Cale Gale Wins Pole For 43rd Snowball Derby

Cale Gale Wins Pole For 43rd Snowball Derby

Update 10:15 p.m. CST: According to track officials, Gary Balough’s 16.333 record lap is not counted as the record for this event because there were different rules at that time. In other words, Gale is the sole owner of the race record.

Cale Gale has won the pole for the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby.

Gale’s qualifying time of 16.335 also tied Gary Balough’s Snowball qualifying record. The pole is Gale’s second at the Derby, also having set the pace in 2007. Remarkably, Gale’s pole-setting performance took only one lap. His car failed to meet centerline templates in pre-race tech inspection and was penalized one of his two qualifying laps.

Gale, 25 and a Mobile Ala. native, is a developmental driver for Kevin Harvick Inc.

“I don’t know if I could have gone any faster but I actually missed my mark on turns one and two,” Gale said.

Gale was the 25th driver to hit the track and unseated Donnie Wilson’s time of 16.484.

“I left it all on the track out there,” Wilson said. “We have a great car for Sunday and we’re excited about what’s next.”

Wilson will start seventh on the outside of row four.

More information and complete results can be found after the jump!

Donny Wilson’s Snowball Derby late model via Matt Weaver, NASCAR Ranting and Raving

The only driver to come close to Gale’s mark was Colleyville Tex’s Ryan Lawler. Lawler will start on the outside pole for Sunday’s race after turning a second lap of 16.403.

Mike Garvey (32nd, 16.775) and Jeff Fultz (38th, 16.840) have received Blizzard Series provisionals and have made the field. This leaves four-open slots remaining for Saturday’s last chance racers. The top four finishers of that race will also make Sunday’s Snowball Derby.

43rd Annual Snowball Derby Qualifying Times

1 Cale Gale 16.335
2 Ryan Lawler 16.403
3 John Bolen 16.417
4 Johanna Long 16.42
5 Grant Enfinger 16.442
6 Jimmy Garmon 16.483
7 Donnie Wilson 16.484
8 Dan Fredrickson 16.495
9 Landon Cassill 16.516
10 Chase Elliott 16.525
11 Casey Roderick 16.533
12 TJ Reaid 16.562
13 Derrick Griffin 16.565
14 Dennis Prunty 16.579
15 Josh Hamner 16.586
16 Ross Kenseth 16.59
17 David Stremme 16.625
18 Augie Grill 16.635
19 Dennis Schoenfeld 16.662
20 Andy Loden 16.663
21 Chris Davidson 16.703
22 Eddie Mercer 16.71
23 Bubba Pollard 16.71
24 Korey Ruble 16.712
25 Travis Kittleson 16.715
26 Brandon Carlson 16.717
27 Mason Mingus 16.717
28 Casey Smith 16.75
29 David Ragan 16.757
30 Dave Mader III 16.77
31 Scott Hantz 16.772
32 Mike Garvey 16.775
33 Ryan Blaney 16.779
34 Heath Hindman 16.805
35 Jerry Artuso 16.813
36 Tyler Roahrig 16.823
37 David Rogers 16.824
38 Jeff Fultz 16.84
39 Johnny VanDoorn 16.85
40 Matt Smith 16.863
41 Stephen McCurley 16.87
42 Ryan Crane 16.875
43 Danny Bagwell 16.944
44 Andy Ponstein 16.949
45 Tyler Millwood 16.951
46 Allen Karnes 17.125
47 Wayne Niedecken, Jr. 17.23
48 Clay Rogers 17.555
49 Ryan Sieg no time

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