1 Sammy Smith 2 Mason Diaz 3 Taylor Gray 4 Rajah Caruth 5 Joey Iast 6 Peter Retslaff 7 Mas Gutierrez 8 Stephanie Moyer 9 Daniel Dye 10 Richard Garvie 11 Carson Kvapil 12 Eric Doheny 13 Wayne Peterson Smith Relies on Track Knowledge to win ARCA Pensacola 200 as 5 Flags Speedway Opens 2021 Season By Chuck Corder Experience is a huge factor at Five Flags Speedway. Drivers that succeed at Five Flags understand how to delicately attack the abrasive half-mile asphalt oval while also saving their tires for the stretch runs. Sammy Smith used his experience to his advantage against 12 other ARCA Menards Series East cars Saturday as Five Flags kicked off its 2021 season. The 16-year-old Smith started on the pole for the Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions and led more than 140 laps en route to the win. “The first part of race, we really weren’t very good,” said Smith, an Iowa native, making just his second career ARCA [...]
Vores Compact Series 40 top 5 (Unofficial pending tech) K Frame 39 T. Gossar 0 T. Eaton Jr. 4 B. Barcus 50x T. Newman 23
Lloyds Glass Pure Stocks By Chuck Corder Many were surprised to see Cameron Leytham in Victory Lane on Saturday at Five Flags Speedway. The driver included himself among the group who saw the youngster turn heads in the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks 20-lap season opener. “I have no idea because the car ran like junk,” said Leytham, the son of former Pure Stocks king B.J. Leytham. “There’s no reason we should’ve won that race the way the car was running earlier. We had a firing issue for some reason all day.” Mechanical troubles aside, Leytham went high on the opening lap and took the lead from pole sitter Austin McDuffie. Leytham drove away from the other eight cars and didn’t break a sweat the rest of the way. Pensacola’s Caleb Burkett finished second and McDuffie rounded out the podium. C. Leytham C. Burkett A. McDuffie R. Loper D. Courtney
Gutierrez Eyes Back-to-Back Victories as ARCA Returns to Five Flags for Pensacola 200 By Chuck Corder It has been more than two weeks, and reality is setting in slowly for Max Gutierrez. It has been more than two weeks since the 18-year-old left the racing world breathless with easily the best finish of the young season at any level. It has been more than two weeks, and the Mexico City, Mexico, native – who speaks three languages fluently – still struggles to describe his three-wide victory at the Jeep Beach 175 to open the ARCA Menards East Series slate at New Smyrna Speedway. “It was a very good experience,” said Gutierrez, who speaks his native Spanish, English, and German. A very good experience? That’s a meal at The District steakhouse in downtown Pensacola or test driving a new Tesla. Gutierrez’s improbable victory earlier this month at New Smyrna was otherworldly. He went from third in Turn [...]
Details on the big ARCA 200 race on our Facebook, watch the podcast replay. Gates open 12 noon. Free Parking. Reserved Seats $30, General admission $25 ARCA Qualifying 2:30pm Pure Stock feature and Vores Compact Series 3pm National Anthem & Invocation 4:50pm Menard's ARCA 200 Green Flag 5pm
These 3 ARCA drivers at the finish line at New Smyrna continue their battle here at the Pensacola 200admin
After an unprecedented Snowball Derby in December, Five Flags Speedway officials have had two months to prepare for next weekend’s season opener. The Saturday, February 27th event will feature ARCA Menards Series East, the Vores Compact Touring Series, and the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks. For ARCA Menards Series fans, two events have already thrilled attendees during the month of February with the East opener in New Smyrna Beach and the National opener at Daytona International Speedway. The New Smyrna Speedway opener ended with a three wide finish for the win with Max Gutierrez taking his first career ARCA victory. Sammy Smith and Taylor Gray came across the stripe just inches behind, making it one of the closest finishes in ARCA history. All three drivers will again be racing for victory in the Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions. The first event of the season featured a strong crop of young drivers [...]
Vores Series Director Dan Redmond joins Tim on podcast Monday at 6 pm Central time. Watch replay on Facebook.
