PENSACOLA, FL – Kyle Busch turned his glitter into gold.

Busch, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series superstar, won the 50th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway and hoisted the Tom Dawson trophy Sunday at Five Flags Speedway courtesy of a perfect game plan.

After leading a handful of laps just before the midway point of the 300-lap Super Late Model, Busch timed his charge to the checkered flag when it mattered most.

“Everybody dreams of winning the Snowball Derby,” said Busch, who has now twice won the Derby. “I never ran anything this big when I was coming up through the ranks. This is special. And it’s amazing the way this community supports this race.”

Running third with 22 laps remaining in the country’s most prestigious short-track race, Busch passed Late Model legend Bubba Pollard for second before getting by then-leader Jeff Choquette on Lap 284.

Busch pulled away, as Choquette and Pollard could only settle for runner-up and third-place finishes, respectively. Harrison Burton, son of retired NASCAR racer Jeff Burton, finished fourth and Cassius Clark wheeled Pictou, Nova Scotia’s King Racing No. 13 entry to fifth.

Cole Butcher, from Porters Lake, NS started 10th and finished 15th; he spent much of the race in the top 10 before falling back after his last pit stop late in the going.

A standing-room-only crowd roared with delight when Busch climbed out of the window of his No. 51 SLM and marked a historic victory with an exuberant fist pump.

Official Results – 50th Annual Snowball Derby (Super Late Models/ 300 Laps)

1. 51 Kyle Busch

2. 9C Jeff Choquette

3. 26 Bubba Pollard

4. 12 Harrison Burton

5. 13 Cassius Clark

6. 18 Casey Roderick

7. 26S Chandler Smith

8. 81 Chase Purdy

9. 99 Raphael Lessard

10. 20 Brandon McReynolds

11. 32D Tyler Dippel

12. 18G Noah Gragson

13. 75 Jeremy Doss

14. 53J Boris Jurkovic

15. 53B Cole Butcher

16. 00 Anthony Cataldi

17. 91 Ty Majeski

18. 4 Kyle Plott

19. 15 Christian Eckes

20. 36 Dan Fredrickson

21. 19 Kason Plott

22. 5 Jerry Artuso

23. 55 Spencer Davis

24. 07 Corey LaJoie

25. 46 Cole Rouse

26. 11R David Rogers

27. 14 Chris Davidson

28. 01 Jake Crum

29. 112 Augie Grill

30. 14C Connor Okrzesik

31. 5M Mason Mingus

32. 48 Preston Peltier

33. 9K Derek Kraus

34. 2W Donnie Wilson

35. 11B Logan Boyett

36. 51N Stephen Nasse

37. 88 Garrett Jones


source – Chuck Corder/Five Flags Speedway