.Blocker Breaks Barnhill’s Streak, Collects $250 Bounty in Wild 35-lap Sportsmen Spectacular

  By Chuck Corder Sometimes, nice guys finish first. There seems to be no driver at Five Flags Speedway more respected and unanimously admired by his peers than Tommie Blocker. Blocker is a driver’s driver. From his infectious and gregarious spirit to his clean, but competitive brand of racing, and his white-hot passion for short-track racing. The Irvington, Ala., driver had won in his brief career at Five Flags, but had never celebrated in Victory Lane since moving up to The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen class a year ago. Blocker not only checked off that box Friday night at the famed half-mile asphalt oval, but he also made some extra cash in the process. Blocker held on to win the 35-lap Sportsmen Spectacular and collected a $250 bounty for ending Mark Barnhill’s three-feature winning streak. “I’m at a loss for words; I can’t think,” an overjoyed Blocker said. “What a heckuva race. I’m truly blessed. For [...]

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Barnhill with Bounty, ready for Sportsmen Spectacular 35 Friday

https://www.5flagsspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Memorial_Day_weekend_-4.mp4 Mr. Perfect: Barnhill Yet to Lose at 5 Flags in 2019, Eyes 35-Lap Sportsmen Spectacular Paycheck By Chuck Corder Winning streaks can be funny things. Do you enjoy the highs or are you haunted by the pursuit of perfection? Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, and all that stuff. Mark Barnhill seems unbothered by all of it. The Theodore, Ala., Sportsmen driver is a perfect three-for-three at Five Flags Speedway this season. He stacks wins like chips at a card table and his even-keeled demeanor is a true poker face despite facing a $250 bounty. Barnhill freely admits to needing to work on his No. 3 machine “a little more.” “It gets it done, I guess,” he added. Barnhill hope it gets it done come Friday at Five Flags when The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen race for 35 laps. The “Sportsmen Spectacular” will be the longest feature the class will run until the 52nd annual Snowball Derby [...]

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Sportsmen Spectacular Schedule for Friday May 24th

  NO THURSDAY OPEN PRACTICE Friday, May24th 3:00pm           Pits Open 5:00pm           Practice #1  O,PT,SP, PS (15 Minutes) 6:00pm           Practice #2  O,PT,SP,PS (10 Minutes) 7:00pm           Driver’s Meeting (Victory Lane) 7:30pm           Sportsman Qualifying (single car) 7:55pm           Pre Race Festivities 8:00pm           O Heats (6 Laps)                          PT Heats (6 Laps)                          PS Heats (6 Laps)                          The Dock Sportsman Spectacular (35 Laps)                          O Feature (35 Laps)                          PT Feature (25 Laps)                          PS Feature (20 Laps)   Note: Heat Race and Qualifying Tires must be used in Feature Events       

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Winslow Gives Fans Reasons to Roar With Outlaws Win on Meet the Drivers Night

Winslow Gives Fans Reasons to Roar With Outlaws Win on Meet the Drivers Night By Chuck Corder There were only four drivers who got to hoist checkered flags Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. But the number of champions around the half-mile asphalt oval ranged in the thousands. Before the night of racing got underway, throngs of fans spilled onto Five Flags’ abrasive asphalt for the track’s annual Meet the Drivers Night. Like ants filing across a checkerboard picnic blanket, the crowd made its way through the narrow gate under the flag stand. Once feet hit pavement, their heads twisted every which way, hunting what Friday night warrior they wanted to meet first. Once the green flag dropped on the night of racing, Faith Chapel Outlaws driver Bubba Winslow wasted no time thrilling those who he had just signed autographs and handed out hero cards. Winslow started on the outside of Row 1 in the 17-car [...]

