Elliott Ready for Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100

Elliott Ready for Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100

by December 2, 2013 0 comments

A former winner, Chase Elliott comes to the Snowball Derby this weekend looking to pick up his second victory in the prestigious event. Elliott went to Victory Lane back in 2011, besting D.J. Vanderley and Ross Kenseth for his lone Derby victory.

Elliott says that winning the race back in ’11 meant a lot to him, and he’s hoping to add another Derby victory to his résumé on Sunday.

“The Snowball is short track racing, and it means a ton to me to have won it before,” Elliott said. “It’s a largely anticipated week for short track racers, and there’s a ton of work that goes in for this race alone.

“Like I said, it means a ton to have won it before, and we obviously would love to get another won this weekend. I think just have running the race in the past can’t hurt although this is a new year and new race.”

In four previous races, Elliott has led 131 laps. In his first start back in 2009, he finished seventh while he won the race just two years later. Last year saw a fifth place finish behind Erik Jones.

Elliott was the victor at the last long distance Super Late Model event back in November at the historic Fairground Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. While he certainly didn’t win easily, Elliott rallied from a broken track bar to claim his first All-American 400 win.

While Nashville and Five Flags are completely different tracks, Elliott says his team needs to make a few changes before heading to Pensacola.

“Nashville was a big win for our team, but it’s in the past, and we’re just looking ahead to how we can improve; we needed to make a few improvements to be where we need to be for the Snowball,” Elliott said.

Elliott knows how to be around at the end of these longer distance races. He’s won the “Grand Slam” of Super Late Model racing; the World Crown 300 at Gresham, the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway, the All-American 400 and the Snowball Derby. But Elliott says strategy will be different come Sunday then it has been at any of the other races.

“These longer races are definitely different from most of the Late Model races throughout the year,” Elliott said. “The snowball separates itself from all the other big races in a couple ways, one being the larger tire allotment than Nashville and Winchester. That’s going to change strategy somewhat, but our main goal is to try our absolute best to stay out of trouble and hopefully be there when it counts.”

You can also find Chase Elliott racing in the Pro Late Model “Snowflake 100” on Saturday evening. Elliott is a winner of that race as well. While the Snowflake won’t help Chase come Sunday, seat time can’t be bad.

“I don’t think the snowflake will help a whole lot for Sunday, there’s so many things that are different it’s hard to compare accurately,” Elliott said.

Chase Elliott and 60-plus other Super Late Model drivers will compete for the right to be called Snowball Derby champion on Sunday afternoon. Qualifying will be held on Friday evening with the Snowflake 100 to be contested on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Owens
For years, Chris has been traveling the country shooting photos capturing some of the sport's most unique moments and writing articles about grassroots racing and the NASCAR. Chris is the track photographer for Dillon Motor Speedway, and he has created websites for regional racing media outlets as well as for a few clients in the various traveling Late Model divisions. He also created a website for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Danny Efland.

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