Nashville, TN (Thursday, December 10, 2020) – The 53rd Annual Snowball Derby from 5 Flags Speedway featured some of the Nation’s top drivers searching for glory in one of the most recognizable Short Track events in the country. As part of the weekend’s events, the Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models featured a number of drivers who are regulars to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
The Nashville regulars made a splash during the first competitive laps on track – the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake Qualifying. 2020 Champion Dylan Fetcho nearly took the top of the board with a 16.688 around the half-mile oval. Early leader of the All American 400, Derek Thorn bested Fetcho by just 13-one-hundredths of a second for the pole. Other qualifiers included Stacy Crain in 13th, Masters of the Pros Winner, Matt Craig in 20th, and Mark Day came in just above the lock-in time at 29th. Kyle Ivey qualified his Crane Racing number 53 machine just outside the cutoff at 31st. Ivey finished 5th during the 50 lap Last Chance Race, ending his weekend.
Come race time, Fetcho helped lead the field to the green flag. The race though would be a battle between Thorn, Bubba Pollard, and Stephen Nasse. The All American 100 Champion, Nasse, duked it out with Pollard down to the last lap, when contact between the two drivers sent Pollard spinning. While Nasse crossed the line first, he would be penalized while still on the front stretch for rough-driving and scored as the last car on the lead lap/. That handed the win to Massachusetts’, Jake Johnson. Fetcho held on for a top ten finish on the night, coming home 7th behind Craig who drove through the field for a sixth-place finish. Crain brought it home in 23rd, with Day being scored in 36th.
Wisconsin’s Ty Majeski picked up the win in the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby, holding moving Thorn out of the way on a final restart. Thorn held on for second after starting on the pole, NASCAR Cup Champion and former All American 400 winner, Chase Elliot finished third. Former winners at NFS, Matt Craig finished 19th, 2020 All American 400 Champion Casey Roderick finished 28th and Stephen Nasse finished 29th.
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Story – Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
Photo – Horsepower Happenings