Ryan Luza from Cypress Texas has taken the points lead in the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model Series. Brian Weimer of Cumming Georgia moved to the top in the Pro Truck division. Shanna Ard of Milton holds on in the Sportsmen, and Geno Denmark remains the best of the Bombers. The points for all drivers in all divisions is here on our web site, go the POINTS button on the top of the site.
By Chuck Corder With a soft smile and a causal wave to an overjoyed crowd, Wayne Niedecken Jr. broke free from the clutches of a thousand-pound gorilla. There has been a cornucopia of checkereds handed out at since “Junior,” as Niedecken is simply known, has won a feature at Five Flags Speedway. Too many to count. Too many to care to count. Riding a lightning bolt of success across the bay in Mobile, Junior ended a miserably long Pensacola drought late Friday night. The 58-year-old Milton driver drove to Victory Lane and drove the grandstands berserk after winning the closing 30-lap feature for the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Models. Sixteen-year-old Derek Scott Jr. narrowly held off Ryan Luza in the 20-lap opener three hours earlier Friday. “I wondered when it was gonna happen,” an exasperated Junior said. “We have a streak going over at Mobile (International Speedway), and I started to wonder if it was [...]
By Chuck Corder Ben Spears refers to Five Flags Speedway as “my Daytona.” For a man who has a special connection to the famed half-mile asphalt oval, racing Pensacola’s high banks always sends an adrenaline rush through Spears. In the same fashion Sprint Cup Series teams ramp up their preparation anytime NASCAR returns home to Daytona International Speedway, Five Flags seemingly brings out the best in Spears. He hopes to continue his winning ways Friday night at his beloved track when the Southern Vintage Racing Association descends upon Five Flags. “It’s the fastest we go all season,” said the 36-year-old Spears, who has won the last two Vintage features held at Five Flags. “It’s the biggest track we’ll see, too. There’s a thrill of going there. The fact that we get to go to an asphalt track is just a cherry on top of what we get to do on a normal basis.” Now in [...]
By Chuck Corder Jerry Bohlman has fleeting visions of his father’s glory days on asphalt. Longtime fans of Five Flags Speedway might remember the name “Gary Bohlman” during the early 1970s. The elder Bohlman brought his No. 43 1968 Camaro — two facts the younger Bohlman recalls with ease — to Victory Lane several times until he left the sport in 1975. If Jerry Bohlman’s memory is a little foggy about those years, he can be excused. He was still in diapers when Gary Bohlman started racing; barely out of them when his dad stopped. “I remember being in the pits with the other kids playing,” Jerry Bohlman, now 44, said. “We didn’t care much about the racing. All we wanted to do was take the tools out and dig around in the dirt with them. And then, we’d get into trouble because we’d eventually lose some tools.” Jerry Bohlman will have all his tools [...]
Junior Niedecken rides a string of first place wins in his Pro Late Model car at Mobile International Speedway. Lately he has been unbeatable there. Now will that string of checkered flags follow him to his home track here? This Friday the veteran driver has two opportunities to make that sweep continue with the Allen Turner 20 lap and 30 lap double features. He stands 5th in points here at 5 Flags. The only PLM race here this year was the 100 lapper where Justin South roared to victory. The 2 shorter features could tell the difference. Then a night later Junior heads back to Mobile for another double feature. In all 2 nights, and 4 features ahead.
By Chuck Corder Luck has always played a part in racing. Donnie Hamrac is one heckuva hotshoe. The Semmes, Ala., native doesn’t need to rely on luck to earn wins. Hamrac owns two Modified track titles at Five Flags Speedway and has won the last two Modified Snowball Derby crowns. But even the best of drivers depend on fate to land in Victory Lane. Fortune shined on Hamrac when he captured the 50-lap Modifieds of Mayhem season debut Friday at the famed half-mile asphalt oval on Marty White Appreciation Night. “It’s always great to run here,” Hamrac said. “For some reason, we always run good here. This right here pays the bills.” Jeff Letson of Madison, Ala., finished second and Ryan Redmond rounded out the podium. The night belonged to White, the former Sportsman driver and longtime local radio personality, beginning with a heartfelt tribute. White’s wife, Donna White, roasted her lovable husband for a few minutes before [...]
4 YOUNG WINNERS AT 5 FLAGS...ALL IN BIKE RACES And the winners are: Jaden Sank age 5 Rocky Boyd III age 8 Devin Blanchard age 11 Samuel Roberts age 14 All kids received a nice trophy and cooled off with ice cream.
By Chuck Corder Look up “racer” on Dictionary.com and the first entry you’ll find defines the term as “a person, animal, or thing that races or takes part in a race.” Billy Melvin certainly fits that description. After all the Birmingham, Ala., native has spent well over two decades chasing checkereds on short tracks across the southeast. But Melvin goes beyond the pale in personifying what it means to be a racer. “I’ve never done anything but work and race,” said the 48-year-old Modifieds of Mayhem driver, who owns Associated Heating and Cooling in Birmingham. “And the only reason I work is so I can afford to race. Racing’s an addiction there’s no help for. You get hooked on drugs, alcohol, you can get help for that. Racing, you’re sorta stuck. I wouldn’t work a job this hard for anybody.” Melvin reels off these epic observations with ease because it’s his truth. He continues to race [...]
By Chuck Corder For Donnie Hamrac and David Jones, a final destination ended up as their starting point. The two Mobile-area drivers had been friendly acquaintances at short tracks across the southeast for a number of years. But when the producers of the 2009 major motion picture “Final Destination” filmed key action sequences at Mobile International Speedway, Hamrac and Jones laid a foundation for a formidable partnership that endures today. “I knew him somewhat, but the movie really brought us together,” the 43-year-old Hamrac said. “He had his car there — one or two of ’em. David, his dad ‘Pops’ and me all hung out with each other and got to talking.” What they talked about was Hamrac driving Jones’ Alabama Pipe and Supply Modified. The plans finally came to fruition two years later, and in 2012, Hamrac captured the first of back-to-back Modified track championships at Five Flags Speedway. Hamrac and Jones’ biggest accomplishments [...]