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Plott Brothers Ready to Tackle 50th Annual Snowball Derby

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Pensacola, FL — The Snowball Derby has long been a race that has brought families together for a week at Five Flags Speedway (FL). For 2017, the list of families includes the Plott family, with brothers Kason and Kyle Plott both searching for success in the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.

While Kyle has competed in the Snowball Derby on three previous occasions, younger brother Kason will be making his debut this weekend.

So far, the 2017 season has been an important one for Kyle as he completed his first full-time campaign with the Southern Super Series. This week, he looks to take a great learning season and turn it into a career-best finish at the Snowball Derby, where he had a top-five qualifying effort in 2016.

“We’re excited to be here.” Kyle stated. “Hopefully we’ll have a little more luck than last year and make more than 67 laps. It’s been kind of a rollercoaster year; we’ve had goods and bads just like any other year, but I feel like I learned a lot more racing full-time on the Southern Super Series. Having four races down here I feel like helps a lot, I know the track. This track changes so much over races and it’s a completely different track for the Derby.”

While winning will be a challenge, the oldest Plott brother is looking forward to having a shot at taking on one of the toughest fields in Snowball Derby history.
“Everybody’s seen how stiff the field is up here,” Kyle said. “I’m looking forward to getting out there, qualifying into the race and racing all 300 laps.”

The biggest mark for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby for Kyle and the Plott family is the first appearance of Kason Plott in a race car on Derby weekend. It’s something that Kyle is looking forward just as much as racing himself.

“He should be pretty good. He’s got my old car which has always been fast for me,” Kyle explained. “As long as he doesn’t mess it up, he should be good.”

After making a handful of Southern Super Series appearances in 2017, with a few top-10 finishes along the way, Kason comes in with abundant confidence, especially with Kyle lending a hand.

“I have some high hopes. I have a great team behind me,” Kason said. “Kyle’s been a bunch of help, he’s been working his butt off at the shop getting both of these cars ready. He’s helped me a lot with these past few races down here, getting me ready for it. He’s told me some of his secrets. All I can do is listen, take what he tells me, run with it and hope for the best.”

Kason is confident of his chances at not just making the 50th Snowball Derby, but having a strong race run over the 300-lap event.

“I feel like I’ve learned a lot. We’ve definitely progressed through the races, had our own ups and downs, but I feel like this race is going to be our time to shine,” Kason said confidently. “Just to make the race would be huge for us, but this is the best the car has been here, so there isn’t any reason why we shouldn’t make it. It’s up to me to not mess up in qualifying, then all we can do is make it better and see where we can end up.”

The Plott family will also look to put on a great performance with Rhino Hitch coming onboard both the No. 4 and No. 19 Super Late Models.

“We got Rhino Hitch joining us. Rhino Hitch is the most versatile hitch on the market, everyone should go check them out at rhinohitch.com,” Kason said.

Be sure to follow the Plott brothers on Speed51.com all week long for the latest from the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.

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Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Pollard Searching for Big Win at Snowball Derby

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

SENOIA, Ga. — Bubba Pollard is widely considered as one of the best active Super Late Model racers in the entire country. He’s won big races such as the All American 400, Winter Showdown, Slinger Nationals and Rattler 250. But there’s one race he’s missing from his resume and it’s one of the biggest of them all: The Snowball Derby.

On Sunday, December 3, Pollard will make his way to Five Flags Speedway for his 12th attempt at winning the nation’s most prestigious asphalt Super Late Model race. Throughout his first 11 attempts at winning the Tom Dawson trophy, the Senoia, Georgia driver has learned that winning takes much more than just a fast race car.

“I’m to the point now where it doesn’t matter how good of a race car you’ve got, everything has got to fall in line as far as having a good qualifying run, a good day on pit road, your maintenance program must be up,” Pollard stated. “There’s so many things that can go wrong and so many things that can happen. You’ve got to be on top of your game and it has to be your day. You have to be prepared and it’s all about preparation and just knowing the race.”

Pollard will approach the 50th Annual Snowball Derby as though it’s just another race. Despite the prestige of the race and the boost his resume would receive with a victory, he puts no pressure on himself or his team.

