How to Make the 53rd Snowball Derby

Cole Butcher on his pole winning, qualifying run in the 2019 Snowball Derby. ( Photo)

PENSACOLA, Florida (December 4, 2020) — It’s one of the most nail biting, intense moments in all of short track racing. It’s Pole Qualifying for the Snowball Derby. Over 50 drivers will each take timed laps to determine the 30 fastest, those locked into the race on Sunday. From there, the only hope for most of the remaining drivers is to transfer from the Last Chance qualifying race on Saturday.

Here is how the Snowball Derby field is determined:

  • 53 Drivers – There were 55 entered, but Michael House and Bob Lyon both crashed and do not have backup cars.
  • Each driver gets two timed laps
  • The top 30 drivers on speed and/or the three provisional drivers, will lock into the show in qualifying.
  • Provisional Drivers: Stephen Nasse; 2020 Southern Super Series Champion and Bubba Pollard; 2020 Blizzard Series Champion. If those drivers qualify inside the top 30, the provisionals will go to the next driver in line in points. 
  • Past Champion: If needed, last year’s winner, Travis Braden will make the field as a 37th entry if unable to time in during qualifying.
  • The four remaining spots on the grid will be set in the Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday.

This format has produced some of the most exciting moments in all of short track racing. Thousandths of a second can determine a driver’s fate.

Last year, Cole Butcher claimed the top spot, while the final driver to find his way to the grid was the now late, but always great, David Rogers.

Qualifying will air live on on Friday night at 6:00 PM Central.

Here is the 53rd Snowball Derby Qualifying Order:

  1. Michael House
  2. Chandler Smith
  3. Kason Plott
  4. Boris Jurkovic
  5. Perry Patino
  6. Casey Johnson
  7. Augie Grill
  8. Connor Okrzesik
  9. Chris Davidson
  10. Derek Kraus
  11. Travis Braden
  12. Justin Johnson
  13. Dalton Zehr
  14. Kyle Sieg
  15. Casey Roderick
  16. Ty Majeski
  17. Mason Diaz
  18. Noah Gragson
  19. Kodie Conner
  20. Derek Griffith
  21. Bob Lyon
  22. Stephen Nasse
  23. Hunter Robbins
  24. Carson Hocevar
  25. Kyle Plott
  26. Kaden Honeycutt
  27. Chase Elliott
  28. Jesse Dutilly
  29. Kyle McCallum
  30. Colten Nelson
  31. Austin Nason
  32. Gabe Sommers
  33. Kyle Busch
  34. Ross Kenseth
  35. Michael Atwell
  36. Matt Craig
  37. Logan Boyett
  38. Kyle Bryant
  39. Jake Garcia
  40. Paul Shafer, Jr.
  41. Cayden Lapcevich
  42. Ryan Crane
  43. Derek Thorn
  44. Jeremy Doss
  45. Preston Peltier
  46. John DeAngelis
  47. Jeremy Pate
  48. Bubba Pollard
  49. Dan Fredrickson
  50. Daniel Dye
  51. Sammy Smith
  52. Cole Butcher
  53. Corey Heim
  54. Hudson Halder
  55. Grant Enfinger

– Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

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