Hello and Happy New Year!
The first LMD issue of 2019 will be finished two weeks from now. In the meantime, check out a few extra photos from the 51st annual Snowball Derby December 2 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola FL. Thanks to our contributors Buddy Bryan, Kim Kemperman and David Kranak.
Connor Okrzesik (14) completes his pass on Casey Roderick for fourth place in the final moments. (David Kranak/ Impact Zone Photos)
Ty Majeski (91) and Bubba Pollard (26), arguably the two biggest names in pavement Super Late Model racing over the last few years, fight for position. (Kim Kemperman photo)
Pensacola native Logan Boyett, who qualified sixth, enjoys some time with fans before the race. (Jim Carson photo)
Kason Plott (19) and Jerry Artuso meet an early end to their Snowball last-chance race runs. (David Kranak/ Impact Zone Photos)
Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Raphael Lessard (51) and eventual winner Noah Gragson (18) battle for the lead in the early moments. (David Kranak/ Impact Zone Photos)
The front 12 rows of the grid line up for their pace laps. (David Kranak/ Impact Zone Photos)
John DeAngelis Jr. (inside) battles Paul Shafer Jr. in one of several cases of duplicate numbers. (Kim Kemperman photo)
Jeff Choquette (9) escapes a crash involving Perry Patino (89) and Kaden Honeycutt (Buddy Bryan photo)
Noah Gragson enjoys a moment with Miss Snowball Derby Helena Ciappina after the biggest victory of his career. (Buddy Bryan photo)
Fred Nason, who owns Nason’s Landscaping which is a longtime sponsor of racing in and around northern Illinois, pushes his grandson through the infield. This was the first Five Flags Speedway visit for Fred and his son Austin Nason, who competed in his first Derby. (Jim Carson photo)
Chris Davidson (right) and his adviser Mike Garvey chat before the last chance race. Davidson won that consi and ran as high as seventh in the main event. (Jim Carson photo)
Oklahoma veteran Donnie Wilson (2) and his teammate Cole Butcher battle for position (David Kranak/ Impact Zone Photos)
Stewart Friesen (112) and Austin Nason get tangled up in an early accident in turn two. (Kim Kemperman photo)
Polesitter Harrison Burton gets service from his pit crew. (Kim Kemperman photo)