IRVINGTON, Alabama — One of the deep south’s most legendary paved ovals will roar back to life in 2021. Mobile International Speedway (MIS), located in Irvington, Alabama, will be managed and operated by racing promoter and Houston, Texas, native Gina Schild-Knowles. The facility is owned by Ida Fields, widow of legendary wrestling champion and short track promoter Lee Fields. The former wrestler-turned-promoter successfully ran the track from 1972 until 1999. Fields passed in 2000 and was inducted into the Alabama Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. Schild-Knowles has signed a one-year lease agreement with an option to buy the facility. Watch an interview with the new promoter on the 5 Flags Facebook page. “I’m excited to be carrying on the tradition of great racing that Miss Ida and Lee Fields built,” Schild-Knowles said. “The plan is to run it as a sister track to Houston Motorsports Park. I feel that if we [...]
Story by Speed51 Mike Garvey has made only two Late Model starts since the 2016 season, after a racing accident resulted in a back injury. The result was lingering numbness from nerve damage in his legs. Garvey has made a slow recovery, while concentrating on his business MGR (Mike Garvey Racing) over the last several years. But the driver from Pensacola, Florida is ready to strap the driver’s helmet back on and make his third trip to Irwindale Speedway (CA) for the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame” on February 6. He will be driving a second car out of the Chris Davidson stables as a teammate to the Friendswood, Texas driver. Garvey was once one of the most successful drivers in Late Model competition across the country. He had 21 wins in the now defunct American Speed [...]
2021 Rules Update The 2021 Rules have now been updated, and racers can take note that there have been very minimal changes from last year. The Pure Stock Division will be switching to Hoosier Racing Tires for 2021, utilizing the same 7 inch, 790 tire used by the Sportsman Division. Competitors will be limited to a maximum of two new tires per event, and after each race event, 2 tires will be impounded from each car, for use at the next event. This also mirrors the tire procedures for the Sportsman Division. Opening night, February 27th, teams will be allowed to purchase 4 new tires, and the 2 tire limit will be in effect from that point on. The track will keep a selection of used tires, which will be available to competitors who cannot make opening night. Also tire related for 2021, Outlaw and Pro Truck Divisions will join [...]
s Coming on January 30th, Five Flags Speedway will present their 15th Annual Racer’s Swap Meet. This gathering, held in the Speedway parking lot, has become widely popular amongst all the racing community in the Southeast. Oval track racers, both asphalt and dirt, drag racers, street rods, and generally speaking, all gearheads, find this setting an ideal place to find bargains on items they might need for the upcoming season, or to rid their shops of unneeded pieces that tend to just be in the way. Past years have seen anything from complete turn key cars, to nut and bolt assortments, and anything in between, be carried out of the sales lot. There will also be an area for trailers to be displayed. Admission is FREE to the Racer’s Swap Meet, and all transactions will be between buyers and sellers. There is a $25 Seller’s Fee for those wanting to enter sales [...]
Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to 2021, the most highly anticipated New Year anyone can remember. Before we get too far on what’s to come, let’s reflect back briefly, on where we’ve been. To say 2020 was a strange year, certainly doesn’t do justice to all that was. Less than 48 hours before our 2020 season was set to open here at FFS last March, Covid-19 became a reality that no one could have possibly imagined. It literally changed the way we live, work, and play. People made more life changing adjustments in 2020 than were expected in a lifetime. Here locally, in our little piece of the world, we adjusted the schedule, changed some events and the way we ran them, and on December 6th completed the 2020 racing season at the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby. A gigantic Thank You goes out here, to our great competitors, [...]
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The Five Flags Speedway Awards Banquet is being postponed. The Annual event is held each year to honor those who exceled during the racing season. Indoor activity restrictions will prevent us from being able to gather in numbers that have become the norm for the Hadji Shrine Temple venue. Those driver’s eligible for cash awards, will receive their checks in the mail in the coming weeks. Various options are being discussed, but the track vows to recognize the various Champions, Rookies of the Year, and top points getters as soon as possible.