99 – Taras “Hollywood” Hodivsky Jr

Division: Pro Trucks Name: Taras "Hollywood" Hodivsky Jr Age: 34 Hometown: Foley, AL Car#: 99 Years In Racing: Rookie Car Owner: Taras Hodivsky Jr Crew Members: Bobby Tommy Gleason Taras Sr Sponsors: Hollywood Motorsports Hodivsky's Fence Company Family: Taras Sr Debbie Bridgette Tommy Gleason Tesha Tanner Melissa Monty Job Info: Owner-Hollywood Motorsports VicePresident-Hodivsky's Fence Co. Lamberts Cafe Racing Accomplishments: Pending......... Comments: Just getting this new ProTruck team up and running. Were excited about this new class. Thanks to the Bryant family for giving us the opportunity to run trucks at 5 Flags.

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BUBBA POLLARD IS 2 FOR 2 IN NEW SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES

The series has just begun, and already there is a strong frontrunner emerging. Bubba Pollard of Senoia Georgia, has taken both wins to date, in Nashville and in Gresham at Jefferson Georgia. Next is Montgomery on May 4th, then the Pensacola and Mobile power sweep May 24 and 25th. The 16 event series includes four 100 lap events at 5 Flags, and four at Mobile International this year. The Pensacola races are part of the Buddy’s Rental Blizzard Series.

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Black, Rollins Race to Victory Lane As Rule Tweaks Inject Spark into Allen Turner Pro Late Models

By Chuck Corder It appears change is exactly the rejuvenation the Allen Turner Pro Late Models needed at Five Flags Speedway. A tweak in the feature’s format this year created some instant excitement at the famed half-mile asphalt oval Friday. Instead of last year’s 100-lap features, the race was divided into two segments — a 20- and 30-lap sprints — and it delighted the Five Flags’ loyal fanbase. Ray Black Jr. won the opener, but the latter half of the race was a thrilling finish between 52-year-old Tommy Rollins and 13-year-old Garrett Jones. Rollins held off the kid by less than a radiator, as the two beat and banged coming out of Turn 4. “That took three hard years and a lotta work,” said Rollins, who yields his seat to Nationwide Series driver Johanna Long when she returns home during off weeks. “It feels good. I hope this is a regular happening.” With that kind of [...]

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Pro Late Model Overhaul: Series Gets New Look, Opens Door for Locals to Take Back Control

By Chuck Corder In recent years, the Allen Turner Pro Late Model series at Five Flags Speedway was dominated by some of late model’s biggest names. From Bubba Pollard to Augie Grill to Mike Garvey, some of the south’s stalwarts were waving checkered flags on any given Friday night at Pensacola’s high-banked oval. While perhaps bringing a little glitz and glamour to the division, the change from a 40-lap feature to a 100 lapper was a stark contrast to the days when local drivers owned the class. “Those 100-lap races bring guys that are racing every week somewhere,” longtime PLM racer Tommy Rollins said. “For a local guy that doesn’t have the budget or the time, it puts us at a disadvantage. It’s just hard to overcome somebody in the seat every night when you’re racing only five times a year.” The Modifieds, Sportsmen and Bombers will also join the festivities when the gates [...]

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03 – Michael Nelson

Division: Bomber Name: Michael Nelson Age: 21 Hometown: Pensacola Car#: 03 Years In Racing: 5 Car Owner: Michael Nelson Crew Members: Mike Nelson Susan Nelson Porkchop Chris Mason Adam Carpenter Jon Taylor Curtis Faircloth Buddy Bradley Stanley Nelson Ben Nelson Sponsors: Tim Thompson Automotive Tim Massey Construction Blackwater Lawn Care and Landscape Eddie Craig Tires and Collision JRS Automotive Leonard Craig Paint Shop Family: Mike Nelson Susan Nelson Stanley Nelson Ben Nelson Joey Nelson Job Info: Tom Thumb and in school to be an electrical engineer Racing Accomplishments: 2012 Snowball Derby winner Finished 2nd in points 2010 Multiple top 3's and 3 feature wins

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ALLEN TURNER PRO LATE MODELS HAVE A NEW EXCITING FORMAT

There will be a new twist, doubling the excitement for the Allen Turner Pro Late Models when they make their first appearance for the season of Friday April 26th. The 50 laps of green flag racing will be split into a 20 lap and a 30 lap event. There is a possibility to win $1,500 if a driver grabs both checkers, The first segment will be a straight up start, insuring the fastest qualifier will be on the pole. The distance will be 20 laps and the Winner will receive $600. All cars finishing on the lead lap in race #1, will then be inverted completely for race #2, which will be the final event of the night. Any cars laps down or failing to finish in race #1, will take up the rear in race #2, which will be 30 laps, and pay $900 to the Winner. Both races will pay [...]

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ELECTRIC POWER AND THEN SMOKIN’ TIRES NEXT SATURDAY

On Saturday, April 27th, the fifth running of the Emerald Coast Electrathon Classic 120 race event sponsored by the Gulf Power Engineering Society will be held at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The “120” on the end is not for laps or miles but minutes. In fact there will be two - 60 minute races held on Saturday for electric race vehicles built by high school, college students and an open class that run off of 72 pounds of sealed lead acid batteries. The Electrathon race event is not about speed but endurance. How far can you go in 60 minutes without running out of energy. This race is sanctioned by Electrathon America and so far 10 teams with 13 cars and 88 team members have registered to compete. The team traveling the greatest distance is from California. Yes, the west coast of the United States is being [...]

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