Chase Elliott Claims Snowball Derby Victory Following Christopher Bell’s Disqualification

Chase Elliott Claims Snowball Derby Victory Following Christopher Bell’s Disqualification

by December 6, 2015 0 comments

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Chase Elliott was declared the winner of the 48th annual Snowball Derby on Sunday at Five Flags Speedway after Christopher Bell failed post-race inspection.

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Christopher Bell started 31st and fought his way to the front of the field to lead 93 of the 300 scheduled laps. However, following his winning celebration, Bell’s left side weight was 58.3%, just .3% over the legal amount when the car rolled through post-race tech inspection. Bell was disqualified, and Chase Elliott was awarded the victory.

The win marks Elliott’s second Snowball Derby victory. He won the 2011 edition of the prestigious event, as well. Elliott finished runner-up in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship point standings this season, and in 2016, he’ll take over the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

What’s so ironic about the post-race story line is that Chase Elliott has been in a similar debacle before. Back in 2013, he was disqualified from the Snowball Derby after tungsten was discovered in post-race tech inspection. On that particular afternoon, it was Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Erik Jones earning his second consecutive Snowball Derby victory.

On Sunday, Zane Smith was the runner-up with Ty Majeski, who started on the pole finishing third. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver, Dalton Sargeant finished fourth and Bubba Pollard rounded out the top-five.

Other notable finishers include:

William Byron, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion finished eighth.

Daniel Hemric, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver finished 10th.

Kaz Grala, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular finished 11th.

Corey LaJoie, son of former NASCAR XFINITY Series driver, Randy LaJoie finished 14th.

Clay Jones, who competes at Dillon Motor Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park completed the top-15.

Johanna Long, 2010 Snowball Derby winner finished 20th

John Hunter Nemechek, 2014 Snowball Derby winner started 37th, led 18 laps and had to retire from the event in 21st due to a massive fire that engulfed his car on pit road.

Harrison Burton, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Jeff Burton finished 26th.

Kyle Grissom, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Steve Grissom finished 33rd.

Augie Grill, 2007 and 2008 Snowball Derby winner finished 34th.


Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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