For Pollard, it all comes down to preparation and making the right decision to be there at the end.

“I feel like there’s areas where we’ve struggled throughout the race on Sunday that I feel like we can make ourselves better. Even the small things like track position, air pressure, just things like that you need to take into consideration,” Pollard said of his approach. “Just take the small things and just try to make the best decision you can and capitalize on that. It’s a long day and a long week. All you can do is the best you can to make sure your race car is prepared. We’re just going to treat it like another race, that’s kind of the mentality we’ve had all year.”

Throughout the summer months, Pollard was the man to beat at Five Flags Speedway. He won three of the four Southern Super Series / Blizzard Series races at the track and finished second in the other. With those results, he secured the 2017 Blizzard Series championship and will have a guaranteed starting spot in the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.

But despite those impressive results, there’s not a whole lot that Pollard believes he can transfer over for the biggest race of the year at the Pensacola, FL track.

“We have good race cars every year during the summer at Five Flags. I feel like we’ve had cars capable of winning in the past but I think sometimes we overthink it. I’m guilty of that with things like pressure and stuff like that,” Pollard admitted. “As far as having a good balance on the race car, that’s really the only thing we can take away from this summer. Just having a good starting point when we get there.

“As the race car changes throughout the day as a number of race cars get on the race track, you’ve got to adapt to that. You’ve got to be willing to change and have an open mind when you get to Saturday because the track is different from the time you unload on Thursday. You have to have an open mind to be able to change to the race track.”

Although Pollard plans on approaching the Snowball Derby like any other race, he admits that a victory in the race would be anything but normal.

“A win would maybe take a little stress off of you for the next couple years. It’s a big race. It’s a prestigious race with a lot of history,” Pollard stated. “There are some great race cars that have won it and some no names that have won it. It’s all about having a good day. Not only for me, but for my team. We’ve had guys that have stuck with us for the last 10 years. I feel like we’ve got a good team, they’re prepared and it’d mean a lot to them and the family. It’d mean the world for me, but also my team, my family and everyone involved.”

Pollard will attempt to score the biggest victory of his illustrious career on Sunday, December 3 at Five Flags Speedway. Race fans unable to make it to the race track will be able to watch a live, television-style broadcast on Speed51.com.

For more information on Bubba Pollard, visit the newly-updated www.bubbapollard.com.

Eckes Ready to Defend Snowball Derby Crown at Five Flags

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

(CONCORD, NC) – The 50th Annual Snowball Derby is finally here, and for Christian Eckes, a chance at history is here as well. Eckes, the defending winner of the Snowball Derby, has a chance to add his name to a very elite list of drivers that have gone back-to-back at Five Flags Speedway.

“It would mean a lot to me to repeat as Snowball Derby champion,” said the 17-year-old Eckes from Greenville, New York. “Only three drivers have ever won the Snowball Derby in consecutive years.”

Eckes is also the youngest Snowball Derby champion, and with that comes some added pressure to show that the previous success is no fluke. At least, that’s what many would think. Eckes said that isn’t the case.

“It’s just another race in our eyes,” he said. “We’re going to come in just like last year and work to get our race car the best we can.”

One thing that last year’s win has given Eckes and his Fury Race Cars team is confidence. They know that they can get the job done in the biggest race of the year.

“Our confidence is pretty high, but we will take it one step at a time just like last year. I’m confident in my race team and car, but it’s the Snowball Derby and you just never know how it will go until the checkered falls.”

Eckes said that he and his team are bringing a brand new race car down to Pensacola, Florida, just like they did last year. He’s already tested it once, and he likes his chances with it.

“We tested with our new car a couple weeks ago at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia like we did last year. I felt like it went really well and we’re ready to head down there.”

Eckes will begin his Snowball Derby title defense on Thursday, November 30th with practice day. Friday, December 1st is qualifying day at the Snowball Derby. Eckes and his team are locked into the Snowball Derby with a past champion’s provisional. Saturday, December 2nd is the last practice day before Sunday’s running of the 50th Annual Snowball Derby on December 3rd.

