By Chuck Corder NASCAR eat your hearts out. The big boys only wish they could close their eyes and dream of the championship chases that await at Five Flags Speedway. With only two Friday nights remaining in the regular season after this week, America's Favorite Home Track is handsomely poised for exciting finishes as it approaches the final turn. The intensity and hunger for track titles ramps up this week as the Pro Trucks, Faith Chapel Super Stocks, Beef "O" Brady's Sportsman and Butler U-Pull-It Bombers battle it out on Double Feature Night. The pendulum could swing a number of directions with all four local divisions separated by the narrowest of margins. Beef "O" Brady's Sportsman driver Shanna Ard's 33-point cushion over two-time class champion Brannon Fowler seems comfortable. But anything can happen in a doubleheader. First and second in the Pro Trucks, Super Stocks and Bombers are within 12, 10 and 11 points, respectively, of [...]
Revisiting Friday Aug 22nd, Dustin Smith trailing a shower of sparks when a front tire went flat on the front stretch ending his nite; The tech and clean-up crew didn’t need a lot of encouragement to cool down with a bucket of ice water for a good cause; If you remember when these coupes raced originally, you must be collecting your social security. The Vintages are driven by real drivers of today, not ghosts from yesteryear.
Dawsonville’s Davis Earns First Career PLM Win at 5 Flags; Jones Captures Finale, Cuts into Johanna’s Leadadmin
By Chuck Corder One wonders if Dawsonville, Ga., filled with joyful noise on Friday night. When Bill Elliott’s star was rising in NASCAR, each time he won, his hometown would ring a bell to celebrate the win. The tradition has continued for young Chase Elliott, the 2011 Snowball Derby champion, and current NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader. Spencer Davis did Dawsonville proud Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. The teenager captured his first career Allen Turner Pro Late Model feature at the famed half-mile oval. “We’ve had fast car last two times been here,” Davis said, “and to get that first win in Pensacola, at such an historic track, it’s really cool.” Johanna Long finished second in the opener to extend her points lead while Junior Niedecken rounded out the podium. But in the 30-lap finale, she spun with 27 laps complete and her 19-point cushion was dwindled to four by night’s end. Defending track champion Garrett [...]
By Chuck Corder If you’ve ever endured the abject terror of an automobile barrel rolling (and who among us hasn’t), chances are your immediate thoughts and shrieking expletives wouldn’t be printable here. Jamie Mozingo vividly remembers his state of mind when his 1932 two-door Chevy coupe went end over end several weeks ago. “Will it ever quit?” Mozingo kept asking himself at Northwest Florida Speedway in Baker. Eventually, after three full flips, including one that sent Mozingo airborne, his No. 48 teetered on the driver’s side door. Mozingo escaped through a missing roof, relatively unharmed. The Grove Hill, Ala., native hopes to avoid an encore performance of his tumbling act on Friday when the Southern Vintage Racing Association returns to Five Flags Speedway. The ’32 and ’34 Ford and Chevy coupes and sedans will be joined by the Allen Turner Pro Late Models and their split-feature format (20-/30-lappers), Beef “O” Brady’s Sportsmen (25) and Butler U-Pull-It [...]
By Chuck Corder What do fathers want for their sons? A thousand scholars and therapists could argue their opinions until they’re blue in the face. But above most shrewd assumptions is the idea of becoming a father, lucky enough to have your son carry on the family legacy. Twenty-one-year-old Nathaniel — “Thumper” to stranger or friend — Grice is making his life’s current mission to do just that for his father, Roger — “Scooter” to stranger or friend — Grice. And come Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, the Grice men will have a shot at track history when their 1934 Ford sedans compete in the Southern Vintage Racing Association 20-lap feature. Scooter has raced Modifieds off and on for the last 20 years at America’s Favorite Home Track. “Nothing would make me happier than if me and my dad could finish first and second,” Thumper Grice said. “That’d be awesome. I don’t wanna run second [...]
Despite Misfortunes, Aleck Alford Excited to Make 5 Flags Debut with Southern Vintage Racing Associationadmin
By Chuck Corder There’s little that’s subtle about Aleck Alford. From the cowboy hat to his 6-foot, 280-pound frame, the 27 year old former Pace High School football star stands out from the crowd. Almost as much as the 1932 two-door Chevy coupe Alford drives whenever the Southern Vintage Racing Association convenes. Bearing the No. 7 — a number, traditionally, associated with good fortunes — dressed with a lucky, lime-green trim and sporting a horseshoe on the front end, a casual observer might think Alford has yet to lose this season. A casual observer could not be more wrong, though. From a scorched hand, courtesy of a radiator cap, to an emergency appendectomy to his rear-end being a magnet for opponents, Alford is desperate to break the pattern of misfortune. “If we didn’t have bad luck, I guarantee you, we’d have none,” said Alford, who has already gone through four rear ends in 2014. The mechanic/technician [...]
By Chuck Corder What can Five Flags Speedway do for an encore? That's a sensible question to ask after a massive crowd was rewarded earlier this month with the track's annual editions of the Demolition Derby and Faster Pastor feature. We're still on cloud nine after watching an unthinkable field of 18 Demolition Derby clunkers decimate each other and Pastor Wes Alverez of My Father's Vineyard spinning across the finish line and still somehow topping three other area clergymen on Aug. 1. On the heels of that whirlwind night, the famed half-mile oval is sure to create a few more memories this week when the Southern Vintage Racing Association turns back the clock. The old-bodied, 1934 Ford and Chevy coupes and sedans return to America's Favorite Home Track for the second time this summer, hoping for its own entertaining encore, following a great show in June. But the vintage cars aren't the only showcase [...]
The popular twin features for the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Models is the centerpiece of the next racing event here at 5 Flags. The first event is a 20 lap feature, with the lineup determined by qualifying time. The finale is a 30 lap feature, with the lineup set by reversing the finishing order from the first race of cars in the lead lap. The Butler U Pull It Bombers, Beef O”Brady’s Sportsmen and the Southern Vintage cars round out the schedule in between the 2 PLM features
The Vintage cars usually grind it out on dirt...but the fans of 5 Flags wanted them back again this season. They were here in the Spring, and we look for a competitive field of the older 1930’s body style cars. They are part of the next event on August 22nd. The Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Models will run 2 features a 20 and a 30 lapper, plus the Butler U Pull it Bombers and the Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen
Drivers and crews have a time set aside for testing, and tweaking just prior to the nest race event. Open Practice is set for Aug 21st from 5 to 9pm. Free to watch from the grandstands.