SKY GRABBING CRANE IMPRESSES GUESTS AT DEEP SOUTH SHOWING

The sky grabbing 500 ft high new crane was shown to a list of VIP’s from the area Tuesday in the Speedway parking lot. It is owned by Deep South Cranes, and will be used on big jobs along the coast. Shown above is 5 Flags GM talking about it with Deep South Cranes owner Jimmy White Sr. The facilities at the speedway are available for similar events by corporations and organizations year round (except during the Snowball Derby).

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Maintenance Includes Excavating Big Cracks

5 Flags Speedway is undergoing some off season surface safety improvements. Areas of alligator cracking are being removed by a national contractor to minimize deterioration of the existing asphalt surface. Richard Goss of Louisville, KY is overseeing the maintenance operations. His company was here 3 years ago to grind off the top wearing surface, that resulted in faster times for competitors. This procedure is expected to last 6 weeks, and be completed by late February in time for the season opener on March 22nd, and a pre-season open practice on a date to be announced. The track was last resurfaced in 1973, and the seasoned surface is preferred by many drivers, saying it contributes to the character of the competition.   It should be a safer, smoother, seasoned surface when completed. The contractor will work around the scheduled appearances of the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, scheduled for 3 days in February.

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55 – Mason Mitchell

Division: Super Late Model, Pro Late Model Name: Mason Mitchell Age: 18 Hometown: West Des Moines Iowa Car#: 55 Years In Racing: 14 Car Owner: Mason Mitchell Motorsports Crew Members: Andrew Slater Justin McClintic Brian Sommers Sponsors: J&S Ag Services Graffiti Graffics Electronic Engineering Family: Russ Mitchell Marlene Mitchell Morgan Mitchell Michael Mitchell Job Info: Driver in the ARCA Racing Series. Owner of Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Racing Accomplishments: Racing Accomplishments: Over 100 feature wins 2005 Midwest Minicup Champion 2006 Track Champion 2x Speed Bowl Memorial Winner 2009 3rd in ASA rookie points 2012 4 starts, 4 top tens, 2 top fives, and qualfiied second twice in ARCA. 2012 Producer of the year for ARCA Website: masonmitchellmotorsports.com Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mason-Mitchell-Racing/366885998221

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HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM CITED FOR EXTRA EFFORTS DURING THE YEAR

The Ironman Award, given to the worker who goes above and beyond, was presented to Charlie and Waynetta Head, at the annual Awards Banquet on Saturday the 12th. They were lauded by track manager Tim Bryant for their tireless efforts during the season that contributed to making racers have a better experience at the track. Charlie performs various duties in the pits during the race including operating stop and go in turn 1. Waynetta is the first to greet drivers as they sign in for their wrist bands prior to entering the pits. Both have worked at the track for many years, Waynetta is the daughter of the late Wayne Niedecken, winner of the first Snowball Derby 45 years ago. The Rex Brooks Ironman award has been given for the past 8 years in memory of Brooks who devoted many extra hours to the speedway.

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BRANNON FOWLER AMONG DRIVERS HONORED

Sportsmen Champion Brannon Fowler of Molino was among the drivers who received trophies, a check and other prizes at the Annual Awards Banquet Saturday the 12th at the Pensacola Fairgrounds. Fowler, a champ at 5 Flags and Mobile International says he is ready for the season to start for 2013, and welcomes competing at both tracks. Drivers in the Bombers, Modifieds, Super Stock, and Pro Late Model divisions were also honored before a crowd of over 200.

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THE BIG CRANE EXPLAINED

The monster in the parking lot is the largest crane on wheels within 400 miles. Deep South Cranes of Pensacola just acquired the mammoth machine for contractors needing a big lift. It weighs a million pounds plus, takes 17 trucks to transport, and 2 days for a crew to assemble on a job site. It can lift 600 tons, that’s more than all the cars on the starting grid of the Snowball Derby, and can go 500 feet up. Yikes, that’s 50 stories. Jimmy White of DSC says the suggested name for the big rig is “The Beast”. It is on display for a few days at the track. Need anything big moved?

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07 – Jim Pokrant

Division: Sportsman Name: Jim Pokrant Age: 42 Hometown: Pensacola,Fl Car#: 07 Years In Racing: since 1993 Car Owner: Jim Pokrant Crew Members: Eli Williams Rick Culbertson David Frank Pam Sponsors: TechMaster Rick Culbertson Pam Miller's Cleaning Service Eli Williams Race Cars Buddy Miller Race Engines Wes Paul Autoglass Family: My mom, my grand kids... Ethan, Zec, Serria Job Info: I work at Ingram Signalization as a level 2 tech Racing Accomplishments: won 1998 Rattler Pure Stock Division Vintage Feature win @ 5 Flags 4 Feature wins in Sportsman Division I have numerous podium finishes Email: [email protected] Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/PatriotRacing

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