Blast from the Past Gary Balough’s life story is nothing short of legendary. An amazingly talented race car driver from an early age, Gary traveled the country racing anything with wheels, chalking up hundreds of wins along the way on both dirt and asphalt short tracks. Included among those victories are the 1980 & 1986 Snowball Derbies. Gary’s up & down life story is spelled out masterfully in his book, appropriately titled “Hot Shoe”. This Friday Night, Gary Balough will return to Five Flags Speedway with a brand new #112 for Blizzard Series Race #3. This time Gary’s role will be as team manager, with Pensacola’s own Mike Garvey behind the wheel in a comeback of his own. Gary will be doing a book signing in the Fan Zone, beginning at 6:30pm. Additionally, Gary will be a phone guest on “In the Groove” Monday Night at 7pm. Welcome back, Hot [...]
The Search Begins.....Five Flags Speedway would like to invite any former driver, who competed in the 70's, 80's, or 90's, to be our guest on Saturday Night, September 14th, for Night of Champions #1. There will be a reception on the Turn 4 Party Deck, and you will re-live Driver Introductions. Contact (2 time SBD Winner) Dickie Davis @ 850-501-4809 for more details. This will be FUN!!
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Schedule of Events July 19th, 2019 NO THURSDAY PRACTICE Friday July19th 1:00pm Pits Open / Pre-Tech / Practice Tire Selection 2:30pm Driver’s Meeting 3:00pm – 3:30pm SSS Practice Round 1 3:45pm Race Tire Selection 4:30pm – 5:30pm SSS practice Round 2 5:35pm PT, SP, PS Practice Round 1 6:15pm PT, SP, PS Practice / Qualifying 7:15pm PT, SP, PS Driver’s Meeting 7:50pm Pre-Race Festivities 8:00pm Southern Super Series Heat Races 10 laps Pure Stock Feature (20 Laps) Sportsmen Feature (25 Laps) SSS Blizzard Mid Summer Sizzler 75 Pro Trucks Feature (30 Laps)
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Mike Thorpe: From Crew Chief to School Chief? Milton’s Mike Thorpe has been around race cars for decades. His brothers, Keith and Doug and uncle Ken all turned laps here at 5 Flags. Mike has been along side working in the pits turning wrenches and changing tires. At the same time Mike has been advancing his career in public education. A classroom teacher in Santa Rosa County, principal at Milton High, and now an administrator for the district. His title is Director, Inservice and Instructional Technology. He was awarded the 2015 Innovative Principal of the year for the State of Florida after moving Milton High from a D school to an A rating in his first year. Now Mike has entered another race…a political race. Mike is a candidate for Santa Rosa School Superintendent in the 2020 election. The current superintendent, Tim Wyrosdick is retiring, and Mike is looking to be elected to that [...]
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Is Your Demo Derby Car Getting Ready? $1,500 to win! Friday August 2nd. All you need is a car and desire to crash into other cars. No trucks or SUV’s Just passenger cars with glass removed, doors and gas tank secured, and a few Other rules you will find here on our web site: https://www.5flagsspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/DemolitionDerbyRules.pdf Here they are: No Trucks, SUVs, Limos, or Hearses All cars must be stripped of all glass, body molding, and all exterior lighting. The interior and trunk area must be cleaned of anything that could injure driver during derby. May have boat type fuel tank, which must be securely mounted behind driver’s seat. 5 gallons of fuel maximum. Battery may be relocated. Must be secured and covered. The radiator must remain in stock location. All doors must be chained, welded, or wired closed to prevent from opening during the Derby. Metal straps can be welded to the door seams with a 3 in wide [...]
Story by Speed 51 Five Flags Speedway Promoter Tim Bryant announced during the driver’s meeting prior to Friday night’s Blizzard Series race that a new format will be used for the third race of the season on July 19. Instead of single-car qualifying, the starting lineup will be set by a pair of 10-lap heat races. Also announced was a shortened main event, with the new distance going 75 laps instead of the usual 100-lap distance. In addition to the change in the qualifying and race format, there will be no Thursday night practice for the race and no testing will be allowed at the track during the week of the event. Drivers will only be allowed one set of tires for the heat race and feature. There will be no impound after qualifying heats and teams will be allowed teams to work on their cars prior to the feature. According to [...]
He just wants to slow down. Bob Karcher has been going full throttle for over 50 years at Bob’s Speed Shop in Mobile. At 86, Bob will keep the Speed Shop open to continue service to his customers, and doing it only from the store. His dedication to the racing community in Mobile and surrounding area was honored with a special ceremony last Friday evening at 5 Flags Speedway. 5 Flags GM Tim Bryant presented Bob with a plaque and banner for his half century of being a great friend to race teams on the Gulf Coast. Bob said “I never had a hard day of work, because I was doing what I love.”
