Roderick Stays Perfect in Allen Turner PLM Races at 5 Flags This Season, Collects 14th Overall Victory

By Chuck Corder Casey Roderick and Ronnie Sanders have a number in mind for how many late model victories they want to finish the season with. Twenty might seem unrealistic and a tall order for most drivers. But, Roderick is unlike most drivers. The recently turned 25 year old from Lawrenceville, Ga., took another step Friday night at Five Flags Speedway toward reaching the goal he and Sanders, the No. 18’s car owner, set for themselves. Roderick got his 14th late model win of the season, holding off defending Snowflake 100 champion Augie Grill in one of the best battles of the season and capturing the season’s third Allen Turner Pro Late Model 100 race. “I can’t believe the season we’re having,” said Roderick, who now has 13 PLM wins this year. “Augie Grill … it’s fun racing with all these guys. Just riding around ain’t fun. I like racing for wins. “We’re shooting for [...]

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Allen Turner PLM Series: Even if Driving is Not in Picture, Currey Determined to Have Future in Racing

By Chuck Corder Bayley Currey knows dreams can only take you so far. Sometimes, taking destiny into your own hands is the only option to achieving aspirations. Wise beyond his 20 years of age, the short-track Texan driver has realistic expectations that his goals of climbing through the NASCAR ranks might come behind the wall instead of behind the wheel. That’s why Currey, a junior at Texas State in San Marcos, chose to major in mechanical engineering — a field that has proven instrumental in understanding the nuances of racecars. “A lotta stuff you learn with these classes I’m taking, it really opens your eyes once you get in the shop,” explained Currey, who calls Driftwood, Texas, home. “All the physics stuff, mechanics of the suspension, it really helps. I like working on racecars; always have. (Majoring in mechanical engineering) seemed like the best way to continue to do that.” But before college classes resume [...]

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With Supportive Family behind Him, Winslow Rediscovering Love of Racing with Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks

By Chuck Corder Bubba Winslow didn’t look far to find love. The Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks driver from Cantonment met his future wife, Ashley, at Five Flags Speedway and immediately bonded over their shared love of racing. With the lovebirds married 10 years now, Bubba Winslow doesn’t look far to get a fresh dose of reality. “She’s probably one of, if not my biggest supporters I got,” the 27 year old said. “She’s also my worst critic. She likes to put me back where I need be.” Winslow welcomes all feedback from his spouse, who is right by her man’s side every Friday night at Five Flags with the couple’s two children, seven-year-old girl Taylor and two-year-old boy Troy, close by. He’s given her plenty to be excited about this season in the Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks series, a rookie class that has taken the famed half-mile asphalt oval by storm in its first season. They’ll [...]

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Packed House For Crashers and Winners

The regular drivers in the Modifieds of Mayhem series were no match for Augie Grill on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Grill, a two-time Snowball Derby champion, made his first appearance in the series this year and led the final 34 of 50 laps for an easy victory. It came before a packed house at the track, many of whom where there to see the Demolition Derby, which was won by Kurtis Bailey after 10 minutes of mayhem between 11 cars. But the fans got to see a dominating performance from Grill in his familiar 112 car. “That’s the best Modified I’ve sat in,” Grill said. “They gave me a great car to drive.” Fastest qualifier David Capps started on the pole, but Adam Crawford took the lead on the opening lap with an outside pass in turn 3. Grill started sixth and worked his way to second place. He went low in turn [...]

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Barnhill’s Passion for Engines Steers Passion for Sportsmen Racing, Victories at Five Flags Speedway

By Chuck Corder Mark Barnhill has been working on cars since before he had his driver’s license. “There wouldn’t be a weekend that would go by that me and my brother weren’t pulling a motor outta one car and putting it in another,” the 47-year-old Alabama driver said. These days, Barnhill is still tinkering with engines. He does it for a day job, as a mechanic for United Rentals in the Mobile-area. And, he continues messing with motors in his spare time, as one of the perennial contenders in The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen class at Five Flags Speedway. Barnhill already has two victories under his belt this season at the famed half-mile asphalt oval and will be eyeing a third Friday night at Five Flags. “We got five or six good cars in Pensacola, and on any given night any one of them can win,” Barnhill said. “I like to see different [...]

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Babb Looks to Show Demolition Derby Prowess, Repeat as Champion of Five Flags’ Annual Smash Fest  

By Chuck Corder On the surface, there wouldn’t seem to be too much game planning for a Demolition Derby. See car, demolish car just about covers the strategy sessions. But even in a Demolition Derby, luck sometimes has to fall your way. It did last year for local mechanic Justin Babb when he won the annual crash fest at Five Flags Speedway. “Honest to God, it was a fluke last year,” said Babb, 32, who works primarily for Beach Bum Trolley, his family’s business. “Every time I hit somebody, the car would shut down on me and sit there for almost 10 seconds. Then, I’d fire it up, throw it in reverse, hit somebody and it’d shut off again. That’s a different kind of strategy, and you just pray to God nobody hits you while you’re standing still.” On Friday, Babb hopes to once again take home that $1,500 check for winning the Demolition [...]

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