October 2017

Burton Hoping for His Greatest Memory at 50th Snowball Derby

Harrison Burton may only be 17 years old, but the driver from Huntersville, North Carolina already has a handful of Snowball Derby memories – both good and bad – etched into his mind. On Sunday, December 3, Burton will be making his way back to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida hoping for his greatest memory yet and a Tom Dawson Trophy at the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.

Burton, the son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, first arrived at the Snowball Derby four years ago as a 13-year-old driver not knowing what to expect. That year he only […]

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: ‘Chase’ for Snowball Derby Glory Began in 2009 for Elliott

In 2009, “The Chase” for Snowball Derby glory began for Chase Elliott. It was the year of his first Snowball Derby. Elliott arrived at Five Flags Speedway (FL) as a 14-year-old with braces who could barely see his name above the door on his No. 9 Aaron’s-sponsored Late Models.  Elliott finished seventh in that race, but has since gone on to make Snowball Derby history in more ways than one.

Elliott has been able to lift the Tom Dawson Trophy above his head three different times, but he’s only taken home the Tom Dawson Trophy on two occasions. He could have […]

First Look at 50th Annual Snowball Derby Entry Lists

Entries for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby have been flying into the Five Flags Speedway (FL) office throughout the weeks and months leading up to the historic short track racing event.  On Wednesday afternoon, Five Flags officials released the first look at the entry lists for both Late Model divisions competing during the November 29 – December 3 race weekend.

It only makes sense that for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby the first entry list would include the names of 50 Super Late Model drivers.  The current entry list for the 300-lap Super Late Model race on Sunday, December 3 includes […]

50 for 50: The Evolution of Snowball Derby Cars

Who better to tell us about the early years of the Snowball Derby than someone who lived it?  Wayne Niedecken Jr. watched his dad win the first Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida in 1968.  Two years later, it was his dad again going to victory lane as the first multi-time winner.  The second-generation driver knows the history all too well.  

“A lot of people don’t know that my dad drove a Chevelle to victory lane in the first Derby,” Niedecken told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “Back in those days the Chevelle was just about the best […]

50th Snowball Derby Returns to Traditional Pit Stop Format

Fans attending the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL) will have plenty of action to keep an eye on, both on the track and on pit road on Sunday, December 3.

After making the decision to go to a controlled cautions format one year ago as a result of the two-day postponement of the race due to weather, the traditional live pit stop format will return to the race in 2017

“We’re utilizing the same race format for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby for which the first 48 versions of the race were run under,” said Five Flags Speedway […]

Speed51.com Announced as Official News Site of 50th Annual Snowball Derby

Pensacola, FL — The Snowball Derby is the pinnacle of pavement short track racing in America.  The crown jewel event attracts hundreds of race cars, thousands of attendees and even more fans following along through Speed51.com.  Five Flags Speedway announced Monday that Speed51.com powered by JEGS will be the “Official News Site of the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.”

While no amount of coverage will ever substitute for actually being a part of the Snowball Derby experience in Pensacola, Florida, 51 will bring fans closer to the action than ever before with several new interactive features, as well as their popular Trackside Now […]

“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. 

If you want an interesting tale of the Snowball Derby’s past, making a stop in the Richie Wauters pit at Five Flags Speedway in December would be a good place to start.  Wauters, a former NASCAR truck owner, found success at that level, but it’s the Snowball Derby that is his home away from […]

50 for 50: Hamilton Goes From Daytona to the 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. 

When the past winners take the stage this year during the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida there will be an open spot for one driver who didn’t get to see the race one more time.  Pete Hamilton was widely known for his Daytona success, but us short […]

50 for 50: The Original Snowball Derby Invader

Before Gary Balough, before Bobby Gill, before Rich Bickle there was The Beaumont Flyer, Freddie Fryar. He was was one of the original bad boy out-of-towners of the Snowball Derby. The heroes of Pensacola for the locals were the locals, and out-of-town drivers couldn’t cut it on the half-mile of Five Flags Speedway for many years.

The likeable Beaumont, Texas driver who was originally from Tennessee took to the Pensacola oval like a duck in water.

Success came early as he posted a runner-up finish in the 1971 race to Dickie Davis and was a part of the first Snowball Derby protest […]