2019 Schedule includes ARCA Opener, Winged Sprints; ends with Snowball Derby

The 2019 Five Flags Speedway racing schedule is now posted, and we couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead, kicking off with the Sweat Hogg Grand Prix on January 19th. The return of the ARCA Racing Series on March 9th has been the talk since the announcement came in Kansas last October. Advance tickets and camping spots are currently on sale and the response has been phenomenal. This will serve as the biggest season opening event ever held at Five Flags Speedway. Our every other Friday regular schedule will kick off on March 29th with Round #1 of the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series. Then, on April 12, the highly anticipated return of the Winged Sprint Cars from Davy Hamilton’s King of the Wing National Sprint Car Series, will take to the banking with record breaking speeds. The Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series opens with Race #1 [...]

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Top 10 Snowball Stories from Speed 51

Seven days later than originally planned, the 51st Annual Snowball Derby is finally in the record books.  The event, which turned into a two-week affair as a result of Mother Nature, featured loads of storyline that were covered on Speed51.com.  Today, we take a look back at the top 10 stories coming out of the 51st Annual Snowball Derby.   If these 10 stories aren’t enough for you, visit Speed51.com’s Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants for a full list of stories from the event.   1. Gragson Leaves KBM With Another Snowball Derby Trophy Noah Gragson came to Pensacola, Florida with unfinished business, looking for a win in the Snowball Derby to complete his tenure with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Gragson finished that business at Five Flags Speedway, winning the 51st Annual Snowball Derby and continuing KBM’s success at the event.   Bonus: Time to Take Gragson Seriously After Snowball Derby Victory   2. Pollard, Majeski Tangle in Snowball [...]

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Hicks wins Pro Trucks

Hicks Closes Out Memorable 51st Annual Snowball Derby with Milestone Pro Trucks Derby Victory In years past, Snowball Derby Pro Trucks races have been marathon, caution-plagued affairs at Five Flags Speedway. At the 51st annual the Snowball Derby, roles were reversed. After a long day chocked full of yellows and reds in the Modifieds 75 lapper and the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model Snowflake 100, the WCIparts.com Pro Trucks edition of the Derby was clean for all 50 laps. Teenager Josh Hicks passed pole sitter Steven Davis, a past Pro Trucks Derby champion, on Lap 47 and pulled away to score the biggest victory of his young career. “This means a lot,” Hicks told Speed51.com’s Bob Dillner in Victory Lane. “I’ve gotta thank the man upstairs for a bit of good luck. We had a lotta obstacles to overcome this year.” The lone obstacle the Senoia, Ga., driver had to get past on Sunday [...]

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Purdy Wins Snowflake 100

So ‘Purty’ for Purdy: Nineteen-Year-Old Driver Outlasts Weather, Field to Win Snowflake 100 By Chuck Corder The unrelenting mist and bitter cold were no match for the fire in Chase Purdy’s belly. The 19-year-old Mississippi native, who now calls North Carolina home, etched his name in short-track racing lore by winning the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 on Sunday at Five Flags Speedway, as the 51st annual Snowball Derby came to a close one week later than expected. A race that was postponed on Dec. 1 because of thunderstorms and flooding, the 2018 running of the Snowflake 100 will go down as one of the more memorable editions of Pro Late Model’s biggest race. After nine cautions, a slew of red flags and only 12 of the 34 cars, which started the race, left on Pensacola’s high banks, Purdy withstood weather and aggressive drivers to lead the final 72 laps. “It was as eventful a [...]

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Mods Top 3, Grill, Purvis, Hamrac

1-8FEB-B95347ECEEE3}mid://00000010/ Grill Scores Back-to-Back Modifieds Derby Titles in Race Shortened Because of Weather, Wrecks By Chuck Corder Win or lose, Augie Grill typically keeps his emotions in check. Every victory certainly matters to him, but it is Grill’s constant humility that has won him a grandstands full of fans over his hall of fame career. In capturing the Modifieds running of the Snowball Derby on Sunday for a second consecutive year, Grill was more subdued after the 75-lap race was shortened to 71, saw 12 cautions and two drivers leave Five Flags Speedway in ambulances. “This is pretty cool,” Grill said. “It’s the seventh time on Snowball Derby weekend that I’ve won a race. I like having my name on something nobody has. I wish we could’ve run those final laps green.” Weather conditions prevented that along with a T-bone collision between Jason Moorman and Billy Melvin that brought out the final yellow of the [...]

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A Speed51 Analysis

0: The number of times the Snowflake 100 winner has gone on to win the Snowball Derby. That trend will continue this year, as Snowball Derby winner Noah Gragson is not entered for the Snowflake 100. 2: Justin South is a two-time pole winner in the Snowflake 100. His best finish was a third in 2013. 3: Augie Grill is a three-time winner of the Snowflake 100 as is Chase Elliott, who is not racing this year. Those two could welcome Bubba Pollard to the three-time club if he wins the Snowflake again. 7: Grand American Race Cars have won seven of the last nine Snowflake 100’s. Six of those have come from Augie Grill and Chase Elliott, with the other coming from Bubba Pollard. 16: By our count, 16 drivers were originally planning to run both the Snowflake and the Snowball Derby. Due to Mother Nature, that number is expected to decrease [...]

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Dossey Snowflake Hope based on Snowball run.

By Speed51.com With the postponement of the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway from last Saturday to this coming Sunday, there were some long-haul Pro Late Model teams unsure of whether or not they could return to the Florida Panhandle so soon. For Indianapolis driver Jack Dossey III, there was no doubt in his mind that he and the No. 20 team would be back to finish their Snowball Derby debut in full. After lasting the whole length of the 51st Snowball Derby last Sunday evening, Dossey is still charged up on being able to go the distance in one of the toughest Super Late Model races in the land. “We had a lot of fun last Sunday at the Snowball Derby. It met all of our expectations. It’s a very prestigious race. Honestly, it was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever witnessed and been a part of,” Dossey [...]

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Weather wins out, Snowflake 100, Pro Trucks & Mods moved to Sunday

The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will need to wait an additional day to be completed.  Five Flags Speedway officials announced Wednesday evening that the race has been postponed to Sunday, December 9 due to an unfavorable weather forecast.   The schedule for the rescheduled event includes the 100-lap Pro Late Model race, the Modifieds of Mayhem season finale and a 50-lap Pro Truck race.   Originally scheduled to serve as a precursor to the 51st Annual Snowball Derby, the race was previously postponed to Saturday, December 8.  However, the high probability of rain has forced officials to move the event to Sunday.   “We try to be considerate of everybody’s time and effort.  With a terrible weather forecast for Saturday, we believe it is in the best interest of our racers and fans to hold the race on Sunday,” said Five Flags Speedway promoter Tim Bryant.  “The weather forecasters were right on the mark with [...]

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