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Schedule Set for May 10th Meet The Drivers

                                        NO THURSDAY PRACTICE   Friday May 10th 3:00pm                        Pits Open 5:00pm                        Practice Round 1      O, PT, SP, PS 6:00pm                        Practice Round 2       O, PT, SP, PS 7:00pm                        Meet the Drivers (all cars to front stretch) 7:55pm                        Pre-Race Festivities 8:00pm                       PS Heats (6 Laps)                                      SP Heats (6 Laps)                                      PT Heats (6 Laps)                                      O  Heats  (6 Laps)                                      PS Feature (20 Laps)                                      SP Feature (25 Laps)                                      PT Feature (25 Laps)                                      O Feature (35 Laps)   O-Outlaw    PT- Pro Trucks    SP- Sportsman    PS – Pure Stocks       

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Colby Howard wins Pro Late 100; Kyle Purvis takes Mods of Mayhem

Howard Grabs Another Checkered for Anthony Campi Racing; Purvis Makes Mods of Mayhem Memory By Chuck Corder Perseverance in the face of heavy expectations can be tricky. Some athletes thrive in the moment while others fold like a busted-up bumper. Colby Howard was well-aware of the ink and clicks his team had received coming into Friday’s season opener for the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Models at Five Flags Speedway. After Giovanni Bromante scored a pair of Super Late Model wins — including the Blizzard Series opener last month — for Anthony Campi Racing, Howard didn’t blink. The 17-year-old driver from Simpsonville, SC, won a PLM race at Montgomery Motor Speedway earlier this month and added another milestone win Friday at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. “There’s no one else, no team I’d rather be driving for than (Anthony Campi Racing),” Howard said. “We’re on hot streak.” Howard got his first career win at Five Flags and [...]

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Pro Late Model Driver Patino Ready for Tonight’s 100 Lapper

Story by Speed51.com Perry Patino was perhaps the biggest surprise story following qualifying for the 51st Annual Snowball Derby last December.  The Pro Late Model stalwart qualified 16th for the Snowball Derby in the Bobby and Roger Reuse-owned No. 89 in what was just his second-ever Super Late Model start.  Despite not earning the finish he wanted to in the 300-lap race, he turned many heads in the short track racing world and gave himself a boost of confidence heading into the 2019 season.   This Friday, Patino will head back to Five Flags Speedway for the first time since the Snowball Derby.  He’ll be competing in the opening round of the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series, a four-race series which has big implications on the Snowflake 100 later in the year.   “I’m feeling pretty good.  We haven’t had any luck this year; we’ve had lots of speed but absolutely nothing to [...]

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Look Out I-65, Purvis racing Friday Here, Sunday in Michigan.

Story by Speed51.com Every now and then, you will see a driver compete in multiple races in multiple states during the same weekend.  However, it is not normally seen in a Modified, and it is not normally done at tracks nearly 1,000 miles apart.   Columbus, Ohio’s Kyle Purvis will begin this weekend by traveling south to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for Friday's Modifieds of Mayhem Tour race.  From there, he will make the 945-mile trip north to Flat Rock Speedway just outside of Detroit, Michigan for the I-CAR All-Star Modified season opener on Sunday.   Purvis has competed in the Modified race at the Snowball Derby over the past few years, with a best finish of second in last December’s event to show for it.  After being close in the Modified portion of the Derby each of the past couple years, the itch to win at the half-mile oval has him [...]

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Good Question…We’ll FInd Out Saturday at 11th Annual Electrathon

High School and college teams look to answer that question Saturday morning on the speedway's half mile banked oval. Considering battery charge, weight, wind resistance, speed and design, with 11 teams fielding 22 cars attempting to solve it.   The competition  will involve two 60 minute heats to see  how many laps  a light weight battery powered motor will go.    Free to watch in the grandstands.   2019 Emerald Coast Electrathon Classic 120 Five Flags Speedway April 27, 2019 Tentative Event Schedule   7:00 AM to 9:00 AM                       Team Registration/ Vehicle Inspections   8:30 AM to 9:00 AM                       Track entrance closes for first practice round   9:00 AM to 9:30 AM                       Track reopens for late arrivals/ Vehicle Inspections cont.   9:30 AM to 10:00 AM                     Track Entrance closes and second practice round   9:30 AM to 10:00 AM                     Teams prepare cars and starting positions drawn   10:00 AM to 10:15 AM                  Driver’s meeting at Winners Circle   10:15 AM                         [...]

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