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Pill Draw Sets Snowball Derby Qualifying Order

Times typically drop later in the session as it gets colder and less humid.

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Seeking his 14th appearance in the Snowball Derby, the first driver to take his two timed laps on Friday night in qualifications will be Super Late Model veteran Mike Garvey.

The 1990 NASCAR All American Challenge champion was one of 51 drivers to clock in on Wednesday night to set the order for the most dramatic time trials format in the discipline. The session will take only the 30 fastest drivers with everyone else forced to race for four spots in Saturday’s last chance race.

The caveat is the two provisionals to the Southern Super Series and Blizzard Series full-timers highest in championship points from the 2021 season who didn’t make the field on speed.

As for Garvey, the first car out isn’t what he wanted as the track will likely be humid and damp, something that only improves as the session goes on.

"No, that's terrible," Garvey said of his fortune.

On the other hand, Pensacola racer Kyle Bryant will have his best chance to make his second Snowball Derby appearance in his ninth appearance as he will be the final driver to take his two timed laps. Casey Roderick and former pole sitter Preston Peltier will take their turns right before Bryant, and those could be the favorites for the pole.

Peltier especially set a would-be new track record during his test session if that inspires any confidence.

Many of the other obvious contenders are expected to turn their laps somewhere in the middle stages of the session when the track could be at its most humid worst -- as a visible film of dew tends to cover the track partway through the session.

Ty Majeski currently holds the track record with a 16.120 second lap in 2015 and the defending race winner goes out 11th on Friday. Erik Jones has two Tom Dawson Trophies and will go out just before that.

"We can work with that," Jones said.

Modified Tour champion and Cup Series regular Ryan Preece is looking to make his first start in the race since 2008 and should have a decent opportunity when he goes out 29th.

"It’s the most nerve-wracking part of the week," Preece said.

The full Snowball Derby qualifying order can be found below and the full Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model order can be found below that.

Note: The Snowball Derby qualifying order has been updated to reflect Cassius Clark is 42nd in the order.

SNOWBALL DERBY QUALIFYING ORDER

  1. 122 Mike Garvey
  2. 9 Brad May
  3. 45 Rich Bickle
  4. 53 Cole Butcher
  5. 51 Stephen Nasse
  6. 4 Kyle Plott
  7. 78 Corey Heim
  8. 53 Boris Jurkovic
  9. 51 Jake Finch
  10. 4 Erik Jones
  11. 91 Ty Majeski
  12. 69 Michael Hinde
  13. 18 Hunter Robbins
  14. 2 John Bolen
  15. 88 Perry Patino
  16. 1 Michael House
  17. 21 Derek Kraus
  18. 36 Dan Fredrickson
  19. 96 Kaden Honeycutt
  20. 21 Jesse Love
  21. 21 Jeff Choquette
  22. 43 Daniel Dye
  23. 45 Kodie Conner
  24. 43 Derek Thorn
  25. 51 Michael Atwell
  26. 4 Luke Fenhaus
  27. 23 Eddie Van Meter
  28. 6cr Ryan Preece
  29. 9 Brandon Watson
  30. 14 Carson Hocevar
  31. 22 Sammy Smith
  32. 7 John DeAngelis
  33. 08 Jace Hansen
  34. 25 Jeff Storm
  35. 10 Ryan Crane
  36. 81 Jett Noland
  37. 44 Jeremy Doss
  38. 26 Bubba Pollard
  39. 7 Paul Shafer Jr.
  40. 26 Chandler Smith
  41. 32 Grant Enfinger
  42. 13 Cassius Clark
  43. 54 Matt Craig
  44. 12G Derek Griffith
  45. 35 Jake Garcia
  46. 62 Lee Tissot
  47. 24 Mason Diaz
  48. 5 Casey Johnson
  49. 48 Preston Peltier
  50. 25 Casey Roderick
  51. 79 Kyle Bryant

SNOWFLAKE 100 QUALIFYING ORDER

  1. 112 Augie Grill
  2. 13 Nick Egan
  3. 22 Brandon Oakley
  4. 12 Justin Bonnett
  5. 4 Kyle Plott
  6. 51 Stephen Nasse
  7. 54 Jarrett Butcher
  8. 89 Dylan Fetcho
  9. 77 Andrew Schied
  10. 25 Blaine Rocha
  11. 29 Mason Keller
  12. 90 Trevor Cristiani
  13. 23 Eddie Van Meter
  14. 34 Dylan Smith
  15. 26 Cole Williams
  16. 57 Zach Telford
  17. 47 Dakota Stroup
  18. 12 Bryson Shaffer
  19. 18 Johanna Long Robbins
  20. 11 Jolynn Wilkinson
  21. 122 Mike Garvey
  22. 81 Jett Noland
  23. 12 Christopher Tullis
  24. 26 Bubba Pollard
  25. 43 Derek Thorn
  26. 67 Colin Allman
  27. 77 Timothy Watson
  28. 5 Jeremy Miller
  29. 48 Preston Peltier
  30. 41 Hunter Jack
  31. 89 Chase Spradlin
  32. 33 Wes Griffith, Jr.
  33. 15 Mike Hopkins
  34. 69 Michael Hinde
  35. 36 Jake Bollman
  36. 20 Harrison Halder
  37. 53 Kyle Ivey
  38. 35 Jake Garcia
  39. 54 Grant Thompson
  40. 9 Ryan Luza
  41. 2 Kyle Jones
  42. 15 Mike Lovell
  43. 7 John DeAngelis
  44. 10 Steve Dorer
  45. 91 Jim Wall
  46. 30 Noah Gragson
  47. 24 William Sawalich
  48. 14 Conner Jones
  49. 4 Elliott Massey
  50. 5 Casey Johnson
  51. 2 John Bolen
  52. 12G Derek Griffith
  53. 32 Treyten Lapcevich
  54. 11 Stacey Crain
  55. 11 Brian Reeves
  56. 9 Hudson Halder
  57. 13 Austin MacDonald
  58. 33 Dustin Smith
  59. 95 Derrick Griffin