Thorn Picks Up Where He Left Off in Thursday Snowball Derby Practice

Last year's Snowball Derby winner set the fastest time of Super Late Model practice Thursday at Five Flags Speedway.


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Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Derek Thorn is fast during Snowball Derby week.

The California driver who won last year’s event set the fastest time of the day across three Super Late Model practice sessions for the 56th Annual Snowball Derby presented by Hooters and Safe Locator. Thorn clocked in at 16.482 seconds early in the first round of practice, a time that would not be matched the rest of the day.

Ty Majeski was fastest in the second round of Super Late Model practice, while Jacob Gomes logged the quickest lap of the third and final practice session of the day.

“It’s cool as a team," said Thorn. "We were fastest overall today. It was awesome to see [Jacob] Gomes, part of the same program, P1 in the last session. I feel like, as a program, we’re in a good place.”

The biggest setback of the day for the Snowball Derby field went to Kole Raz, who suffered a mechanical issue during the second round of practice and will be going to a backup car for the remainder of the weekend.

2005 Allen Turner Snowflake 100 winner Hunter Robbins was fastest in practice among Pro Late Model competitors on Thursday, with a lap of 16.840 seconds. Mike Hopkins was fastest in both the second and third rounds of practice.

Snowflake 100 practice ended with an incident involving Dawson Sutton. Sutton's Rackley WAR team had already changed engines earlier in the day, and now will be going to a backup car following the frontstretch incident.

Combined practice results for both divisions can be viewed below.

Snowball Derby qualifying is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m CT/7 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the qualifying session as well as Saturday and Sunday's Late Model action live on Racing America by clicking here.

Meanwhile, feature racing for the 56th Snowball Derby weekend begins on Thursday night with the ZOOM Equipment Pro Trucks, Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsmen and Lloyd's Glass Pure Stocks. Click here to watch Thursday's racing live with a RacingAmerica.TV subscription.


17tDerek Thorn16.482
216Jacob Gomes16.520
318rHunter Robbins16.544
422rGio Ruggiero16.548
532tTreyten Lapcevich16.563
67bJackson Boone16.594
714hCarson Hocevar16.615
828bCole Butcher16.631
991Ty Majeski16.638
1054cMatthew Craig16.665
1148Preston Peltier16.669
1250Jett Noland16.671
1324Stephen Nasse*16.676
142sWilliam Sawalich16.679
1526pBubba Pollard16.685
1621Travis Braden16.697
1735gJake Garcia16.700
1844jConner Jones16.703
1926fLuke Fenhaus16.710
204Erik Jones16.729
2112Derek Griffith16.730
2244dJeremy Doss16.733
2328wTimothy Watson16.733
2462Ryan Preece16.738
2551fJake Finch16.746
2630Noah Gragson16.769
2774Ryan Moore16.779
2823bBilly VanMeter16.781
2935kCarson Kvapil16.787
3055Haeden Plybon16.798
312bJohn Bolen16.798
3269Michael Hinde16.802
3332kCaden Kvapil16.809
34112Augie Grill16.818
3514oConnor Okrzesik16.822
3608Jace Hansen16.824
371Michael House16.841
3851nStephen Nasse16.845
395Johnny Sauter16.873
4063Kole Raz16.894
4122sWilliam Sawalich*16.919
429Derek Kraus16.925
4333sDustin Smith16.942
4454sConner Sutton16.986
4558Johnny Aramendia17.004
4623eEd VanMeter17.006
4718bChase Burda17.092
4833fAlbert Francis17.158
4932dStuart Dutton17.214
5027Travis Rodewald17.428

*-Stephen Nasse practiced in both his car and William Byron's No. 24 during practice. William Sawalich practiced in his car and Sammy Smith's 22s.


118rHunter Robbins16.840
211cDylan Cappello16.917
315hMike Hopkins16.928
47bJackson Boone16.982
500rJimmy Renfrew, Jr.16.989
615bLuke Baldwin17.003
770Gavin Graham17.005
854bJarrett Butcher17.010
954cMatthew Craig17.021
1089Dylan Fetcho17.042
1122sKyle Steckly17.066
1267Colin Allman17.080
1369Michael Hinde17.082
1418sTerry Senneker17.096
1539Max Cookson17.098
1643gAugie Grill17.112
1791Jim Wall17.117
1833dDustin Smith17.117
1924Brent Crews17.121
2008Nicholas Naugle17.137
2125bGavan Boschele17.144
2217Hudson Bulger17.150
2343nNick Loden17.154
2427Jeb Burton17.178
2551Stephen Nasse17.184
26407Jason Vail17.193
273sL.B. Skaggs17.200
2818bChase Burda17.203
2954gClayton Green17.216
3048Ed Vecchiarelli17.221
315mJeremy Miller17.224
3254tGrant Thompson17.227
3315sBrett Suggs17.234
3447Dustin Bryson17.242
3533bBryson Shaffer17.260
3677LLogan Jones17.262
379cAnthony Cataldi17.265
381kKasey Kleyn17.265
3922oBrandon Oakley17.287
4011wJolynn Wilkinson17.295
419hKaden Honeycutt17.313
4226Dawson Sutton17.323
432John Bolen17.330
4477jJensen Jorgensen17.337
4511sRandy Sargent17.341
4632Nick Jenkins17.360
471fRyan Fleming17.454
484Elliott Massey17.480
4900cRyan Colby17.495
500Glenn Styres17.530
5188Boston Oliver17.539
523mChris Munson17.545
5322cDylan Courtney17.767
5412Christopher Hogan17.985
55116Jay Nelson18.041
5611rBrian Reeves18.137
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