The clock was turned back on Saturday Night at 5 Flags Speedway, as nearly a hundred drivers representing four decades turned out for the first of its kind Driver’s Reunion. 2 time Snowball Derby Winner Dickie Davis assisted the track in coordinating the event. The drivers and their guests were treated with a cookout on the Turn 4 Party Pier, and without a doubt many good stories were told. “ We’re honored to have you all in attendance here tonight,” s tated 5 Flags GM Tim Bryant. “While racing has changed a lot over the last 50 years, we will always remember the roles you’ve played in establishing the history here at 5 Flags Speedway.” The drivers made their way to the front straightaway for an official Driver’s Introduction, and were presented with a 50th Anniversary commemorative coin for their presence, much to the delight of the race fans on [...]
Champions Crowned: Cotto Ends Slump with Outlaws Track Title; Hicks on the Rise with Pro Trucks Crown By Chuck Corder It had been a dozen years since Chris Cotto ended a season at Five Flags Speedway with a smile on his face. That long drought ended Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway on Championship Night. The veteran Milton driver won his fourth Faith Chapel Outlaws feature Friday night to clinch the Outlaws track championship. It was Cotto’s second career track title at Pensacola’s high banks, but first since his Super Stocks championship since 2007. “It has been a helluva year,” Cotto said. “We had a good car. It started getting a little slippery, we backed it down, and paced ourselves. But I couldn’t count laps down fast enough.” Thankfully, he didn’t have to count too fast. Cotto had little stress down the stretch of the 50 lapper, as neither 2018 Outlaw tracks champion Kody Brusso [...]
Plenty At Stake as Championship Night Arrives for Locals By Chuck Corder Two dates remain on the regular season schedule at Five Flags Speedway. Fortunately, for drivers and fans of the half-mile asphalt oval, the next two Saturdays will hold a lot of intrigue and joyous moments as track champions will be crowned. It all begins at 7 p.m. this Saturday when the local drivers will be the first group to try and earn some hardware. The Faith Chapel Outlaws, WCIparts.com Pro Trucks, The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen, and Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks will all share the marquee when the gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military, and students; and free for all kids 11-and-under. In addition to a highly anticipated night of racing, Five Flags is looking forward to hosting Saturday night a bevy of former drivers that at one time etched their names into [...]
After years of frustration behind the wheel of Modifieds and other series, Milton driver Chris Cotto has experienced a rebirth in the Outlaws division this year. A three-time winner this season, Cotto has scored a top-five finish in all but one of the seven features the Outlaws have raced this season. He will carry a slim, 11-point lead into Saturday night against Bill Tutchtone II. Tutchtone, 46, has exploded onto the Outlaws scene this year following a nearly-decade-long layoff from short-track racing. He, like Cotto, has found in his groove with the Outlaws and has recorded one win and six top-fives, also like Cotto. With the scoring system decreasing by increments of three points, Tutchtone would need to finish six spots ahead of Cotto at the time of the checkered flag to claim what would be some historic hardware. 2 points awarded per finishing position.
Stars of Yesteryear Expected Jamie Prell Donnie Brusso Eddie Mercer Kenny Thorpe Larry Morton Carl Williford Dickie Davis Crazy Joe Leslie Tracy Goodson Ron Schneider Bill Hammer Anthony Moreno Bo Martin Mike Rogers Johnny Williams Marty Grantham Gary Hoskins Harry Deaton Buddy Bradley Johnny Mitchell Ronald Parker Robbie Lewter Doug Thorpe David Pope Rick Thompson Ronnie Sanders Max Hosfeldt Royce Johnston Tommy Warren Sr. Bill Bryant Ray Hall Bill Zeil Randy Bryant Irvin Perankovich Tim Bryant Bobby Miller Donnie Ard Stewart England Jessie Lucio Buddy Griffin Chris Nielson Charlie Skipper Jimmy Bodiford Kenny Boyd Maynard McMorris Russ Miley Grant Finney Dave Mader Jr. Sonny Holland Stevie Mercer Dave Mader III Shorty Chase Clint Holmes Kevin Chase Tommy Warren Jr. Teddy May Carl Still Alton Jones Roger Keller Bruce Permenter Freddie Wayne McCall
Josh Hicks doesn't even have to show up Saturday, because he has already clinched the 2019 Pro Truck Championship. His run has been awesome...5 wins out of 7 starts. Grant Thompson and Logan Boyett won the other 2. while Hicks was in the top 5 both times.
