MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 2, 2013) – Ross Kenseth and No. 25 Enterprise Iron & Metal/Boyne Machine team prepare to return to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. in hopes of clinching their first win at the biggest super late model race of the year, The Snowball Derby.
Coming off a sixth-place finish in the All-American 400 at Nashville, a win at the prestigious Snowball Derby would put an exclamation point on Kenseth’s 2013 campaign which already features four wins, 11 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.
“The Snowball Derby has so much history behind it and so many great drivers have competed there and won that event, it just makes it a huge weekend,” said Kenseth. “The fan support that is seen throughout the entire weekend is second to none, which makes it really exciting from the day you get there.”
Kenseth will face off against a stout field including defending champion Erik Jones and past champions, Chase Elliot, Augie Grill and Johanna Long. This year will mark Kenseth’s fourth consecutive Snowball Derby, making him no stranger to Five Flags Speedway or this field of competition.
“You have to be smart,” advises Kenseth. “It's such a long race and tends to have a couple streaks of cautions during the event, so it’s one of those races you just have to take it easy the first half and make sure you’re in a good position at the end to have a shot.”
With such impressive list of past winners, such as Kyle Busch, this would be a huge win for Kenseth and the No. 25 team. In 2012, Kenseth won both the Winchester 400 and the All-American 400, two of the nation’s largest super late model races. Adding the Snowball Derby to his list of wins would be an impressive accomplishment.
“Winning would mean a lot to me,” Kenseth exclaimed. “There's so much attention and hype to this event and you know that you’re racing against the best short track drivers in the country, so to be able to win an event that prestigious would be an honor.”
Boyne Machine and Enterprise Iron & Metal will serve as primary sponsors on the No. 25 car for the race—their second of the season—and winning for them would certainly mean a lot for the 20-year old Kenseth.
“Boyne Machine and Enterprise Iron & Metal have been big supporters of me so it's really cool to have them as a primary for such a big race,” said Kenseth. “To get them in victory lane would just make it that much better.”
The 46th annual Snowball Derby takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. There will be events every day from Wednesday, Dec. 4, up until the day of the race. Go to www.5flagsspeedway.com for more information. Follow all of the action online at www.speed51.com.