Pollard wins Blizzard; Hicks in Trucks after Boyett DQed; Cotto takes Outlaws after WInslow DQed; McDonald wins Pure Stocksadmin
Pollard Powers by Roderick for Universal Fabricators 100 Win, 26th Career LM Win at 5 Flags By Chuck Corder Bubba Pollard has a knack for making the impossible look effortless. It’s easy to run out of adjectives and superlatives when Pollard’s name comes up. Across 100-plus wins they’ve already all been either uttered or written. And, at the same time, there’s some point in every Pollard performance that leaves you awestruck. It happened Friday night when No. 26 got his 26th career Late Model victory at Five Flags Speedway. Coming down the home stretch of the Universal Fabricators 100, Pollard somehow had enough muscle left in his Super Late Model to pass then-leader Casey Roderick on the outside and pull away from the 23-car field in the final 16 laps. Following a late restart in the second of four Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series races, the two battled door-to-door for more than one full [...]
Pick your favorite: 2 Donnie Wilson 3 George Gorham 4 Kyle Plott 11 Logan Boyett 14 Chris Davidson 14 Connor Okrzesik 15 Austin Thaxton 16 Lucas Jones 18 Trey Bayne 18 Casey Roderick 20 Jack Dossey III 20 Anthony Sergi 21 Bronson Butcher 21 Jeremy Pate 26 Bubba Pollard 30 Jesse Dutilly 50 Jett Noland 51 Stephen Nasse 66 Logan Bearden 79 Kyle Bryant 81 Giovani Bromante 97 Steven Davis
Roderick Eyes Blizzard Series Victory to Cap Extraordinarily Fun, Chaotic Week of Racing Across 4 States By Chuck Corder Smack-dab in the middle of a rollicking month of June, Casey Roderick is desperately searching for some much-needed “Z’s.” “I haven’t been able to sleep long yet,” Roderick confirmed. It’ll come eventually. After all, the Lawrenceville, Ga., driver is just 26. While Roderick is rightly considered a veteran of short-track racing, he’s still young to recover from a restless few days and his white-hot passion for racing still burns strong. When Roderick completes the Universal Fabricators 100 on Friday at Five Flags Speedway, it will mark a stretch of five races in four states, spanning 11 days, and two teams. “Your adrenaline is pumping,” Roderick explained. “I might’ve been a little tired before practice started. But once I start thinking about what I’m doing, and I get strapped in, everything else goes away.” Roderick and the nation’s [...]
Pollard Pounds Pavement En Route to Allen Turner PLM Victory; Champs Crowned in Kids Bike Races By Chuck Corder Homecomings are always fun. They’re even better when you drive away victorious. Bubba Pollard was his vintage “Redneck Jesus” self on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, driving masterfully and making a triumphant return to the famed half-mile asphalt oval in winning the second Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model 100 race of the season. “I just love coming to this place,” said Pollard, who might be back for next week’s Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series race barring the birth of his second child. “It’s an awesome place to race. It’s awesome to see these fans come out and support short-track racing like this. Seeing them excited is pretty cool for me, too.” It marked his first time at Pensacola’s high banks this season. After pulling off an improbable sweep at the Night of Champions last [...]
Connor Okrzesik of Grand Bay AL was fastest in practice. Colby Howard, the previous PLM winner was second fastest. Bubba Pollard Dylan Fetcho Kyle Plott Jett Noland Kyle McCallum Augie Grill Michael House Daniel Dye Jake Garcia Casey Roderick Jarrett Parker Cole Daffron Zac Johnson Greg Fore William Hale -0- Chris Davidson lost an engine in practice. Drivers putting on their qualifying tires nd getting ready for the 7 pm session. Their feature will be about 9pm after the Kids Bike races.
Story by Speed51.com Colby Howard entered the 2019 season as a relatively unknown driver from the state of South Carolina. That all changed during the month of April when he scored Pro Late Model victories at Five Flags Speedway and Montgomery Motor Speedway. After sitting on his victories for nearly two months, Howard will return to the two tracks this weekend striving for an encore in for a highly-anticipated weekend doubleheader. Howard enters this weekend’s doubleheader looking to double up at both tracks and earn the $1,000 bonus given to the driver with the best average finish between Friday night's Allen Turner Pro Late Model race at Five Flags and Saturday's Show Me the Money Series race at Montgomery. Despite his success earlier this season and the high stakes, he is focused on doing his job and beating some of the best in the business. “There’s a little bit of pressure going down [...]
Story by Speed 51 For the first time in three seasons, Casey Roderick will be competing in a Late Model race for a team other than Ronnie Sanders Racing. The Georgia driver will team up with fellow southeast competitor Donnie Wilson and Wilson Motorsports to tackle Monday night’s Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway (MI) in a new Rowdy Manufacturing Super Late Model. Roderick, from Lawrenceville GA is the current track champion here at 5 Flags in both the Deep South Crane Super Late Models and the Allen Turner Pro Late Model divisions. Roderick will pilot the No. 22 that has been driven by Trevor Noles in select races over the past couple seasons, including last weekend’s Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. The deal was made in short order after conversations with Rowdy Manufacturing General Manager Cody Glick led to the opportunity at Wilson Motorsports. He now [...]