A Snowball Derby Champion in Two Classes, Sutton has Found Niche in the Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks

By Chuck Corder It’s rarified air when you can call yourself a Snowball Derby champion twice over. It’s another stratosphere when you’ve won Derby titles in multiple divisions at fabled Five Flags Speedway. Sure, there have been dual champions in late model classes — Augie Grill and NASCAR Cup ’shoe Chase Elliott come to mind as recent Snowflake 100 and Derby winners — but to accomplish the feat among the local series is serious elite status. Count Gary Sutton among that select group. As a teenager, he won the 1998 Sportsman Derby title and then five years ago Sutton hoisted the Super Stocks Derby crown. (That victory came following a five-year layoff, oh by the way.) A potential third date with destiny could come in December during the historic 50th Annual Snowball Derby, with Sutton competing in yet another division at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. Sutton has taken to the rookie class, the [...]

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Plott Kyle 0602.jpg (1.4 MB) Plott Twist: As Kyle Enjoys Breakout Season, Younger Brother Kason Makes SLM Debut at Summer Sizzler

By Chuck Corder There’s nothing like good, old-fashioned sibling rivalry. From Quarter Midgets to Legends cars and now all the way up to Super Late Models, Kyle and Kason Plott could pen a series of books about some of the battles they’ve waged in racecars over the years. The brothers — Kyle, 21 and Kason, 19 — will write another chapter in their storied competition Friday night at Five Flags Speedway when they’ll both hop in a Super Late Model and compete in the SERF 100. “Five Flags is by far one of my favorite tracks,” Kyle Plott said. “It’s always an honor. For two years now, going down there, it’s always completely different. It’s really hard, but the same thing every time: Keep the rear tires on the car. That’s the name of the game because it’s such an abrasive track.” The SERF 100 is the second Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series race [...]

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Come See the Blues!

Come early to the next race, see some speed in the sky. The show is free on Wednesday behind the National Museum of Naval Aviation aboard the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Need to arrive at the west gate at the south end of Blue Angel Parkway. Have photo ID for everyone in the car, no big rigs, cars are best. Seating for 1,000, so get to the seating area by 11am. You will go thru another security check point. Show starts promptly at 11:30am, lasts about 50 minutes, bring sun screen, camera, sun shades. There will be a crowd. Some days the Blues pilots hang around or go to the museum for autographs and photos. Its air conditioned in the museum, and entry is free. They have a lunch bar. It will take about 25 minutes to drive from the track to the museum, plus what ever wait time in line to [...]

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Sutton Conquers Rivals, Tames Five Flags in Rout; Johnson Claims $1K Pro Trucks Prize

<meta http-equiv='Refresh' content='0; URL="https://mail.aol.com/webmail-std/error?code=ERR14&chm=true&ssm=true"'/>Oops! It appears that Javascript has been disabled in your browser, and this application’s great experience relies on Javascript to function properly. By Chuck Corder Everybody was left scratching their heads once the Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks feature came to a finish Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. One car absolutely steamrolled for 35 dominant laps while the rest of the field struggled with mechanical issues and avoiding the slew of cautions that plagued the race. Milton’s Gary Sutton lapped the entire 23-car field and the 2012 Super Stocks Snowball Derby champion won a feature race at the famed half-mile asphalt oval for the first time since 2015. “We took this ugly monstrosity of a car and wore them out!” Sutton proclaimed. “Everybody wants to talk about the car. If you wanna talk about the car, I’m gonna talk about the car. “We took this thing to house after last race and [...]

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Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks Class: Kevin Chase Keeps Passion for Racing All in Family

By Chuck Corder Five Flags Speedway never shies away from its past. In fact, unlike politicians and almost everything else, the famed half-mile asphalt oval embraces its history and wears it as a proud badge of courage. As Five Flags Speedway approaches the 50th anniversary of the Snowball Derby in December, the past is still ever-present around Pensacola’s high banks. “Shorty” Chase was one of the top drivers at Five Flags Speedway in the late 1960s. Today, son Kevin Chase carries on the family legacy as one of the top drivers in the new Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks division. “This class is a good fit for me,” said Kevin Chase, who at 46 is finding his niche this season. “I like to stay local, and a lot of the other classes travel and that’s just too much money for me. “This class puts everybody on an even setup. And it appeals to me that (track [...]

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Now With Unparalleled Support Behind Him, Jay Jay Day Rediscovering How Deep Passion for Racing Runs

By Chuck Corder Jay Jay Day and the Pro Trucks have seemingly grown up together. And, my how far the two have come in just five, short years at Five Flags Speedway. The Pro Trucks class got off to an inauspicious start in 2012. That first year was lean. The fields for the Pro Trucks were so small, they raced in Super Stocks features. Five years later, there are nearly 20 Pro Trucks every time they race on a Friday night at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. As the class has grown, so has the 28-year-old Day. From a brash young driver to a more humble hotshoe, Day is quickly becoming one of the division’s elder statesmen. “It’s so weird to me — I’ve always been the young guy,” Day said. “I’ve been in a truck since 2012 when there were just three of us. We were taking a risk because there were only two [...]

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