Snowball Derby News 2015

#79 Michael Villarreal

Driver Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Car Owner: Mike Villarreal
Crew Members: Matt, Memphis, Mark, Mike, Mark Jr. Villarreal
Years In Racing: 7 years
Sponsors: Continental Batteries, Ace Transmissions, M&E Motorsports, Linens & Lace Antiques, Gifts & Apparel, 24Hr Safety
Job Info: Student
Racing Accomplishments: 2008 Go-Karts Rookie of the year, 2011 2nd in points with Top rookie at CC Speedway, 2013 Pro-Trucks 3rd in points with Top rookie at Central Texas Speedway
Website: […]


Travelers in and out of the Pensacola International Airport
are greeted with a welcome to the Snowball Derby.

Johanna Long’s super late model is on display just inside
the front door as a special welcome to the passengers
arriving and departing this week.

Thanks to the management team at the airport for their


LaJoie Puts the Band Back Together for Second Snowball Derby

November 23, 2015 • App, Archives, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

One year ago, Corey LaJoie made his first start in the Snowball Derby.  This year he’s heading back to try his hand in the 48th running of the prestigious Super Late Model race, but this race will be unlike any other for the third-generation driver.  This time he’ll be making the trip to Five Flags Speedway (FL) as not only the driver, but also the owner of the No. 07 LFR Chassis.


“It definitely changes your view on things when you own the car and work your tail off to get it […]


November 23, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Top Stories
Fans will tell you how good Rich Bickle was at the Snowball Derby. They will tell you about the upset wins like Tammy Jo Kirk, the emotional wins like Eddie Mercer, scoring mishaps and all the tall tales of the Derby.
David Rogers can not only backup those stores, but he can give you the details because he lived them as he was in the field for each of those Snowball Derby races.  Rogers, who will once again attempt to qualify for the prestigious race held December 6 at Five […]

Calling All Drivers to the Snowball Derby Kick-off Party

November 23, 2015 • App, Archives, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

One of the most fun nights of Snowball Derby week takes place before haulers even enter the gates of Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.  It’s the Snowball Derby Kick-off Party presented by Anderson’s Maple Syrup at Downtown Pensacola’s Beef O’ Brady’s.  It’s a great night of fun and food at Beef O’ Brady’s, and a big part of what makes it so much fun is all the drivers that show up and let loose before getting serious about winning the biggest short track race in the country.


So drivers, this is […]

Niedecken Set for Super Late Model Return at Snowball Derby

November 22, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

The Snowball Derby has always been a part of life for Wayne Niedecken, Jr.  The second-generation driver known simply as “Junior” has been coming to the Snowball Derby since its first running back in 1968.  His father won that day and once again in 1970.   Since then the Niedecken name has always been a part of the history at Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby.

During the 2013 running of the Snowball Derby, Niedecken did not qualify for the fourth year in a row and he figured it was […]

IP Casino Resort & Spa Snowball Preview Winners

These Drivers were the Ones to Catch in the races
to run on Saturday and Sunday at the Snowball Derby.

In the IP Casino Resort and Spa Snowball Derby Preview
on November 21st, Steven Davis of Mobile, AL was
the fastest, and won $200 in IP Casino cash.

The one no one could catch in the Allen Turner Hyundai
Snowflake Pro Late models was martin Latulippe from
Quebec Canada.  he won $300 in cash.

The Super Late Models practicing for the Snowball 300
saw Harrison Burton of Mooresville, NC outpacing the field, and
winning $500 for his efforts.


IP Casino Resort & Spa Snowball Preview Winners

These 4 classes will run Thursday and Friday night of
Snowball Derby week.

During the IP Casino Preview on
Nov 21st, Gino Denmark was fastest in the
Butler Bomber Division.

Brannon Fowler captured the IP Casino’s cash for being
fastest in the Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen.

Faith Chapel Super Stocks fastest was Dustin Knowles.
Chase Oliver outpaced the field in the Modifieds


K&N West Runner-Up Ready for Snowball Derby Challenge

November 20, 2015 • App, Archives, Late Models, Snowball Derby, Top Stories

Noah Gragson has done some challenging things in his short racing career, but nothing can compare to what he’s about to attempt when he heads to Pensacola, Florida during the first week of December.

Gragson of Las Vegas, Nevada will make his way to the East Coast and attempt to qualify for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway on December 6.


The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship runner-up will be racing for Jamie Yelton’s Fathead Racing, which is based in North Carolina.  Gragson has never raced […]

Cameron Davis Crowned 2015 Miss Snowball Derby

Cameron Davis of Pensacola was selected Miss Snowball Derby

in front of a packed house on Thursday at Tracy Goodson’s Beef

O‘Brady’s in downtown Pensacola.

Cameron works in the pharmaceutical industry, and will be part of

the 4 nights of Victory Lane events. Beside the crown and sash, she

won $500.

She was selected by the panel of 3 judges from a field of 10 contestants.

The judges were MSGT Michelle Alexander (RET) USAF; Trooper Abby Bevis of the Florida Highway Patrol, and local Realtor Randy Bricker […]