As the calendar shifts to November, the buzz surrounding the 44th Annual Snowball Derby is building. With the phone ringing daily in the Five Flags Speedway track office for reserved ticket sales, motorhome parking reservations and the new schedule announcement for Derby weekend, it is clear that the most prestigious short track event in the country is on the minds of race teams and fans alike.
“We’re on a great pace for ticket sales, drivers are calling to set up test dates and we’re gearing up for our open practice on November 19th, so it’s full speed ahead for us,” said Tim Bryant, Five Flags Speedway General Manager and promoter of the Snowball Derby.
“We don’t particularly track ticket sales day-by-day because we’re more interested in trying to spread the word about the race than we are in counting beans. But, at this point, our gut tells us we’re equal to or ahead of last year’s ticket sales – and I think that’s testament to the excitement of last year’s race.”
While fans are already clamoring to be a part of the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, teams are getting ramped up as well. Five Flags Speedway officials recently announced the Snowball Derby week schedule. Snowball Derby week will go green with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, November 30th and will conclude with the 300-lap Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 4th.
The Derby Week schedule remains mostly the same from last year, with the only major exception coming on Saturday, December 3rd as a result of newly-instituted race procedures for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100.
“We flip-flopped the 50-lap Snowball Derby last chance qualifier and Snowflake qualifying on Saturday, which will move qualifying back a little later in the afternoon. We’re impounding the Snowflake 100 cars this year, so as soon as qualifying is over we’ll determine who the top-30 are and then we’ll go ahead and pull the rest of them out for their qualifying races. At the conclusion of that (race), the transfer cars will have an opportunity to change four tires and then we’re going to put the Snowflake on the grid and go.”
The 44th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, November 30th with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, fans from 5pm to 9pm can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby Weekend. The first on-track activity comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Bomber and Sportsmen divisions will take place.
On Friday, December 2nd, it’s WXBM Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.
Then on Saturday, December 3rd, it’s the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby.
Finally, the 44th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 4th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.
The full 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.
Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.
For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.