Thanks to all who entered. We had dozens of choices, and narrowed the field down to
Turn 5 Tavern. Congrats to Woody Woodman of WIndham Maine. […]
In 1953 Frank Sinatra recorded the song ‘Young at Heart.” In it he proclaimed, “Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you’re young at heart.” In 2010 that Sinatra hit became the mantra for an 18-year-old girl at the Snowball Derby.
The fairy tale came true for Pensacola’s favorite ‘Lady of Racing,” Johanna Long (now Johanna Robbins). The young aspiring racing star and daughter of veteran racer Donald Long, had the entire short track world stand up and take notice when she defeated the best in Super Late Model racing, on its biggest stage, in the 43rd […]
Around the country, race teams are loading their race cars into trailers and going over their checklist before heading to Five Flags Speedway for the Snowball Derby Preview this Saturday, November 18. The annual test and tune day serves as an affordable opportunity for race teams across all divisions of racing to test their race cars out on the fast half-mile before returning in two weeks for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.
Beginning at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, the track will be open for rotating practice sessions for the Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Open-Wheel Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Outlaw Stocks, Sportsman, […]
When the Speed51.com cameras begin rolling for a live television-style broadcast of the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway, race fans will be able to watch more live reports from the pit area than ever before. JOES Racing Products, a big supporter of short track racing and Speed51.com, will be sponsoring the JOES Racing Products pit reporters for the third straight year on the Speed51 TV broadcasts.
During the week of the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, 51’s Joes Racing Products pit reporters will be Jana Wimmer, Casey LaJoie, Rob Blount, Jeremy Anders and Alan Dietz. These five pit reporters […]
The 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway will be packing a punch with its annual Snowball Derby Kickoff Party at Beef O’Brady’s on Tuesday, November 28 in downtown Pensacola, FL.
Continuing a tradition, Speed51.com will be broadcasting live from the Kickoff Party with an on-location edition of Short Track Center presented by PFC Brakes and JRi Shocks at 6 p.m. CT.
Over the past few weeks, Speed51.com has been busy lining up guests and is pleased to announced a list of probable guests that will appear on the show.
Among the guests scheduled to appear are two of Super Late Model […]
At first it was months away. Then it was weeks away. Now, we’re beginning to finally count down the days until the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. This historic event is expected to capture the attention of race fans all over the world and there’s no better way to put your stamp on the event than by sponsoring one (or more) of the 300 laps for just $50.
All money raised by the lap sponsorship program will go directly into the pockets of the racers who will be putting on a show for the fans on Sunday, December […]
The 1988 Snowball Derby changed Tennessee driver Mike Alexander forever. No, he didn’t win the race. In fact, he didn’t even walk out of the track that day. He was taken out by paramedics as he was not fighting for a position, but he was fighting for his life.
“I don’t know what happened,” Alexander recalled. “The video shows I may have cut down on a guy in traffic and caused it. I remember parts of the day, some off of the video I have seen, but nothing about the wreck.”
The wreck stopped the race with 80 or so laps to […]
Oklahoma Super Late Model ace Donnie Wilson has accomplished a lot in his latest quests across the Southeast. Among the highlights on his resume are the 2016 Southern Super Series championship and most recently a win in the All-American 400 at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, TN. But for much of the decade, a majority of his focus has been on the Florida Gulf Coast and Five Flags Speedway, especially in the month of December for the Snowball Derby.
After a solid run in 2016 ended a string of frustrating performances, Wilson is going back stronger than ever, and is even […]
It’s been seven years since Elko, Minnesota’s Dan Fredrickson made his way south to Pensacola, Florida and competed in a Snowball Derby. With the momentous 50th version of the event taking place this December at Five Flags Speedway, the two-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion will throw his hat in the ring once again.
Fredrickson’s preparation for the race is at an all-time high and he believes he has a shot to bring home the highly sought-after Tom Dawson trophy at the end of the weekend.
“It’s a big deal,” Fredrickson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’m really excited and this race is […]
Throughout this “50 For 50” series, we’ve highlighted many special stories, some well known, others not so much. One of the most unexpected moments came just one year ago in the 49th edition of the Snowball Derby. A 16-year-old from the small town of Greenville, New York took the win in the closest finish in the history of the Snowball Derby.
