Kyle Busch Gets Hammered by Wallace: Snowball Derby Recap

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Kyle Busch Gets Hammered by Wallace: Snowball Derby Recap
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Kyle Busch checked in third in the 45th Snowball Derby behind 16-year-old Erik Jones

The 45th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. did not go as planned for NASCAR star Kyle Busch, as first he was out-dueled by 16-year-old Erik Jones in the last 20 laps of the race, and had a hammer hurled toward his pit by fellow driver Steve Wallace.

The huge Snowball Derby crowd gave Bush a smattering of boos during the driver introductions, and the fans turned against him in a big way when he spun out leader T.J. Reaid on lap 158.

The crash led to a pile-up that involved Chase Elliot, Bubba Pollard and Ross Kenseth.

Track officials made Busch go to the back of the field for the incident. Speed51.com reported, “The race officials felt that Busch went above and beyond a "normal" racing incident with his contact with Reaid.”

The announcement led to one of the largest ovations of the day from the Snowball Derby crowd.

Reaid was interviewed shortly after the wreck over the PA system and said, "I guess he got pissed off when I beat him on the restart and then he f---ing cried."

Busch did not let the penalty affect him, and by lap 270 he was back up to third place, but 16-year-old Jones was starting to pull away from the field.

A caution at lap 275 brought many of the leaders into the pits. Busch’s crew was the quickest, and there was a new leader, with Jones running second and Jeff Choquette third off pit row.

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Pensacola native Johanna Long, the 2010 Snowball Derby champion checked in 14th.

Jones' team had a tire get away from them on their pit stop, losing enough time on pit row to drop him out of the lead.

When the green flag dropped there were just 19 laps to go and it looked as if the race belonged to Busch.

However, just two laps later Jones got to Busch and passed him, and the two battled neck and neck through the next few laps, scraping paint and getting right under the bumpers a couple of times.

On lap 292 Jones pulled in front of Busch and got some clearance while Busch was getting caught by Choquette.

By lap 296 Jones had opened up a two car length lead while Busch had Choquette squarely in his rear view mirror. The crowd was worked up into a frenzy as it looked like Jones was finally going to pull away from Busch.

And that is exactly what happened, with Choquette nailing Busch for second with two laps to go.

Shortly after the race, T.J. Reaid was at Busch’s window, no doubt looking for an explanation on why Busch spun him out, and he did not look happy.

Earlier, an upset Steve Wallace hurled a hammer toward the pit of Kyle Busch. Speed51 tweeted: “Tempers hot as @stevewallace66 throws a hammer at @KyleBusch pit.”

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David Ragan was the polesitter for the Snowball Derby but finished eighth.

Jones became the second consecutive 16-year-old to win the premier short track race in the U.S. Chase Elliot, the son of NASCAR great Bill Elliot, won last year’s running.

Jones led 123 of the 300 laps.

Driver Daniel Hemrick took a hard hit after a tire blew and was taken to a local hospital. His crew reported on Facebook:

After a hard hit during the Snowball Derby Daniel was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. All tests have come back positive and they will keep him overnight for standard precaution. Daniel is in good spirits and says thank you to everyone for their well wishes and concerns it means more than you could imagine. Also congrats to Erik Jones on his victory.

UNOFFICIAL SNOWBALL DERBY RESULTS 

1

4 J

Erik Jones

300

2

29 C

Jeff Choquette

300

3

51

Kyle Busch

300

4

67

Jeff Fultz

300

5

9

Chase Elliott

300

6

36

Grant Enfinger

300

7

71

Kyle Benjamin

300

8

77

David Ragan

300

9

41

Chris Davidson

300

10

8

John Hunter Nemechek

300

11

25

Ross Kenseth

300

12

45

Dwayne Buggay

300

13

2

D.J. Vanderley

300

14

10

Johanna Long

300

15

2 W

Donnie Wilson

300

16

22

Hunter Robbins

299

17

7

Chuck Barnes Jr

299

18

84

Clay Alexander

297

19

21 J

Kyle Jones

283

20

29 T

Austin Theriault

249

21

99S

Casey Smith

228

22

66

Steven Wallace

226

23

11

David Rogers

226

24

96

Ben Kennedy

221

25

0

Brad Rogers

201

26

41 R

T.J. Reaid

164

27

26

Bubba Pollard

158

28

5

Nelson Piquet Jr

125

29

98

Daniel Hemric

125

30

11 B

Logan Boyett

125

31

1

Mike Garvey

123

32

51

Stephen Nasse

117

33

4

Jeremy Pate

116

34

20

Brian Campbell

112

35

10 K

Paul Kelley

45

36

49

Augie Grill

38

37

10 D

Steve Dorer

1

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