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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Starting Line Up with Car #, and Home Town

1 43 Derek Thorn Bakersfield, Calif 2 53B Cole Butcher Porters Lake, NS Canada 3 7 Corey LaJoie Concord, NC 4 4 Kyle Plott Marietta, GA 5 26P Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA 6 57 Josh Berry Statesville, NC 7 54C Matt Craig Kannapolis, NC 8 9C Jeff Choquette W Palm Beach, FL 9 22 Casey Roderick Lawenceville,GA 10 51S Chandler Smith Talking Rock, GA 11 30 Jesse Dutilly Bradenton, FL 12 21P Jeremy Pate Pensacola, FL 13 48 Preston Peltier Brighton, Col 14 81 Giovanni Bromante Locust Valley, NY 15 35 Jake Garcia Monroe, GA 16 10 Kaden Honeycutt Hondo, TX 17 18 Hunter Robbins Pensacola, FL 18 7D John DeAngelis Jr Hubertus, Wisc 19 75 Jeremy Doss Upper Lake, Calif 20 12G Derek Griffith Hudson, NH 21 112 Augie Grill Hayden, AL 22 54G David Gilliland Mooresville, NC 23 91 Ty Majeski Charlotte, NC 24 51A Michael Atwell Naples, FL 25 14C Connor Okrzeisk Grand Bay, AL 26 20M Cole Moore Granite Bay, Calif 27 78 Corey Heim Marietta, GA 28 2 Derek Kraus Strafford, Wisc 29 119 Dalton Zehr Verona, Wisc 30 26B Travis Braden Wheeling, W VA 31 36 Dan Fredrickson Northfield, Minn 32 9M Brad May Oviedo, FL 33 15 Rodrigo Rejon Mexico City, Mexico 34 53J Boris Jurkovic Manhattan, Ill 35 16 Lucas Jones Mooresville, NC 36 51N Stephen Nasse Pinellas Park, FL 37 11 David Rogers Orlando, FL

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David Rogers To Run his 33rd Snowball Derby Today

Story by Speed51.com Traditionally, the Snowball Derby field consists of 36 starters unless the most recent winner of the event fails to qualify, such as when Christian Eckes utilized the past champion’s provisional in 2017.  This year, a special exception will be made for a special racer to enter the field in the 37th starting position.   Five Flags Speedway will honor Florida legend David Rogers with the Derby Dedication Award, and with it a provisional starting spot in the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby presented by BJ’s Wholesale Club.   Rogers has made 32 previous starts in the Snowball Derby.  With Sunday’s start, he will break a tie with Red Farmer for most starts in the event.  The record-breaking start comes in a year where Rogers overcame lymphoma.  The Snowball Derby will be Rogers’ first race since beating cancer.   “David’s Snowball Derby dedication has been unmatched in the history of this race,” said Five Flags Speedway owner [...]

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Thorn Tears Through Field for Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Victory, Eyes Flake-Derby Sweep

Thorn Tears Through Field for Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Victory, Eyes Flake-Derby Sweep   By Chuck Corder Eight years ago, Derek Thorn barrel-rolled his way into the hearts of Snowball Derby fans. On Saturday night, a capacity crowd at Five Flags Speedway witnessed Thorn outduel Augie Grill, Bubba Pollard and the most dazzling Pro Late Model drivers in North America to win the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at the 52nd annual Snowball Derby. The spectators roared when the California driver climbed out of his car in Victory Lane, and the celebration certainly wasn’t muted. But everyone – be it drivers, teams, fans, or officials – still was swept away in the aftermath of one of the scariest incidents in the iconic track’s long history. A dropped fuel cell ignited a streak of fire across the entirety of Turn No. 3, and 26-year-old Alabama driver Justin Bonnett was caught in the raging flames before first responders [...]

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Amid a Myriad of Yellows, Heil Hammers Down Outlaws Victory at 52nd Annual Snowball Derby

Amid a Myriad of Yellows, Heil Hammers Down Outlaws Victory at 52nd Annual Snowball Derby   By Chuck Corder The Saturday of Snowball Derby weekend is always a marathon at Five Flags Speedway. There are practices, qualifying runs, last-chance races and feature races. What more could a racing fan’s heart desire? In recent years, though, like clock, one of those events refuses to end. There are always extenuating factors, of course, usually involving rain or cautions. For the Outlaws running at the 52nd annual Snowball Derby on Saturday, it was the latter. While Texas driver John Heil drove a masterful race to capture both his first career Derby and first win at Pensacola’s high banks, the 50 lapper was marred by nearly 10 cautions. Thirty-two Faith Chapel Outlaws took the green, but there were only 14 remaining when the checkered flag flew. “I hate to see all these good cars tore up,” runner-up Joe Bethea Jr. said. [...]

