PENSACOLA, Fla. – The first look at the entry list for the 49th annual Snowball Derby super late model race at Five Flags Speedway features more than 50 entries, with more than a month still to go before race day on Dec. 4.
Additional entries are hitting the Five Flags Speedway mailbox each day.
“Since Tom Dawson held the first Snowball Derby in 1968, race fans have come to see the best against the best, and this year’s lineup truly will not disappoint,” said Snowball Derby Promoter Tim Bryant. “I’m truly amazed as I go down the entry list at how many guys are capable of not only competing in the Snowball Derby, but winning the Snowball Derby.”
There are many big names on the Snowball Derby entry list, including that of Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell, who crossed the finish line first in 2015, but had the win taken away after a post-race tech inspection violation. The current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver is back for another go at the Tom Dawson Trophy.
Bell’s KBM teammate and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader William Byron will also be heading to the Derby.
The 2014 winner of the Snowball Derby wants to add his name for a second time to the history books. John Hunter Nemechek is on the list in his familiar No. 8 machine.
The current track record holder and three-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski has filed an entry. Majeski finished third in the 2015 Snowball Derby.
Donnie Wilson claimed the Southern Super Series championship in dominating fashion this year. The Oklahoma driver is entered for another Snowball Derby, but he is still looking for his first win in the big race.
Bubba Pollard has been dominant at Five Flags Speedway this year in super late model competition. He has already filed an entry for this year’s Derby as he still seeks his first Tom Dawson Trophy.
Casey Roderick took the Blizzard Series championship at Five Flags Speedway and he too is entered for the Derby in search of his first Derby win.
The West Coast has a few drivers hoping to bring the honor of winning the Snowball Derby back home with them. SRL point leader Derek Thorn, Cole Moore and Northwest Super Late Model Series champ Garrett Evans are a few of the drivers from the left side of the United States heading to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby.
North of the border will also be represented as Canadian and current CARS Tour point leader Raphael Lessard is entered in the race out of the David Gilliland Racing stables.
Other notable drivers entered include Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes, Brandon McReynolds, Spencer Davis, Kyle Grissom, Preston Peltier, Noah Gragson, Dalton Sargeant, Grant Enfinger, Casey Smith, Jeff Choquette, Kenzie Ruston and many more.
The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 also boasts a healthy preliminary entry list, with already more than 40 drivers entered for the biggest pro late model race in the country.
Multiple drivers are planning on doing double-duty for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100. The double-duty drivers include John Hunter Nemechek, Bubba Pollard, Spencer Davis, Trevor Noles, Brandon Oakley, Cole Anderson, Casey Roderick, Bret Holmes, Bobby Knox Jr., Chris Davidson, Derek Scott Jr, Chandler Smith and Augie Grill.
CREDIT: 51 Sports / Snowball Derby