Division: Sportsman Name: Shanna Ard Age: 31 Hometown: milton fl Car#: 29 Years In Racing: 11 Car Owner: shanna ard Crew Members: Greg janes (crew chief ) , kristy ard ( wife ) , tina davison , john johnson, corey pittman, dwayne pittman, and who ever comes over to help Sponsors: my wife and family,Pensacla racing fabercator, west floridacoatings Family: Kristy ard ( wife ), triniti, destinti (daughter ), river ( son ) Job Info: Work for west florida coatings Racing Accomplishments: Qualify for the 2009 snowflake 100 at the snowball derby , I made it in my first attempt in a latemodal Facebook Page: Shanna Ard Comments: Need sponsors to come aboard to help
Grill took the checkered flag at the PepsiMax 125 on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway in the Blizzard/Southern Super Series race. However, he was disqualified in post-race inspection for having unauthorized fuel. The DQ means Daniel Hemric was awarded the victory, his first in a Blizzard Series race at the track and his first in the Southern Super Series. Grill had not won a Blizzard race since June 2011. And it was to be his fourth win this season in the Southern Super Series, but it was not to be following the DQ. Following Hemric in the order was Bubba Pollard, John Hunter Nemechek, Mike Garvey and Casey Smith. Johanna Long, in her first Super Late Model race at her home track this season, finished 12th. “We worked hard on this car after we struggled in the last race here (ninth-place finish),” Grill said in Victory Lane before the inspection. “But tonight, that [...]
Excerpts of this story appeared in today's edition of the Pensacola (FL) News Journal. By Chuck CorderWhen is a homecoming a first impression?Johanna Long molded her limitless dreams as a teenage girl on the unforgiving, abrasive asphalt of Five Flags Speedway. She probably has a story for every rock in that pavement. Now, the recently-turned 21-year-old woman, a blossoming NASCAR star on the Nationwide Series, returns to the famed half-mile oval tonight not knowing exactly what to expect. As Long prepared her Super Late Model on Thursday afternoon for the first practice for tonight’s Pepsi Max 125, she wondered what would be the biggest mystery: the car or a track that was modified since she last raced at during the 45th annual Snowball Derby last December? “I’m expecting it to be fast,” Long, the winner of that instant classic 2010 Derby, said. “I’m sure it’s gonna drive a little bit differently than it [...]
‘Red Dog’, Fowler and Rest of Sportsman Field Look to Knock Off Buttrick with Big Bucks on Line at 35 Lapperadmin
By Chuck Corder It doesn’t take long to see the greatest gift the good Lord bestowed on Lee Reynolds was his ability to spin yarn. Whether it’s the origins of his “Red Dog” nickname — let’s just say it has something to do with beer (lots of beer), and using the strangely-popular bitter beverage away to rustle up gas money to go race. Or all the tracks he has seen come and go. Or the Sportsman races he has endured the past four seasons. Whatever the case, every one of Reynolds’ stories demands your eager attention from start to finish. “You can buy the whole seat, but you only need the edge,” noted the renowned philosopher Mountain Main on a recent episode of “Duck Dynasty.” The red-haired Reynolds embodies that spirit. But on Friday at Five Flags Speedway, the 49 year old from Theodore, Ala., is hoping to leave Pensacola with more than just another [...]
By Chuck Corder It takes gallons and gallons of gas and nine hours for Chris Davidson to chase his dream in Pensacola. What seems like a grueling trek to most sane individuals is a Sunday drive to the 35-year-old driver from Pearland, Texas. Davidson takes solace in knowing no matter where he finishes each Friday at Five Flags Speedway, he’ll always head home having battled the nation’s best Super Late Models. “Good, bad, otherwise, we’re still racers and we’re gonna come,” the electrical contractor by day said. “It’s the most difficult competition there is. It’s a constant cycle of improvement just to keep up, much less improve.” Fresh off a runner-up finish at the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series opener last month, Davidson hopes to improve just one spot at the Pepsi Max 125 this Friday at Five Flags. The grandstands open at 5 p.m., right around the time the SLMs will be making practice [...]
Drivers and crews get to tweak and try out their cars Thursday the 20th from 5pm to 9pm. Free to watch from grandstands.
The king of the motorcycles Rob McClendon1 talks about his affiliation with TRIUMPH and the Friday nite motorcycle feature race. Plus a surprise guest who will be racing Friday in the Southern Super Series Blizzard race. Its all part of the live BLAB TV show at 7:30pm Watch on cable in Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties, or worldwide on the web at www.blabtv.com
The competition is still stiff for the top spots in the Southern Super Series...and the focus is on the Gulf Coast June 21 and 22nd. The drivers aim their rigs for Pensacola for a Friday night 125 lap battle, then on to Mobile for Saturday evening. Motorcycles will join the Super Late Models, along with the Sportsmen and Bombers here at 5 Flags.
The Beef O’ Brady’s and the Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman Divisions have been producing some fantastic racing this season at both 5 Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway. Although Steve Buttrick has established himself as the man to beat at both tracks with multiple wins thus far, even Buttrick himself would agree that it has been anything but easy. “ We’ve won 10 times so far this season, but we haven’t taken a single win for granted” stated the defending Snowball Derby Sportsman winner. “Between the level of competition, and the elements of the unknown, like untimely flat tires, we know the race isn’t over until it’s over.” The Sportsman Division at Mobile has sacrificed a night of racing at the Irvington Oval to make room for Double Features for Super Stocks and Bombers next Saturday Night, so 5 Flags has stepped up the ante in Pensacola by offering [...]
By Chuck Corder It seems like Scott Carlson’s late model career is undergoing a fresh detail. A new ride from Grand American Race Cars, the Jaguar of late model manufacturers. A new sponsor thanks to Anderson Subaru. And a new crew chief in Josh Hamner who knows his way around Five Flags Speedway. The Extreme Makeover: Blizzard Series Edition continues next Friday, June 21, night when the Southern Super Series returns its Super Late Models to Pensacola's high banks for the SSS 125 Presented by Penske Racing Shocks. “Racing keeps me feeling young,” Carlson said. The 55-year-old hotshoe pointed out he’s a year older than Mark Martin, who continues to make life tough on his Sprint Cup Series counterparts. Carlson would love nothing more than do take a page out of Martin’s playbook next Friday evening after coming home 19th in the Blizzard opener, the Rubber and Specialties 125, last month, Motorcycles -- yep, Rob McClendon [...]