Kyle Busch Motorsports Snowball Derby Preview

Over 50 Super Late Model teams converged on Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., this week for the 50th running of the prestigious Snowball Derby, including three entries from Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). Owner-driver Kyle Busch, who won the event in 2009, will be joined by Noah Gragson and Cole Rouse for Sunday’s 300-lap event at the half-mile, high-banked oval.
KBM will be looking to collect its third Tom Dawson Memorial Trophy. In addition to Busch’s win in 2009, the organization visited victory lane with Erik Jones in 2013.
Speed 51 is offering live pay-per-view coverage of the Snowball Derby for fans that cannot attend but wish to watch one of the year’s most exciting racing events. Green flag is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and coverage begins at 12 p.m. CT with the Snowball Derby Pre Race Show.
Here’s a closer look at KBM’s three entries in Sunday’s race:
Driver:                                      Kyle Busch
Starting Position:                    15th
Final Practice Result:             Sixth
Car:                                          No. 51 Toyota/Phoenix Construction Camry
Associate Sponsors:                Billy Ballew Motorsports, Family Funeral and Cremation, ProMoly, Stock Car Steel and                                                              Aluminum Company, SRI and TRD
Crew Chief:                             Rudy Fugle
Busch hopped on a plane from Las Vegas late Thursday night after attending the NASCAR Cup Series’ annual banquet and arrived in Pensacola just prior to the start of Friday’s first practice session. The Las Vegas native will be looking to score his 14th overall victory of 2017, having posted five wins in both the Cup and Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing and three Camping World Truck Series victories for KBM.
In addition to his 183 victories across NASCAR’s top three divisions, Busch has posted numerous Late Model victories throughout his career, including the Snowball Derby in 2009. Busch will be making his fourth career Snowball Derby start Sunday, most recently finishing third in the 2012 event.
Busch will be hosting the “Rowdy Roundup” in the Fan Zone at 5 Flags Speedway Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets for the exclusive meet and greet, which allows fans the opportunity to get two items autographed and have their picture taken with Busch, can still be purchased at the 5 Flags Speedway Main Office.