Modifieds for 50 laps, and Sportsmen going for extended laps, plus reduced ticket prices all add up to a big nite of action on July 8th. The powerful Modifieds of Mayhem are ready to take on the tricky highb anks of 5 Flags again. The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen willgo additional laps... the number of laps depends on the car count. And the ticket price is $10, 7 dollars if you are a senior citizen or active duty military, 5 dollars for kids 6 thru 11, with 5 and under free. Gates open at 5 pm, time trials as 7, and racing begins at 8pm, all on Friday July 8th.
If you wish to keep your same reserved grandstand seats at the Snowball Derby in December, you have until August 1st to renew and purchase them. All unclaimed seats will go up for sale later in August. Hope to hear from you soon. Call for personal attention. 850-944-8400 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. (Closed July 4th). If in town stop by the speedway office.
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By Chuck Corder Wherever he goes, Jeff Choquette seems to carve out his own path to victory. It was no different Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Choquette, an accomplished late model driver from West Palm Beach, chose the outside groove all night and led every lap of the opening Allen Turner Pro Late Model twin 50-lap features Friday. Choquette went high of polesitter Steven Davis at the drop of the opening green flag and took the lead on the back straightaway. He never relinquished it despite three cautions. “It has its pros and cons being on the outside, as it is with any place you go,” said Choquette, who finished second to Erik Jones in the 2012 Snowball Derby. “I can’t say enough about my guys. It felt like it was 250-degrees out here earlier and not one of them stopped to take a break.” Defending Super Late Model champion Casey Roderick finished second [...]
By Chuck Corder Robert Balkum is just looking for a little fun. Whether it’s from the perch of his familiar No. 52 Bombers car at Five Flags Speedway or engaging in playful trash talk online or in the pits, the 38-year-old driver’s only goal in life seems to be enjoying it. On or off the track, Balkum rarely gets rattled. But even Balkum’s cool head felt a rush of anger when he read Robert Loper’s comments before the season about Mobile-area drivers’ dominance of the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers division since late 2014. “It doesn’t seem like the Pensacola guys have the will and the drive that we do,” Loper told to 5flagsspeedway.com back in March. “I guess they didn’t do their homework. They have the same abilities as we do. I don’t know what it is. I know we’re not scared to drive our cars.” Buoyed by those comments, Balkum renewed his focus. Earlier this [...]
By Chuck Corder Bret Holmes’ life has felt like a Disney movie script recently. Every time the Munford, Ala., late model driver believes, at any moment, he’ll wake up from this dream, fantasy continues to morph into reality. Highlighted by a pair of top-10s as a driver and a win as an owner, the 19-year-old Holmes generated an immediate buzz in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series. Holmes’ storybook season only got sweeter after an April trip to Five Flags Speedway. In the first set of 50-lap doubleheaders that the revamped Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model Series is featuring this season, Holmes came away with a runner-up and, most notably, his first career victory at Pensacola’s high banks. “Two years ago … I was leading and got spun out. Since then, I’ve been trying to get a win at Pensacola,” Holmes recalled. “I had every intention of winning that second race. [...]
The drivers of the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series get to race twice on Friday the 24th. The attraction is a pair of 50 lap features for the pros. The Beef O’Brady Pro Trucks, The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen and Butler U-Pull-It Bombers are also ready to race too. Time Trials at 7, racing 8pm. All active duty military are admitted free, courtesy of Allen Turner Hyundai.
By Chuck Corder Quite the night capped quite the week for Ben Spears. Last weekend, Spears and Christine Rovito, his longtime girlfriend, shocked friends and family with an impromptu beach wedding. On Friday night, Spears shocked few by winning his third Southern Vintage Racing Association feature in four years at Five Flags Speedway. Since the Southern Vintage Racing Association began its annual pilgrimage to the famed half-mile asphalt oval, Spears has been the dominant classic car. The group is comprised of 1934 Ford and Chevrolet coupes and sedans and spend most of their racing season on dirt tracks across the Gulf Coast. He recovered from an early incident in the 20-lap feature Friday to climb all the way through the eight-car field and collected yet another checkered flag. “We earned that one,” Spears said. “We worked all night broke rear end.” Jamie Mozingo, who led for much of the second half of the feature, finished second. “He’s tough [...]
The ‘Lil’ Snowball Derby: Kiddos Steal Spotlight, Shine on Annual Bike Night The ‘Lil’ Snowball Derby: Kiddos Steal Spotlight, Shine on Annual Bike Nightadmin
By Chuck Corder It happens once a year at Five Flags Speedway. For certain groups, it’s the most coveted prize in all of short-track racing. Guaranteed trophies and ice cream. Who could ask for anything more? Six months shy of the 49th Annual Snowball Derby, the famed half-mile asphalt oval played host to the wildly popular “Lil” Snowball Derby, otherwise known as the kids’ annual bicycle races, on Friday night. Children from three different age groups and their bikes — your traditional two-wheeled; your Big Wheeled; your training-wheeled — in droves they descend upon Pensacola’s high banks for what has been a summer favorite for Pensacola, particularly the Five Flags faithful. The competition is fierce. And, look out, if you’re an unwitting parent not paying attention to the mass of adorable humanity coming at you. Who needs brakes at a short track anyway, right? The 5-and-unders was a heated battle. In single file, the tykes [...]
The Pilot Club of Pensacola, a ladies civic organization will be on hand to make sure every child with a bike can safely ride with a proper helmet. There is no cost to parents for the registration of children up to and including 12 years old, and no cost for the helmet use. Bring the aspiring young cyclist and their bike to the registration center from 5;30 to 7:30 to enter. Thanks Pilot Club, and thanks to Panhandle Grading and Paving for the trophy for each kid plus an ice cream.