Former NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch filed an official entry for December’s Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.
The 32-year-old will pilot the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota for 300 laps in the 50th annual Super Late Model classic. This will be his fourth start in the prestigious win, having won in 2009, and he competed in both 2002 and 2012.
"The Snowball Derby is the biggest race in the Late Model industry, and with this year being the 50th annual event, I feel like it’s going to be extra special," Busch said in a press released. "Tim Bryant and all of his staff do such a great job promoting this event, and the fans always turn out because the racing is exciting."
Busch has fielded entries as a car owner in recent years for drivers such as 2013 race winner Erik Jones and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Christopher Bell.
This year, with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series banquet in Las Vegas being changed to an earlier date, the schedule will allow him to take another serious run at Super Late Model racing’s biggest prize -- $20,000, a $5,000 ring and the Tom Dawson Memorial trophy.
Previous winners of the event include Darrell Waltrip, Chase Elliott, Steven Wallace, John Hunter Nemechek and Donnie Allison.
"I was debating on whether or not to enter the Derby this year even before they moved the Cup Series banquet to Thursday night, so once that changed and it will allow me to get to Five Flags Speedway on Friday to qualify my own car, I was all in.
"Winning the Snowball Derby is challenging because all of the best short-track drivers in the country have it circled on their calendars, so I’m looking forward to seeing where we stack up against the competition. It would make for a heck of a week if I could celebrate being the Cup Series champion in Las Vegas on Thursday night and then collect another Tom Dawson Trophy in Pensacola on Sunday."
This year has seen Busch compete in a handful of Late Model races throughout the country.
Already this year, he has competed in the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park in California, Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina, the Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, the Kalamazoo Klash at Kalamazoo Speedway in Michigan and Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway.
By Matt Weaver
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