46th Annual Snowball Derby

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The Track Heats Up At the 46th Annual Snowball Derby
By: Kelly Woodard

The race is on as the 46
th Annual Snowball Derby speeds into town this Wednesday, December 4th through Sunday, December 8th at Five Flags Speedway. A victory in the Snowball Derby is the most coveted prize in Super Late Model racing.
The Speedway hosts an open test the weekend prior to Thanksgiving each year to provide teams one last chance to prepare for the event. This year, Mason Mingus scored the first blow in the 2013 Snowball Derby, winning $500 by posting the fastest time in the Open Test on Saturday.
Seven Super Late Model teams of the 60-plus registered for the Derby turned laps in addition to Mingus. That list included 2011 Derby runner-up DJ VanderLey, two-time pole-winner and NASCAR Camping Work Truck Series winner Cale Gale, Kyle Grissom, TJ Reaid, Allen Karnes, Chase Oliver and Casey Smith.
Mingus went out 20 minutes into the final hour of the event to take the top spot with a lap time of 16.644 around the 15 degree banked half-mile, which was fast enough to hold off one final attempt by Jeremy Pate in the closing minutes. Pate's final attempt came within 0.008 of Mingus' fast lap but ultimately came up short.
Qualifying for the Derby will take place on Dec. 6 and will lock in the top-30 teams. The rest of the field will be set by three provisional and three last chance race qualifiers, making practice all the more valuable.
The fun kicks off on Wednesday, December 4
th at 9 am where the parking of the team rigs will take place. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with the teams and drivers until 5 pm. Then from 5 pm to 9pm, join Cat Country 98.7 for the Green Flag Party where guest can get autographs, take pictures, and enjoy food, drinks, live entertainment, and much more.
Then on Thursday, December 5
th, the Pits open at 8 am followed by Snowball /Snowflake Practice from 10 am to 4 pm. Then from 5 to 6 pm, Bomber & Sportsmen Practice begins followed by Bomber & Sportsmen Quals at 6:15 pm where the top 20 will advance.
On Friday, December 6
th, join 102.7 WXBM for Pole Night. The action begins at10 am with Snowball & Snowflake Practice followed by Super Stock Practice at 11 am and Modified Practice at 11:45 am. At 6 pm, the top 30 teams that will compete in the finals will be locked in.
Saturday, December 7
th kicks off with practice in all categories followed by Snowflake Qualifying at 2 pm. Then stick around as the real race action heats up at 7 pm with the Snowflake Drivers Intro followed by the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at 7:30 pm.
On Sunday, December 8
th, Pits open at 9 am followed by a worship meeting at 10 am. At noon, the action begins again with Engine Warm Ups and Cars to Grid followed by the Drivers Introduction and Pre Race Festivities at 1 pm, and the main event, the Snowball Derby 300, at 2 pm.
Tickets for the Snowball Derby are on sale now at
www.5flagsspeedway.com. Ticket prices for a 4 day pass are $75. A VIP all access pass which is good for Reserved Grandstands, Pits, and all 4 days, are $120. Individual day passes are available for $45.
For a complete list of teams, schedules, and Derby events, visit
www.5flagsspeedway.com or call 850-944-8400.