Rubber & Specialties 100: Pollard ‘Proves’ He Still Has It, Wins Blizzard Opener; 2 Days Claim Checkereds

By Chuck Corder Short-track racing has made room for a collection of young drivers to take the spotlight in recent years. But, Bubba Pollard keeps scoring wins for the “old fogies” at Five Flags Speedway. Pollard, who officially became a 30-something last month, dominated the Rubber and Specialties 100 on Friday night at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. The Senoia, Ga., driver won by more than three full seconds in the third of 12 races on the Southern Super Series schedule this season. Pollard, already the all-time leader in Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series victories, added to that total with his 13th career win in the Super Late Model series. After seeing a few new names ascend to near the top of the sport, Pollard righted the ship in a big way Friday. “We’ve been struggling,” admitted Pollard, who was the fast qualifier (16.474 seconds), but started third on a redraw. “It’s been tough on [...]

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Nasse Carves Own Path as DSC Blizzard Series Make Season Debut at 5 Flags for Rubber & Specialties 100

  By Chuck Corder Stephen Nasse might be the most enigmatic personality in short-track racing. The 21 year old loves to race as much as his next rival, yet holds no serious aspirations at chasing NASCAR or any other kind of stardom. He’d rather chase the elite competition to short-track’s premier races and hand the well-funded teams their hats. To Nasse, racing isn’t something he eats, breathes and sleeps, but simply a hobby. He looks forward to the day he takes over the family construction business, which has been around for more than a century, and races a part-time schedule. He enters Five Flags Speedway for Friday’s Rubber and Specialties 100, the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series opener, as the early points leader of the Southern Super Series. The Super Late Model touring division that stops at the southeast’s most iconic short tracks has two of its 12-race schedule already under its belt. “It’s still [...]

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Rubber & Specialties 100: Gilliland Brings NASCAR Credentials, ‘Purdy’ Talented Teenage Driver to Blizzard Opener  

By Chuck Corder As torchbearers for the sport, longtime fans feel it is their calling to share the gospel of racing with the masses. Especially, the next generation. It’s how short-track phenom Chase Purdy bonded with his grandfather from an early age. Purdy was joined at the hip with Bill Barkley and both were enraptured whenever NASCAR came on TV. “I remember being younger and telling my grandfather I was going to do that one day,” Purdy, now 17, said. “When I was a few years older, old enough to do it, my grandfather put me in the sport and it’s stuck with me ever since.” Little could Barkley, who did a little drag racing in his heyday, imagine where the sport would take his grandson. The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year for Late Model Stocks, Purdy comes to Five Flags Speedway this Friday for the Deep South Cranes [...]

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Aramendia Scores Third Modifieds of Mayhem Victory in Last 3 Years; Day Makes it 3-for-3 in Pure Stocks

By Chuck Corder Joe Aramendia made those 11 hours and 700 miles count. The Seguin, Texas, makes regular visits to Pensacola and Five Flags Speedway to race Modifieds and Late Model driver against the best competition. Aramendia made a triumph return Friday to the famed half-mile asphalt oval, setting the fast time in qualifying (17.503 seconds) and, then comfortably winning the 50-lap Modifieds of Mayhem Tour feature. It was Aramendia’s third feature win at Pensacola’s high banks in as many seasons, as the 53-year-old veteran took home checkered flags the previous two Augusts, on the same night when the track hosts its annual Demolition Derby. Before the cars made it technical inspection, Aramendia’s fellow Texan Bayley Curry took home runner-up honors and Alabama’s Donald Crocker rounded out the podium. “That was a lotta fun, and a lotta fun racing with Bailey and everybody else here from Texas,” Aramendia said. Once the cars were inspected, though, Curry’s [...]

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Now With a Wife and Son Cheering Him On, Jonathan Day Has Made Triumphant Return to 5 Flags

By Chuck Corder Athletes are creatures of habit. Repetition breeds rhythm. Rhythm begets consistency. Consistency is the threshold to success. So it would figure that if the rhythm lies dormant for years, muscle memory should shut down. That’s what we expect from mere mortal athletes. The immortals, the great ones, can retire and un-retire multiple times and still turn heads. Johnathan Day is on an immortal run currently. After five years away from short-track racing, the 28-year-old Day wasted little time in dusting off the rust. Instead, the Mobile-area driver has won both Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks 20-lap features this season at Five Flags Speedway. “I’m as surprised as anybody at wining two in a row, and especially the first two of the season,” Day said. “I didn’t think I’d be that fortunate right outta the gate. I did not think I had enough laps or seat time.” Day looks to make it a perfect three-for-three [...]

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Aramendia Leads Modifieds of Mayhem Tour into Five Flags Speedway, His Home Away from Home  

By Chuck Corder The asphalt short tracks around Texan Joe Aramendia have been swallowed up whole. In fact, the lone asphalt racetrack that remains in the Lone Star State is Texas Motor Speedway, home to NASCAR’s annual pilgrimages. But, as Aramendia put it, “they only race twice a year.” The 53-year-old hasn’t let life’s setbacks keep him parked, though. Aramendia has become a familiar face at Five Flags Speedway in recent years, winning two Modifieds features the last two seasons. Aramendia, who hails from Seguin, Texas, just down the road from San Antonio, will once again make the 11-hour haul this week to compete in the Modifieds of Mayhem Tour 50-lap feature Friday night in Pensacola. “I wanted more competition, better competition,” Aramendia explained. “And Five Flags is one of the most notable racetracks around. “I like the technicalities in the track. If you can figure them out, you can be fast. Part of the [...]

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2016 Modifieds of Mayhem

2016 Modifieds of Mayhem The rules and/or regulations set forth herein provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements of such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all such events. All participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from publications of or compliance with these rules and/or regulations. Rules are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant. * Speedway Officials shall be empowered to permit minor deviations from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in his/her opinion does not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from such alteration of specifications. *Speedway reserves the right to update, modify, and/or delete rules at any time [...]

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2 – Tony Boyd

Driver Hometown: Pensacola Florida Car Owner: Rocky Boyd Sr Crew Members: Stephen, Andy, 6 Pack, Dalton, Rocky 3 Years In Racing: On and off for the last 14 years Sponsors: Sir Veillance, American Garage Doors, Trahan Family Funeral Home Acoustical Specialties Cooled By Boyd's Boyd's Motorsports Smart Signs By Nate Markham APS Family: Job Info: Boyd's Automotive and Repair

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2x Blizzard Series Champ Roderick Returns to 5 Flags, Captures Allen Turner PLM Series Opener

By Chuck Corder The seat inside Ronnie Sanders’ famed No. 18 has always been a hot commodity Sanders, of course, was the first to occupy the coveted spot during a 41-year short-track career that saw him morph into one of the titans of the sport, highlighted by wins at prestigious races, including the 1977 Snowball Derby. In recent years, acting as the big red machine’s crew chief, late model champions Bubba Pollard, Clay Alexander and Hunter Robbins were just three of the young hotshoes in Sanders’ stable. Pollard won an incomprehensible 19 races one season under Sanders’ guidance. Arguably, neither Pollard nor the other two, can begin to compare to Sanders’ current driver. Casey Roderick is the real McCoy. Teamed with Sanders, the two combine to create a late model monster. Their torrid start to 2017 got hotter Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Roderick won the Allen Turner Pro Late Model 100 rather [...]

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