Friday and Saturday Aug 30 and 31st our neighboring track, MIS hosts its biggest event of the regular season...the LEE FIELDS MEMORIAL. Lee was the driving force in the operation of the Mobile International Speedway for many years. His trophies included winning here at 5 Flags in the 1970’s at one of the events during Snowball Derby weekend. He is pictured here accepting the winners trophy from Ed Taylor, who was the sports reporter for WEAR-TV back then.
By Chuck Corder Ricky Haugen has fond memories of coming to Five Flags Speedway as a child. Grabbing a seat in the grandstands and eagerly anticipating the drop of the green flag to watch the weekend warriors wage war at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. What has always resonated for Haugen, now 44 and an occasional Super Stock racer these days, is the heritage of Pensacola’s high banks. “I always wanted to run at Five Flags as a kid,” Haugen said. “It’s surreal at times when you pull in and think of who all has been here over the years.” He hopes to add to the history and lore of Five Flags come Sept. 6 when he’ll drive one of nearly 15 vintage cars in a special exhibition race. The group of 1932 and ’34 Ford and Chevy open-wheeled coupes and trucks on fiberglass bodies will be part of that early fall show that featuring [...]
Davis, Odom Earn Thrilling Wins in Allen Turner PLM Split Features; Buttrick Looks Fine for Win No. 9admin
By Chuck Corder A trip to Victory Lane at Five Flags Speedway had eluded Steven Davis for a long time. Maybe it was fitting, then, that his win Friday came in dramatic fashion. The veteran from Mobile was clutching the win when on the final lap near disaster struck. Coming out of Turn 4, Davis’ back tires got loose and he crossed the finish line sideways before smacking the inside wall. If runner-up R.S. Senter had been any closer to Davis’ bumper on going into the turn, it’s no stretch to think the Oakwood, Ga., would have carved a win in his first appearance at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. “I don’t know why I lost it or what happened,” said a befuddled Davis, whose No. 42 had to be dragged in on the tow truck. “I was driving it the same way I drove every other lap. It went to spinning and I lost [...]
By Chuck Corder Wasn’t long ago that if Jay Jay Day’s name came up in local racing circles, yarns of his track superiority weren’t far behind. Day’s short-track feats were unparalleled when he had his No. 98 Bomber on a rail, boasting more than 30 wins in a few short years. These days, with a move up to the fledgling Pro Trucks and Bombers now comfortably in his rearview, the Theodore, Ala., native is finding wins are harder to come by. “We’ve definitely had to step our game up,” Day said. “To come from wining 11 races one year to just one so far this year? You’ve gotta work harder for it.” This Friday won’t be unlike most race nights for Day. When the Pro Trucks return to Five Flags, the 23 year old will climb inside his familiar canary yellow No. 98 and be a contender for the checkered. He trails Steve “Chopper” Stagner by [...]
By Chuck Corder Teenagers don’t live life with a governor. Every chore they begrudgingly perform happens at a lightning-quick pace, in between commercials. From drive-thrus to 140-character tweets, to six-second Vines to Instagram photos and Facebook updates, their worlds move at breakneck speeds. Thirteen-year-old Garrett Jones and 17-year-old Bryce Dulabhan wouldn’t change a thing. The dynamic duo has dominated the revamped Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series through three sets of the 20-lap/30-lap double features this year at Five Flags Speedway. “When we started the year, we didn’t have any plans to go for a track championship,” said Jones, who recently started attending a private school in North Carolina. “We were just going to run a couple of races in Pensacola. “Me and Bryce, we’ve talked. He’s a cool kid. I hope I can beat him fair and square. Hopefully, start in front of him and finish in front of him. That would be the ideal [...]
Save your ticket or pit arm band and get into the Home & Product Expo at the Bay Center (formerly the Civic Center) for free. That saves you $5 at the door. The Expo is Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
The track will be open for practice this Thursday from 5 to 9m. Free to watch from the grandstands.
We are now accepting requests for tickets to the 2013 Snowball Derby © December 4th to the 8th. Call the office 9am-5pm Central Time Mon-Fri and find seats in the section you prefer. Call 850-944-8400 You will talk to a real person.
Contact the office 9-5 Mon-Fri Central time at 850-944-8400. Pat Bryant is handling the arrangements, that includes space for a display tent, an RV spot, and event tickets. Hurry, we sell out every year. Other sponsorship opportunities are also available
Six pastors for 6 laps...and all crossed the finish line. Here they are, in alphabetical order: Jeff Adams from Smyrna Baptist Wayne Butts,Track Chaplain, Liberty Church North Shane Freemen, Beulah Baptist Gordon Godfrey of Marcus Pointe Baptist Nate Wheeler of Liberty Church Gene Wooten of Beulah Free Will Baptist. Pastor Adams was the first to finish.