Buggay Barrels Down on First Five Flags Allen Turner PLM Victory at Whataburger Night of Champions

By Chuck Corder As always, Dwayne Buggay is busy when you reach him by phone. On this day, the entrepreneurial businessman by day and weekend late model driver, is “showing some wheels” on his Cartersville, Ga., lot that boasts more than 2,500 diesels, such as Duramax and its competitors. You patiently hold for a few minutes and when Buggay returns to the line, you offer to call back, terrified you might run off a potential suitor. Buggay won’t have it, though. He’s eager to discuss this Saturday’s Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series season finale on the Whataburger Night of Champions at Five Flags Speedway. Because winning races is just as important to Buggay as closing deals. They sort of go hand-in-hand, don’t they? Buggay, much to his dismay, has never closed the deal at Pensacola’s high banks. After impressing with a runner-up finish at last week’s Blizzard Series finale for the Super Late Models, Buggay [...]

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99 – Brandon Howell

Division: Modified Name: Brandon Howell Age: 26 Hometown: Lucedale, Mississippi Car#: 99 Years In Racing: 10+ Car Owner: Charlie Mcadams Crew Members: Charlie Mcadams Steve Mcduffie Austin mcduffie Poppy Sponsors: Engine Machine Shop Mcadams Auto and Collison Family: Poppy-Grandpaw Tesa-wife Racing Accomplishments: has  four wins at South Alabama Speedway and many more

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Clash of the Titans: Fowler-Buttrick Sportsmen Duel One Highlight on Whataburger Night of Champs

By Chuck Corder It might be an uncharacteristic weekend race, but business will be bustling for the Whataburger Night of Champions on Saturday at Five Flags Speedway. For all four divisions that will compete at Pensacola’s high banks Saturday, but especially for the West Florida Coatings Sportsmen Division. Brannon Fowler is eyeing a second straight track championship. He’s a qualifying time and 30 feature laps away from destiny’s doorstep. “It would mean a lot to win another,” said Fowler, who also boasts a Bombers track crown from a few years ago. “I take a lotta pride in what we do out here and in our racing. To be a track champion, and to try to repeat in the Sportsman division, it’s quite a feat with the level of competition.” But Fowler knows the famed half-mile, asphalt oval isn’t paved with yellow bricks. The Molino driver, who owns two feature wins this year, is clinging to [...]

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MORE CHAMPS TO BE DETERMINED THIS WEEK

Oh how nice it is when a driver and crew sees a year’s long effort result in the recognition that you are the best in class. Bubba Pollard of Senoia Georgia and Randy Thompson of Cantonment Florida hold that distinction in the Super Late Model and Super Stock divisions for 2012. Congratulations to Champions Pollard and Thompson. Your Hoosier Championship jackets will be awarded at the Snowball Derby©. Mike Garvey has earned that title in the Allen Turner Pro Late Models, and Gary Goodwin in the Bombers, by virtue of the large lead they have on the rest of the field. Their championship will be finalized this Saturday evening along with the Modifieds and Sportsmen at the Whataburger Night of Champions.

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WHATABURGER NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS ENDS SEASON FOR BOMBERS, SPORTSMEN, MODIFIEDS AND PRO LATES

The 2012 regular racing season gets the checkered flag at an unusual Saturday night series of 4 feature races. The Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model Series caps off its season with a 100 lapper. The Modifieds, Sportsmen and Bomber drivers have one last race, and then that is it! Practice Friday night 5 to 9, then the Saturday showdown with a 7pm start. .

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Choquette Captures Blizzard Series Finale; Pollard Pounces on 1st Season Title at Five Flags

By Chuck Corder Jeff Choquette was going to make sure this one didn’t slip through his grasp. The West Palm Beach driver came to Five Flags Speedway in March for the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series season opener. Choquette led for much of the second half of the race before Chase Elliott ran him down and past him with three laps left. Choquette made sure the past would not repeat itself Friday in the Super Late Models’ season finale. He led the last 58 laps despite a multitude of late cautions. “We’ve struggled all year,” Choquette said. “Chase ran us down last time we were here, but we were on it tonight. I was a little worried, but (his crew) told me I had a 5-second lead and I was pulling away. “That helped ease the nerves.” Bubba Pollard’s nerves were eased early into Friday. He clinched his first career Blizzard Series track championship by qualifying on [...]

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Snowball Derby Starting Spots On the Line Friday in Blizzard Series Season Finale

Pollard to Be Crowned Champion Friday, but Plenty of Drama to Play Out Over 100 Laps (By Speed 51) – In 2009, Bubba Pollard has his eyes on the prize. He was one race away from his first Buddy's Home Furnishing Blizzard Series title. Needing only a solid finish in the final race, it all came to an end with a horrific lap-one crash. Pollard went airborne over the side of another car, taking him out of the title hunt. 2012 is the revenge year as Pollard enters the final Blizzard Series race at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, the Buddy's 100, needing only to take the green flag to win the championship. The win also guarantees Pollard a starting spot into the 45th Annual Snowball Derby this December at Five Flags. "I feel like we have had better years in the past down at Five Flags," said Pollard who has one Blizzard [...]

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All Eyes on 10: Drivers Look to Improve Snowball Prospects in Blizzard Series Finale

By Chuck Corder The year’s final laps are winding down at Five Flags Speedway. There are only two races left in the regular season before the famed half-mile asphalt oval begins preparations for the 45th annual Snowball Derby in December. For the Super Late Models in the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series, their season ends Friday night with the last of five 100 lappers. With one race left, jockeying for a top 10 spot in the points standings becomes a foremost element in race strategy. Teams are desperate to crack that elusive barrier and improve their eligibility for two provisional spots that are awarded to top 10 drivers if something goes haywire during Snowball Derby qualifying. “People will come in with different agendas,” said Pensacola’s Jeremy Pate, who sits 12th just three points shy of T.J. Reaid in 10th. “Guys will be racing for points, looking for that provisional. You don’t wanna limp in.” The battle [...]

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