Casey Smith Hopes the 2012 Version of the Snowball Derby is When it Will All Come Together

Casey Smith Hopes the 2012 Version of the Snowball Derby is When it Will All Come Together

Tex Motorsports Marketing
Contact: Chris Ragle

Austin, TX 11/26/12- Casey Smith has had some good Snowball Derby runs that many drivers would be jealous of that have tried their hand at winning the annual race held the first weekend of December every year at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Last year Smith lead the most laps of any driver before falling late in the going on a bad set of tires finishing tenth after taking the green from the thirty first starting position. This year straight off a win behind the wheel of a pro late model at the reopening of Texas’ own San Antonio Speedway; Casey is hoping that 2012 will be the year his #99 machine is as strong on the last lap as it’s been over the years during the middle portion of the race.

“We’ve had good racecars when we show up to the Derby over the years especially last year. I really thought that last year’s run may have been our Derby to win, but we got a bad set of tires after leading all those laps and fell back to tenth,” reminisced Smith. “Heading there this year I’ve got a lot of confidence in our race team. We’re coming off a win at one of my most favorite tracks in the country, and now we get to prepare for my favorite race of the year with all kinds of momentum on our side. Our game plan this year is to figure out how to have as good of a car in the final 100 laps like we’ve had over the years in the first 200. There’s no question the Derby is one of the toughest races in the country; so as a team we’ve got to come up with a game plan to put a complete performance together.”

This season as compared to years past Casey made just three starts at the Five Flags Speedway which hosts a five race miniseries from March through September. Smith’s results were mediocre with finishes of tenth, six, and seventeenth respectively. Fans that have followed Casey Smith over the years have come to realize that subpar finishes during the Blizzard Series means nothing when it comes Derby time. According to Smith it’s not something that’s necessarily a coincident but more so to do with the difference in race formats.

“The longer distance is the main factor I’d say that plays into the way we setup our cars and the way we prepare for a race,” stated Smith. “I like a car that can handle on the long runs and sometimes you don’t get too long of a run on a 125 lap race that counts caution laps. The pit stops are also a factor for us too. We usually have to pay a crew to come changes tires for us because we are always short on help, but having those guys usually pays off compared to scrambling to get whoever you can to pit for you. Fresh tires and fast pit stop lets me focus on driving the car and worry less about everything else that’s going on which really goes a long way for me.”

Action for the 45th Annual Snowball Derby at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida kicks off Thursday November 29th with cars hitting the track for an all day practice session. Day two of the event (Friday November 30th) picks up the pace with additional practice plus Snowball Derby qualifying at 8pm to set a majority of the starting field. Saturday December 1st gets underway way with one final practice before race day action plus one final chance for non qualified drivers to race their way in through a last chance race. The following day the 45th addition of the Snowball Derby gets the green flag at 2pm for 300 laps of short track racing action.

For more information on Texas super late model driver Casey Smith and his Casey Smith Racing team visit his website at For website, marketing and public relations related issues contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 940-393-3167.