33 – Kenny Williams

Division: Sportsman Name: Kenny Williams Age: 58 Hometown: Pensacola Car#: 33w Years In Racing: 20 Car Owner: Randi & Kenny Williams Crew Members: Blaidyn Randi Zander Brian Sponsors: Robert Tau Automotive New Liberty Lanes ATI Napa Gutter Lounge High Pocket Pro Shop Gold n Ring Lowery's Grocery Family: Son-Blaidyn Wife-Randi Daughter-Amanda Son in law- Zach Grandchildren-Hannah, Hayden and Hayley Job Info: Yard supervisor at Wise Recycling Racing Accomplishments: Many wins over the years in Super Stock, Bomber, Spectator,

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‘Chopper’ Hopes Pro Trucks Entertain Five Flags Fans in Primetime Debut this Friday

By Chuck Corder Still waiting for the results, but four out of five doctors believe “Chopper” Stagner bleeds fuel. The other is likely turning a wrench on one of Stagner’s stock cars. The Turnerville, Ala., is one of the local short-track scene’s true entertainers. Ask him his age? “39 and holdin’,” is what comes flying back. But what makes him more entertaining is watching Stagner and his team pour their hearts into racing. He has raced in a slew of classes between Pensacola and his home track of Mobile. This Friday he’ll be at Five Flags Speedway helping to provide a spark into a new Pro Trucks class when the grandstands open at 5 p.m. Who better than the man himself to explain: “Man, I absolutely love it!” said Stagner, whose real first name is Steve. “Just the look of truck is different. They’re a whole lotta fun to drive. It feels like a late model, but it’s [...]

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LOCAL CHURCH MOVES ITS EASTER SERVICES TO SPEEDWAY

My Father’s Vineyard is inviting the community to its outdoor Easter Service...at a time the kids can accommodate. The service will be inside the speedway beginning at 9:30, and a huge Easter Egg Hunt for the children will follow. 5000 eggs will be ready in the infield for the youngsters, along with the Easter Bunny. All are welcome! For details, contact the church office at 332-5740

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Gary Sutton Looks to Back Up Super Stocks Snowball Derby Championship on Friday

By Chuck Corder Nearly four months later, Gary Sutton’s whirlwind return to stock cars has just now begun to plateau. A win during short-track racing’s biggest week tends to have that kind of effect. Sutton, 31, was five years removed from hanging up his fire suit when close friend Dustin Rowell, 37, came frantically calling last November. When Rowell and 2011 track champion Bubba Winslow parted ways late in the season, Rowell needed a last-minute driver for his Super Stocks entry into the division’s Snowball Derby. Sutton jumped at the opportunity and made the most of it, holding off all comers to pull off a career feat and one of the more improbable victories in the Derby’s 45 years. “I knew it meant a lot and it will mean a lot for a long time,” Sutton said. “But it was especially fun this time because we did it with friends and family.” Sutton returns in Rowell’s [...]

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Track Record Falls by Wayside Six Times as Winged Sprints Shatter Old Mark on Opening Night

By Chuck Corder Brian Gerster came this week to Five Flags Speedway with plenty of motivation. The Fishers, Ind., native is buddies with Erik Jones, the 16-year-old who outdueled Kyle Busch at last year’s Snowball Derby. Gerster made his first trip to Pensacola in his winged sprint car to make his own history. He did just that, shattering the track record with a time of 13.205 seconds during qualifying for the Royal Oak Southern Shootout for the Must See Racing sprints. “I’ve get bragging rights on him,” Gerster said of Jones, who he shares a spotter with. “We’ve got a really good package and it handles great.” Gerster proved it on a night when six of the 29 drivers had a shot at the track record. He also won one of the four heat races, but that’s where his fortune ended. Running well early on in the 30-lap feature, Gerster was never the same once the [...]

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Faster Ever At 5 Flags

Brian Gerster from Indiana is the fastest human to ever drive here. He broke the track record to set a new record of 136.33 miles per hour on Friday March 22nd during qualifying. His Xtreme Sprint Car was one of 28 drivers who took a crack at the record. 6 of them broke the record of Jason Cox set last year of 130.6 mph, but Gerster was fastest of them all. He set a track record at Bristol recently of just over 150 miles per hour.  

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ONE BIG RACE NIGHT, 3 NEW SPEED RECORDS

Three divisions qualified on Friday March 19th, and 3 speed records were established. The Pro Truck Series made its debut, so we knew the fastest truck would be the new standard. JJ Day of Mobile thundered across the finish stripe with a time of 18.790, or 95.79 miles an hour. JJ also holds the record in Mobile, and has the 5 Flags speed record for the Bombers. MODIFIEDS Donnie Hamrac of Mobile in a new Charlie Phillips prepared Modified, owned by David Jones stopped the clock at 17.265 to set a new mark for the Mods. SUPER STOCKS Wow, did that old record go down. Bubba Winslow in a new ride for Trawick Motorsports bested the old record by a half second...the new record is 18.284

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Locals Dazzle Fans in 5 Features at 5 Flags

The difference between the end of last year and the beginning of this racing season for Bubba Winslow is like night or day. Or like wins and losses. Winslow of Pensacola dominated in the opening 30-lap Super Stock feature Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. He broke the track record by a whopping half-second, then led 27 of the 30 laps. It was his second consecutive victory after winning the opener last weekend at Mobile International Speedway for Trawick Motorsports. “It’s never easy,” he said. “But when you’ve got a fast car like that and a great pit crew, it kind of looks easy.” It wasn’t easy for Winslow at the end of last season. He lost the points lead – and the track title – in the last race of the season. Then he lost his ride for the Snowball Derby. Gary Sutton took over the driver’s seat and won the prestigious race. Winslow [...]

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