Snowball Derby

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Snowball Derby
Venue Five Flags Speedway
Location Pensacola, Florida
First race 1968
Distance 150
Laps 300
Most wins (driver) Rich Bickle (5)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 0.5 mi (0.80 km)
Turns 4

The Snowball Derby is a 300-lap super late model stock car automobile race held annually at the half-mile Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The race has been contested every year since 1968 and is always run on the first weekend in December.

The Snowball Derby has a reputation for attracting some of the bigger names in short track racing, including top series NASCAR drivers (when not in conflict with their year-end banquet) because it is run after most tracks and touring series have concluded their season. For example, the 2009 event was won by NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, and also featured Steve Wallace, Bobby Gill, Bill Elliott's son Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth's son Ross Kenseth, David Stremme, and Cale Gale.[1]

Because of the "all-star" nature of the race, the Snowball Derby is considered by many to be the most prestigious race in Super Late Model racing.[2] Though most drivers entering the race are from nearby states, some drivers travel across the United States to compete, mainly because of the posted awards and Super Late Model rules, which are very similar to each other regardless of track or tours.[3]

The Snowball Derby has been won by past and future stars of NASCAR, including four national series champions (1 Sprint Cup, 2 Xfinity, 1 Camping World Truck, total six national championships), five Sprint Cup Series, two Xfinity Series, and seven Camping World Truck Series race winners. The 1994 Snowball Derby winner was female driver, and future NASCAR competitor, Tammy Jo Kirk.

Over the years, the race format has varied between 100 laps, 200 laps, and a unique 300 laps+additional laps equalling the number of runnings of this race. The format has settled into a straight 300 lap event, though a late yellow flag can create a green-white-checkered finish that extends the race beyond 300 laps.

The Snowball Derby is an independent event, meaning that it is not officially sanctioned (for a fee) by a racing organization. In the past the Snowball was sanctioned by Bob Harmon's All Pro organization, and for one year by NASCAR when it acquired All Pro.

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