Each day during our Snowball Derby coverage this week, we will look back on significant Snowball Derby moments that have taken place during the event's history. Today, we look at memorable races on December 5 during the Snowball Derby week.
Darrell Waltrip led 108 laps to win the 1976 Snowball Derby. The event was a 200-lap race at the time and Harry Gant finished second. There was a protest of the scoring following the race, but the finish was upheld.
RESULTS: 1976 Snowball Derby
Gene Morgan tops the 1982 field in the Snowball Derby. Most of the event was run on Sunday and the feature was contested late at night and the track lost grip and it allowed Morgan to pull off the minor upset win. Freddy Fryar was second in a bid for a third Derby win. Jerry Lawley posted a third-place run.
RESULTS: 1982 Snowball Derby
Bobby Gill was the victor in the 1993 Snowball Derby. After lots of bad luck Gill came from 22nd to take the lead with 19 laps remaining. Gill held off former winners Butch Miller and Rich Bickle for his first win. Wayne Willard finished fourth after leading 178 laps.
RESULTS: 1993 Snowball Derby
The $100,000 bonus was the key reason many watched the 1999 Snowball Derby. With Gary St. Amant getting taken out early on, it was left between Rich Bickle and Bobby Gill to settle it for the big money. Gill lost a lap, but was flagged the winner. After the confusion, he was moved back to finish eighth and Bickle had the win and the 100 grand. Scott Hansen was second in a race that saw 16 yellows for 131 laps.
RESULTS: 1999 Snowball Derby
The hometown girl Johanna Long slips by Landon Cassill and holds off all other drivers to win the 2010 running of the Snowball Derby. The wild race saw Bubba Pollard get spun out of the lead with 11 to go and Donnie Wilson to lose the lead after the caution came out with six laps to go. Wilson would rebound for second and Scott Hantz was third.
RESULTS: 2010 Snowball Derby