5 fans at Five Flags Speedway (try saying that fast) will sit down for lunch with retiring radio legend Marty White. We will draw 5 adult tickets at the next race and all will be invited to join Marty at Sonny’s Bar-B-Q on Pine Forest Road at a later date, all compliments of Sonny’s. Marty will be honored for his 4 decades of entertaining and informing thousands of Gulf Coast fans on June 12th. The track will donate $5 of each ticket to Marty’s Favorite local charity,,Ronald McDonald House. The Modifieds of Mayhem will be featured in their 50 lap race, and it’s also the annual Kids Bicycle races. The kids will be divided into 4 age groups, 5 and under, 6-9, 10-12, and 13+, And every kid receives a trophy. A helmet and bike is required.
“BREAKER, BREAKER, Ya got the Snowman run rolling into P-cola Wednesday on the Way to Texarkana.” That’s a big 10-4…fur sure! The Snowman Run leaves out of LaGrange Georgia on Sunday the 24th. In the Smokey and the Bandit movie, there was a speedway scene…and we will be it. The big rig is making the run to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior effort. It will come blasting into Pensacola from Fort Walton on Wednesday the 27th,take a lap on the half mile track, along with any Bandit wannabees trailing along. Their ETA should be late morning. Locals are welcome. A stop for a photo, then plug west into Alabama and Biloxi for Wednesday night.We’re telling you, but don’t leak a word to Sheriff Buford T. Justice. They got a long way to go and a short time to get there. More info on their web site: www.snowmansrun.com
By Chuck Corder The fireworks came in bunches Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Above the famed half-mile oval thanks to the track’s annual pyrotechnical display. And for 100 laps on every inch of the abrasive asphalt. There was past series champion Daniel Hemric who saw his valiant charge from the tail end come up empty. There was perennial contender and defending Blizzard Series and Southern Super Series champion Bubba Pollard, whose night ended with a whimper after staying in the top-five for 90 of the 100 laps. There was 14-year-old Harrison Burton, son of NASCAR star turned NBC analyst Jeff Burton, learning valuable lessons about restarts. When all the beating and banging settled, though, it was 22-year-old young gun Casey Roderick who stood above the damage to capture the Rubber & Specialties 100, the second of four Deep South Crane Rentals Blizzard Series races this year. Roderick became the fifth different Southern Super Series winner [...]
By Chuck Corder Canadian by birth, American by wheels. Dominique Van Wieringen was born and raised in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada — a town about an hour south of Detroit — to a motocross-loving father and a mother who loved the sport of racing even more. While the birth certificate officially, and correctly, reads Canada as Van Wieringen’s country of birth, her and younger brother Tristan “spent half our lives traveling throughout the states,” the 19 year old likes to joke. Van Wieringen certainly earned an open invite to Pensacola anytime her heart desires after dazzling the loyal fans of Five Flags Speedway with her runner-up finish in the Mt. Dew Kickstart 100 last month. “I’m hungry for more,” she said. She’ll get all she can handle of the famed half-mile asphalt oval Friday. Van Wieringen and late model’s elite drivers return to Pensacola for the Rubber & Specialties 100, the second of four Deep South [...]
By Chuck Corder Kyle Grissom shoots straight. There was a time when the 25 year old thought ascending the ranks to NASCAR was a mere formality. The assumption is understandable once privy to the pit-row rearing Grissom enjoyed as a kid. The son of 1993 Xfinity Series champion Steve Grissom, Kyle spent most of his childhood watching his father compete on the biggest stages at the biggest tracks the sport had to offer. “It was the only thing I knew,” Kyle Grissom said. “I always just assumed I’d be in NASCAR one day. That’s the way I thought it would go. There was no other way about it.” Of course, there was another way. While he awaits ever-so patiently on a call from NASCAR, Grissom is finally earning short-track stripes against the country’s top late model drivers. Grissom won the Mt. Dew Kickstart 100, the Deep South Crane Rentals Blizzard Series opener at Five Flags Speedway [...]
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South Dominates the Pro Late Models, Mader in the Super Stocks, Ard grabs win in Sportsmen and Loper in Bombers.admin
Story by Speed 51 Always speedy Justin South finally found the winning combination Friday night dominating the 100-lap Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model season-opening race. The Allen Turner Pro Late Model ace has scored victories at some of the toughest tracks in the region but Five Flags, arguably the most prestigious track in the Gulf Coast, has long eluded him. South has often been fast in qualifying, including setting fast time for the 2012 Snowflake 100, but faded as his tires wore out during the extra distance races. No such story repeated itself on Friday night. Riley Thornton set fast time in qualifying, but a redraw of the top-eight qualifiers put South on the front row with rising Texas star Ryan Luza. Luza would pull out ahead on the initial jump and lead the first ten laps. But South scooted out ahead for good on a lap 11 restart and was [...]
Driver Hometown: Montgomery AL Car Owner: PatinoRacing Crew Members: Dennis Reno, Gary Spigner, Richard Patino, Joey Stephens Years In Racing:3 Sponsors: F&E Sporstwear Rogue Wraps Racing Accomplishments: Track record , 4 wins in most poles in in Buzz class 2013 ,Most pole award in Street stock, 3 wins in 2014 Website:perrypatino.com Twitter Page URL:@perrypatino Facebook Page URL: Perry Patino
Driver Hometown: Lillian Car Owner: Valerie Prevatte Crew Members: Jeff Prevatte, Sonny Bonds, Nick Vela, Years In Racing: 1 full year Sponsors: Valerie Prevatte Attorney at Law Family: Mom: Valerie Prevatte Dad: Jeff Prevatte Sister: Vivian Prevatte Job Info: Student at Foley High school Racing Accomplishments: Finished 6th in points my first season. Learned how to work on my car.
By Chuck Corder At some point during childhood, almost every red-blooded American boy has aspirations of sports stardom. Ryan Luza, 18, is no different. Heck, one of his first memories came at Talladega Superspeedway. Decked out in a Dale Earnhardt Sr. fire suit and operating a “mini-Intimidator” — a No. 3 motorized go-kart — the then toddler patrolled the pits and infield among the Mardi Gras atmosphere that’s synonymous with ’dega. “I couldn’t get enough,” Luza now says. The Cypress, Texas, native has spent his whole life around racing and has grand visions of swapping paint with NASCAR royalty in the not-so-distant future. Spend a few minutes talking with Luza, though, and you’ll quickly realize he carries the type of intestinal fortitude that could one day turn his dreams into reality. And the college freshman grasps what a potential Allen Turner Pro Late Model track championship at Five Flags Speedway could mean for his blossoming career. “To [...]