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Snowball Derby Qualifying Recap

Saturday December 7, 2013

 

Chase Elliott went out last in the qualifying order for the 46th Annual Snowball Derby and not only win the pole but set a new track record.
Photo by Chris Owens

By Chris Owens

Pensacola, Fla — The best was saved for last on Friday night in Snowball Derby qualifying. Chase Elliott would go out last and lay down a new track record en route to his first Snowball Derby pole award.

Elliott knocked Bubba Pollard off the top spot. Pollard, who went out a few cars before Elliott would set a Snowball Derby record with his lap, but it would not stand after Elliott’s lap.

“I didn’t think it would be that fast,” Elliott said. “I knew we could have a good lap, but I never thought it’d be that quick. I’m just proud of the guys for that lap and now we can just focus on Sunday. That’s the main thing. I’m excited about the lap, but it’s just a starting spot.”

Elliott is a winner of the Snowball Derby back in 2011 when he and DJ Vanderlay raced side by side for the final five laps.

John Hunter Nemechek would also go out late in the session and post a lap good enough for the third starting spot for Sunday’s race.

Daniel Hemric, who was the first car to go out, withstood most of the guys that laid down a lap. In the end, Hemric would end up fourth in Sunday’s 46th Snowball Derby.

Augie Grill would round out the top five for Sunday’s race.

Other notables that are locked into the 46th Snowball Derby included 2010 winner, Johanna Long. Long will start from the 23rd spot on Sunday. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, David Ragan will go from the eighth spot, while last year’s winner, Erik Jones rolls off 12th.

While the top thirty is set for Sunday, 28 drivers are left outside of the 300-lap event. Saturday’s last chance race will set the final seven starting spots.

With names like Kyle Grissom, DJ Shaw, Cale Gale, and Dakota Armstrong still fighting for a spot in the prestigious Snowball Derby, Saturday’s Last Chance race will be a nail biter for some car owners and crew chiefs.

Saturday includes final practice for the Snowball Derby and the 50 lap Last Chance Race, Saturday afternoon.

Chase Elliott is looking to add a second Snowball Derby trophy to his mantel.
Photo by Chris Owens

Snowball Derby Qualifying

1. #9 Chase Elliott – 16.133

2. #26 Bubba Pollard – 16.245

3. #8 John Hunter Nemechek – 16.281

4. #98 Daniel Hemric – 16.313

5. #112 Augie Grill – 16.331

6. #99 Casey Smith – 16.338

7. #29 Austin Theriault – 16.343

8. #77 David Ragan – 16.365

9. #91 Zak Hausler – 16.370

10. #90 Grant Enfinger – 16.375

11. #25 Ross Kenseth – 16.405

12. #51 Erik Jones – 16.408

13. #51 Stephen Nasse – 16.409

14. #71 Kyle Benjamin – 16.413

15. #7 Paul Shafer, Jr. – 16.429

16. #96 Ben Kennedy – 16.436

17. #42 Chad Finley – 16.455

18. #41 T.J. Reaid – 16.457

19. #74 Preston Peltier – 16.458

20. #18 Hunter Robbins – 16.487

21. #15 Mason Massey – 16.495

22. #12 Derek Thorn – 16.497

23. #10 Johanna Long – 16.505

24. #129 Spencer Davis – 16.510

25. #53 Boris Jurkovic – 16.515

26. #22 Jeremy Pate – 16.524

27. #1 Mike Garvey – 16.527

28. #11 Logan Boyett – 16.552

29. #29 Landon Cassill – 16.552

30. #29 Anderson Bowen – 16.555

31. #2W Donnie Wilson – 16.559

32. #98 Mason Mingus – 16.564

33. #45 Clay Rogers – 16.568

34. #2 DJ VanderLey – 16.578

35. #11 David Rogers – 16.578

36. #79 Kyle Bryant – 16.591

37. #2 Brady Boswell – 16.605

38. #36 Alex Labbe – 16.607

39. #45 Dwayne Buggay – 16.609

40. #9 Mark Kraus – 16.610

41. #49 Josh Hamner – 16.612

42. #23 Dalton Grindle – 16.620

43. #31 Kyle Grissom – 16.333

44. #52 Chris Wimmer – 16.639

45. #19 Lonnie Sommerville – 16.681

46. #41 Chris Davidson – 16.685

47. #05 Nathan Davis – 16.695

48. #60 DJ Shaw – 16.702

49. #67 Jeff Fultz – 16.705

50. #99 Junior Niedecken – 16.732

51. #21 Cale Gale – 16.744

52. #5 Jerry Artuso – 16.752

53. #5 Dakota Armstrong – 16.770

54. #47 Allen Karnes – 16.770

55. #73 Cole Powell – 16.804

56. #1 Tim Martin – 16.842

57. #10 Steve Dorer – 16.878

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