys have rocketships that get into wrecks and things that don't go their way. Usually a car that's there all day and runs a good pace and keeps in one piece has a shot at it. It'd mean so much to win the Snowball Derby here getting towards the end of my career. I'd love to put that trophy on the bench along with all the other trophies; that would be pretty cool.”
Fultz's bench has been a busy place this season, as he has been barnstorming throughout the country with his #67 WearCrete Super Late Model. Every time the car has hit the track, it has been a threat to win.
“Our team's been good all year,” said Fultz. “Our average finish is pretty good. We've finished second or third just about every race except for Winchester when we got in a wreck late in the race. I think the worst we would've been there would've been third. We finished second at South Boston a few weeks ago. The cars have been very prepared and very fast everywhere we've unloaded this year. We just haven't had the victory. That's the only thing we're missing. We've led a lot of laps, won a lot of poles. We just haven't gotten the victory yet.”
Fultz has also kept busy by turning wrenches on other racecars as part of the services that re offered by Fultz Racing and C&C Motorsports.
“We've got a shop that's like a Cup shop with the latest and greatest stuff. People walk
in there and they're awed with all the cars and the way everything's set up. We
basically offer Super Late Models; we consult, we hang bodies, we sell parts. We're
starting out, but we'll do anything. We do Logan Ruffin's stuff and we have some Late
Model Stocks that we help out with. We don't have just one set thing. We'll set up
Nationwide cars, Trucks, ARCA cars, anything. The main thing we do is Super Late
Models, though. We'll go through them, help guys out with clearances and even go
to the track with them.”
The 41st Annual Snowball Derby Weekend will kick off Wednesday, December 3rd
with the Fifth Annual Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party, where fans can meet
their favorite drivers and enjoy live music, food, beverages and more entertainment for t
he whole family. On-track action will kick off on Thursday, December 4th, with practice
for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby, as well as practice,
qualifying and features for the Sportsmen and Bombers.
102.7 WXBM Pole Night is Friday, December 5th, with time trials for the Snowball Derby being the headline event on a schedule that also includes practice for the Snowball and Snowflake and events for the Open-Wheeled Modifieds and Super Stocks.
The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 headlines the activities on Saturday, December 6th, as the Pro Late Models will take to Five Flags for their time trials and the 100-green-flag-lap feature. The last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby Saturday night will set the field for Sunday's main event for the Super Late Models.
The 41st Annual Snowball Derby is scheduled to take the green flag at 2pm CT at Five Flags Speedway.
Grandstand and VIP tickets are still available for the entire Snowball Derby weekend and are going fast. Contact the Five Flags Speedway Box Office for advance tickets today by calling (850) 944-8400 or print out and mail the advance ticket order form available on the official event website, www.snowballderby.com.