Dawsonville's Chase Elliott was declared the winner of Sunday's Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola after Christopher Bell, who crossed the line first, was disqualified when a postrace inspection revealed his car was far heavier than the rules allow.
As irony would have it, Elliott found himself in a similar situation just two years earlier at the 46th running of the derby when he too was disqualified for a weight infraction.
"I feel for [Bell], I've been there," Elliott posted to his Twitter account after the race. "Would much rather be the first one across the line, but I'm happy to take it home this time."
The Snowball Derby is considered the most prominent short track race in the nation.
Elliott made track history in 2011 as the youngest driver to win the Snowball Derby. He was 16 at the time.
Coming off his second full season in NASCAR's Xfinity Series, which include winning the 2014 championship, followed by a runner-up finish this year, Elliott will take over the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 for retiring four-time Sprint Cup champ Jeff Gordon in 2016.