PENSACOLA, Fla. – The 49th annual Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway has been postponed until Monday due to persistent rain.
After showers hovered over the Florida half-mile all morning, the rain abated just after 2 p.m. local time and the sun broke through the clouds, opening up a potential window to dry the track and hold the 300-lap super late model crown jewel.
Armed with a jet dryer from Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, track officials began working through the drying process for several hours, but a massive downpour returned just after 5:30 p.m. local time that drenched the speedway and left little choice but to reschedule the race, after a vote of the participating drivers was held.
The plan for Monday’s rescheduled event is for pit gates to open at noon Central, with the race kicking off at 5 p.m.
When the event does go green, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year William Byron will lead the field to the start, after winning the pole position during qualifying on Friday evening.