Thorn Adds Snowflake 100 Pole To Strong Derby Week

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Thorn Adds Snowflake 100
Derek Thorn won the Snowflake 100 pole Saturday at Five Flags Speedway. (Jason Reasin photo)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Derek Thorn completed a sweep of the late model pole positions at Five Flags Speedway by timing fastest during Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 qualifying on Saturday.

Thorn toured the Pensacola half mile in 16.675 seconds (107.946 mph) in the Campbell Motorsports No. 43 pro late model to add the Snowflake pole to his Snowball Derby pole from Friday evening.

The California native won the Snowflake 100 last year from the outside pole. This year, he’ll seek to become only the second back-to-back winner of the event from one spot better.

Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville champion Dylan Fetcho will join Thorn on the front row Saturday night, coming just .013 seconds short of the top spot, with Stephen Nasse and Ryan Luza sharing row two.

Former Five Flags Speedway Pro Truck champion Josh Hicks qualified fifth, followed by Bubba Pollard, Hunter Jack, 2010 Snowball Derby winner Johanna Long-Robbins, Jarrett Butcher and Grant Thompson.

NASCAR Cup Series team owner Justin Marks made the show in 17th, as did NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Josh Williams, who will start 25th in the 100-lap main event.

Dylan Smith, who has backing from Cup stars Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace on his No. 23 this weekend, was the final car to lock into the show on speed with the 30th-fastest lap.

“Man, that felt like Daytona back in the day when you had to qualify in (for the 500),” Smith exclaimed after the final car in line completed its run.

“I was pacing over here … I was dying,” he added with a chuckle. “I’m just happy to be here, though. We’re in the show and it feels awesome. I’m stoked!”

The 22nd Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 is scheduled to go green at 7 p.m. CT Saturday night.

QUALIFYING RESULTS: 22nd Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100; Five Flags Speedway; Dec. 5, 2020

  1. #43t – Derek Thorn, 16.675
  2. #89f – Dylan Fetcho, 16.688
  3. #51 – Stephen Nasse, 16.701
  4. #53r – Ryan Luza, 16.759
  5. #38 – Josh Hicks, 16.782
  6. #26 – Bubba Pollard, 16.791
  7. #41 – Hunter Jack, 16.792
  8. #18 – Johanna Long-Robbins, 16.823
  9. #54b – Jarrett Butcher, 16.835
  10. #112 – Grant Thompson, 16.841
  11. #29k – Mason Keller, 16.866
  12. #3 – Jim Weber, 16.870
  13. #11c – Stacey Crain, 16.878
  14. #12b – Justin Bonnett, 16.899
  15. #12d – Dan Leeck, 16.911
  16. #14d – Chris Davidson, 16.913
  17. #99 – Justin Marks, 16.914
  18. #43s – Dakota Stroup, 16.920
  19. #9 – Hudson Halder, 16.926
  20. #54c – Matt Craig, 16.936
  21. #67 – Colin Allman, 16.958
  22. #7d – John DeAngelis, 16.959
  23. #11w – Jolynn Wilkinson, 16.973
  24. #14c – Connor Okrzesik, 16.975
  25. #6 – Josh Williams, 16.995
  26. #81 – Jake Finch, 17.001
  27. #4p – Kyle Plott, 17.009
  28. #91 – Jim Wall, 17.029
  29. #8d – Mark Day, 17.035
  30. #23 – Dylan Smith, 17.037
  31. #53k – Kyle Ivey, 17.056
  32. #15 – Jake Johnson, 17.059
  33. #33g – Wes Griffith, 17.079
  34. #33s – Dustin Smith, 17.082
  35. #4e – Elliott Massey, 17.102
  36. #40 – Jordan Miller, 17.146
  37. #89r – Bobby Reuse, 17.157
  38. #84 – Steven Chunn, 17.158
  39. #10 – Steve Dorer, 17.214
  40. #55 – Charlie Keeven, 17.239
  41. #11b – Jacob Beasock, 17.632
  42. #37 – AJ Wernette, 17.671
  43. #7p – Joey Pontbriand, 17.736