Pill Draw Determines
Drivers chose numbered snowballs Wednesday to determine the qualifying order for the Snowball Derby. (Jacob Seelman photo)

Pill Draw Sets Snowball Derby Qualifying Order

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Fifty-five super late model drivers found out where they’ll line up in the Snowball Derby qualifying order during Wednesday evening’s PFC Brakes Qualifying Drawdown at Five Flags Speedway.

In an ironic twist, Michael House drew the No. 1 pill as the first driver to pull for his qualifying spot. He’ll be the first driver to time in Friday night, wheeling the No. 1.

“Maybe that’s telling me I’m pretty lucky or something,” House said on stage.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Grant Enfinger, returning to the Snowball Derby this year for the first time since 2016, pulled pill No. 60 and will be last to qualify.

“It’ll probably be fine, no matter where you qualify,” Enfinger noted. “Things are so unpredictable here each year.”

Among those who landed in between were defending Snowball Derby winner Travis Braden and perennial contender Bubba Pollard. Both are driving for new teams this year.

Braden has moved to Jake Keaton Racing from Platinum Motorsports, while Pollard took the reins of the TK Racing No. 71 normally driven by Johnny VanDoorn in lieu of his own No. 26.

Braden pulled the No. 11 pill and will be 11th to qualify Friday night, while Pollard drew No. 53 and lines up 48th in the time trial list for what many drivers call “the most stressful night in short track racing.”

NASCAR Cup Series champions Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch will be 27th and 33rd, respectively, to take time. Both are seeking their third Snowball Derby victories Sunday.

The full Snowball Derby qualifying order can be viewed below.

Pro late model drivers also drew for their positions in the qualifying line Wednesday night, in advance of the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 on Saturday at the historic half mile.

Kyle Plott and Jake Finch will be the first two pro late model drivers to take time in Snowflake qualifications, with Elliott Massey bringing up the rear of the order.

In all, 45 drivers drew in for Snowflake 100 time trials.

53rd Snowball Derby Qualifying Order

  1. Michael House
  2. Chandler Smith
  3. Kason Plott
  4. Boris Jurkovic
  5. Perry Patino
  6. Casey Johnson
  7. Augie Grill
  8. Connor Okrzesik
  9. Chris Davidson
  10. Derek Kraus
  11. Travis Braden
  12. Justin Johnson
  13. Dalton Zehr
  14. Kyle Sieg
  15. Casey Roderick
  16. Ty Majeski
  17. Mason Diaz
  18. Noah Gragson
  19. Kodie Conner
  20. Derek Griffith
  21. Bob Lyon
  22. Stephen Nasse
  23. Hunter Robbins
  24. Carson Hocevar
  25. Kyle Plott
  26. Kaden Honeycutt
  27. Chase Elliott
  28. Jesse Dutilly
  29. Kyle McCallum
  30. Colten Nelson
  31. Austin Nason
  32. Gabe Sommers
  33. Kyle Busch
  34. Ross Kenseth
  35. Michael Atwell
  36. Matt Craig
  37. Logan Boyett
  38. Kyle Bryant
  39. Jake Garcia
  40. Paul Shafer Jr.
  41. Cayden Lapcevich
  42. Ryan Crane
  43. Derek Thorn
  44. Jeremy Doss
  45. Preston Peltier
  46. John DeAngelis
  47. Jeremy Pate
  48. Bubba Pollard
  49. Dan Frederickson
  50. Daniel Dye
  51. Sammy Smith
  52. Cole Butcher
  53. Corey Heim
  54. Hudson Halder
  55. Grant Enfinger