Elliott Stays Perfect With Snowflake Victory
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Chase Elliott remained perfect so far this weekend at Five Flags Speedway by winning the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 on Saturday night.
Eliott started from the pole in the 100-lap event but quickly dropped to the sixth position. Despite falling back early, Elliott was able to pass cars almost at will to make his way back to the lead. Elliott would move around John Hunter Nemechek for the lead and ultimately the race win with just six laps remaining and cruised to his second consecutive Snowflake 100 victory and third of his career.
“I didn’t expect it to go green like that,” said Elliott following the victory. “I anticipated a lot more cautions. I was glad it went green because I didn’t want to see any torn up race cars. It was a good race for the fans to watch and fortunately we came out on top.
“It means a lot but the weekend is not over, so our goal is to get a clean sweep on the weekend and I think we can do it.”
Nemechek would come home second in his first pro late model start Saturday night. Nemechek says he went way too early and should saved his equipment for later in the race.
“I made my move too early,” Nemechek said. “I tried going hard too early and he saved his stuff a little bit more and that’s what the key factor was. It’s all about saving and trying to get the best equipment there for the end and we came up just a little it short.”
Justin South would come home third after leading a large portion of the 100-lap affair. Hunter Robbins and Dwayne Buggay completed the top five.
The race was slowed just twice. Ryan Luza would bring out the first caution when he came to a stop in turn one. The second and biggest accident of the night came on lap 12 when Jared Fryar, Mark Day, Ben Kennedy, Junior Niedecken and Harrison Burton, among others, were all collected in a multi-car accident in turn two.
Chase Elliott now turns his attention to the 46th running of the Snowball Derby on Sunday afternoon. Elliott will start from the pole in the 300 lap event after setting a new track record Friday night.
“There’s a lot of stuff different for tomorrow. I hope my car’s good on the long run. I think you’re going to see a lot more of the same, I expect long run stuff,” Elliott said. “Hopefully we can get the job done.”
In other action Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway, 2013 ARCA Racing Series runner-up Mason Mingus raced his way into the Snowball Derby by winning the 50-lap last chance race. Also advancing from the last chance race were David Rogers, Cale Gale and Josh Hamner. Chris Davidson, Donnie Wilson and Clay Rogers received provisionals to complete the 37-car field.
Brady Boswell and Chris Wimmer originally earned transfer spots into the Snowball Derby from the last chance race, but were disqualified in post-race technical inspection for carburetor infractions.
Riley Thorton captured the 50-lap pro truck feature that ran before the Snowflake 100.