PENSACOLA, Fla. – official press release —
Race teams traveling from three different regions have extra incentive to travel to Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on Dec. 6 for the 48th annual Snowball Derby.
Speed51.com recently announced that it would once again be putting up bounties of $551 for the highest finishing driver from the Midwest, Northeast and West Coast.
Thus far, the response from these regions has been great with teams from all three regions filing official entries to compete in the prestigious Super Late Model race.
The $551 bonus for the highest-finishing Midwest racer will be open to cars that originate from race shops in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Midwest racers Brian Campbell, Dennis Prunty, Boris Jurkovic, Paul Shafer Jr., Ty Majeski, J.J. Haley and John DeAngelis are those who have filed an entry and are currently eligible for the Midwest bounty.
The Northeast bonus is for the highest-finishing driver with a team based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont or Rhode Island. Race teams from Canada will also be included in the Northeast bounty to encourage teams from the Maritime, Quebec and other provinces north of the border to make their way to Pensacola.
Currently, Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine and his Nova Scotia-based No. 13 King Racing team is the only Northeast team eligible for the bounty.
“I was talking to my crew chief Andrew (Hicken) and he’s really pumped up for that,” Clark said. “It’s not a whole lot but all of the little stuff adds up for sure. We’re looking forward to that and Speed51.com putting that stuff on. It’s something you don’t have to do. There’s four corners and we’re a long ways away, so it will get us through a couple toll booths and buy us some fuel to get down there.”
The West bonus will go to the best finish for a driver whose car originates from Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho or Montana.
A pair of California drivers, Derek Thorn and Jeremy Doss, are currently set to duke it out for the West Coast bounty.
Of course, there’s still plenty of time for teams from each of these regions to file entries and immediately become eligible for the $551.
In 2014, Mark Kraus finished 16th in the Snowball Derby to claim $551 as the highest finisher from the Midwest region. Vermont’s Brian Hoar became the first driver from his home state to qualify for the race and finished 20th to claim the Northeast bounty.
CREDIT: 51 Sports