Garvey puts a Familiar #1 in Victory Lane Again!

Bill Vilona [email protected] A camouflage, Hot Wheels designed helmet was fastened to Hayden Pursell’s head, along with steely focus on his face. The 9-year-old had outpedaled the competition on his uncle Brad’s bike, pumped his way around the final turn on the banked racetrack and saw the finish line at Five Flags Speedway. A kid’s dream come true. “I looked back about three times and saw I was way ahead,” he said. Nothing like thrill of winning, or just participating with other youth in the annual Kids’ Bike Races, a highlight of Friday night’s race program at Five Flags Speedway. Pursell, a fifth grader from Beulah, was one of four age division winners in the event, which preceded the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series race for the big machines. But on this night, it was all about the kids. A total of 109 participated with their parents doing everything from carrying the bikes, getting the [...]

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Robbins Hoping to Turn Back Clock with Sanders PLM as Kids Return for Annual Bike Races After Washout

By Chuck Corder Much of the focus this Friday at Five Flags Speedway will be about young people. After Mother Nature postponed the original date earlier this month, at long last, it’s once again time for the annual children’s bike races. Four age groups get a taste of what he America’s Favorite Home Track is all about. The 5 and unders will battle spoke-to-spoke from Turn 4 to the start-finish line while the 6 through 9s, 10-12s and 13 and ups will drive it hard into all four corners just like their Friday night heroes. All riders must wear helmets and the free registration takes place inside the main entrance when the grandstands open at 5 p.m. Friday. Trophies and ice cream will be handed out afterward. Admission to the grandstands is as follows: $15 Adults, $14 Seniors, $12 Military/Students (12-17) and Under 11 is free. Pit passes are $25. Once the youngsters hoist their hardware [...]

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ANNUAL KIDS BIKE RACING

Two wheel pedaling by the future drivers is back on Friday June 29th. The kids are separated by age groups, and all but the tiniest make the half mile trek around the track. Everyone gets a trophy and a treat, compliments of Tracy Goodson’s Beef O’Brady’s on Mobile Highway, and Panhandle Grading and Paving. Bring bike and helmet, get there before 7:45 to register. June 29th Bike Race Info Age Groups: 5 & under…Race will start in Turn 4 and conclude at track finish line. *6 thru 9 *10,11,12 *13 & older * These groups will make 1 lap around track Registration: Will take place inside main entrance to grandstands. Each rider will be issued  a number plate. There is no entry fee to race. Bikes may be parked in registration area before and after bike races. Upon conclusion of race, return number plate to registration area where trophies and Ice cream tickets will be awarded. (HELMETS REQUIRED) Click for Registration Form

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Pollard Gets Monkey Off Back, Collects Coors Light 100 Win for First Victory at Five Flags in 2012

By Chuck Corder Plenty of emotions filled Victory Lane after the Coors Light 100 on Friday at Five Flags Speedway. Unfortunately, though, they weren’t precipitated by the driver and car the packed house flooded the grandstands and pits to see. Nationwide Series rookie and 2010 Snowball Derby champion Johanna Long delivered a courageous performance in her return home, running second for most of the night before finishing eighth. But the night belonged to Bubba Pollard, who took the lead on Lap 87, and held on in the face of some late cautions for his first win in Pensacola this year. “We enjoy coming down here,” said Pollard, who all but locked up the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series season points title with just one 100 lapper remaining. “The fans are great.” The Senoia, Ga., driver gave them plenty of reasons for excitement Friday. After finishing one-thousandth of a second off Augie Grill’s fast qualifying time (16.898 [...]

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The Girl is Back in Town: Pensacola’s Johanna Long Returns for Blizzard Series Coors Light 100 on Friday

By Chuck Corder Life has always moved fast for Johanna Long. Heck, it came with the job description when she chose to pursue her dreams of being a stock car driver at the ripe age of 8. But as Long returns home for the Coors Light 100 on Friday at Five Flags Speedway, even the Nationwide Series rookie could not have envisioned the warp speed in which her life travels these days. Long, fresh off her best NASCAR finish to date, headlines the fourth of five Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series races for Super Late Models. “I’m really excited to get back to Five Flags,” Long said. “It has been a while. (Her team is) working hard on (the car). Hopefully, we can run really well this week and get it dialed in for the (Snowball) Derby.” With fireworks cascading across the famed half-mile, asphalt oval throughout Friday evening, they will also fall from above [...]

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VanderLey Suspension Lifted

D.J. VanderLey, suspended for the regular season after an altercation with another driver on April 27th, has had his eligibility to compete reinstated beginning with this Friday’s Coors Light 100 Blizzard Series event at 5 Flags Speedway. VanderLey has missed 2 races in The Blizzard Series at 5 Flags, and 2 races in the Miller Lite Series at Mobile, which in essence was a 4 race suspension in the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series. “ Officials from both tracks re-opened discussions last week on the length of the suspension”, stated 5 Flags GM Tim Bryant. “ Everyone agreed the severity of the infraction called for just punishment, and we feel like it was levied. We wanted to issue a statement to all drivers about controlling their emotions , and we hope we have done that. We have elected to let D.J. return to racing, under probation. We are confident [...]

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