52nd Snowball Derby Washed Out on Sunday and Moved to Monday

The rains came and stayed, forcing the postponement of the 52nd Snowball Derby in December 2019. (Ben Kilcrease/PixelatedSPEED)

PENSACOLA, Florida (December 8, 2019) — After fighting mother nature all day in an effort to get the cars on track, the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby has been postponed to Monday, December 9, 2019.

A light mist began to fall on Five Flags Speedway around mid-day. From then on, a repeating cycle of misting, sprinkles and a shower plagued the efforts by track officials as they kept track drying efforts ongoing up until about 5 PM, the point at which the decision was made to call it a day, and try again on Monday.

“We want to be a good neighbor,” said Five Flags Speedway owner Tim Bryant. “We know a lot of these fans have to be at work on Monday morning, so when the last line of rain came we made the call because it’d take too long to prepare the track.”

It’s the second straight year that weather has been a factor in the schedule. Last year, the 20th Annual Snowflake 100 was postponed to the following Saturday.

In 2016, weather pushed the 49th Snowball Derby to the following Tuesday.

Here is the revised schedule for Monday, December 9, 2019:

10:00 AM – Pit Gates Open

01:00 PM – Grandstands Open

03:00 PM – Speed 51 Broadcast begins with resumption of pre-race festivities

04:00 PM – 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club

Times are in Central.

– Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

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