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Lucas Jones & Stephen Nasse Make Snowball on Provisionals…24 others to Run for 4 Remaining Slots.

Out of the 26 cars with times 31 to 56 in Snowball qualifying, 2 have earned tail end provisional starting spots. Lucas Jones from his standings in the 2019 Blizzard Series and Stephen Nasse from the Southern Super Series. Jones and Nasse need  not participate in the last chance race...they are in the Snowball. That leaves 24 to fill  four spots, 31-34.  The last chance race will be 50 laps and runs in the mid to late afternoon.  The first 4 to finish transfer.  Follow the action live on tv from Speed51. Here is the line up  31 14H Carson Hocevar 16.619 32 99 Casey Smith 16.624 33 1 Michael House 16.640 34 71 Johnny VanDoorn 16.642 35 21B Trey Bayne 16.659 36 51N Stephen Nasse 16.672  Southern Super Series Provisional 37 36 Dan Fredrickson 16.679 38 12B Harrison Burton 16.682 39 5M Mason Mingus 16.689 40 15 Rodrigo Rejon 16.699 41 50 Jett Noland 16.701 42 79B Kyle Bryant 16.710 43 16 Lucas Jones 16.722 Blizzard Series Provisional 44 11 David Rogers 16.725 45 9M Brad May 16.725 46 14N Austin Nason 16.748 47 20D Jack Dossey III 16.751 48 45 Rich Bickle 16.753 49 14D Chris Davidson 16.772 50 53J Boris Jurkovic 16.808 51 88 Jordan Anderson 16.809 52 97 Steven Davis 16.835 53 5A Jerry Artuso 16.841 54 8 Colten Nelson 16.856 55 90 Tim Curry 16.934 56 37 AJ Wernette 17.904

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Augie Grill WIns Modifieds of Mayhem 75.

Grill Completes Another Hat Trick during Derby Week with Modifieds of Myahem Derby   By Chuck Corder On a night when on-track suspense hovered above Five Flags Speedway higher than the drone the circled the famed half-mile asphalt oval, Augie Grill broke the tension and added another chapter to his storied legacy at short-track racing’s prestigious week. In recent years, the Hayden, Ala., native was more businessman than driver, as his Grand American Race Cars company became one of the most popular chassis builders of Late Models and other short-track cars. But Grill rekindled his passion for racing this season and it spilled into an historic night during the second day of racing at the 52nd annual Snowball Derby. Grill became the most decorated driver in Derby history Friday at Five Flags when for the third year in a row he won the 75-lap Modifieds of Mayhem Derby, the season finale for the open-wheel series [...]

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California’s Thorn on Pole, Cole Butcher from Canada outside Pole, lead the 30 drivers earning starting spots in the Snowball.

The top 30 in speed have sealed a starting spot in Sunday's Snowball Derby presented by BJ's Wholesale Club.   Here are the results of Friday's qualifying for Super Late Models.   1 43 Derek Thorn 16.277 2 53B Cole Butcher 16.379 3 7 Corey LaJoie 16.381 4 4 Kyle Plott 16.387 5 26P Bubba Pollard 16.398 6 57 Josh Berry 16.401 7 54C Matt Craig 16.412 8 9C Jeff Choquette 16.419 9 22 Casey Roderick 16.427 10 51S Chandler Smith 16.454 11 30 Jesse Dutilly 16.457 12 21P Jeremy Pate 16.461 13 48 Preston Peltier 16.476 14 81 Giovanni Bromante 16.480 15 35 Jake Garcia 16.497 16 10 Kaden Honeycutt 16.497 17 18 Hunter Robbins 16.510 18 7D John DeAngelis Jr 16.528 19 75 Jeremy Doss 16.533 20 12G Derek Griffith 16.534 21 112 Augie Grill 16.545 22 54G David Gilliland 16.553 23 91 Ty Majeski 16.556 24 51A Michael Atwell 16.558 25 14C Connor Okrzeisk 16.563 26 20M Cole Moore 16.570 27 78 Corey Heim 16.572 28 2 Derek Kraus 16.579 29 119 Dalton Zehr 16.582 30 26B Travis Braden 16.590 31 14H Carson Hocevar 16.619 32 99 Casey Smith 16.624 33 1 Michael House 16.640 34 71 Johnny VanDoorn 16.642 35 21B Trey Bayne 16.659 36 51N Stephen Nasse 16.672 37 36 Dan Fredrickson 16.679 38 12B Harrison Burton 16.682 39 5M Mason Mingus 16.689 40 15 Rodrigo Rejon 16.699 41 50 Jett Noland 16.701 42 79B Kyle Bryant 16.710 43 16 Lucas Jones 16.722 44 11 David Rogers 16.725 45 9M Brad May 16.725 46 14N Austin Nason 16.748 47 20D Jack Dossey III 16.751 48 45 Rich Bickle 16.753 49 14D Chris Davidson 16.772 50 53J Boris Jurkovic 16.808 51 88 Jordan Anderson 16.809 52 97 Steven Davis 16.835 53 5A Jerry Artuso 16.841 54 8 Colten Nelson 16.856 55 90 Tim Curry 16.934 56 37 AJ Wernette 17.904