Driver’s Reunion Roster Donnie Brusso Kenny Thorpe Larry Morton Carl Williford Dickie Davis Crazy Joe Leslie Tracy Goodson Ron Schneider Bill Hamner Anthony Marino Bo Martin Mike Rogers Johnny Williams Marty Grantham Gary Hoskins Harry Deaton Buddy Bradley Johnny Mitchell Ronald Parker Robby Lewter Doug Thorpe Eddie Mercer David Pope Rick Thompson Ronnie Sanders Max Hosfelt Royce Johnston Tommy Warren Sr Bill Bryant Ray Hall Bill Zeil Randy Bryant Irvin Perankovich Teddy May Tim Bryant Bobby Miller Donnie Ard Stewart England Jesse Lucio Jamie Prell Buddy Griffin Chris Nielson Carl Still Charlie Skipper Jimmy Bodiford Kenny Boyd Maynard McMorris Russ Miley Grant Finney Dave Mader Jr. Sonny Holland Dave Mader III Stevie Mercer Shorty Chase Clint Holmes Kevin Chase Tommy Warren Jr
Night of Champions Friday Practice Pit Gate Opens 4:00 Open Practice 5:00-9:00 Tires & Fuel Available 5:00-8:00 Pit Area Closes 10:00 Saturday Sept 14 Pit Gate Opens 2:00 2:00 Drivers Meeting 4:00 Grandstand Opens 4:00 4:30-5:15 Track Service Open (Tech,Tires,Fuel) Practice #1 (O,PT,SP,PS 10 min each) 5:15-6pm Practice #2 (O,PT,SP,PS 10 min each) 5:30 Outlaws Pre-Qualifying Tech Opens 7pm Pre-Race Festivities Qualifying 6:00 Pro Trucks 2 Laps Outlaws 2 Laps Sportsman 2 Laps Pure Stock 1 Lap 7:00 Pre Race Festivities 7:30 Green Flag Outlaws 50 Laps Sportsman 30 Laps Pro Trucks 50 Laps Pure Stock 25 laps SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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It was a new experience for the driver and the fans. The first ever Big Rig Truck race at 5 Flags Speedway, and the first series win for driver Luke Whitmire. He held a near half track lead at the end of the 30 lap feature race to grab the $10,000 prize. Mike Morgan finished 2nd and Bob Mitchell third. Details on the race and the series, go to: www.banditseries.com
Hey, Drivers from Yesteryear... We need to know if you are going to attend the drivers reunion on Saturday evening September 14th at 7pm. We will have a special section on the party deck in turn 4 for you, complete with food and sodas. There will be a special introduction of the drivers from the 1970's thru the 1990's who drove here. So we can prepare, we need your reservation. It's all FREE. Bring your best stories. First call Dickie Davis at 850-501-4809 We're looking forward to seeing you again!
7pm August 31st here. Gates open at 3pm. Adults -Advance on line $15; $20 (gate) Party Deck – $25 Military $15 (online or gate) Online Advance tickets: follow this link: On line: http://bit.ly/2KKtfFS-FiveFlags Kids 8 & under FREE!
Reserved grandstand seats now on sale! Call or come by for selection in the section you prefer. Open 9am-5pm Central time Mon-Fri. Have credit card ready. Call 850-944-8400 Derby dates Dec 3-8th.
‘Plott’-ing Against His Competition, 23-Year-Old Georgian Wins First Race at Five Flags Speedway By Chuck Corder Only in racing can 23 seem a tad over-the-hill. That’s still many years short of athlete’s prime years in most other sports. But with a profound and prolific influx of adolescent drivers to short-track racing in recent years, 20-somethings are usually considered grizzled veterans. With much-deserved buzz and hype around a potential youth revolution to the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model Series, a 23-year-old from Marietta, Ga., took the teenagers to school Friday night at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. A past champion at some of the southeast’s storied speedways, Kyle Plott proved once again at Five Flags Speedway why he remains a feared competitor whenever he unloads for a Super or Pro race. Plott got his first career victory at Five Flags by winning the third of four Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model 100-lap races this [...]
Driver OK, car damaged rear end.
Finch...does the name sound familiar? James has been involved in racing here going back the the Eddie Mercer days. Tonight his son Jake, 14, rolls out a new car built by Derrick Griffin to compete in the Faith Chapel Outlaws. He is a 9th grader at Mosley High School in Panama City. Look for the black #51