A Whopping 135 Kids, Teenagers Flood Five Flags for Annual Kids Bike Races

  By Chuck Corder Tour de France, eat your heart out. Pure, unadulterated adrenaline — produced purely from their bodies — was all the performance enhancement a group of young bicyclists needed to huff-and-puff their way around the famed half-mile oval of Five Flags Speedway on Friday night. The track was invaded by an enthusiastic response from its fans as the annual Children’s Bicycle Races drew an eye-popping 135 kids and teenagers to the famed half-mile asphalt oval. They were split into different age groups with the 6 through 9 age group boasting a whopping 46 riders. The little tykes, at 5-and-under, were 32 strong while both the 10 to 12 class and the 13 and older class each had more than a dozen. The latter class included some competitors that took a little license with “older” in the division’s title with at least two riders well above their 20s. Davin Davis chugged his way to [...]

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Mason Sweeps Pro Trucks, Modifieds Features; Leytham Stretches Run to 15 Straight Wins

By Chuck Corder   While Okie Mason refused to steal any thunder from the future racers of America on bicycles Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, the 52 year old had another historic night at Pensacola’s high banks.   Earlier in the night, against a depleted field, Mason easily extended his points lead in the Home Depot Modifieds division thanks to a wire-to-wire victory against Heath Mills with David Beale rounding out the podium.   Mason shot off from the opening green and left nothing in the tank, as he chewed up the 20 lapper for his second series win of the season.   “It was nice seeing the kids having fun, out here riding bikes. That’s what it’s all about,” the always humble Mason said. “All we can do is show up.”   Ol’ Okie wasn’t through, though.   He bookended the night for the local classes by winning the 25-lap Pro Trucks feature in a much-tighter race than the [...]

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A Son Knows Best: Rookie Sportsman Driver Shawn Laws has Sixteen-Year-Old Son Keeping Watchful Eye

By Chuck Corder Even before his rookie season began this year, Beef “O” Brady’s Sportsman driver Shawn Laws felt the love from Five Flags Speedway. A chance, business encounter with prolific Sportsman champion Steve Buttrick put the wheels, literally, in motion last year for the Gulf Breeze driver. Before that, Bo Resmondo, another driver who competes in the Sportsman class, performed all the brick work on Laws’ home and race shop. “Five Flags is one of the best short-tracks I’ve been to and I’ve been to a lot of them,” he said. “I honestly feel that the racing, even with the Sportsmen, these guys, in my opinion, they’re the best of the best at what they’re doing. “They’re all class acts and friendly. They won’t hesitate to help if you ask. I love that about this class.” But no one has shown more love to Laws than his spotter. And no one [...]

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Bike Race Procedures

All participants must register and a have helmet in order to participate. Registration will be inside main grandstand gate at the yellow tent. Each rider will be issued a number plate. Bikes will be staged in designated area by age group. At designated time, 5 & under group will be escorted down front sidewalk and enter track at the flag stand gate. This group will proceed to turn 4 area starting line. The 6 thru 9 group will then enter the track and be staged next to the outside wall from the start finish line towards turn 4. At the same time, the 10, 11, & 12 group will be staged on the front sidewalk. The 5 & under group will then race to finish line. At the conclusion of each race, the participants will return to the registration area, where they will turn in their number plate, (please do not tear [...]

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FIVE BUCK NITE RETURNS FOR KIDS BIKE RACES ON FRIDAY THE 27th

Once a year the kids get to pedal around the banked half mile…and every one who signs up gets a trophy! This   Friday night, the bikers get to race. There will be 4 age groups. 5 and under have a short sprint from turn 4 to the finish line. 6 to 9, 10 to 12;  and 13 years and older get to make the entire circuit. In addition to the trophy, each racer will receive a free Justaburger from Whataburger (certificate) and a free ice cream treat from Classic Homes of Pensacola, courtesy of Danny Speranzo. Come early to register and get your bike number, and remember helmets are mandatory

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NASCAR K&N East Field Doesn’t Disappoint as Rhodes Captures Pensacola 150 for Third Straight Win