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Cody Stickler of Tampa on Pole, Ohio’s Kyle Purvis Outside Pole to start the Mods 75 Lapper

1 99 Cody Stickler 17.314 2 13 Kyle Purvis 17.495 3 72 Johnny Walker 17.519 4 112 Augie Grill 17.542 5 131 Jeff Letson 17.669 6 66 Korey Ruble 17.744 7 51 Zach Knowles 17.770 8 91 Jim Walls 17.783 9 95 Derrick Griffin 17.783 10 5 Chase Oliver 17.788 11 51 Zach Knowles 17.814 12 24 Bruce Bennett 17.858 13 5C Donald Crocker 17.868 14 50 Ty Roberts 17.909 15 26 Bill Burba 17.982 16 31 Parker Pugh 17.985 17 6 Nick Pressler 18.024 18 18 Kevin Peel 18.029 19 8 Donnie Hamrac 18.048 20 88S John Sarppraicone 18.102 21 71 LB Skaggs 18.135 22 41 Rocky Rogers 18.139 23 07 Blake Ferguson 18.173 24 96 Brandon Bendele 18.314 25 17 Chris Cotto 18.399 26 81 Christopher Hogan 18.501 27 48 Hunter Evans 18.517 28 88H Larry Hughes 18.517 29 55 Todd Cooper 18.835 30 10 Okie Mason NO TIME

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Parker Wins as Top 3 Pro Trucks DQed; Leytham Wins Sportsmen 50; Goff wins Pure Stock 35

WCIparts.com Pro Truck Finish Official   Post Race Inspection finds top 3 cars out of specs. Parker Declared Winner The first  3 finishers in the Pro Truck 50 lap feature were disqualified because of  technical infractions discovered in the  inspections following the race.  Haskins and Thompson's trucks were cited for engines out of specs, and Hamrac for left side weight. This elevated Molino's Jarrett Parker to first place, Kody Brusso to second, and Josh Hicks to 3rd.   Haskins Comes Out of Nowhere to Cruise to Pro Trucks Derby Win, later fails Inspection By Chuck Corder Sometimes, the less you know the better you’re off. By his count, Cody Haskins was making just his fourth appearance at Five Flags Speedway on Thursday night. Matching wits with a group of drivers that know all the nooks and crannies of Five Flags to avoid, it appeared Haskins was at an extreme disadvantage as the 52nd annual Snowball Derby got underway. Haskins was unfazed, [...]

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Qualifying Order Set For 57 Snowball and 38 Snowflake Cars

Snowball Derby Order of Driver Qualifying Friday Evening 6pm   Top 30 In by time.  Others in Last Chance Race for 4 positions Car #  Driver  Qual Position 78 Corey Heim 1 14 Carson Hocevar 2 79 Kyle Bryant 3 7 John DeAngelis 4  35 Jake Garcia 5 11 David Rogers 6 57 Josh Berry 7 43 Derek Thorn 8 30 Jesse Dutilly 9 54 Matt Craig 10 48 Preston Peltier 11 114 Connor Okrzesik 12 20 Jack Dossey III 13 119 Dalton Zehr  14 50 Jett Noland  15 7 Corey LaJoie  16 14 Austin Nason 17 21 Jeremy Pate  18 8 Colten Nelson 19 112 Augie Grill  20 2 Derek Kraus  21 51 Michael Atwell  22 51 Derrick Griffin  23 26 Bubba Pollard  24 91 Ty Majeski   25 97 Steven Davis 26 21 Trey Bayne  27 54 David Gilliland  28 75 Jeremy Doss  29 45 Rich Bickle  30 90 Tim Curry  31 20 Cole Moore  32 16 Lucas Jones  33 36 Dan Fredrickson 34 1 Michael House  35 12 Harrison Burton  36 14 Chris Davidson  37 5M Mason Mingus   38  99 Casey Smith  39 88 Jordan Anderson   40 22 [...]

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