Take a look at that last sentence again. There’s a lot to digest in that sentence. A 16-year-old kid. A New Yorker. The closest finish ever. Oh, the race was also run on a Tuesday night under the lights.
The 49th […]
In 1953, a stock car racing facility located on Pine Forest Road in Pensacola, Florida opened for the first time. The facility, known as Five Flags Speedway, operated for several years before Tom Dawson purchased the track in 1968. It was Dawson who would change the shape of racing in Pensacola forever with his announcement about a big event to end the season in December. That race was the Snowball Derby. The purse for the first race was $4,500 and the winner’s take $1,000.
On a cold December afternoon, the packed grandstand watched Wayne Niedecken win the first Snowball Derby. The […]
“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.
Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Prince dominated the radio waves as Super Late Model teams rolled south for the Snowball Derby in 1984.
Five Flags Speedway was much like a packed jukebox with heavy hitters from all over the racing word making their way to Pensacola, FL. You had Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, Rusty […]
Since moving up to the Super Late Models ranks five years ago at the age of 15, Derek Griffith has worked hard to make a name for himself throughout the Northeast region. With a handful of touring series wins now to his credit, Griffith is gearing up for his biggest challenge yet as he prepares for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (FL).
“We’re a pretty small team to be trying it,” Griffith admitted. “It took a little bit to get everything in order, it’s exciting to say the least. We went down to Pensacola last year to […]
Defining a perfect season can come down to a single race, a single lap and even a single turn. That was the story of Butch Miller’s 1986 season. Despite 19 wins that season, the one win that got away from him was the one that he thought about all winter long. The Snowball Derby was the race that kept Miller waiting at least one more year.
The closing laps of the 1986 contest saw the Derby polesitter and 1980 winner Gary Balough take a chance when he visited pit road for new tires with 43 laps to go. That left Jody […]
A special edition of Short Track Center on Speed51.com will air live from Pensacola, Florida on Tuesday, November 28 thanks to the support of PFC Brakes and JRi Shocks. The two short track racing supporters will come together to present the annual Snowball Derby Kickoff Show live from Beef O’Brady’s in Downtown Pensacola.
“We love doing what we do at Speed51.com, but none of this would be possible without the support of our great partners like PFC Brakes and JRi Shocks,” said Speed51.com Executive Editor Bob Dillner. “The people at PFC Brakes and JRi Shocks are huge supporters of short track […]
Those who have been to the Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, know that there is more to the experience than just the 300-lap Super Late Model main event on Sunday afternoon. Along with all the preparation, qualifying and racing pageantry, there is also much more racing throughout multiple divisions over multiple days to give something to every kind of racing fan.
This year for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, fans will get their first taste of racing 24 hours earlier than ever, with the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks moving to Wednesday night, November 29, for the very first […]
In 1971, Dickie Davis started near the back of the 36-car starting field at the fourth Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. At the end of the day, Davis won the race, even after a protest was filed by Freddy Fryar. Two years later, Davis won the race again, and once again, a protest was filed.
Two different races, two protests, two different reasons, but the same winner. Dickie Davis was declared the winner both times, and at the time he was just the second person to win the Snowball Derby multiple times.
When Davis won his first Snowball […]
The month of November has quickly come upon us, which means the time for ladies to apply for the 2017 Miss Snowball Derby Pageant is running out. The Pageant is set for Thursday November 16, and it will be at a new venue at the Seville Quarters in historic downtown Pensacola, FL
The pageant is open to all women over the age of 18. Regardless of where you live in the country, or outside of the country you are more than welcome to attend. The only requirement is that all contestants must be in Pensacola, Florida for the date of the […]
After a smashing season of success, which included a CARS Tour Super Late Model title in 2016, Raphael Lessard took on the challenge that is the Snowball Derby last December with his eyes wide open. During the week, the teenager from Quebec would face challenge after challenge, which included a difficult racecar, a struggle to make the 300-lap feature and a great climb through the field.
Despite all the early troubles, Lessard and David Gilliland Racing overcame the circumstances to score a strong top-10 finish. With last year’s experiences now behind him, the 16-year-old Lessard is ready for his return to […]