Race fans hoping to watch Eckes go for his second straight Snowball Derby victory can do so by purchasing the live stream on Speed51.com here.

For more on Christian Eckes, visit www.christianeckesracing.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter, @ChristianEckes.

Nasse Focused on ‘Wins and Wins Only’ at Snowball Derby

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Pinellas Park, FL – Throughout his career Stephen Nasse has never been afraid to share what’s on his mind, whether it’s about a fellow competitor or even himself. The former was on full display at the Snowball Derby one year ago, but the latter has also been demonstrated as Nasse and the No. 51 team prepare for the 50th Snowball Derby on December 3 at Five Flags Speedway.

Nasse enters this year’s Snowball Derby on the heels of a championship season with the Southern Super Series. But despite showing consistency en route to the championship, Nasse didn’t reach victory lane. That is something that he’s focused on accomplishing as he heads to the biggest race of the year in Pensacola, FL.

“I feel like when we go out there we always have a shot at a top ten,” Nasse said. “I think in everyone’s eye that’s a consistent and good finish. But I didn’t get into racing for consistency, I got into racing for wins and wins only. I’m sure we’ll be consistent, but if we’re not up front then we’re not good to me.”

After running against drivers that will also be competing in the Derby at the Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway, Nasse came home with his nose clean in seventh. After the run, he determined that there is much to do before heading west on the Panhandle.

“If we go to the Derby like we did at New Smyrna it will be a very bad weekend for Stephen Nasse Racing. We came very unprepared,” Nasse told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We need to step it up and step it up big time going to the Derby to be able to contend for a win. I know it’s possible, I know we can do it, but it’s going to take a lot of work and we can’t shy away from that.”

Last year, Nasse struggled in Derby qualifying, but rebounded in race conditions, winning the Last Chance Race and charging through the field before a late-race incident with William Byron. This year, qualifying is not the chief concern for Nasse.

“I’m not worried about qualifying, our car has had speed initially; the big worry is 20-30 laps into the race when my car goes way out to left field and I can’t even drive it. I know we’ll be fast, we went out and tested the other day. We had speed at the beginning and the beginning is not where we are struggling and you don’t win races at the beginning, you win it on lap 300. We need to get the car working on a longer run.”

The 2017 season was a career year for Nasse, winning the Southern Super Series championship. Although he didn’t win a race, he displayed consistency throughout the season. Nasse celebrated a CARS Tour win in October, but it came in the Hamke house car, not his No. 51. For Nasse that’s not achieving his own goals. But he feels with effort and his knowledge of the Derby, if his team can crack the answer, he will be able to get a career win.

I’ve been around the Derby for four years now and around Super Late Model racing longer. I know what we need to do, it’s just whether we can do it or not, that’s the question.”

In addition to running the Super Late Model, Nasse is poised to run the Pro Late Model Allen Turner Snowflake 100 with overwhelming confidence in reserve.

“I’m not worried at all about the Pro Late Model,” Nasse said. “I know the Rick’s Service Center guys will bring an absolute rocket ship and I know we’ll be up front in that race. It’s still going to be tough, you have all those guys that have been running those cars all year long. But I look at it as just another race car and I just need to go out there and do my job.”

Nasse’s confidence comes from the current measuring stick that is Casey Roderick and the Ronnie Sanders Racing team, who Nasse has chased the few times he has run. But he feels the No. 18 is within striking distance.

“I’ve been able to run second to Roderick multiple times and actually be kind of able to run with him and race with him. If you ask anybody, he’s the best guy in the country running a Pro right now. He’s in them a lot. “I’ve run only three or four, but I’ve been able to stay right there with him. With that momentum, we should be able to step it up.”

But no matter what the circumstances are, Nasse’s drive is to still win, and he goes in with a goal of making it a clean sweep. “We can with the Pro, but with the Super we’ll need to step it up. If we can step it up, we can go for a Snowball Derby win.”

Race fans can watch Stephen Nasse in both the Snowflake and the Snowball Derby live on Speed51.com on December 2-3. For updated schedule information and more on Stephen Nasse, visit www.stephennasse.com. You can also follow Stephen on Twitter at @StephenNasse.