There was a bit of strategy involved but Chase Elliott won the 2013 Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday night. It's Elliott's third win in the Snowflake 100 and Elliott said he plans on sweeping both races he entered this weekend.
"Our goal is to get both of these races here this weekend, I definitely think we can get it done if everyone does their job to the best of their ability." Elliott said. He led 17 laps in his victory.
Elliott is on the pole for Sunday's Snowball Derby 300 a race he won back in 2011. Finishing second in the race was John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek led until lap 94 when the Georgia native Elliott passed him for the lead. It was a good run for the 18-year-old North Carolina driver. Finishing third in the event was Justin South. He led the most laps in the event but his car faded in the later stages to finish third. Fourth was Hunter Robbins, the Snowflake 100 winner in 2005, and Dwayne Buggay finished in the fifth position.
Finishing in the sixth position was veteran driver Mike Garvey with Anderson Bowen finishing in the seventh position. Augie Grill, a two time Snowflake 100 winner finished in the eighth position, Steven Davis finished in the ninth position and Korey Ruble finished in the tenth position.
Other notables in the field included, DJ Shaw in 11th, Bubba Pollard in 14th, Johanna Long in 15th and Harrison Burton in the 16th position. Outside pole sitter RS Senter finished 24th, Daniel Hemric finished 29 and Ben Kennedy finished 33rd.
Elliott started the race on the pole and led the races first ten laps before getting passed by Justin South on lap 11. Elliott fell to the sixth position by lap 24 playing a little strategy. He saved his tires and car until he felt he needed to push it. South continued to lead with John Hunter Nemechek in his tracks. Elliott meanwhile stayed in the sixth position until he passed Augie Grill for the fifth position on lap 50. From there Elliott made headway. He took over the fourth position from Hunter Robbins and by lap 64 Elliott was third after passing Mike Garvey. Meanwhile in the front of the field John Hunter Nemechek passed Justin South for the lead and began to pull away on lap 63. Elliott continued to move forward passing Justin South for the second position on lap 74 and began to chase down leader John Hunter Nemechek.
Nemechek tried all he could to keep Elliott behind him and for 20 laps did just that. However, on lap 94 Elliott got the lead from Nemechek and began to pull away. Elliott had little challenge from there and won the Snowflake 100.
Elliott has become one of the premier short track drivers in the country and will try and prove that even more as he goes for his second career Snowball Derby 300 title on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET at Five Flags Speedway. Speed51.com will have all of your coverage of the Snowball Derby 300.
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