Valentino Wins!

Escambia Commissioner Gene Valentino after getting the checkers in the 8 lap annual Celebrity Race declared, "United Cerebral Palsy is the real winner." And UCP did indeed win big. Over $2,000 raised. $1,250 from Tim Bryant and the fans at the speedway. Commissioner Wilson Robertson, who finished behind Valentino, made good his wager of a $500 donation to UCP if he lost to his fellow commissioner. Valentino matched the amount. Lindsay Marie paced several of the late laps, but was involved in a crash on the last turn of the last lap. The field included the sheriffs from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, David Morgan and Wendell Hall; broadcasters Jim Sanborn of WCOA, Kevin Peterson of Soft Rock 94; Renee Andrews from Cat Country, and Lindsey Marie of WXBM; plus the 2 commissioners.

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THEY SMASHED AND CRASHED

Wow! The revival of the Demolition Derby at 5 Flags was a huge crowd pleaser. Seven drivers strapped in and put it in reverse, and rammed into anything that moved. It was a classy event...one driver was wheeling a Mercedes Benz. When the smoke cleared, the heap prepared by David Tau at Winged Wheeled Garage and driven by Ronnie Smith emerged the winner of the $1,500 check. Len Frank and Smith locked up, and when the final gasp from Frank's clunker was heard, Smith was declared the winner. Frank's steering wheel caught fire after the air bag propellant cartridge exploded. It was a first experience for most of the drivers, and fans too. The last Demolition Derby at 5 Flags was when Ronald Regan was president. One thing the crowd was unanimous on, another Demo Derby. Start scouting for a big old car for next [...]

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Friday Night Results

Chuck Corder Sweaty. Out of breath. It was all worth it for Brannon Fowler. About a $1,000 worth it. Fowler got out of his white No. 00, shared a long embrace with his father Glenn Fowler and celebrated his 35-lap Sportsman feature win Friday at Five Flags Speedway. Fowler got the lead on Lap 12 and held off a charging Steve Buttrick to snatch the top prize of a grand in the Sportsman biggest payout of the year until the annula Snowball Derby. "Whoo!" shouted Fowler, who extended his points lead. "I'm so tired and excited. It has been a long season. But it's sure paying off. I gotta thank all the fans out here." A crowd that would rival any night of the Snowball Derby watched a wild night of racing that ended with the famed half-mile oval's first Demolition Derby in 23 [...]

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31 – Johnny Greene

Division: Sportsman Name: Johnny Greene Age: 41 Hometown: Daphne, Al Car#: 31 Years In Racing: 1 Car Owner: Johnny Greene Crew Members: Mike Gorum, Steve Buttrick, John Routh, Wilbur Gorum, Alex Routh, Brandon Lee, Brooke Greene Sponsors: Intimidator Sportfishing www.DiamondbackPerformance.com T. Rogers Design Family: Ana, Brooke, John, Bella Job Info: Owner/Operator Intimidator Sportfishing Inc - Orange Beach, AL. Racing Accomplishments: Not many but getting a little better every week Twitter Page: @JohnnyGreene31 Comments: Finally getting the chance to race that I have wanted for years. I enjoy every minute of it and enjoy the family getting to be together at the track. Without the help of some really good friends I would not be here! Dont care about winning just here to have fun!

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The Wait is Over: Demolition Derby Returns to Five Flags

By Chuck Corder They’re baaaaaaack. And with loud thuds, maybe a fire or two and plenty more of edge-of-your seat theatrics. After 30-plus years away from the friendly confines of Five Flags Speedway, the famed half-mile, asphalt oval is ready to open the gates once again Friday night for this instant crowd pleaser. Demolition Derby. Just the mere utterance of those words can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. And that’s just for the fans. Think what the drivers themselves will be feeling Friday night, especially with the last car standing taking home a whopping $1,500. “I’m looking forward to going out there and tearing stuff up,” Ronnie Smith said with a big laugh. Smith, a Pro Late Model stalwart at Five Flags until this season, is just one of the many drivers set to put [...]

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White Turns Dial, Tunes in to Battle in Sportsman Class

By Chuck Corder Radio and Marty White. The two would give peas and carrots, PB&J, and cookies and milk a run for their money. With White’s 18-plus years as co-host of 102.7 FM’s morning show, the pair is just a natural fit. Or so one would think? It turns out that necessarily is not the case when it comes to White driving his West Florida Coatings Sportsman class car with its trademark “102.7” logo at Five Flags Speedway. The popular radio personality and hometown boy has driven much of this season without any communication help with team members Greg James and Shanna Ard. “They say I drive better without the radio,” White, 56, said. “They told me, ‘It’s on you; go out and race the car.’ OK.” No radio, no problem. White enters the 35-lap Sportsman Special on Friday third in [...]

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RESERVED SEATS REMAIN FOR SNOWBALL

Reserved seats for the 4 days of the Snowball Derby in December are now on sale. A grandstand reserved seat for all 4 days is $75.00, and if you want to visit the pits during the week, total is $125. Single day reserved seat for Sunday is $45.00. All plus a small service charge. Have your credit card ready and call 850-944-8400 anytime between 9am and 5pm Central time Monday-Friday.

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Tons of Glitz, Little Glamour as Celebs Ready to Battle it Out

By Chuck Corder Well, this ought to be fun. Challenged on air the day she formally was hired at 102.7 FM, Lindsey Marie was ready to join her morning show co-host Marty White on the racetrack. Ahem, in White’s West Florida Coatings Sportsman car. “I didn’t realize racecars didn’t have passenger seats,” said Lindsey Marie, a 2007 graduate of the University of West Florida. Instead, she’ll be behind the wheel as one of seven drivers for the annual Celebrities Race on Friday at Five Flags Speedway where they hope to raise money and awareness for United Cerebral Palsy Northwest Florida. “It went from a joke to, ‘Yeah, let’s do it!’ ” Lindsey Marie said. “I guess it’s pretty gutsy, but I think it’ll turn out good. I’ve got my fingers crossed.” Fingers, heck, she needs to worry about her feet. Lindsey [...]

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SMASH ‘EM CRASH ‘EM

The crowd pleasing Demolition Derby is back after a 25 + year hiatus. A generation of fans grew up without experiencing the thrill of watching grown adults strapping in to an old heap, and crashing into another car on purpose. But there are rules, and they are posted here on the web site. Cars and station wagons only, no trucks or SUV’s Last car running takes home $1500. Crunch.

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