CNHI News Service

Sports

December 1, 2012

Ragan wins Snowball Derby Ball

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Georgia driver David Ragan, a Sprint Cup veteran, captured the pole position Friday for the for the 45th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.

Ragan was the 29th of the 60 cars to make a qualifying attempt turning a lap of 16.495 on his first lap to bump TJ Reaid from the top spot. He then turned a second lap at 16.485-seconds.

Although there were 31 drivers to qualify after him, including Kyle Busch, Ragan’s time held up for his first career pole position in the Snowball Derby.

John Hunter Nemechek came the closest to knocking Ragan from the pole position with a lap of 16.524-seconds. Nemechek was the 48th driver to post a time.

“It’s a lot of fun coming here,” Ragan said of making another trip to the Florida track. “There are a lot of great racers and great cars here. I want to thank the crew for a lot of hard work.

“This is one of the biggest late model races in the country,” he said. “It’s a cool and a prestigious event.”

Reaid will start third followed by Busch with Chase Elliott rounding out the top five.

The fastest 30 teams are locked into Sunday’s 300-lap race. Mike Garvey, Logan Boyett and Steve Wallace earned provisional spots with the final four positions coming from the 50-lap qualifying race on Saturday.

Nelson Piquet Jr. will start 23rd on Sunday and Johanna Long will roll off 21st.

---

Ken de la Bastide is a reporter for The Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Is this a commercial for batting gloves or a baseball game?

    Major league baseball desperately needs to speed up the action. Here's a place to start: Nix the mind-numbing ritual of hitters who first adjust the right batting glove, then the left one, after every single pitch.
     

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Another stumble begs questions about Notre Dame

    Notre Dame's vaunted reputation for formidable athletics and serious academics is again sullied by a cheating scandal. Maybe the high standards of the Fighting Irish are just too good to be true.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OU player's suspension shows pitfalls of addressing sexual assault on campus

    The University of Oklahoma's leading tackler is suspended for the season - or maybe not. Frank Shannon is still practicing with the Sooners amid a court battle over whether OU can discipline him after a sexual assault investigation. The tough issue of addressing assault on campus isn't just OU's problem.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg College sports upended by NCAA vote, judge's ruling

    Big-name conferences have leave to write their own rules, and a federal judge is forcing colleges to share television and marketing royalties with players. The guise of amateurism is gone from college athletics. What's next is anyone's guess.

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Baseball still catching on to official reviews

    The Marlins clung to a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning against the Reds last week when an official review of a play at the plate changed everything. The game's controversial outcome - Cincinnati won 3-1 - illustrates baseball's struggle to adjust to the new replay system.

     

    August 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Comiskey.jpg Sterling not the only bad sports team owner

    As the Donald Sterling era in with the Los Angeles Clippers looks to be winding down, many are calling him the worst owner in sports history. From being cheap with the players to his most recent racist comments, it's hard to argue against.
    Yet, there are a few owners of athletic teams who can give Sterling a run for title of worst in history.

    August 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Grandstands feel a little empty at NASCAR races

    Two decades after NASCAR started running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the crowds have thinned considerably. It's probably no reflection on the sport's massive following, which stretches from coast to coast, but it surely doesn't NASCAR's image help when the cameras pan across all of those empty seats.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Sideshows involving Rice and Dungy stain NFL's image

    Pro football training camps should be all about, well, football. But the talk around the NFL is about Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension, Tony Dungy's indelicate remarks about Michael Sam and Jim Irsay's largesse. What kind of league is Roger Goodell running?

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dangerous Darkies Logo.png Redskins not the only nickname to cause a stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history.  Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • 'Rebel' mascot rising from the dead

    Students and alumni from a Richmond, Va.-area high school are seeking to revive the school's historic mascot, a Confederate soldier known as the "Rebel Man," spurring debate about the appropriateness of public school connections to the Civil War and its icons.

    July 28, 2014

News

Features

Opinion