Brad Keselowski enters Snowball Derby

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 24: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #6 Ford, walks the grid during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on September 24, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski will join a roster of NASCAR drivers who have the Snowball Derby late model race on their racing resume.

RFK Racing announced Tuesday that the team co-owner will enter the event Dec. 2-4, and Five-Flags Speedway in Pensacola Florida. The event for Keselowski comes after he entered a handful of grassroots late model events throughout the summer, including the Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road in Vermont. Sponsorship will come from Fr8Auctions.

“The Snowball Derby is essentially an all-star race as it attracts some of the biggest names in short track racing, as well as some of my competitors from NASCAR,” said Keselowski in a press release. “This is my first time behind the wheel at the Derby. I’m really looking forward to the race and very appreciative of Fr8Auctions coming on-board with me. Fr8Auctions has supported all levels of racing, so it’s great to partner with them for this particular event and bring together NASCAR and super late model racing.”

The 2012 Cup series champion will race a FURY Race Cars prepared machine with Tony Eury Jr. as crew chief. Keselowski and Eury Jr. worked together in 2009 when Keselowski raced a part-time schedule with Hendrick Motorsports.

“Having the opportunity to work together again Tony Jr. and Pops makes this whole program even more special,” said Keselowski. “This is going to be a lot of fun to be sure, but we are all racers, so we’re headed down to Pensacola to compete for a win!”

Five-Flags has hosted the Derby every December since 1968, attracting some of the biggest names in short track racing as well as drivers from all of NASCAR’s touring series. Previous champions of the Snowball Derby include many of Keselowski’s competitors on Sundays including Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones.

On-track activity for the derby will begin with practice set for Thursday, Dec. 1, qualifying on Friday (Dec. 2), and the 300-lap main event on Sunday (Dec. 4). Racing America will broadcast all events in the 55th Annual Snowball Derby.

Greg Engle