November 2015

SSS Champ Smith Planning on Stress-Free Snowball Derby

November 30, 2015 • App, Archives, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

As the 48th Annual Snowball Derby grows ever closer, Casey Smith says the nerves are easing more and more. Smith, a native of Austin, Texas, captured the Southern Super Series title in 2015.  No series races at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway more than that one, but he has still yet to win at the challenging half-mile in the panhandle. However, Smith continues to say that there’s no pressure on him heading into Sunday’s Snowball Derby.


“We’ve run well all year and we’ve built a new car for the Derby,” said Smith.  […] Staff Picks for 48th Annual Snowball Derby

November 30, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

For the 15th consecutive year, will serve as the Official News Site for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby.  With the addition of the live Speed51 TV broadcast for the second year in a row, as well as on-demand videos for the Speed51 Network, is bringing a record number of team members to this year’s event at Five Flags Speedway.


Many of those 51’ers have elected to join a yearly tradition here on powered by JEGS by making their picks for the big race.


We’ve compiled those picks below and […]

Maine Street Stock Racer Headed South for Snowball Derby

November 29, 2015 • App, Archives, Other Cars, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

Not even in his wildest dreams did Lewis Anderson ever imagine towing from Maine to the panhandle of Florida to race a Street Stock.  But that’s exactly what the 45-year-old grassroots racer from Hollis, Maine is doing.
With his No. 81 Street Stock on an open trailer hooked to the back of a pickup truck, Anderson is currently headed south to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway to compete in the 50-lap Sportsman feature on Thursday night of Snowball Derby week.


“We’ve joked about this for a number of years, going to […]

81 Mark Villarreal Jr

Driver Hometown:Corpus Christi Tx
Car Owner:Mark Villarreal Sr
Crew Members:Mark Sr, Matthew, Memphis Mikey, Michael
Years In Racing:10
Sponsors:Continental Batteries, M&E Motorsports, Jerry’s Powerhouse, Melton Race Engines

Racing Accomplishments: Pro Trucks, Sport Mod, Super Street, Mini Stocks […]

57 JR Skipper

Driver Hometown: Panama City Fl.
Car Owner: Charlie Skipper
Crew Members: Charlie Skipper, Ken Boyd, Mike Nixon, Tom Powell, Tiffany Skipper
Years In Racing:40
Sponsors: Lisenby Nursery & Outdoor. Airgas, Skipper Auto Parts […]

Snowball Derby Serves as a Battleground for Champions

November 27, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

All season long, Late Model racers across the country battle at their respective race tracks and on their respective touring series with the goal of becoming a champion.  At the end of the year, those champions are crowned, and then during the first week of December many of those champions make their way to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby.

That’s no different this year as a host of track and series champions, both current and former, have filed an entry for the 48thAnnual Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 6 […]

Five Flags Success Has Pollard Confident for Snowball Derby

November 26, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Ticker

Throughout his career, Bubba Pollard has established himself as one of the strongest Late Model competitors in the country.  When the Georgia driver shows up to a race track, whether it be in Florida, Washington or California, the rest of the competition knows they have their work cut out for them.

But one race that has eluded Pollard has been the prestigious Snowball Derby held each year at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.  He has qualified for the race, a feat in itself, seven different times with a career-best finish of […]

Four Days, 630 Laps of Racing at the Snowball Derby

November 25, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

Much of the talk leading up to the Snowball Derby revolves around the Super Late Models that will be competing in the 300-lap race at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Sunday, December 6.   But the Snowball Derby is much bigger than just one race.  It’s a whole week’s worth of racing with seven different divisions duking it out for bragging rights.

Of course, the Super Late Models will be the main focus throughout the weekend with future stars of the sport like Chase Elliott and John Hunter Nemechek joining the […]

Lap Money from Slinger Helping Prunty Get to ‘The Derby’

November 25, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

Dennis Prunty won the biggest race of his career this past July, taking the checkered flag in the prestigious Slinger Nationals at Slinger Superspeedway (MI).  Prunty led 189 of 199 laps and along with a $10,000 pay day for the win, banked nearly an additional $5,000 in lap money.  As Prunty stood in Victory Lane with his big check, he proclaimed that as a result of the win he could head to the 48thAnnual Snowball Derby on December 6.

“I saved the lap money from the Nationals and put it […]

Nasse Seeking to Shake Off Bad Luck at Snowball Derby

November 25, 2015 • 51 Sports Stop, App, Archives, Snowball Derby, Ticker

One year ago saw Stephen Nasse record his best finish ever in the Snowball Derby when he survived all of the mayhem to finish sixth.  Since then Nasse has had nothing but bad luck just about every time he’s gone to the race track.  Crashes, flat tires, parts failures, you name it and Nasse has had it happen this year.


But the Pinellas Park, Florida driver has at least been fast every time he’s gone to the race track, and that has him still feeling confident as he heads back […]