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Starting Grid Set for 53rd Annual Snowball Derby

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The starting lineup has been set for the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway after a dramatic qualifying session on Friday night and the conclusion of the Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday evening, which was won by NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott.

Derek Thorn qualified on the pole over Kaden Honeycutt, Ty Majeski, Cole Butcher and Stephen Nasse on Friday night.  Several heavy hitters, including Elliott, Chandler Smith, Augie Grill, and Noah Gragson, among others, were left on the outside looking in heading into Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier.

Elliott took the lead early in the race, coming from mid-pack after a suboptimal qualifying run on Friday to win the Last Chance Qualifier over Grill, Derek Griffith, and Smith.  Noah Gragson, Sammy Smith, Carson Hocevar, and Connor Okrzesik were among the 17 cars that failed to make the field for the Snowball Derby.

Bubba Pollard and Jeremy Pate were locked into the Derby via provisionals.

Sunday’s Snowball Derby will go green at 1pm CST (2pm EST) and will be broadcast live on Speed51.TV.

The full starting lineup can be seen below.

Snowball Derby Starting Lineup

  1. Derek Thorn
  2. Kaden Honeycutt
  3. Ty Majeski
  4. Cole Butcher
  5. Stephen Nasse
  6. Daniel Dye
  7. Jeremy Doss
  8. Matt Craig
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Logan Boyett
  11. Kyle Plott
  12. Preston Peltier
  13. Casey Roderick
  14. Derek Kraus
  15. Hunter Robbins
  16. Corey Heim
  17. Grant Enfinger
  18. John DeAngelis
  19. Paul Shafer, Jr.
  20. Kyle Sieg
  21. Chris Davidson
  22. Ross Kenseth
  23. Boris Jurkovic
  24. Cayden Lapcevich
  25. Dan Fredrickson
  26. Jake Garcia
  27. Mason Diaz
  28. Michael Atwell
  29. Travis Braden
  30. Jesse Dutilly
  31. Chase Elliott
  32. Augie Grill
  33. Derek Griffith
  34. Chandler Smith
  35. Bubba Pollard
  36. Jeremy Pate

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Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.



  1. Jerry Hayes

    December 5, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Good Luck to All. Have a Safe race.


    December 5, 2020 at 10:07 pm


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