Cole Williams Begins New Challenge Friday at Five Flags

(Pensacola, FL) - Cole Williams of Borden, Indiana has his sights set on a new challenge in 2017, and that new challenge begins this weekend at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.  The 21-year-old Late Model driver has plans to contend for the championship in the track's competitive Allen Turner Pro Late Model division. "If everything goes well, if it ends up going perfect we will see. Right now, we are planning on running every race.  If we can keep the car in one piece and everything is going well, then yeah, maybe," Williams said. Williams and his team are coming off of a championship season in which they captured the Pro Late Model championship at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN).  Despite that, the former Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO) track champion enters a new championship chase slightly behind his competition when it comes to experience at the historic half-mile speedway.     "This is [...]

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Roderick, Choquette Set to Write New Chapter in Budding Rivalry at Allen Tuner PLM Series Opener 

By Chuck Corder Casey Roderick and Jeff Choquette made short-track racing great again last summer. It didn’t really need it, mind you. But the pair elevated late model racing with their intense game of cat and mouse around Pensacola’s famed half-mile oval. The dynamic duo had the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series by the throat and the rest of the field at their mercy. They waged an epic four-month battle for Pro Late Model supremacy at Five Flags Speedway. Emotions between the two, often boiling over, ran hotter than an engine overheating in July. Choquette, 30, got the better of Roderick, 24, to the tune of five straight victories. Roderick gritted his teeth and could only muster wry smiles, settling for runner-up honors each time. What, pray tell, will this odd couple do for an encore when the Allen Turner PLMs open their season Friday at Pensacola’s high banks? “I haven’t talked to him [...]

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Back with Grill and GARC, South Ready to Tame Five Flags in Allen Turner PLM Season Opener

By Chuck Corder Forty minutes across the center of the State of Alabama. That’s all that separates Justin South from his family-owned, Richard Petty-inspired No. 43 Pro Late Model. But under the careful, watchful eyes of late model legend Augie Grill the stock car might as well be in South’s own backyard in Leeds, Ala. Grill, who in addition to his driving duties also manufacturers Grand American Race Cars (GARC) in Dolomite, Ala., is a perfectionist stuck in a sport that is often defined by its unfortunate mishaps. Thanks to Grill’s Midas touch, South has started his 2017 late model season with a bang. Fresh off a victory in the Baby Rattler 125 at South Alabama Speedway with Grill acting once again as his crew chief, South comes south to Five Flags Speedway in anticipation for the 100-lap Allen Turner Pro Late Model season opener Friday. “Augie is instrumental in our success this season, and [...]

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VETERAN WINGED SPRINT DRIVER DAVID STEELE FATALLY INJURED IN CRASH AT DESOTO SPEEDWAY.

David Steele is remembered by fans of 5 Flags Speedway, he competed here, and won a winged sprint feature here. He is pictured above in the car he drove at 5 Flags in March of 2013. One of the most successful drivers in the history of open-wheel racing in the state of Florida died in a Sprint Car crash Saturday night at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. Dave Steele, 42, was competing... in a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series race at the 3/8-mile oval when the accident resulting in his death occurred. According to Speed Sport, the on-track incident occurred when Steele tangled with a lapped car. Steele was attempting to win his 100th career race in the state of Florida on Saturday night. Steele’s achievements in racing include 16 USAC Silver Crown victories and back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005. He also recorded six career USAC National Midget Series wins and two [...]

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2-Paul Schloss

Driver Hometown:Palm Coast, Florida Car Owner:Lourdes Schloss Crew Members:David Browning, Dylan Browning, Danny Thomas, Tommy Negrete, Ray Nelson, Matt Schloss, Lourdes Schloss, Bonnie Schoenfeld Years In Racing:35 Sponsors:Advanced Medical Laboratories, Thunders Custom Engines, Browning Chassis, Billy Bellew Motorsports, Schoenfeld Headers Family:Lourdes, Matt, Alexandra, Stephanie Job Info:Lab Manager/owner Advanced Medical Laboratories

