Chase Elliott Signs Up for Snowball Derby Soon After Winning the NASCAR Cup Series Title

Published 11/18/2020, 12:20 PM EST
Martinsville, VA, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) celebrates winning the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports


Every year since 1968, NASCAR drivers have participated in the Snowball Derby in Florida. As it turns out, this race is regarded as one of the most prestigious short track races.

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Over the years, there have been several high-profile drivers participating in the race, and the same will happen once again in December. Fresh from his maiden Cup Series title, Chase Elliott announced that he will race in Pensacola next month.

Since then, the 24-year-old has been preparing himself for the race. To be precise, he took part in a practice session at the Five Flags Speedway, which hosts the Snowball Derby.

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It is worth noting that Elliott has won the derby twice already and will be eager to add a 3rd win under his belt. He confirmed that he received a few phone calls, and he was only too happy to pounce on the opportunity.

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Admittedly, Chase Elliott has been racing at the derby since he was 14. In addition to that, he won his first race at the age of 16, making him the youngest ever winner. Nearly a decade later, Elliott is set to race there as a NASCAR champion for the first time.

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Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads Joey Logano (22) and Erik Jones (20) during the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Elliott did not have an easy path to the title, as he squeaked into the Final 4 with a win at Martinsville. At the Season Finale in Phoenix, Lady Luck decided to give him a challenge by forcing him to the back of the pack. Nonetheless, he managed to storm up the grid and win the race and the championship.

Aside from the 24-year-old, there have been a number of current NASCAR drivers who raced to Victory Lane. The likes of Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, and Noah Gragson also boast of Snowball Derby wins.

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