Practice Day at 52nd Snowball Derby Calm and Chaotic

Cole Butcher led in sessions two and three of Super Late Model practice for the 52nd Snowball Derby. (Ben Kilcrease/PixelatedSPEED)

PENSACOLA, Florida (December 6, 2019) — Thursday was practice day at the 52nd Snowball Derby, and while there were no major incidents on track, the action was fast and fierce as Jesse Dutilly, and Cole Butcher were the fastest cats in town, topping the Super Late Model charts. Dutilly, fastest overall on the day, was fastest in the first session, while Butcher reigned over sessions two and three.

“We had a lot of speed right off”, said Dutilly. “We still have stuff to work on to make it better, but we are really happy with what we have.”

“We’re pretty confident,” said Butcher. “We did a couple race runs and couple mock runs and we were good both ways so we’ll see what happens Friday night, weather permitting and we’ll go from there.”

Butcher is no stranger to speed at the Snowball Derby, having started from the front row in last year’s edition. Staying dialed in for the money lap in qualifying, however, is the tricky part.

“Its all about the weather, and that could play a big factor, but it takes a little bit of luck, a little bit of talent and good crew behind you.”

For the Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models, Carson Hocevar swept the first two sessions, while Mason Diaz closed out the day on top of session three.

“It’s been pretty, good but I messed up a little bit on the last run there,” said Hocevar. “I got really loose there and kinda blew the lap, but to be P1 overall is not bad. KBR Development has put together a pretty good piece for the race.”

While Diaz topped the final session of the day, he remarked that his day was, “all over the place.”

“Out of the box it was pretty fast,” he said. “Then we ran into some issues when the starter went bad. We lost a couple of runs in the session but it didn’t set us back too far.”

Here are the combined fastest speeds on the day for the Super Late Models:

  1. Jesse Dutilly 16.458
  2. Cole Butcher 16.481
  3. Giovanni Bromante 16.528
  4. Jeremy Doss 16.609
  5. Boris Jurkovic 16.638
  6. David Gilliland 16.641
  7. Corey Heim 16.662
  8. Derek Thorn 16.665
  9. Hunter Robbins 16.668
  10. Mason Mingus 16.669
  11. Ty Majeski 16.673
  12. Jeremy Pate 16.675
  13. Chandler Smith 16.700
  14. Travis Braden 16.706
  15. Dan Fredrickson 16.719
  16. Corey LaJoie 16.720
  17. Kaden Honeycutt 16.722
  18. Preston Peltier 16.727
  19. Bubba Pollard 16.734
  20. Josh Berry 16.739
  21. Matt Craig 16.757
  22. Derek Kraus 16.778
  23. Stephen Nasse 16.781
  24. David Rogers 16.783
  25. Derek Griffith 16.790
  26. Trey Bayne 16.795
  27. Michael House 16.800
  28. Jeff Choquette 16.800
  29. Brad May 16.801
  30. Casey Roderick 16.809
  31. Jack Dossey III 16.817
  32. Harrison Burton 16.831
  33. Jett Noland 16.834
  34. John DeAngelis Jr 16.835
  35. Lucas Jones 16.837
  36. Augie Grill 16.846
  37. Michael Atwell 16.847
  38. Jake Garcia 16.853
  39. Austin Nason 16.854
  40. Kyle Plott 16.860
  41. Dalton Zehr 16.890
  42. Connor Okrzeisk 16.910
  43. Casey Smith 16.911
  44. Jerry Artuso 16.932
  45. Derrick Griffin 16.932
  46. Johnny VanDoorn 16.934
  47. Rich Bickle 16.948
  48. Carson Hocevar 16.963
  49. Jordan Anderson 16.976
  50. Kyle Bryant 16.983
  51. Cole Moore 16.989
  52. Steven Davis 16.998
  53. Chris Davidson 17.028
  54. Rodrigo Rejon 17.171
  55. Colten Nelson 17.224
  56. Tim Curry 17.27
  57. AJ Wernette 18.322

– Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

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