Trip Down Memory Lane: National Sprint Cup Hall of Fame Super Modified Legends Reunite at Five Flags

By Chuck Corder All these years later, Hugh Richards still has a need for speed. Some two decades after he raced competitively, the 78-year-old super modifieds legend’s motor still runs hot. Two years ago, the last time the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Southern Super Modified Racers held a reunion at Five Flags Speedway, Richards was on the track as the winged sprint pavement cars took laps. “The thought occurred to me, ‘If I paid one of the drivers, wonder if he’d let me drive his car,’ ” Richards said with only a half-joking laugh. “The cars are a much better quality than what we ran in years past.” You better believe those same feelings will wash over Richards, a Mobile resident and one-time world record holder at Five Flags, come this Friday when the super modifieds once again convene in Pensacola. While Richards and about 20 other drivers from yesteryear won’t be racing, [...]

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Three-time Snowball Winner Hamrac Leads Modifieds of Mayhem Back to Five Flags on Friday

By Chuck Corder When it comes to winged pavement sprint cars, you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger fan than Donnie Hamrac. While the Semmes, Ala., driver will have a Modifieds of Mayhem 50-lap feature demand most of his attention Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, Hamrac will find time to stop what he’s doing when the King of the Wings climb Pensacola’s high banks. Would he ever want to trade seats and get behind the steering wheels of one of those alien-looking automobiles? “No, thank you,” Hamrac said, giving a hearty laugh at the mere mention of the hypothetical. “They are fun to watch, but I’m not that crazy. “I love watching them, though. They are so fast and, wow, that vapor trail coming off the top wing is what I really love.” Hamrac is pretty fast in his own right, and hopes to be the fastest when the Modifieds of Mayhem make [...]

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The Quest for 12: ‘King of the Wing’ Sprints Return to Five Flags in Search of Historic Time

By Chuck Corder The first time Davey Hamilton Jr. came to Five Flags Speedway his arm was in a cast. That night just so happened to be the same evening the then-15-year-old jumped behind a winged sprint car for the first time. “They still put me in the car even though I didn’t know what to expect,” said Hamilton Jr., the son of the Indy Car legend who he shares a name with. “I wasn’t very good. I was able to finish. That’s what the goal was, anyway. “Come to find out later, though, that every time I turned in the corner, the cast was hitting the winged adjuster and tightened my car up.” Junior’s tale defines what winged sprint car racing is all about: Daredevil drivers, who throw caution to the wind while whipping around tracks at breakneck speeds. It all be on full display when the King of the Wing series returns to [...]

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Back “In the Groove”

Monday evening marks the return of “In the Groove,” Five Flags hour-long program on BLAB-TV. Track general manager Tim Bryant and race official Steve Stokes will recap Friday night’s races, look ahead to next week, interview special guests and take your calls in the fastest hour on TV Clink Here to watch live at 6PM Monday

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Quite the Keepsake: Rookie Jorgensen Wins Pro Trucks Debut, First Five Flags Appearance

By Chuck Corder History doesn’t happen just in December at Five Flags Speedway. While the Snowball Derby is short-track racing’s crown jewel each December, the famed half-mile asphalt oval earns its moniker six other months out of the year, too. Friday night proved the season opener can be just as memorable as the season finale. Taylor Jorgensen, a 19-year-old driver from Stockbridge, Ga., etched her name into Five Flags’ lore Friday night with one heck of a debut at Pensacola’s high banks. Jorgensen, a national Bandolero champion in 2012, won a 50-lap feature in her first career Beef "O" Brady's Pro Trucks race, as the 2016 racing season officially got underway in Pensacola. She prevailed against a deep, 20-car field in which seven states were represented. “Oh my gosh!” said Jorgensen, who is the first female driver to win a Pro Trucks race at Five Flags and the first since Tina Davidson’s historic The Dock [...]

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Battle Across the Bay: Pensacola Bomber Drivers Try to Wrestle Back Control of Five Flags from Mobile Rivals

By Chuck Corder Pensacola’s Bombers are out to take back their track. What was once a red-hot rivalry became significantly one-sided last year at Five Flags Speedway. When it came to the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers division in 2015, Mobile-area drivers crossed Mobile Bay and dominated their counterparts in the Panhandle drivers’ backyard. Geno Denmark, a 22-year-old hotshoe from Dauphin Island, Ala., won an eye-popping seven features en route to as easy of a track championship a driver could dream for. Robert Loper, the Irvington, Ala., native who turned 30 recently, hoisted four checkered flags, including the biggest one of them all when he won the Bombers Snowball Derby last December. In fact, Pensacola drivers went winless the entire season. They posted plenty of podium finishes, as John Kevin Merritt and Robert Balkum tied for second in the season points race, but nary a checkered flag to show for all of their toils and troubles. “I’m really [...]

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In New Pro Truck, Derby Champion Davis Hopes to Continue Winning Streak at Five Flags

By Chuck Corder Steven Davis is out to prove that parting doesn’t always have to be such sweet sorrow. A short-track racing veteran of 15 years, Davis is accustomed to the business side of the sport. But even he had to experience a tinge of regret when the No. 84 Pro Truck he drove to unparalleled success in 2015 was sold by its owner during the offseason. Instead of wallowing, though, Davis got back to work. The reigning Snowball Derby Pro Trucks champion, Davis built a brand new truck with the help of good friend Randy Armstrong and is ready to continue his Pensacola two-race winning streak when Five Flags Speedway gets its 2016 underway Friday night. "We had a pretty good bit of success in the old truck,” said Davis, who owns and operates Davis Suspension Technology in the Mobile area. “I think the worst we finished was second. (Losing the old car) [...]

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114 James O’Neal

Driver Hometown:Mobile Al. Car Owner:James O'Neal Crew Members:Allison O'Neal, James "Poppa" Strickland Years In Racing:30 Sponsors:needed Family:Allison O'Neal, Mike O'Neal, Mike "Minto" O'Neal jr. Job Info: Racing Accomplishments: Website: Twitter Page URL: Facebook Page URL:

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