Traditional Pit Stops Return To Snowball Derby

Snowball Derby
The 50th Snowball Derby will return to the traditional pit stop format after a one-year hiatus. (Bruce Nuttleman/Speed51 Photo)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Fans attending the 50th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway will have plenty of action to keep an eye on, both on the track and on pit road on Dec. 3.

After making the decision to go to a controlled cautions format one year ago as a result of the two-day postponement of the race due to weather, the traditional live pit stop format will return to the race this year.

“We’re utilizing the same race format for the 50th annual Snowball Derby for which the first 48 versions of the race were ran under,” said Five Flags Speedway Promoter Tim Bryant. “The controlled pit stops format that was used in the 2016 race, somewhat out of necessity given the turn of events related to the weather, certainly has a place in today’s short track racing scene. That format is certainly worthy of consideration in the future. However, for this year’s golden anniversary our racers and teams will be sticking to the traditional format that has helped make this race so special.”

As Bryant eluded to, the Snowball Derby has featured live pit stops in 48 of the 49 previously contested versions of the prestigious late model race. It is only right that the tradition continues for the most highly-anticipated running of the race.

By utilizing the live pit stop format, fans will want to keep their eyes glued to pit road to witness any possible changes in position. The live pit stop format will also encourage the use of differing strategies as teams will need to decide what to do and when to do it on pit road.

In addition to putting drivers to the test, the 50th annual Snowball Derby will need to be a complete team effort – from driver to crew chief to tire changers – for those hoping to visit victory lane and win the Tom Dawson Trophy.