Steve Wallace Wins 37th Annual Snowball Derby --Survives Wrecks, Earns Family's First Snowball Derby Championship-- PENSACOLA, FL (December 11, 2004)--Steve Wallace survived an accident-marred race and a series of challenges from 2004 ASA ...
Steve Wallace Wins 37th Annual Snowball Derby
--Survives Wrecks, Earns Family's First Snowball Derby Championship--
PENSACOLA, FL (December 11, 2004)--Steve Wallace survived an accident-marred race and a series of challenges from 2004 ASA Champion, Kevin Cywinski, this evening to claim victory in the 37th annual running of the Snowball Derby, the crown jewel of southern short track racing.
The 17 year-old Wallace started from the third position and first took the lead on lap five of the 300-lap event. Despite challenges from Cywinski and run-ins with several lapped cars, Wallace was able to persevere and capture victory. The win in tonight's event was the first for the Wallace family. Wallace's father, NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, was never able to find his way into Pensacola's victory lane, despite a series of runner up finishes in the all-star event. The younger Wallace's uncle, Kenny, made several unsuccessful starts in the event as well.
Said Steve Wallace, "I can't believe this. This is like a dream come true. I knew we had a real hot rod, but man, these guys down here are tough. These are the best of the best on the short tracks. I mean heck, Kevin Cywinski is the ASA Champion. You've got to be one heck of a race car driver to win that deal. He and the rest of the guys really gave us a run for our money. Tonight was a great learning experience for me. I'm still in shock, to be honest. The key tonight was just like always, avoiding wrecks and saving the tires. I just have to thank my family for giving me the opportunity to be here. Richie Wauters and the whole team did an awesome job throughout this whole deal and I can't thank them enough. This race means so much to me. It was one that my Dad always tried so hard to win, but never could. To finally be able to bring my family a Snowball Derby trophy is just totally incredible."