2011 Season Preview

On Saturday March 12th, 5 Flags Speedway comes back to life with a full day of testing for all divisions, appropriately dubbed as The Season Preview. Pit gates will open at 8:30am. Rotating practice sessions will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 5:00pm. Technical inspections will available throughout the day. Safety checks will be required for all cars prior to practice and 2011 safety decals will be provided at that time. Complete engine inspections will be done on a volunteer basis and engine seals will be available as well. Sealed engines are highly recommended as they will allow for an easier post race inspection process throughout the season. Hoosier tires and Sunoco Fuel will be available until 4:00pm. There will be an informational driver’s meeting, at 12:00 noon in the grandstands. The 2011 season will be outlined and procedural changes will be explained. There will be no admission charge to the [...]

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The 5 Flags / Daytona Connection

5 Flags Speedway drivers made their presence known in the Daytona Beach area during Speedweeks, with 2 of NASCAR’s top divisions now being led by recent Snowball Derby participants. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Phoenix this week with former Snowball Derby Winner Clay Rogers leading the points standings. Rogers finished 31st at the 2010 Derby. And Landon Cassill, who finished 4th in the Derby, has left Daytona on top of the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings And speaking of the 2010 Snowball, hometown girl Johanna Long carried her race winning momentum to the NCWTS for her Daytona debut. After a stellar qualifying effort, and a very admirable start, her Daytona inauguration dealt her Panhandle Motorsports team a blow by being victim of a turn 4 crash. She now heads to Phoenix for race # 2. Additionally, former 5 Flags winners Grant Enfinger and Hal Martin made very [...]

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2010 Celebrated at Banquet

An overflow crowd filled the Hadji Shrine Temple on Saturday Night as 5 Flags Speedway paid tribute to the top competitors in the Pro Late Model, Super Stock, Modified, Sportsman, and Bomber Divisions. The evening got off to an appropriate start as Track Chaplain Wayne Butts delivered the invocation, and paid tribute to several members of the local racing community who were lost in 2010. After a delicious dinner, served by the staff from Wayne’s Family Diner, the attention shifted to center stage, where 5 Flags GM Tim Bryant started things off by introducing the many Special Guests in attendance. Among those guests were Mobile International Speedway owner Ida Fields and South Alabama Speedway owner John Dykes. Many of the Track Sponsors were on hand and were recognized next on the program. Bryant followed with some brief remarks relating to the 2010 Season, and outlined the upcoming 2011 Schedule as [...]

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Grit guides Johanna Long on Daytona track

Experience, perhaps when it comes to racing on Daytona's 2.5-mile, high-banked oval in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But the 18-year-old Pensacola native is no stranger to the trucks. She made seven starts in 2010 with a best finish of 17th in her first race, at O'Reilly Raceway Park. But Daytona is a different beast. She'll get her first crack at taming it during today's 3-hour, 20-minute practice session for Friday's 6:30 p.m. NextEra Energy Resources 250 series opener. Driving the family-owned No. 20 Panhandle Motorsports Toyota under the direction of veteran crew chief Kevin "Cowboy" Starland, Daytona marks the next step in Long's career that began in go-karts at age 8 and was certainly highlighted by becoming the youngest female champion of the Snowball Derby in December The famed late model race is hardly touch football, and Long believes the raucous nature of Saturday night short-track competition has been great [...]

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Racers reload at Swap Meet

Old man winter was the first arrival at the 5th Annual Racer’s Swap Meet, held Saturday at 5 Flags Speedway. Cold weather conditions, including an occasional sleet sighting, did not deter the many racers who seized the opportunity to buy, sell, or swap parts. Equipment on hand varied from complete cars and trailers, body and chassis parts, complete engines and related parts, right down to shop equipment and tools. Monies earned and monies saved, served up a much needed boost to many on hand, as the 2011 racing season fast approaches. Race cars at this year’s swap meet represented nearly every form of motorsports, including both asphalt and dirt tracks, drag racing and even some nostalgia entries. The next event on tap for area racers is the Winternationals at nearby Southern Raceway, to be held on February 19th. The Asphalt season kicks off at South Alabama Speedway in Opp, [...]

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