Snowball Derby News 2015

Snowball Finishers From Afar are Rewarded

Story by Speed 51

 Three drivers from three different regions have one more reason to be pleased with their efforts at the 48th Annual Snowball Derby.  Cassius Clark (Northeast), Preston Peltier (West Coast) and Ty Majeski (Midwest) each earned $551 by being the highest finishing drivers with teams originating from their particular region during Sunday’s race at Five Flags Speedway (FL).

The annual bounties for the three regions, which are put up by powered by JEGS, are offered in an attempt to bring more drivers from those regions to Pensacola, Florida for the biggest pavement short track race of the […]

A Lasting Image: Elliott Captures Second Snowball Derby in Possible Swan Song

By Chuck Corder
Fans have one simple request: Entertain us.
From the coliseums in ancient Rome to bullfighting in Spain to college and NFL gridirons across America, we all want to see excitement.
And it’s why, each December, Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway morphs into the hub of the racing universe.
Excitement and entertainment is guaranteed.
The 48th annual Snowball Derby didn’t disappoint. There’s a reason it’s billed the most prestigious short track race in America. It once again lived up to hype Sunday afternoon.
A stacked field of 37 Super Late Model drivers, some already boasting NASCAR seat time under their fire suits, delighted the standing-room-only […]

Nashville kid makes the snowflake field on time.

A very under funded team and driver Kyle Ivey made this year’s snowflake on time compared to last year losing in the final chance race. Kyle Ivey of Woodbine, TN qualified 12 for this year’s snowflake. He was involved in a wreck went to the back and finished 11 this year. When he has enough funds to race his equipment he always sprises his hometown crowd and we’re proud of him. […]

Nemechek Nails It and Davis Dominates

By Chuck Corder

Sons rarely want to follow their father’s advice.

During the last few runnings of the Snowflake 100, John Hunter Nemechek admittedly allowed his bravado to get the better of him, eschewing the advice of father and NASCAR fan favorite Joe Nemechek.

The 18-year-old late model driver decided to listen to dear ol’ dad this year, and discovered sometimes fathers do know best.

John Hunter Nemechek and his No. 8 Pro Late Model dominated the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 on Saturday at Five Flags Speedway, adding another trip to Victory Lane at the famed half-mile asphalt oval to his resume.

The reigning […]

Bell Lights Up the Derby Last-Chance Race, Punches Ticket for 48th Annual Snowball Derby

By Chuck Corder

Turns out, Christopher Bell won’t be a mere spectator after all.

The 21-year-old budding superstar has a whole lot of business to take care of during today’s 48th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.

A day after Bell, the much-ballyhooed Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, saw his top qualification time thrown out in technical inspection, he stormed back from the tail end of the 27-car field to win the last-chance, 50-lap race and punch his ticket into this afternoon’s Derby.

The top-four finishers transferred to today’s 300-lap race with Bell joined by New Yorker Christian Eckes, Maine driver Cassius Clark and […]

Majeski Breaks Track Record, Sits on Derby Pole After Bell Clangs in Technical Inspection

By Chuck Corder
Life comes at you fast. Especially at the Snowball Derby.
Keep your head on a swivel when you come to Five Flags Speedway in December.
The most prestigious short-track race in America is full of surprises and always keeps its fans, but more importantly its drivers and their teams on their toes.
In less than 20 minutes, driving wunderkind Christopher Bell went from setting a blistering track record and snatching the pole for the Derby’s 48th running on Sunday to being resigned to today’s series of last-chance races.
The 21-year-old Kyle Busch Motorsports driver had his 16.027-second time thrown out in technical […]

Hamrac Completes Mods Derby Trifecta; Mader Refuses to be Denied Super Stocks Derby Crown

By Chuck Corder
What, pray tell, does Donnie Hamrac do for an encore?
Before this week — heck, this season — the Semmes, Ala., driver set a goal of pulling off the unthinkable by winning a third consecutive Home Depot Modifieds Snowball Derby championship.
Rare is one lucky enough to scale short-track racing’s highest mountain twice, a feat Hamrac accomplished by successfully defending his 2013 title with a winning run last December.
But a three-peat? The mere mention of it seemed implausible.
Hamrac silenced the doubters, though, on Friday at Five Flags Speedway. He assumed the lead with 46 laps completed in the 50-lap Mods […]

Loper Ends One Derby Streak, Captures Bombers Derby Crown; Fowler Starts Another in Picking up Second Sportsman Championship

By Chuck Corder

By Chuck Corder
Robert Loper dressed for the occasion.
Bearing an athletic-wear undershirt with the Superman logo emblazoned across it, the Irvington, Ala., driver overcame 23 villains Thursday night at Five Flags Speedway and earned the first title of the 48th annual Snowball Derby.
Loper, 30, took the lead on Lap 6 of 30 before holding off two-time defending champion B.J. Leytham, in the closing laps to win the Bombers Derby against a 24-car field.
“It means the world to me,” Loper said. It’s been a hard-fought year. We flipped this car a few weeks ago in Mobile, and I was scared […]


For a complere detailed daily list of events you can click and view a PDF boricure of the weeks activities here:  COMPLETE DERBY SCHEDULE […]

Snowball Notebook: No Big Issues in Tech; Grill Arrives Late

December 2, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

Lengthy Technical Inspection, but No Major Issues for Contenders

Close to 120 Super Late Models and Pro Late Models went through technical inspection for the 48thAnnual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway on Wednesday afternoon.

Some, like defending winner John Hunter Nemechek, had to go through more than once while others missed the five o’clock cutoff, but most of the favorites had no major issues.


“It actually went pretty smooth, just minor nitpick stuff,” Nemechek told powered by JEGS.  “There wasn’t too much that we had to change.  We brought a […]