Champions Recognized at Awards Banquet, Ublestead is Ironman

Five Flags Speedway closed out the 2019 season one last time on Saturday Night, by honoring the Track Champions at their Annual Awards Banquet. The Hadji Shrine Temple made for a perfect setting as a large crowd paid tribute to 6 Track Champions, plus 2019 Southern Super Series Champion Casey Roderick. Roderick became the first 2 time SSS Champion, with back to back title runs in 2018 and 2019. Robert Balkum was a back to back Champion as well, winning the title for the second year in a row in the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stock Division. Not to be out done, Mobile driver Mark Barnhill scored his second consecutive Championship in the Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsman Division. Former Modified Champion Chris Cotto shocked the Outlaw Division in 2019 by winning the title in Steve Clarks potent hot rod. Joshua Hicks, unable to attend due to a Legends Car commitment, claimed the [...]

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Think What You Can Do WIth a Door from the Snowball Winner, Travis Braden

You have perhaps seen this on the web,  race car drivers and owners getting a movement to raise funds for Charlie Knuth and family by auctioning off the door on their race car. Team Platinum's owner Myna Burba is one of those.  Go to their Facebook site for more info. Here is as Speed 51 story on the movement. The short track racing community has stepped up in a big way for a good cause this holiday season, as racers nationwide are raising money for a young Wisconsin fan’s health expenses.   Charlie Knuth, a 13-year-old racing fan from Darboy, Wisconsin, was born with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a painful disease which causes skin blisters.  Recently, Knuth was also diagnosed with Lymphoma, and Knuth and his family spent Christmas at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital for treatment.   The short track racing community has responded in a major way to help Knuth and his [...]

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Links to Latest Rules

Lloyds Glass Pure Stocks 2020 Pure StockLloyds Glass Pure Stocks Dock  on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen 2020 Sportman WCIParts.com Pro Trucks 2020 Pro Truck Faith Chapel Outlaws 2020 Outlaw Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model Series 2020 PRO LATE Deep South Crane Rental Blizzard Series for Super Late Models 2020 Super Late  

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Lots of Race Action ahead in 2020

2020 Five Flags Racing Schedule (tentative) January 11                                     2019 Awards Banquet February 1                                     Racer’s Swap Meet February 29                                   Sweat Hogg Grand Prix March 13-14                                ARCA Pensacola 200, VCTS, O, PS March 27                                      O, PT, SP, PS April 10                                        ATPLM #1, PT, PS April 24                                        Blizzard #1, SP, PS May 8                                          O, PT, SP, PS May 22                                        MoM, O, PT, PS June 5                                          ATPLM #2, O, PS (Kid’s Bike Races) June 19                                        Blizzard #2, SP, PS July 3                                          Summer Break July 17                                        MoM, PT, SP, PS July 31                                        Blizzard #3, O, PS August 14                                   DEMO DERBY, O, PT, PS August 28                                  ATPLM #3, SP, PS September 12                            O, PT, SP, PS Night of Champions #1 September 26                            Blizzard #4, ATPLM #4 Night of Champions #2 November 21                            Snowball Derby Preview December 2-6                           53rd Annual Snowball Derby Blizzard Series- SLM Allen Turner Pro Late Model (ATPLM) -Pro Late Models O- Outlaws PT-Pro Trucks SP- Sportsmen PS-Pure [...]

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Here’s More Info on this New Series of Compact Car Racing

The popular Vores Compact Series from the Mid West ventures South for the big ARCA weekend here March 13 and 14th.  We are posting info on the rules in case some local drivers are interested in competing.  2020 Rules Highlights Belts – 3 yrs (2017 oldest allowed) Head/Neck – 5yrs (2015 oldest allowed) Ride Height requirement – 5in (occupied or with driver) (clarification for 2019) Stiff penalties for non restrictor use at any time.  Inspections will occur randomly. V6 cars required to use automatic transmission, mistakenly left out from a few years back. Weight Requirements – See Below “B” series and up to 1.9 liter                                             2250lbs with driver minimum 2.o liter thru 2.4 liter                                                        2325lbs with driver minimum K motor group                                                                  2425lbs with driver minimum No Winter Tires for Eldora 2020  top 5 drivers will receive qualifying points 5,4,3,2,1 same as a heat race but only for fast 5. Any questions, please contact Patrick Reed via email ​racetech2016​@gmail.com 2020 RulesS COMPACT TOURING   ​Drivers and teams [...]

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UPDATE on Justin Bonnett Recovering from Burns and Compound Leg Fracture

Story by SPeed 51   Justin Bonnett, who was injured in an incident during the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 on Saturday, December 7 at Five Flags Speedway (FL), continues to recuperate in Mobile, Alabama and hopes to be discharged shortly according to a statement released by his team.   In the incident, Bonnett suffered burns to his hands, face and neck, as well as compound fractures of the left tibia and fibula.   “One week after suffering multiple compound fractures in his left leg, fractures in his left foot, and burns to his face, neck, hands and legs, Justin remains at USA Health University Hospital in Mobile, Alabama,” the statement reads.  “He is healing every day and remains in good spirits.”   Bonnett was involved in a lap 54 incident which started when Jarrett Parker lost brakes entering turn three, spun, and slid up the racing surface in front of traffic.  Bonnett collided with Parker, shearing the fuel [...]

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Travis Braden Declared Snowball Winner after Nasse DQed, Garcia 2nd, Butcher 3rd

‘Wheeling Wheelman’: West Virginia’s Braden Wins 52nd Snowball Derby after Nasse DQ’d   By Chuck Corder Travis Braden stood beneath the humming fluorescent lights in Victory Lane at Five Flags Speedway, cherishing the moment. The 25-year-old’s smile was cheekbone-to-cheekbone, his excitement overflowing after a roller-coaster weekend at the 52nd annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club. All this when he and the rest of racing world thought Braden had finished second to Stephen Nasse at short-track’s 300-lap crown jewel. Three hours – and plenty of back-and-forth over the scales in technical inspection – later and Braden’s happiness had morphed into elation. Nasse’s win was up in smoke, disqualified for a titanium violation with his brakes. “The brake calipers had titanium brake caps over the pistons in the calipers," Snowball Derby technical director Ricky Brooks told Speed51 of the ruling. "That’s a distinct no-no in the rule book.  It says blatantly, in black and white, no [...]

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Snowball moved to Monday at 4pm

Pits open at 10am, Stands  open 1pm; Green Flag at 4pm. Story by Speed51 Due to persistent rains in the panhandle region of Florida, the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club  has been postponed to Monday, December 9 at 4 p.m. Central.   The race, initially scheduled for 2 p.m. Central on Sunday, December 8, was postponed throughout the day by rain before officials were forced to postpone the event to Monday.   “We gave it a valiant effort but unfortunately the weather did just not cooperate,” said Five Flags Speedway owner Tim Bryant.  “Out of respect to the racers and the fans, when we saw this last line of rain come through, we decided to make the call because we knew even if it stopped raining it would take too long to prepare the race track.”   Pit gates will open at 10 a.m. local time for the rescheduled race.  Grandstands will open at [...]

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