Yea, it’s still cold in Wisconsin, so Dennis Prunty decided to come south for the weekend…to race here at 5 Flags in the SERF 100 Blizzard race. Prunty, from Knowles Wisconsin, a hero at Slinger Speedway, is being his Anderson Maple Syrup # 42 to Pensacola for some sweet redemption. In last December’s Snowball, he had to pull in the pits during the warm-up with a brake issue, and consequently started the race 4 laps down. He finished the Snowball in 23rd. place. He won 55 super late model races during his career.
Thursday, March, 28 4:00pm Pits Open 5:00pm – 9:00pm Open Practice (tires & fuel available until 8pm) Friday, March, 29 1:00pm Pits Open 1:15pm Tire Selection Pre Tech Open 3:00pm SSS Driver’s / Spotter’s Meeting (Tech Station) 3:30pm – 4:30pm SSS Practice 5:00pm SSS Cars to Pre Qualifying Tech (by group) 5:30pm PT, SP, PS Practice Round 1 PT, SP, PS Group Qualifying 7:00pm SSS Qualifying 7:30pm PT, SP, PS Driver’s Meeting (Victory Lane) 7:55pm Pre Race Festivities 8:00pm PT Feature (25 Laps) SP Feature (25 Lap) SERF 100 Blizzard #1 PS Feature (20 Laps)
Giovanni Bromante got the attention of the Rattler 250 fans when he won the Southern Super Series opener in Opp. Now what's next? It's the opening Blizzard series race here at 5 Flags on March 29th. We will have more on Bromante shortly.
It has been a long Winter since the Snowball Derby for the WCI Parts Pro Trucks and the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen, but that is all changing. It's back to action for both on March 29th for their season debut.
Inspectra Thermal Systems of Knoxville, Tennessee has been confirmed as the presenting sponsor of the ARCA Series race in Pensacola on March 9th., The company offers its clients comprehensive infrared inspection services and specializes in providing solutions with state of the art thermal imagers that find and identify issues others cannot. In addition to being an authorized FLIR sales representative, they also provide purchasers with education in the field of thermography and proper equipment operation. Inspectra has been involved with racing on several levels, including NASCAR Camping World Truck series..
Coming off an emotional victory at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the 4th Annual Icebreaker, Ty Gibbs has filed an entry for the March 9th ARCA Pensacola 200. At 16 years old Ty Gibbs, Joe's Grandson and Coy's son is the youngest member of the Joe Gibbs racing family. Gibbs has a full slate of racing in 2019 that includes splitting time with Riley Herbst in the ARCA Menards Series. Gibbs will run the short tracks while Herbst will run the mile and half or better tracks the 16 year old is unable to run on. The youngest Gibbs driver has already experienced enough highs and lows in 2019 to fill a season and more. From the loss of his Uncle JD to winning in Myrtle Beach, to being hit hard by NASCAR for a testing infraction to his teammates at Gibbs racing finishing 1, 2, 3 at Daytona. "At 16 I just keep [...]
Lloyd’s Raises the Steaks When the 2019 Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stock season opens on Saturday March 9th, the winning race team will be poised for a celebratory cookout, courtesy of Barry Lintner, owner of Lloyd’s Glass. As most know, when you have your car’s windshield is replaced by Lloyds, you also receive “a box of really good steaks”. So, in addition to the $500 winner’s share of the purse, a box of steaks will also be waiting in Victory Lane. And of equal importance as well, will be the boost for beginning the 2019 season on a good note. In fact, each driver who finishes in the top 10 positions will likely gain some confidence as the season swings into high gear a few weeks later. A new rules package for 2019 should insure a tighter field throughout the race. Also, with the new rules package, a new track record [...]
For most drivers, an 18th place finish in the season opener at Daytona would be a downer to start the year, but for Bret Holmes his Daytona finish is just a new beginning. After a 10th place finish in the points standings in 2018 the family owned race team went back to the drawing board with equipment, cars, people and most importantly the addition of new crew chief, Shane Huffman. A veteran of the NASCAR Gander Mountain Truck Series, Huffman led Brandon Jones and Harrison Burton to wins last year in the ARCA Series, the pairing with Holmes has paid dividends from their first lap. "Everything is different this year, we were faster at the test, right off the trailer. We ran up front in the race and there is a lot of confidence with our race team," offered Holmes. Holmes hails from Munford, Alabama population 1,292 a stone's throw from Talladega Superspeedway [...]
After a thrilling three wide finish in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway the ARCA Series is headed to Pensacola's 5 Flags Speedway on March the 9th for the first time in over 20 years! Bringing ARCA back to Pensacola took a collaborative effort from two heavyweight racing promoters, Tim Bryant and Bob Sargent. Sargent's Track Enterprises already host five ARCA Menards Racing Series events including Nashville and the Dirt races, while the Bryant Family has brought the Snowball Derby to new heights never seen before in its 50 plus year history. "Hosting an ARCA event is a huge undertaking and we could not have found a better partner in Bob Sargent to help bring one of the most exciting series to one of America's favorite short tracks," said Bryant. The last time the ARCA Series raced in Pensacola was in 1996, when a young Frank Kimmel took home his only second [...]