By Chuck Corder Ben Rhodes taught his rivals a valuable, yet terrifying lesson Friday night. Never count the 17-year-old Louisville, Ky., driver out. Seemingly an afterthought to extend his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winning streak in the Pensacola 150 on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, Rhodes found an extra gear on a late restart to wow a packed house. He blew by then-leader Cameron Hayley on the inside lane of Lap 134 and easily cruised to his third consecutive K&N East victory. “I was going to make some magic happen,” Rhodes told his spotters, before demurely adding, “I didn’t really know if I could.” He ended up looking like David Blaine. Rhodes, who holds a commanding lead in the K&N East series points chase, led for more than 30 laps in the revolutions leading up to the mandated competition yellow that waved at the race’s halfway mark. But once the race got back underway, pole [...]

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Little prepares for tough two-week stretch on NASCAR K&N Pro Series

NASCAR Next driver, Jesse Little, continues his K&N Pro Series East season Friday evening with the running of the Pensacola 150 at Five Flags Speedway.   The race marks the halfway point in the K&N Pro Series East season for the 17-year old.   "We're inside the top-10 in the chase for the championship," Little noted. "Our NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet has had some strong runs this year. Getting back to half-mile track will be nice since we had a good car in Bakersfield (Kern County Raceway is also a half-mile) so that's encouraging for this tight schedule we're on."   Little will go from Pensacola's half-mile to the .400-mile Langley (Virginia) Speedway on June 21.   "It's important to keep aiming for race wins to stay in the hunt for the championship.   We had excellent speed last year at both Five Flags and Langley and expect a solid performance  If we can do that over the next eight days that will [...]

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Ronnie Bassett Jr. Heads South to Pensacola, Florida Looks to Continue Top-10 Streak

Winston-Salem, N.C. (June 12, 2014) - Ronnie Bassett Jr. and the Bassett Racing No. 04 Butler Trailer Manufacturing/Roush Yates Performance team look to extend their top-10 streak and continued climb up the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point standings at Five Flags Speedway.  Pensacola, the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle will host the Pensacola 150 on Friday night, June 13 and will mark the first time Bassett Jr. will roll out onto the famed ½ mile Five Flags Speedway.    Keeping the Streak Alive Ronnie Bassett Jr. has a current streak of four top-10 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finishes dating all the way back to March at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.  He also has three top-5 finishes in the last four series events. Making up Ground Bassett Jr. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina moved into the 8th position in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver point standings after a 5th-place finish at [...]

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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Hits Halfway Mark At Five Flags

·   Drake Continues Transition As A Rookie In Stock Cars   ROSEVILLE, Calif. (June 10, 2014) – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday for the Pensacola 150 – an event that will mark the halfway point of a 16-race season schedule for 2014.   The race follows a year after the series made its inaugural visit to the half-mile banked oval in Florida’s panhandle.   The first half of the season has been a big challenge for Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Nick Drake, who is making the transition this year from racing open-wheel sprint cars on dirt tracks to competing in stock cars on paved tracks.   The 18-year-old from Mooresville, N.C., drives the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing. While adapting to stock cars, Drake has also had to learn his way around each track as he makes his initial [...]

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Gray Gaulding #20 Krispy Kreme Chevrolet Impala

Five Flags Speedway Event Preview The First of a Double Header Weekend Quick Facts: Series: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race: 8 of 16 -June 13th, 2014 Driver: Gray Gaulding Truck: No. 20 Krispy Kreme Chevrolet Impala Driver's Point Standings: 2nd (-49) Track: Five Flags Speedway Race: Pensacola 150 Distance: 150 Laps / 75 Miles Gray Gaulding's second start at the northern Florida half mile. Gaulding scored a second place finish in his first trip to Five Flags Speedway (2013). In eight previous half mile starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Gaulding has an average 6.87 starting position with one fast qualifying award (Kern County Raceway Park - 2013), and a 7.75 finishing position (including two second place finishes). Busy weekend for Gray Gaulding. Gaulding will also compete on Saturday in the Drivin' for Lineman 200 driving the No.20 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports. From the Driver's Seat with Gray Gaulding: "Five Flags Speedway is one of my favorite tracks in the [...]

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