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Chase Elliott Wins The Snowball

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, December 6 2015
Chase Elliott won the prestigious Snowball Derby on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Tom Copeland)

Chase Elliott won the prestigious Snowball Derby on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Tom Copeland)

Chase Elliott, son of former Sprint Cup champion Bill Elliott and a current NASCAR driver himself, won Sunday’s 48th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

Elliott, who will take over the driver’s seat at Hendrick Motorsports that is being vacated by four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, won the Snowball for the second time.

His first Snowball victory came in 2011.

Christopher Bell, who started from the 31st starting position, was named the initial winner of the race..

However, almost immediately upon rolling across the scales in post-race technical inspection, the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 was disqualified.

The left side weight for Bell’s car was at a 58.3% ratio, violating the limit of 58.0%. Chief technical inspector Ricky Brooks mentioned that he gave the KBM team three chances to get the left side weight right this week.

“I have no idea, I really don’t,” Bell told the media. “KBM built a great racecar and it was fast. I crossed the finish line first.”

Zane Smith finished second.

The prestigious Super Late Model race attracts some of the top stock car drivers in the country, including NASCAR stars and drivers hoping to become NASCAR stars.

Among those entered in Sunday’s race were Johanna Long, Harrison Burton (son of Jeff Burton), Grant Enfinger, Christopher Bell, Dalton Sargeant, Mason Mingus, Chase Elliott, Rico Abreu, Ross Kenseth, Corey LaJoie and Daniel Hemric.

Past winners include Darrell Waltrip, Donnie Allison and Erik Jones, this year’s Camping World Truck Series Champion.

John Hunter Nemechek was looking to win his second straight Snowball.

Ty Majeski of Seymour, Wis., started the race from the pole and finished third.

OFFICIAL SNOWBALL DERBY RESULTS

Presented by Racecar Engineering

Fin    St    #    Driver    Laps    Led    Status

1    2    9    Chase Elliott 300    3    running

2    19    77    Zane Smith 300    40    running

3    1    91    Ty Majeski 300    63    running

4    4    5S    Dalton Sargeant 300    0    running

5    18    26    Bubba Pollard 300    16    running

6    35    99    Casey Smith 300    0    running

7    3    48    Preston Peltier 300    23    running

8    15    9B    William Byron 300    0    running

9    12    43    Derek Thorn 300    44    running

10    10    3    Kaz Grala 300    0    running

11    11    5H    Daniel Hemric 300    0    running

12    28    17    Quin Houff 300    0    running

13    5    11    Logan Boyett 300    0    running

14    30    7    Corey LaJoie 299    0    running

15    27    67    Clay Jones 299    0    running

16    33    13    Cassius Clark 298    0    running

17    17    5    Jerry Artuso 297    0    running

18    34    29    Caleb Adrian 296    0    running

19    23    83    Scotty Ellis 295    0    running

20    7    21    Johanna Long 295    0    running

21    37    8    John Hunter Nemechek 294    18    fire

22    32    15    Christian Eckes 291    0    running

23    21    2W    Donnie Wilson 273    0    crash

24    20    9K    Derek Kraus 270    0    crash

25    29    8G    Noah Gragson 269    0    crash

26    24    12    Harrison Burton 214    0    suspension

27    8    51N    Stephen Nasse 190    0    mechanical

28    6    7    Casey Roderick 175    0    crash

29    22    45    Kyle Plott 167    0    crash

30    16    2    D.J. Vanderley 165    0    mechanical

31    26    42    Chad Finley 140    0    engine

32    36    1    Garrett Jones 137    0    mechanical

33    14    31    Kyle Grissom 63    0    crash

34    13    112    Augie Grill 63    0    crash

35    25    H2    Bret Holmes 62    0    crash

36    9    20    Spencer Davis 29    0    mechanical

37    31    51B    Christopher Bell 300    93    running/DQ

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, December 6 2015
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