Despite being this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point series bridesmaid, Kyle Busch scored his second legendary this weekend after taking the checkered flag in the 50th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.
Considered one of the most prestigious late model races in the country, the 50th anniversary of this event was nothing less than grueling for each of the 37 drivers who made the field in this feature race. Early on in the weekend, Georgia late model driver Bubba Pollard dominated after picking up the win in Saturday night’s Snowflake 100 and leading the field in the early laps of Sunday’s feature race.
While Busch didn’t have a dominant late model during much of the weekend, the 15th place starter found his way to the top of the field on Lap 125 after battling past both the No. 26 of Pollard and the No. 91 of Ty Majeski. On Lap 150, Pollard battled back to the lead ahead of Busch, but as the laps wound down, the Cup Series driver would once again find enough extra speed to power back to the lead and pick up his second Snowball Derby win and his first golden anniversary race win.
“The Snowball Derby is the biggest race in the Late Model industry, and this year was extra special,” said Busch. “It was fun to come out and race in these cars and have great competitors that ran me really clean all day long, especially after a rather difficult season in the Cup Series.”
Although first place qualifier Preston Peltier was also a contender early in this race, his No. 48 late model was caught up in a multiple car wreck following the first round of pit stops, which resulted in a 32nd place finish. Early race leader Bubba Pollard continued to stay in the top five throughout the final laps of this race and brought home a third-place finish.
Thanks to the golden win, 2009 Snowball Derby winner Busch took home $25,000 along with the bragging rights going into the holiday season. Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com for more about this and other prestigious racing events.