Elliott Gets DQed, Jones Named Derby Champ
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Erik Jones scored his second consecutive Snowball Derby win on Sunday afternoon after Chase Elliott was disqualified for having a piece of tungsten weight in the frame rail of his Super Late Model.
Elliott dominated the 46th Snowball Derby weekend. Things started out on Friday night when he won the pole for Sunday’s event. He later would go on to win the Snowflake 100 pole and race.
Hours after taking the checkered flag and receiving the Tom Dawson Memorial trophy, Elliott would be stripped of the win and trophy and Jones was awarded the win. Jones, who never led a lap in the 300-lap affair, would pick up his second consecutive Snowball Derby win.
“A win is a win and we’ll take it,” Jones said following technical inspection “Being in tech and hearing some things were going down, I was getting a little nervous about seeing what was happening. And thinking, ‘man, maybe we might win this deal now.’ Certainly the same emotion I would have if we were out there and winning the race ourselves and not through tech.”
Last year, Jones muscled his way around Kyle Busch en route to victory, and later a ride with Busch’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. Jones is the first driver to win back-to-back Snowball Derby’s since Augie Grill did so back in 2007 and 2008.
“Winning two Snowball Derby’s is something I would have never dreamed of and to be able to get it now is pretty special.”
Chase Elliott would decline comment following the disqualification in the tech shed.
Grant Enfinger would originally cross the line in the third position, but would be moved to second following inspection. The second-place finish matched Enfinger’s previous career best at the Derby.
“We went down a cylinder early on in the race. We had a great car; everybody that put this deal together gave us a great car. Going down a cylinder, we could run with them on new tires, we were really good on old tires though,” said Enflinger.
Austin Theriault would come home third, driving the Brad Keselowski Racing machine to his best career Derby finish. Hunter Robbins and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five in the 46th Annual Snowball Derby.
While Chase Elliott was the class of the field, Bubba Pollard was second best on Sunday. Pollard would exit the race when he broke an axle leaving the pits on a road of stops. Veteran Super Late Model driver, Augie Grill also suffered from a broken axle on the pace laps that forced him to return from the event before the green flag.
Sunday’s race was slowed eight time for a total of 76 laps. Two competition cautions where thrown when 75 consecutive green flag laps where run to help teams with pit stops.