NASCAR drivers invade the Snowball Derby
The Snowball Derby is set to conclude in Pensacola, Florida. The half-mile of 5 Flags Speedway welcomes the stars of late model racing.
View 2022 Snowball Derby results below.
Josh Berry and Derek Thorn set the front row. 300 laps of short track racing are up next…
Green flag, Thorn gets the jump via the outside lane. He’s clear into turn one.
Lap 50, Thorn leads Berry by 1 second. Noah Gragson has dropped from 5th to 25th with major handling issues. William Byron has climbed from 13th to 6th.
Lap 60, Erik Jones stacks up the field off turn four. Augie Grill is turned as a result and the caution is out.
The field heads for the pit lane for the first time. Conner Jones is the only car to stay out.
Green, Thorn clears Jones via the outside lane as Jones falls through the field. They run three wide behind them, Berry wins that battle.
Lap 75, Bubba Pollard works inside of Josh Berry and he takes 2nd away.
Lap 95, Jeremy Doss gets loose then runs up the hill with contact from Preston Peltier. Doss slows, caution. Doss might have broke before the contact.
Green, Thorn clears Pollard via the inside lane. Pollard and Berry run side by side for 2nd, Berry wins that battle. Pollard falls from 2nd to 4th.
Lap 125, Thorn works heavy lap traffic. Josh Berry has closed to his bumper with William Byron in tow.
Byron works by Berry to take 2nd away. Thorn opens the gap back up.
Lap 141, Luke Frenhaus spins in turn four, caution.
Thorn leads the field to the pit lane.
Green, Thorn is clear before turn one. Byron and Berry run side by side for 2nd, Berry wins that fight.
Lap 160, Stephen Nasse is on the move as he’s climbed from the provisional 36th position up to 9th.
Lap 178, Ty Majeski tags the bumper of Erik Jones into turn one. Majeski tries to force it inside but he climbs up and over his left rear! Jones has lost the entire rear deck of his machine and the caution is out.
“I’m just disappointed,” Erik Jones states.
Green, Thorn leads Byron off turn two.
Lap 191, Berry has a run on Byron off turn two. He dives to the inside in turn three and Berry takes 2nd away. Cole Butcher follows him through and takes 3rd away.
Lap 204, two cars tangle and the caution is out.
Bubba Pollard, Matt Craig and others head for the pit lane as most of the field stays out.
Green, Thorn clears Berry off turn two.
Lap 220, Byron is dropping through the field as he’s stuck on the outside lane. Byron has dropped to 10th.
71 to go, Cole Butcher has a run on Berry off turn two. He dives to the inside and takes 2nd away.
50 to go, Thorn leads Butcher by 0.8 seconds.
38 to go, Josh Berry has dropped to 8th.
32 to go
32 to go, Casey Roderick gets into the back of Berry off turn two. Berry spins around off turn two and the caution is out.
Thorn and most the rest of the leaders head for the pit lane. Bubba Pollard and Carson Kvapil stay out. Thorn restarts in 3rd.
Green, Kvapil spins the tires on the outside lane. Pollard leads but Thorn leans on his rear bumper. pollard runs wide off turn two, Thorn returns to the lead in a hurry.
19 to go, Ryan Luza spins off turn four, caution.
Green, Thorn clears Pollard into turn one. Pollard spins the tires and the entire field drives by as he gathers it up. Stephen Nasse surfaces to 2nd.
10 to go, Josh Berry spins with help from Hunter Robbins, caution.
Green, Thorn spins the tires, Sammy Smith has a look to the inside but Thorn slams the door shut! Thorn leads off turn two.
Josh Berry is in the wall, caution.
Green, Thorn spins the tires once more. He still clears them off turn two. Ty Majeski spins behind them, caution.
Green, Thorn spins the tires yet again. Smith looks inside and leans on his rear bumper. Thorn holds the lead off turn two!
Derek Thorn wins the Snowball Derby!
Snowball Derby Results
December 4, 2022
Pos | Driver
1. Derek Thorn
2. Sammy Smith
3. Stephen Nasse
4. Casey Roderick
5. Cole Butcher
6. William Byron
7. Jake Garcia
8. Jace Hansen
9. Jacob Gomes
10. Ty Majeski
11. Preston Peltier
12. Carson Kvapil
13. Bubba Pollard
14. Michael Hinde
15. Daniel Dye
16. Giovanni Ruggiero
17. Ryan Luza
18. Matthew Craig
19. Derek Kraus
20. Noah Gragson
21. Luke Fenhaus
22. Dustin Smith
23. Jeremy Doss
24. Albert Francis
25. Josh Berry
26. Hunter Robbins
27. Jesse Love
28. Corey Heim
29. Blaine Rocha
30. Michael House
31. Tyler Tanner
32. Austin Nason
33. Erik Jones
34. Jake Finch
35. Conner Jones
36. Augie Grill