From Sweep to Weep
Chase Elliott was practically untouchable the entire weekend at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for the 2013 Snowball Derby. Breaking the record in qualifying and setting the fast time for both the Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby was a first in the history of the event. Elliott was easily the class of the field and the one everyone was chasing.
Elliott handily won the Snowflake 100 on Saturday night and he backed it up with another stellar performance on Sunday at the Snowball Derby. It was s dream weekend for the young man from Dawsonville, Georgia. But it all came crashing down around him in a post-race inspection after Sunday’s Snowball Derby.
Ricky Brooks, a no non-sense technical director, known for his by-the-book stance, with no gray area allowed, ended up finding tungsten weights in Elliott’s Snowball Derby car. Anything other than lead weights are deemed illegal. Tungsten is a more dense metal that runs about $48 per pound more than lead. It allows a team to laser target where the weight needs to be for better rolling through the turns, due to the ability to place a heavier chunk of weight in a smaller space.
The tungsten was certainly not the reason why Elliott was so dominant during the weekend. He has great equipment, an incredibly talented team and he himself is no slouch behind the wheel, but the tungsten is illegal, so Elliott was stripped of the Snowball win. His Snowflake win remains intact, as a different car was run for that race, which passed post-race tech.
The disqualification turned the win over to Erik Jones, who was enjoying an impressive run himself, piloting a Kyle Busch Motorsports machine.
A “Wreck-Reel” from Saturday night’s events as well as a “Snowball Derby Highlight” video can be viewed on this page.
Race results from the night click HERE.