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Thorn flexes muscle in 55th Annual Snowball Derby recap: Day One

(Photo Credit: @DerekThorn6 on Twitter)


The "Daytona 500 of short-track racing" is upon us as on track activity began in preparation for the 55th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. It was a cool and windy day in Pensacola, Florida as all cars in the pro late model Snowflake 100 and super late model Snowball Derby entries each had three rounds of practice on Thursday.


Picking up right where he left of from the 2021 Snowball Derby, Derek Thorn was the quickest in all three rounds of Snowball Derby practice today with an average lap time of 16.460 seconds. Rounding out the top five where Ryan Luza, Austin Nason, Erik Jones, and Preston Peltier. For Thorn, this is his fourth year in a row that he led at least two sessions in the opening day of practice. Spirits are high with Thorn as Friday brings about Snowball Derby qualifying.


Corey Hiem and William Byron where the only two drivers on the Snowball Derby entry list who did not make laps in Thursday's practice sessions as they had obligations at the NASCAR awards banquet.


Notable Results:

7th - Hunter Robbins

8th - Bubba Pollard

12th - Josh Berry

17th - Ty Majeski

22nd - Daniel Dye

28th - Brad Keselowski

29th - Stephen Nasse

30th - Augie Grill

32nd - Derek Kraus

33rd - Carson Kvapil

37th - Noah Gragson



Allen Turner Snowflake 100 favorite Casey Roderick had the fastest average lap time through three rounds of practice with an average of 16.780. Rounding out the top five are Bryson Shaffer, Mike Hopkins, Derek Thorn, and Brent Crews.


Notable Results:

18th - Augie Grill

21st - Johanna Long-Robbins

25th - Brittney Zamora



Tomorrow, both Snowflake and Snowball Derby entries return to the track once again for more rounds of practice. At 6:00 P.M. CST, you can catch Snowball Derby qualifying from Five Flags Speedway. Follow along on Twitter @TheCollinBest, or watch live on Pay-Per-View on Racing America.