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Snowball Derby opening day sets qualifying orders, featured rain talk

Phoenix Water Solutions - Your Trusted Source for Clean & Pure Water SolutionsIt was a fairly uneventful opening day at the Snowball Derby on Wednesday as Super Late Model teams unloaded and went through technical inspection for the first time this week.

There were no major issues.

A couple of teams were over on left side weight, like the Carson Hocevar Development car, or body template fixes like the one mandated to Travis Braden in the Jett Motorsports with Larry Blount No. 21 but these were all things that happen every year.

Everyone knows the game of getting right up against tolerances without going over for time trials and then the race.

Meanwhile, Wednesday is also the qualifying pill draw and pit party night, with Ty Majeski earning the dubious distinction of drawing No. 1 for the second year in a row. Typically, being the first to head out on track is one of the worst places to be but Majeski is getting used to it.

“Two years in a row,” said Majeski. “It’s funny, whenever we roll the dice in Wisconsin [to determine field inverts], it’s never one, but two years in a row.”

It might not even matter as the weekend continues to look like a total washout.

Friday and Saturday, with qualifying and the last chance race scheduled for each respectively, call for 100 percent chances of rain with Sunday race day only being marginally better. The entire pit area has no idea how to play this weekend.

It’s no one’s fault either.

The current plan if the forecast holds is to keep the Super Late Models on the ground for as long as it takes to get the race weekend in. The remaining divisions, including the Pro Late Models, very well could be postponed to next weekend if the forecast doesn’t improve.

Fortunately, there are a lot of invested football fans in the pit area and don’t be surprised if the grounds just turn into an SEC championship game watch party.

Like Jake Finch.

“I’m going to watch Georgia beat Alabama on Saturday,” Finch said. “And then a few weeks later, I’ll watch us win a national championship. So Saturday, we’ll watch that. I know Kirby (Smart) will have his guys dialed in.

“If it looks like we won’t race until Wednesday, it would be cool to fly down there and watch it. It’s only in Atlanta.”

Diehard Georgia Bulldog Bubba Pollard would be right there with him.

“We’re going to put it on Alabama and make my wife upset,” Pollard said.

The Money family are notorious Roll Tiders.

Hunter Robbins lives in Pensacola so he just might go home.

“I hate it for people who will be stuck in their hotels or the sports bar the next couple of days,” Robbins said. “Hopefully we can get it in by Sunday night.”

The qualifying order for both the Super Late Model Snowball Derby and Pro Late Model Snowflake 100 can be found below. Thursday will be a full day of practice for both Late Model divisions and that starts at 10 a.m. CT.

SNOWBALL DERBY DRAW

POS DRAW CAR # DRIVER
1 1 91 Ty Majeski
2 2 12 Derek Griffith
3 3 27 Travis Rodewald
4 4 30 Noah Gragson
5 5 9 Derek Kraus
6 6 08 Jace Hansen
7 7 44 Jeremy Doss
8 9 14 Connor Okrzesik
9 10 62 Ryan Preece
10 11 7 Jackson Boone
11 13 21 Travis Braden
12 14 69 Michael Hinde
13 16 35 Carson Kvapil
14 17 7 Derek Thorn
15 18 22 Sammy Smith
16 19 26 Luke Fenhaus
17 20 26 Bubba Pollard
18 21 51 Jake Finch
19 22 55 Haeden Plybon
20 23 28 Cole Butcher
21 25 32 Stuart Dutton
22 26 51 Stephen Nasse
23 27 24 William Byron
24 29 1 Michael House
25 30 35 Jake Garcia
26 31 4 Erik Jones
27 32 2 John Bolen
28 33 18 Chase Burda
29 34 54 Matthew Craig
30 35 22 Gio Ruggiero
31 36 14 Carson Hocevar
32 37 63 Kole Raz
33 38 5 Johnny Sauter
34 39 58 Johnny Aramendia
35 40 50 Jett Noland
36 42 18 Hunter Robbins
37 43 33 Albert Francis
38 44 28 Timothy Watson
39 45 23 Ed VanMeter
40 46 32 Treyten Lapcevich
41 47 74 Ryan Moore
42 48 2 William Sawalich
43 49 32 Caden Kvapil
44 50 44 Conner Jones
45 52 48 Preston Peltier
46 53 112 Augie Grill
47 54 23 Billy VanMeter
48 55 33 Dustin Smith
49 58 16 Jacob Gomes
50 59 54 Conner Sutton

SNOWFLAKE 100 DRAW

POS DRAW CAR NO. DRIVER
1 1 9 Anthony Cataldi
2 2 62 Josh Hicks
3 3 11 Randy Sargent
4 4 33 Dustin Smith
5 5 11 Brian Reeves
6 8 43 Augie Grill
7 9 00 Jimmy Renfrew
8 11 3 Chris Munson
9 12 69 Michael Hinde
10 13 18 Terry Senneker
11 14 7 Jackson Boone
12 16 1 Kasey Kleyn
13 17 48 Ed Vecchiarelli
14 19 116 Jay Nelson
15 20 18 Chase Burda
16 22 67 Colin Allman
17 23 77 Jensen Jorgensen
18 24 43 Nick Loden
19 25 15 Brett Suggs
20 26 11 Dylan Cappello
21 27 11 Jolynn Wilkinson
22 28 24 Brent Crews
23 29 70 Gavin Graham
24 30 32 Nick Jenkins
25 31 54 Clayton Green
26 32 39 Max Cookson
27 33 54 Matthew Craig
28 34 17 Hudson Bulger
29 35 1 Ryan Fleming
30 36 4 Elliott Massey
31 38 89 Dylan Fetcho
32 39 54 Grant Thompson
33 40 18 Hunter Robbins
34 41 26 Dawson Sutton
35 42 91 Jim Wall
36 43 22 Brandon Oakley
37 44 47 Dustin Bryson
38 45 33 Bryson Shaffer
39 46 3 L.B. Skaggs
40 47 00 Ryan Colby
41 48 27 Jeb Burton
42 49 15 Mike Hopkins
43 50 5 Jeremy Miller
44 51 22 Dylan Courtney
45 52 51 Stephen Nasse
46 53 0 Glenn Styres
47 54 08 Nicholas Naugle
48 55 25 Gavan Boschele
49 56 77 Logan Jones
50 57 12 Christopher Hogan
51 58 54 Jarrett Butcher
52 59 15 Luke Baldwin
53 60 9 Kaden Honeycutt
54 62 407 Jason Vail
55 63 2 John Bolen
56 64 22 Kyle Steckly
57 65 88 Boston Oliver

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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