October 2017

LaJoie Not Stopping Until He Wins Snowball Derby

Corey LaJoie is one of the few drivers that can genuinely say he “made it” as the Concord, NC native competes at NASCAR’s highest level on a regular basis. LaJoie cut his teeth through the ranks of short track racing before moving up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Even though he maintains a busy schedule on the circuit, once a year he makes an effort to climb back behind the wheel of a Super Late Model and compete at the most prestigious race in short track racing, the Snowball Derby.

This will be LaJoie’s fourth trip to Pensacola, Florida […]

50 for 50: The History of Crew Chiefs at Snowball Derby

While researching information for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, we started to ask former race winners one question that resulted in some interesting stories.  

Who was your crew chief?

In the early days and even up into the 90’s, the answer to that questions was normally, “the driver.”  However, along the way, we discovered some interesting history about those who have won the race from the top of the pit box.  

Let’s start with 1978 when Dave Mader III won the Tom Dawson trophy.  The man calling the shots in the pits that year was another Alabama native, Larry McReynolds.  Years […]

Miss Snowball Derby Entries Received From All Over the Map

With the 50th Annual Snowball Derby just over one month away, the 4th Annual Miss Snowball Derby Pageant is entering the final countdown as ladies from all across the country continue to throw their names into the mix.

The field for this year’s Miss Snowball Derby is already an impressive one, with locals in the Pensacola, FL area well represented. However, the Miss Snowball Derby pageant isn’t just open to those locally; it’s open to women worldwide who would like to compete for the crown.

Surrounding areas such as Southern Alabama and Tallahassee are also represented on the list of current entrants, […]

50 for 50: Spence Has Witnessed It All at Snowball Derby

“50 for 50” is a new series on Speed51.com that will tell the 50 best stories to have ever come out of the Snowball Derby. The stories will focus on the legendary tales of the event as we prepare for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby on December 3. 

Dan Spence has seen it all when it comes to the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.  The veteran race director has witnessed his fair share of those races from the flagstand, the tower and even the grandstands in Pensacola, FL.

Throughout his years working with NASCAR, the All Pro Super Series and the […]

Lap Sponsorships Now Available for 50th Annual Snowball Derby

The biggest short track race in America is right around the corner and everything to prepare for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) is in full swing. Lap Sponsorship for the 300-lap feature race is now available for purchase for $50 per lap.

This is an opportunity for drivers to cash in an extra paycheck by taking home the extra chunk of change for each lap that they lead in the Snowball Derby on December 3, 2017. As much as $15,000 in lap money is available as the battle for the lead becomes that much more intense […]

50 for 50: Frigid Temps, Fire and the First Snowball Derby

Elvis Presley was still on tour, Lyndon B Johnson was on his way out of the oval office, America was racing to the moon and Pensacola, Florida was about to become a vacation spot for stock car fans with the birth of the Snowball Derby.

Tom Dawson was the owner and operator of Five Flags Speedway and they had big plans for a late season event that would stand the test of time.  

It all came together in 1968 when Dawson promoted the first Snowball Derby which paid $1,000 to win.  The event would be held on Sunday, December 15th on […]

Snowball Derby Preview Provides a Chance to Get Race Ready

With the 50th Snowball Derby drawing ever closer, race teams across all divisions are planning their plan of attack to take on the ever fast and tricky Five Flags Speedway (FL). As always, many teams are also planning to arrive in Pensacola, FL early to try and get a leg up, especially given the fast nature of the Derby week schedule.

To help out, Five Flags Speedway will once again open its gates early to give teams the time they need with the Snowball Derby Preview on Saturday, November 18. This full open practice day will be available for all divisions […]

“Weeder” Launches New Bonus Program for Snowball Derby

At the biggest race of the season, drivers want to make sure that they do everything right. From preparing their race cars, to the crew they bring down everyone, has to be on their A-game in order to have the best shot at the win at the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida.

One of the biggest elements at the Snowball Derby is the game played with tires, and every driver wants to be ahead when it comes to tires. A name that goes hand in hand with the tire game is Wesley Weed who is better known around the track as […]

2017 Five Flags Full Races Added to Speed51 Network

With the 50th Annual Snowball Derby fast approaching, we decided to get all of our fans ready for the biggest pavement short track racing event of the year by making a big change to our Speed51 Network video library.

We have now added every single event from Five Flags Speedway (FL) that aired live on Speed51 TV this year to our Speed51 Network video library.

We know what you’re now asking. “What does that mean for me?” It means that all of those events are now available in their entirety to all premium (monthly or yearly) subscribers to Speed51.com.

Premium subscribers can now watch […]

50 for 50: The Day Sanders Was Handcuffed at The Derby

Many people who know Ronnie Sanders don’t know about a hot-headed incident that resulted in the legendary driver and car owner being put in handcuffs in front of a capacity crowd during the 1975 Snowball Derby.  Well, it happened.  Here is the story about how it went down.

Donnie Allison and Bobby Allison were the class of the field at Five Flags Speedway that year.  The two brothers led all 200 laps combined and the rest of the field was left racing for third as the Alabama Gang had them covered that day in Pensacola, FL.

“Running seventh in the Derby was […]