The 2011 racing season goes down to the checkered flag on Saturday October 8th, with the Night of Champions event The Pro Late Model drivers compete in the 100 green lap Allen Turner Tune-Up. The next time they gather will be at the Allen Turner Snowflake December 3rd. Drivers in the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers, the West Florida Coatings Sportsmen and the Modifieds will also end their season.
Division: Bomber Name: Alex Routh Age: 16 Hometown: Gulf Breeze Car#: 5 Years In Racing: 9 Car Owner: Wilber Goraum Crew Members: WIlber Goraum Mike Goraum John Routh Steve Buttrick Johnny Greene Teresa Routh Sponsors: WRMM Enterprises Franklins Antiques and Flea Market Family: John Routh - Dad Teresa Routh - Mom Wesley Routh - Brother Abby Routh - Sister Job Info: Student,Deckhand Racing Accomplishments: 4 Go kart racing Championships.
By Chuck Corder The nation’s most prestigious short-track race continues a rich tradition of attracting NASCAR’s elite this year. Sprint Cup driver and current Coke Zero 400 winner David Ragan announced Tuesday he will be back for the 44th annual Snowball Derby’s festivities from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 at Five Flags Speedway. Ragan will be making his second Snowball appearance at “America’s Favorite Home Track” when a deep group of Super Late Models gather at the famed half-mile, asphalt oval this winter. A wreck relegated Ragan to a 27th-place finish out of 37 cars in 2010, as hometown girl Johanna Long hoisted the Tom Dawson Trophy. “My first Snowball Derby didn’t go as expected. I’m giving it a second try,” said Ragan, the Unadilla, Ga., native. “We ran well in the race, but just got caught up in a wreck. There’s a [...]
Bubba Pollard Swept both 100 lap Super Late Model features this weekend, and claimed the 2011 Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship. Pollard bested the field Friday night Sept 23rd at Pensacola's 5 Flags Speedway, then repeated on Saturday at Mobile International. The Sunoco Championship is a 10 race series at the two tracks attracting top Super Late Model drivers from across the South, linking the Blizzard Series in Pensacola, and the Miller Lite Series at MIS.
By Chuck Corder Augie Grill watched the celebration with a wry smile. He was happy to see his friendly rival Bubba Pollard enjoying his Miller Lite 100 victory. He was happy to see one of his Grand American Race Cars extending their Blizzard Series win streak to 11. More importantly, Grill was happy to get his hands on his career’s first Blizzard season points title. Still, the all-time leader with eight Blizzard victories would have been happier if he could have escaped with the win. Instead he settled for a third-place finish and the honor of being named a track king. “That wasn’t really the way we wanted to do it,” Grill said with chagrin. “The car was tight, though. But we'll take a third if it means we get a championship.” Super Stocks What a year for Bubba Winslow. The 21 year old heard wedding bells just a few months ago. And on Friday, Winslow added a [...]
Chuck Corder Bubba Pollard made it look, in a word, effortless. Before the super late model engines fired Friday at Five Flags Speedway, the Senoia, Ga., hotshoe told the crowd winning the Miller Lite 100 was “gonna be tough.” Hardly. Pollard put on an absolute clinic, cruising to Victory Lane in the caution-free Blizzard Series finale. Pollard took the lead on Lap 41 and never looked back in his rearview, lapping nearly every one of the 25-car field. “This thing has been so good all year,” said Pollard, who bookended his Blizzard season with victories in the first and last race. “I hope we can keep it going.” Reigning Snowball Derby champion Johanna Long raced with a heavy heart tonight after her grandfather’s death Thursday. The Pensacola native and the NASCAR trucks series rookie crashed at the top of Turn 2 in practice and broke an upper arm on the right side of the No. 10’s front [...]
By Chuck Corder Each driver that races at Five Flags Speedway has an opportunity to drum up a fanbase via the Driver Profiles page on 5flagsspeedway.com. These pages are brief biographies about the drivers with categories, such as Hometown, Crew Members and Sponsors. On Bubba Winslow’s page, under Racing Accomplishments it reads, “To Be Continued… .” He can add, “Not for long,” now. Winslow, 21, will lock up his first career track title by simply taking the green flag in the 25-Lap Super Stocks feature Friday at Five Flags Speedway. “I don’t think it really has set in that we’ve won the championship,” Winslow said, “because to me, we still have the pressure to go out there and perform well. We’ve gotta cross all the ‘T’s’ and dot all the ‘I’s’ to do that.” While the Super Stocks tie a bow on their year, the Super [...]
By Chuck Corder Five Flags Speedway has a rich history that spans nearly 60 years. L.H. Williamson opened the track in 1953, but Rick Solchenberger claims to have invented a thrilling childhood pastime outside the famed half-mile, asphalt oval. What he calls the “pizza box slide” down the grass hill behind the grandstands has long since faded away, but Solchenberger can still see the indelible impression he made these days. “There’s a sign now that says, ‘Please keep off the hill,’ ” Solchenberger said. “You had to first eat the pizza, then open box all the way. If anybody knows me, they can tell I wasn’t a small child, so you had to open the whole box and lay it flat to get a good nice slide going down the hill.” These days Solchenberger still cuts an important figure out at Five Flags, as the [...]
By Chuck Corder Nothing and no one can keep Augie Grill out of his ride. Neither his ever-growing Grand American Race Cars manufacturing company nor its ever-expanding list of customers. Although there is one person that could force Grill to hit the eject button. Thankfully, for late model fans across the southeast — specifically at Five Flags Speedway, America’s favorite home track — Owen Grill, Augie’s son, is just 4. Fortunately for Five Flags fans (perhaps, unfortunately for his rivals) that means Augie Grill, 34, will be around for at least another decade. Grill will be around Five Flags once again Friday when the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series points leader looks to lock up the track championship at the Miller Lite 100. The Hayden, Ala., driver has finished second the last two seasons, but has yet to hoist a Blizzard title. “Other than Pensacola, I’ve never really [...]
By Chuck Corder David Rogers started short-track racing nearly 40 years ago. As the green flag dropped on his career, the Central Florida native’s first goal was to compete at the prestigious Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. Rogers’ crew didn’t mince words at the time with their green, teenage driver. “You don’t have any business going up there,” they told him. “If you can’t win down (in Central Florida), you won’t make the race up there.” My, how far Rogers has come. The 56 year old enters Friday’s Miller Lite 100, the regular season finale for the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series, fourth in the standings with 169 points. The next time the Super Late Models race at Five Flags it will be the 44th annual Snowball Derby. All that separates Rogers from the top are points leader Augie Grill (244), Grant [...]