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Not only did adverse weather cause a two-day rain delay for the 49th running of the Snowball Derby, the track was actually under a Tornado Watch. A watch means conditions are favorable or expected but not occurring or imminent; while during a warning conditions are occurring or imminent.
The Five Flags staff met with all the drivers behind closed doors. After a “hand vote,” the resulting decision became a balancing act between the drivers, team members, fans, track personal and even media considerations.
Today’s agenda calls for the pits to be opened at noon today. The driver’s meeting is scheduled to take place at 3:00 p.m. with the pre-race festivities commencing at 4:00 p.m. The Snowball Derby’s Green Flag will finally, optimistically, drop at 5:00 p.m.
We would have like to have started the race earlier for the teams and at the same time we would have liked to start a little later for the fans in the Gulf Coast area who have to work. It was a little bit of a compromise there. Track Promoter Tim Bryant.
The forecast looks good for today’s race. Click here for AccuWeather
The big topic around the track has been the addition of a “controlled caution” procedure. Not all drivers appreciate the determination. Over the past few years, Super Late Model races in the Southeast have consisted of live pit stop races. The controlled cautions will add strategy back into the race and help lower the costs for the less-funded teams hoping to remain competitive.
The new procedure will consist of controlled pit stops, in which no car may lose a lap under caution while pitting. In addition, no driver will lose positions in regards to other cars that pitted during the controlled caution period.
Finally! It's #SnowballDerby time. Beautiful day! @5FlagsSpeedway @speed51dotcom pic.twitter.com/sdUxwmCdl2— Bob Dillner (@bobdillner) December 6, 2016
All Fans who purchased ticket but are unable to attend the event – Watch the Video Below:
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