Saturday, December 3, 2016

William Byron Takes Pole for 49th Annual Snowball Derby

William Byron Takes Pole for 49th Annual Snowball Derby Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Driver On Top

William Byron Takes Pole for 49th Annual Snowball Derby

The full-time NASCAR driver, William Byron  successfully headed to his pits as the official polesitter for the 49th annual Snowball Derby on Sunday. Byron, a seven-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year, stood head and shoulders above a group of 56 other cars in short-track racing’s most exciting two laps.

“It’s a good feeling. I was just hoping we could get through ‘tech’ and celebrate,” Byron said with a smile on his face. “This was just a great job done by this team and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Byron, a Charlotte, N.C., area driver, posted a fast lap of 16.201 seconds, which was less than a tenth off the track record that was set by Ty Majeski at last year’s Snowball Derby.

The last driver to win the Derby from the pole came in 2005 when local hero Eddie Mercer ended his long quest and finally hoisted the Tom Dawson trophy.

Although engine issues dropped him out of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) chase; Byron started the last race of the 2016 season from the pole for the second-consecutive week. He pulled away from the field for the final 10 laps and crossed the finish line 2.175 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. It will be exciting to see if his hot streak survives this Short Track challenge.

The win gave KBM its fourth consecutive and fifth all-time NCWTS owner championship. KBM is the first team in NCWTS history to win four-consecutive owner championships and has the most owner titles of any other team.

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49th Annual Snowball Derby

Qualifying Results for the Top 30

  • Friday at Five Flags Speedway
  • Track Record—16.120 (Ty Majeski, Derby 2015)
  1. 9B William Byron, Charlotte, NC, 16.201
  2. 91 Ty Majeski, Seymour, WI, 16.241
  3. 29 Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, GA, 16.247
  4. 26 Bubba Pollard, Senoia, GA, 16.257
  5. 4 Kyle Plott, Marietta, GA, 16.282
  6. 51 Christopher Bell, Norman, OK, 16.308
  7. 5G Noah Gragson, Las Vegas, 16.318
  8. 7 Casey Roderick, Lawrenceville, GA, 16.319
  9. 07 Corey Lajoie, Cornelius, NC, 16.326
  10. 97 Cole Anderson, Northfield, MN, 16.327
  11. 3 Kaz Grala, Westbrough, MA, 16.363
  12. 15 Christian Eckes, Cornelius, NC, 16.366
  13. 9 Jeff Choquette, West Palm Beach, 16.394
  14. 14 Chris Davidson, Pearland, TX, 16.403
  15. 67 Clay Jones, Mooresville, NC, 16.404
  16. 16 Brandon McReynolds, Mooresville, NC, 16.417
  17. 12 Harrison Burton, Huntersville, NC, 16.425
  18. 43T Derek Thorn, Bakersfield, CA, 16.429
  19. 5 Jerry Artuso, Sault Ste Marie, ONT, 16.433
  20. 8 John Hunter Nemechek, Mooresville, NC, 16.442
  21. 98 Daniel Hemric, Mooresville, NC, 16.446
  22. 42 Chad Finley, Dewitt, MI, 16.448
  23. 2W Donnie Wilson, OKC, OK, 16.451
  24. 83 Scotty Ellis, Forsyth, GA, 16.457
  25. 77 Zane Smith, Huntington Beach, CA, 16.460
  26. 26S Chandler Smith, Jasper, GA, 16.468
  27. 99 Casey Smith, Austin, TX, 16.472
  28. 82 Grant Enfinger, Montrose, AL, 16.474
  29. 112 Augie Grill, Hayden, AL, 16.484
  30. 01 Derek Scott, Franklin, TX, 16.496

The fastest thirty times will be locked into the feature. The remaining cars will run in a Qualifying Race, with the top four finishers advancing to the feature.

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