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Travis Braden claims Snowball Derby win

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Travis Braden was declared the winner of the 52nd Snowball Derby after Stephen Nasse was disqualified following postrace tech for a titanium violation.


Stephen Nasse overcame starting 36th, a power steering failure, and survived the late race carnage to come away with the victory in the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway on Sunday night.

Nasse inherited the lead during the second overtime attempt when Casey Roderick and Ty Majeski tangled, triggering a multi-car accident.  Nasse, who was on the outside on the restart, avoided the incident that took place to his inside, then on the ensuing restart, the Pinellas Park, Florida driver rocketed away from the field and held on for the win.

“This is awesome,” Nasse said in victory lane.  “I don’t know what to say man.  To come from last, the power steering went out at lap 80.  I thought we were screwed.  I worked so hard I can’t feel my arms right now.  I thought we were done.  I don’t know what happened.  Thank you everybody.  Thank you, all the fans.  This is awesome.”

Travis Braden raced his way to second while Jake Garcia, Cole Butcher, and Jesse Dutilly rounded out the top-five.

Majeski had dominated much of the race prior to the incident with two laps to go that took him out.  After the wreck, Majeski criticized the restart rules.

“Silly rules,” Majeski said after the accident on the Speed51 broadcast.  “I don’t know why we can’t just do NASCAR rules, leader fires in the box.”

Roderick, who was also swept up in the incident, led laps during the race, along with Jeff Choquette, pole-sitter Derek Thorn, and Jake Garcia.

The results can be seen below.

  1. Stephen Nasse
  2. Travis Braden
  3. Jake Garcia
  4. Cole Butcher
  5. Jesse Dutilly
  6. Preston Peltier
  7. Chandler Smith
  8. Casey Roderick
  9. Hunter Robbins
  10. Dan Frederickson
  11. Boris Jurkovic
  12. Dalton Zehr
  13. Derek Griffith
  14. Ty Majeski
  15. Jeff Choquette
  16. Derek Thorn
  17. Giovanni Bromante
  18. John DeAngelis
  19. Derek Kraus
  20. Matt Craig
  21. Brad May
  22. Michael Atwell
  23. Cole Moore
  24. Jeremy Doss
  25. Lucas Jones
  26. Bubba Pollard
  27. Kaden Honeycutt
  28. David Gilliland
  29. Augie Grill
  30. Josh Berry
  31. Connor Okrezesik
  32. Corey Lajoe
  33. Jeremy Pate
  34. David Rogers
  35. Rodrigo Rejon
  36. Kyle Plott
  37. Corey Heim

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.

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