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Thorn achieves redemption by taking Derby win.

(Photo Credit: @Snowball_5Flags)




For the past two years, it has seemed that Derek Thorn has left Pensacola snake bitten after dominating both races in the past years. But as the old saying goes, "third time is a charm." That is exactly what happend to Derek Thorn as he took the checkered flag in the 55th Annual Snowball Derby.


Over the past two years, Thorn has led over 250 laps in each of the last two years. In 2021, he led 252 laps and Ty Majeski eventually went on to win. In 2021, he led 284 laps and was moved out of the way by the eventual winner of Chandler Smith. This year, Thorn had to outlast a series of late cautions to hold on to him finally capturing short track racing's biggest prize.


This year, Thorn started on the outside of the front row right next to polesitter Josh Berry, Thorn made an agressive mode by fighting for position on lap one and by the exit of turn two, Thorn had the lead and never looked back. In the later stages of the race, drivers like Bubba Pollard stayed out on old tires but eventually Thorn took the lead again and set sail for a Snowball Derby record 300 laps led of the 311 run. And with that, became the all-time Snowball Derby lap leader in the history of the event.


Another impressive showing by Stephen Nasse, who started 35th due to his Southern Super Series points provesional made his way up to a third place finish.



55th Annual Snowball Derby Results:

1. Derek Thorn

2. Sammy Smith

3. Stephen Nasse

4. Casey Roderick

5. Cole Butcher

6. William Byron

7. Jake Garcia

8. Jace Hansen

9. Jacob Gomes

10. Ty Majeski

11. Preston Peltier

12. Carson Kvapil

13. Bubba Pollard

14. Michael Hinde

15. Daniel Dye

16. Giovanni Ruggiero

17. Ryan Luza

18. Matthew Craig

19. Derek Kraus

20. Noah Gragson

21. Luke Fenhaus

22. Dustin Smith

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