Roderick chases down Choquette to win Pro Lates; Boyett top Pro Trucker again, and Balkum back as Pure Stock winner

Roderick Train Keeps Rollin’, Has Won Seven Straight PLM 100 Lappers at 5 Flags   By Chuck Corder The superlatives for Casey Roderick are countless. Every bouquet the short track world tosses at the Georgia late model hotshoe is blooming and well-deserving. Roderick’s entire arsenal was on display Friday night at Five Flags Speedway for the third of four Allen Turner Pro Late Model 100 races. The 25 year old showed the patience and discipline of the veteran wheelman he is after trailing to Jeff Choquette for most of the race. Roderick finally got by Choquette on Lap 84, and didn’t look back in capturing his seventh consecutive PLM race at Pensacola’s high banks. The last time Roderick lost a PLM race at Five Flags, excluding the Snowflake 100, Choquette prevailed in September 2016. “I didn’t think we had as good of a racecar tonight as we have had,” said Roderick, who was the fast qualifier (16.869 [...]

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Will Blount+ Patino = Win in Friday’s “Road to the Snowflake” Pro Late Models?

Joining Forces with Blount, Young Patino Hones in on First Allen Turner Pro Late Model 100 Victory By Chuck Corder Fate has a funny way of intervening during trying times. At 6-foot-1, Perry Patino is a strapping, young lad — all 19 years of him — filled with a white-hot passion for late model racing, but with grassroots pockets not as deep as some of his competitors. Patino and his father, Richard Patino, were planning on putting racing in the rearview and letting the Montgomery, Ala., native focus on his sophomore year at the University of Alabama and his pursuit of a degree in international business. Just as the driving forces behind Perry Patino Motorsports were discussing a break from short-track racing, Larry Blount threw the father-son team a life preserver. In his first race driving for Blount on July 6 at Five Flags Speedway, Perry Patino finished runner-up in the Allen Turner Pro Late [...]

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Babb back as Demo winner, Ard a Sportsman Stunner, Grill in Mods, Loper in Pure Stocks

Babb Bangs Way to Second Demo Derby Victory; Ard Pulls Off Stunner in Sportsmen Spectacular   By Chuck Corder Justin Babb never stopped inflicting damage Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Luckily for the Pensacola resident, that’s the perfect recipe to be victorious in a Demolition Derby. In his colorful Lincoln that had a dread-locked Rastafarian piñata on its roof, Babb drove with reckless abandonment and won his second Demolition Derby in three years. He was the last car standing in a crowded field of 14 cars. Babb finished off Bobby Suarez in the “Tooth Ambulance” PT Cruiser to collect the $1,500 winner’s purse. “I love doing this,” said Babb, who won the Demolition Derby in 2016. “We were able to keep the front end clean.”   The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen It was just a few years ago that Shanna Ard was driving without one sticker on his Sportsmen car. Struggling to find sponsors, the Milton driver was [...]

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