William Byron Is Snowball Derby Pole Man

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William Byron won the pole for the Snowball Derby. (HHP/Rusty Jarrett photo)

PENSACOLA, Fla. — William Byron, who won seven races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year, earned the pole for Sunday’s 49th annual Snowball Derby late model race at Five Flags Speedway.

Byron turned a best lap of 16.201 seconds on the half-mile oval aboard a Kyle Busch Motorsports machine.

“It’s a good feeling. I was just hoping we could get through ‘tech’ and celebrate,” Byron said. “This was just a great job done by this team and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Ty Majeski, who set the Five Flags Speedway track record during qualifying for the 2015 Snowball Derby, qualified second with a lap of 16.241 seconds.

“You always want a fast time,” Majeski said. “And I definitely wanted to back up what we were able to do last year. We just came a little short.

“We’ve had good runs all year long. We wanted to travel down south more this year. We struggled at first, but I think we’ve figured out some things. I hope it continues.”

Spencer Davis was third with Bubba Pollard fourth.

“We’re happy with it,” Pollard said. “I didn’t know where we’d be able to qualify with this car, and I’m really surprised by it. We struggled when we came to test, but it feels like we’ve fixed it.”

Fifth was Kyle Plott, with Byron’s KBM teammate, Christopher Bell, sixth. Noah Gragson, Casey Roderick, Corey Lajoie, Cole Anderson and Kaz Grala rounded out the top 10.

Korey Ruble won the 50-lap companion modified feature.