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#5 Derek “Kane” Long

Driver Hometown: Car Owner: Michelle Long Crew Members: Mike Jenkins, Pops, and many others every weekend. Years In Racing: 9 years Sponsors: McDonalds, Pull-A-Part, BA Motorsports, The Hub Printing and Design, USFD Racing, Ingersoll Racing, K1 Race Gear, Fausak Tires and Service,Serpents of Beinville Art Gallery, Heritage Electrical, Coastal Traffic, and Kane's Warrior Kids.com Family: Wife, Michelle Long, sons: Aidan Long, and Zach Cannon, Daughters, Amy Cannon and Nicole Cannon. And parents Alvin Jenkins, Mary Jenkins, Sylvia Vaughn, and Tom Long. Job Info: Traffic Reporter for Coastal Traffic, and instructor and driver with The Rusty Wallace Driving Experience. Racing Accomplishments :Bomber Champion 2013 Sunny South Raceway, one of 21 drivers across the USA in 2016 to get Honorable Mention from the Speedway Illustrated Kenny Schrader Real Racer Award, and we are being featured in the March 2017 edition of Auto-Week Magazine for a story on grass roots racing. Website: www.kaneswarriorkids.com Twitter Page URL: @ftrkane Facebook Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/fullthrottle.racing.90

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What an Opening Day: Moseley Dominates Inaugural Outlaw Stock Feature; Three Other Winners Crowned

By Chuck Corder Corbitt Moseley is proof that stock car racing isn’t just for the kiddos. As a youth revolution continues to invade NASCAR and every level of racing, the 60-year-old Moseley just keeps winning at short tracks across the southeast. But the Panama City driver had never won a feature at Five Flags Speedway in his 40-plus years of racing. Moseley broke his career-long drought on a special Sunday afternoon Opening Day at Pensacola’s famed half-mile oval, which will celebrate the 50th annual Snowball Derby this December. “Glad be able to run a race and finally win one here. I appreciate the fans and everybody running clean,” he said. “We had a great time, but, for sure, we’ve got a few more things we can do with the car.” Moseley got his first win at Five Flags at the track’s first 50-lap Outlaw Stock feature, leading from Lap 3 against a 14-car field. The [...]

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Following in her Father’s Footsteps, Kody Brusso Looks to Leave Mark at Five Flags in New Outlaw Stock Class

By Chuck Corder Kody Brusso remembers the moment racing rushed back into her life. That is, if it ever truly left. See, the 24-year-old daughter of Donnie Brusso, a former local late model hotshoe, grew up in and around the family business. Kody Brusso raced go-karts from ages 4 to 11 when she decided to chase other passions, such as riding sorting horses and playing basketball. After finishing playing a few years of college basketball at a small, south Georgia school, Kody Brusso returned to her native Pensacola where her father awaited with a simple message: “We’re going to race.” “OK, load it up!” Kody Brusso said needing little convincing. She made up for lost time rather quickly, winning the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title of Louisiana. This year, the younger Brusso is hoping to leave her mark at Five Flags Speedway, the same track where her father left his years ago. Kody Brusso is a part [...]

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New Year, New Series: Outlaw Stocks to Highlight Special Sunday Season Opener at Five Flags

By Chuck Corder A milestone awaits Five Flags Speedway come December. The nine-month march toward the historic 50th Annual Snowball Derby christens the dawn of the 2017 season with a special Sunday afternoon of racing at Pensacola’s high banks. Opening Day, costing fans of all ages just $5 (free for kids 5 and under), is a chance at rebirth for drivers and teams. Fell a few points shy of a track championship last year? Go out and earn it this season. Still searching for that elusive first career win at the famed half-mile asphalt oval? Well, don’t let it elude you in 2017. The first crack at redemption comes Sunday during Fan Appreciation Day. “This will feel like a throwback to most of our fans,” said Five Flags General Manager Tim Bryant, who noted the track hosted several Sunday afternoon races during the 1970s. “The weather this time of year is conducive to daytime racing. [...]

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