The really big trucks competing in the Bandit Series will bring their diesel rigs to the high banks of 5 Flags Speedway on Saturday August 31st. The series opens on March 23rd in Mobile, and will visit Myrtle Beach, Concord, Wisconsin International, Salem, Lebanon i44, Lake Erie, Elko, Kalamazoo and Hawkeye Downs Speedways during their tour of the USA. The addition of the Pensacola stop brings their tour to 11 stops.
Story by Speed51.com When Speed51.com reported Monday that Dan Spence was stepping down from the Five Flags Speedway / Southern Super Series race director position, the first question people asked was, “Who will be the new race director?” That question was answered Tuesday, as Nicholas Rogers will step into the role for the 2019 racing season. Rogers will travel with the Southern Super Series and serve as the race director for events at Five Flags Speedway such as the prestigious Snowball Derby. In his new role, the 40-year-old from Pensacola, Florida hopes to bring an element of fun back into the sport. “That’s something that we’ve all been talking about recently, whether it’s from the racer’s standpoint, the official’s standpoint or even the fan’s standpoint. We’ve got to get the fun back into the sport,” Rogers told Speed51.com. “Most importantly, from the official’s side of it, get a team built back up [...]
Dan Spence Returning to His Roots as a Flagman Story by Speed51.com Dan Spence has seen a lot during his 48-year career in motorsports. Whether it be from the flag stand, the tower or the tech line, he's nearly seen it all. In recent years, Spence has spent the majority of his time as the race director for the Southern Super Series and events at Five Flags Speedway. That will change in 2019 as he is preparing to step down from his position as race director and return to his roots on the flag stand here. "It's not that I didn’t enjoy going to the race track, but it just wasn’t quite the same. I wanted to sort of get back to where I started," Spence told Speed51.com. "I’ve always enjoyed being on the flag stand. I did that for many, many years. I thought that I would try to finish out [...]
The screeching and sliding series is set for another season here at 5 Flags. Drifters from across the Gulf South will smoke their tires on these 5 Saturday afternoons: March 30, May 18, July 13, September 7, and Oct 26.
The winner of the Outlaw and Pure Stock races will pocket some additional cash on March 9th. General Manager Tim Bryant announced the winners check will be $1500 for the Outlaws and $500 for Pure Stocks. Drivers in both local divisions will start in the daylight at 4:15 for the Outlaw 35 lapper, with the Pure Stock 20 to follow. The ARCA 200 will get the green flag at 7pm.
Two drivers from the Mobile area are preparing to compete in the ARCA 200 at 5 Flags in March. Grant Enfinger from Fairhope has been a regular in the NASCAR Truck Series, and plans to be a competitor here. Meanwhile, Conner Okrzesik from Grand Bay Alabama has a new car for his run. The teen driving whiz started 2019 off with a big win at the Super Late Model race at Cordell Georgia when he beat Kyle Busch. Both bring experience from previous Snowball Derby runs. ARCA opens its 2019 series in Daytona in February, then moves to 5 Flags for its next event on March 9th. Reserved seats are still available. Call 850-941-4343 to select your seat. Camping sites are available at 850-944-8400. Go to the ARCA web site for the latest ARCA news: www.arcaracing.com
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Because of weather concerns for Saturday (motorcycles don't do well in the rain), the event has been moved to the next available open date, Sunday April 7th. Will start at noon. Detailed schedule will come later.
Ronnie Sanders provided the fast cars, Casey Roderick had the moxie and talent. Together they fashioned 2018 into a year to long remember. The Georgia duo turned their skills into success by sweeping the championships in all 3 arenas. The Deep South Blizzard Series for Super Late Models. The Allen Turner Series for Pro Late Models. The Southern Super Series for Super Lates. Plus Casey forged a relationship with Miss Snowball Derby Emalee Hodge, the co-ed who presented him with the trophies at each of his 5 Flags wins. Now that's a great season! Watch video recap of Snowball Derby and 2018 race action by Speed51 TV at this link: https://youtu.be/BkkEu58DKC0
The man who has called the shots in the tech shed for years, Kenny Way, was honored at the tracks annual awards banquet for his years of service. Track general manager Tim Bryant presented Way with the Rex E Brooks Ironman Award for his professional application of the rules to the cars that roll through the tech station before and after the bi weekly racing events.
The 2019 Five Flags Speedway racing schedule is now posted, and we couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead, kicking off with the Sweat Hogg Grand Prix on January 19th. The return of the ARCA Racing Series on March 9th has been the talk since the announcement came in Kansas last October. Advance tickets and camping spots are currently on sale and the response has been phenomenal. This will serve as the biggest season opening event ever held at Five Flags Speedway. Our every other Friday regular schedule will kick off on March 29th with Round #1 of the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series. Then, on April 12, the highly anticipated return of the Winged Sprint Cars from Davy Hamilton’s King of the Wing National Sprint Car Series, will take to the banking with record breaking speeds. The Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series opens with Race #1 [...]