League of His Own: Pollard Dominates SSS at Five Flags

Five Flags Speedway (FL) hosted its third Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event of the 2017 season Friday night.  A talented field of 25 Super Late Model drivers made their way to the Pensacola half-mile oval, but at the end of the night it was one driver in a league of his own. Bubba Pollard made the 125-lap race look easy as he cruised under the checkered flag, claiming his 15th career Southern Super Series win. Pollard took over the lead just before the race reached the halfway mark and never bothered looking back. “This is actually a different race car than what we’ve been racing all year,” Pollard said.  “It just goes to show you that we have good race cars.  We’ve just got a really good piece right now.” One late-race caution on lap 90 erased the gap between first and second, threatening to end Pollard’s dominating performance.  Donnie [...]

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Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series: Teenager Smith Thirsts for 1st Win to Stand Alone at Top of Southern Super Series

By Chuck Corder Don’t be fooled by Chandler Smith’s age. The late model driver from Jasper, Ga., might’ve just turned 15, but his youth belies his toughness. On the track, Smith is tied atop the Southern Super Series standings as the Super Late Model tour, in conjunction with the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series, returns to Five Flags Speedway this Friday. Away from the asphalt, Smith is a teenager proudly dealing with his recovery from having his wisdom teeth yanked out less than a week ago. “There wasn’t any pain,” he proclaimed. Smith hopes to inflict some pain on his rivals Friday night at the famed half-mile asphalt oval, as a blockbuster field arrives for the Universal Fabricators 100. Drivers entered include the nation’s top SLM drivers, past Snowball Derby champions among them. Highlighting that list will be reigning Derby champion Christian Eckes, a fellow teenager and close friend of Smith’s, and 2010 winner and hometown [...]

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Earning Top-10 Finishes has Lambert, Mahuron Near Top of Standings for Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks

By Chuck Corder One of the main attractions to the sport of racing is that age has always been just a number. The infamous “bug” can deliver an infectious bite to the young and old alike. It plays no favorites when it discovers an unsuspecting victim. The Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks is a perfect example. The new series, enjoying a prolific debut season at Five Flags Speedway, has already seen a 60-something win the opening checkered flag and has a 20-something riding high thanks to a three-feature winning streak. What Corbitt Moseley, the former, did to begin the year and what Kody Jett, the latter, is currently doing are equally impressive feats. But the talents of high school teenager Hunter Lambert and 67-year-old Joe Mahuron can’t be ignored. The two Pensacola drivers, separated by 50 years, head into Friday’s 35-lap Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks feature sitting second and third, respectively, in the season standings. Milton’s Gary Sutton is [...]

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McCarron, Hotshoes Draw Thousands on Meet the Drivers Night; Jett Scores Outlaw Stocks Hat Trick

By Chuck Corder Kody Jett flexed his muscles Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. The Orange Park driver came into the night riding a two-race winning streak in the Outlaw Stocks, a debut series at the famed half-mile asphalt oval this season. Jett not only made it three 35-lap feature victories in a row, but he also set a new track record (17.689 seconds) in qualifying. “Man, this is crazy,” Jett said. “Everybody works their butts off all week on this car. It really is amazing.” The Jett Concrete team has quickly become one of the more feared short-track teams in the southeast thanks to 23-year-old Kody Jett’s recent success and Jeff Choquette, who is always a contender for the Jett’s late model program. Jett, despite setting the fast time, started sixth following the die-roll invert. He took the lead just four laps into Friday’s feature and endured a pair of cautions to prevail. Corbitt Moseley [...]

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After Going Back-to-Back in June, Appreciative Jett Praises Family and Sponsors for Outlaw Stocks Success

By Chuck Corder It’s Sunday afternoon in Orange Park and Kody Jett is right where he loves to be: Attending to a hot grill and surrounded by those nearest to his Florida-sized heart. A slab of marbleized steaks, baked potatoes, corn and asparagus all find their way onto the grill thanks to Jett. These family feasts don’t happen as often as the Jetts would like because racing and running a successful family business can sometimes interfere. “If I’m not pouring concrete, I’m at a racetrack somewhere,” said Kody Jett, who competes in the first-year Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks class at Five Flags Speedway and oversees jobs across the southeast for Jett Concrete during the week. So when these gatherings do occur, the 23-year-old Jett and wife Reba, expecting in the fall, like to go all out. The family had ample opportunities to celebrate together last month. Jett owned June at Five Flags, winning both 35-lap [...]

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Career-First Sportsmen Victory has Langham Picturing Repeat Performance on Meet the Drivers Night

By Chuck Corder Jonathan Langham had zero plans to race this season. A part of him, deep down, might tell you he also had zero desire to race in The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen series this season. Langham’s racing career, highlighted by three track championships in his native Alabama, hit a rough patch the last five years. But all it took was a gentle persuasion from Howard Langham, Jonathan’s dad and a Gulf Coast short track veteran, to rekindle the fire. “Let’s load the car up. We’ve gotta be in Pensacola to pick up some parts anyway,” Howard Langham told his 28-year-old son a few months ago. A chance trip to Five Flags Speedway turned into a heat victory for Jonathan Langham, who went onto finish fourth in the 25-lap feature race that evening. The younger Langham has only gotten better with a dominant past month of racing at the famed half-mile asphalt [...]

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Shooting Star: Roderick Makes it 2 for 2, Runs Roughshod Over Allen Turner PLM 100 Field

By Chuck Corder There was no shortage of fireworks Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Above the famed half-mile asphalt oval ribbons of every shade on the color wheel exploding against the backdrop of a crude-oil night sky. Back on top of Pensacola’s high banks, the extravaganza of pyrotechnics didn’t slow down thanks to an entertaining evening of short-track racing. The brightest blast of the bunch once again was Casey Roderick. The 24 year old from Lawrenceville, Ga., is a flat-out late model star thanks to an unparalleled season he is enjoying. For the second time in as many Allen Turner Pro Late Model 100 lappers, Roderick drove the renowned Ronnie Sanders red No. 18 to Victory Lane. He now has just shy of 10 late model victories throughout the southeast. And it’s only July. “It feels good to get another win,” said Roderick, who bested a stout 23-car field. “It has been a great [...]

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