Limited success for NASCAR drivers in Snowball Derby

Entering Sunday afternoon, Derek Thorn had led a combined 539 laps during his last two Snowball Derby appearances.

Yet on both occasions, Thorn had to settle for second.

The two-time ARCA Menards Series West champion successfully channeled his frustration from the last two years to put together one of the most dominant performances of his career, leading 307 of 318 laps from the outside pole earn his first Snowball Derby victory.

[Stephen] Nasse finished behind Thorn and [Sammy] Smith in third, with Casey Roderick and Cole Butcher rounding out the Top 5. NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron finished sixth with Jake Garcia, Jace Hansen, Jacob Gomes and Majeski completing the Top 10.

[Josh] Berry ended up behind the wall in 25th after a late crash. Other notable names that competed in the Snowball Derby included Derek Kraus (19th), Noah Gragson (20th), Jesse Love (27th), Corey Heim (28th) and Erik Jones (33rd).

Brad Keselowski also attempted to qualify for the Snowball Derby, but wasn’t fast enough in qualifying and didn’t advance into the event via Saturday’s last chance race.