Santa Rosa Commission Chairman Colten Wright Celebrates Thorn’s Snowball Derby Victory

Posted on December 8, 2022 by Romi White

Regina Wright, Driver Derek Thorn and Colten Wright pictured December 4 in Victory Lane at the 55th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. Photo by Sal Sigala Jr Photography.

Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Colten Wright has enjoyed watching the Annual Snowball Derby since he was four years of age and found himself in Victory Lane December 4 when the driver he co-sponsored won the 55th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola.

But it wasn’t the only dream which came true that day. Driver Derek Thorn was able to win the race after narrowly missing the win for the past couple of years, placing second during the 2020 and 2021 races.

Wright said it was “phenomenal” to watch Thorn get redemption by winning the 300-lap race.

The competition is so fierce that one of four NASCAR Cup drivers who tried out this year was unable to make the final cut from around 60 to 36 cars.

“I still can’t believe it,” Wright said. “It was very surreal, knowing what a big deal that race is – it’s the most prestigious short track in America.”

Wright and his wife, Regina, own The Tool Shack in Gulf Breeze and teamed up with Marty and Misty Melo, who own PepperJack Kennels in Wisconsin, to sponsor Thorn this year, which was his final season with Byron Campbell Motorsports.

Thorn and his crew chief keep the winnings, and Wright says both sponsors will be backing them again next season. The team’s new name is expected to be DTR – Derek Thorn Racing.

Thorn thanked Byron and Carol Campbell for a decade of backing him as he savored the victory. “To finally get the Snowball Derby win, it’s something special,” Thorn stated.

55th Snowball Derby Results:

  1. Derek Thorn
  2. Sammy Smith
  3. Stephen Nasse
  4. Casey Roderick
  5. Cole Butcher
  6. William Byron
  7. Jake Garcia
  8. Jace Hansen
  9. Jacob Gomes
  10. Ty Majeski
  11. Preston Peltier
  12. Carson Kvapil
  13. Bubba Pollard
  14. Michael Hinde
  15. Daniel Dye
  16. Giovanni Ruggiero
  17. Ryan Luza
  18. Matthew Craig
  19. Derek Kraus
  20. Noah Gragson
  21. Luke Fenhaus
  22. Dustin Smith
  23. Jeremy Doss
  24. Albert Francis
  25. Josh Berry
  26. Hunter Robbins
  27. Jesse Love
  28. Corey Heim
  29. Blaine Rocha
  30. Michael House
  31. Tyler Tanner
  32. Austin Nason
  33. Erik Jones
  34. Jake Finch
  35. Conner Jones
  36. Augie Grill