Pokrant Battles Nerves as He Closes in on First Track Championship at 5 Flags 

Night of Champions No. 1: Pokrant Battles Nerves as He Closes in on First Track Championship at 5 Flags    By Chuck Corder  Jim Pokrant is already making plans for life after racing.  The veteran Pensacola driver started a podcast, Short Track Guys, earlier this year with a few friends (“They have to whoa me down. I could talk racing for hours,” Pokrant said.) and has his eyes on either spotting or turning wrenches for folks in the years to come.  “I’m the old guy, and I figure that next year will be my last full season,” Pokrant, 50, said. “I’m gonna cut back to a partial schedule, run ‘spotty’ here and there and look into other things. That’s my gameplan.”  Before he turns the page, though, Pokrant wants to ensure his legacy is intact at Five Flags Speedway. He has always pined over the purple Hoosier Racing jackets track champions receive at Five Flags. [...]

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Garcia Puts Hammer Down, Wins 2nd Straight Allen Turner PLM 100

Garcia Puts Hammer Down, Wins 2nd Straight Allen Turner PLM 100 at 5 Flags    By Chuck Corder  Every year, seemingly like clockwork, somebody separates themselves from the rest of the Allen Turner Pro Late Models pack at Five Flags Speedway.  Last year, it was Matt Craig. Before Craig, it was Casey Roderick. And before Roderick, both Jeff Choquette and Bubba Pollard enjoyed magical seasons in the sibling class to the Super Late Models.  This year’s breakout star is Jake Garcia. And while the 16-year-old from Monroe, Ga., is already a fan favorite—after all, Garcia won the PLM track championship in 2019—he is coming into his own in 2021.  Garcia made it two wins in a row Friday at Five Flags when he shredded a 21-car field in the third Allen Turner PLM 100 feature of the season. He passed Jett Noland on Lap 51 and put a stranglehold on his rivals by quickly opening [...]

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16 year old Jake Garcia wins PLM 100; Davidson 2nd, followed by Bolen, Okrzesik & Grill; Fowler Wins Sportsmen; Parker McDonald wins first Pure Stock race.

Allen Turner Pro Late 100 Unofficial order of finish:   Finish Car Driver Home 1 35 Jake Garcia Monroe, GA 2 14 Chris Davidson Pearland, TX 3 2 John Bolen Jasper, AL 4 14 Conner  Okrzesik Grand Bay, AL 5 112 Augie Grill Hayden, AL 6 25 Blaine Rocha Oakdale, CA 7 121 Christopher Tullis Dacula, GA 8 24 William Sawalich Eden Prarie, MN 9 9 Hudson Halder Cumming, GA 10 12 Justin Bonnett Hueytown, AL 11 89 Dylan Fetcho Lebanon, TN 12 77 Colt Hensley Avon Park, FL 13 84 Steven Chunn Springhill, TN 14 81 Jett Noland Orlando, FL 15 22 Brandon Brilliant  McDonough, GA 16 11 Stacy Crain Brentwood, TN 17 12 Bryson Shaffer Jackson, TN 18 116 Zach Johnson Mt. Juliet, TN 19 55 Charlie Keeven Hazlewood, MO 20 54 Matt Craig Kannapolis, NC 21 4 Kyle  Plott Marietta, GA   Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen finish:   1 OO Brannon Fowler 2 O7 Jim Pokrant 3 1 Maddox Langham 4 11 Howard Langham 5 55 Tommie Blocker 6 38 Gary Ledbetter   Lloyd's Glass Pure Stocks     Car Driver 1 29 Parker McDonald 2 8 Cameron Leytham 3 88 Robert Loper 4 343 Ben Cranford 5 13 Ryan Bleich 6 91 Chris Brown 7 24 Caleb Burkett  

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Track Champion in Nashville, Dylan Fetcho Hunts Win at Allen Tuner Pro Late 100 Friday.

Track Champion in Nashville, Fetcho Hunts Wins, Allen Tuner Pro Late Model 100 at 5 Flags    By Chuck Corder  It’s usually all business when Dylan Fetcho and his team of family and friends drive seven hours from Tennessee to Five Flags Speedway.  They’re typically too busy at the famed half-mile asphalt oval—tirelessly working on their Pro Late Model setup—to enjoy the perks Pensacola offers. Not on this trip, though.  When the third Allen Turner PLM 100 wraps up Friday night—win or lose—Fetcho and company will enjoy some wellness time Saturday with a jaunt at the Pensacola Beach.  “Normally, we head out and leave. But we’re getting some beach time in this time,” said Fetcho, the reigning Pro Late Model track champion at his native Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.  First up, though, is turning in a strong performance Friday night at Five Flags. Fetcho sits sixth in a hotly contested points race for the Allen Turner PLM [...]

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Milton’s Merritt Mashes Way to Demo Derby Title; Outlaws’ Finch Goes Flag-to-Flag in Buggy Worx 50 

Milton’s Merritt Mashes Way to Demo Derby Title; Outlaws’ Finch Goes Flag-to-Flag in Buggy Worx 50    By Chuck Corder  Dylan Merritt lived up to his self-anointed nickname.  “Dr. Derby,” as it read in raggedy white paint along the side of his torn-up Mercury Grand Marquis, was the last car running and delivering massive shots to win the Demolition Derby and $1,500 on Friday at Five Flags Speedway.  The annual spectacle brought throngs of fans, who filled the stands to the brim. They were on their feet from the Derby’s beginning to its bitter end as 10 clunkers capped a fantastic evening of racing at Five Flags by trashing the place.  Each collision was followed by echoes of approval and a desire for more from the full house.  Merritt sealed the win when he smushed Nathalie Ziniewicz into the inside wall and reduced her car by one-third.  Merritt, of Milton, climbed atop his victorious car and filled his [...]

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Burkett Wins Pure Stock 20; Pokrant Wins Sportsmen 25; Jake Finch Dominates Buggy Worx Outlaw 50; Dylan Merritt is Demo Derby Winner.

Lloyd's Glass Pure Stock 20     Car Driver 1 24 Caleb Burkett 2 29 Parker McDonald 3 10 Jimmy Day 4 13 Ryan Bleich 5 343 Ben Cranford 6 8 Cameron Leytham   Dock On  Pensacola Beach Sportsmen 25   1 O7 Jim Pokrant 2 11 Jeremy Tassin 3 OO Brannon Fowler 4 1 Maddox Langham 5 19 Daryl McDonald 6 32 Red Dog Reynolds 7 55 Tommie Blocker 8 1 Jonathan Langham 9 99 Kevin Mitchell 10 4 Bubba Hart   Faith Chapel Outlaws BUGGY WORX 50   Finish Car Driver 1 51 Jake Finch 2 92 Bubba Winslow 3 96 John Heil 4 92 Cameron Henderson 5 28 Tim Watson 6 5 Chase Oliver 7 54 Conner Sutton 8 23 Gary Goodwin 9 4 Todd Jones 10 26 Corbitt Mosley 11 28 Jody Henderson 12 93 Paul Jean 13 9 Kody Jett 14 43 Jerry Bohlman 15 1 Logan Boyett 16 5 J C Clecker 17 97 Hunter Lambert 18 194 Howard Langham 19 5 Bill Tutchtone Dylan Merritt of Milton in a Mercury Grand Marquis is last car running in Demolition Derby.    

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Boyett Bouncing Back in 2021, Hunting Down Track Championships in Two Classes

Boyett Bouncing Back in 2021, Hunting Down Track Championships in Two Classes at Five Flags    By Chuck Corder  Logan Boyett has wheeled just about anything imaginable around Five Flags Speedway.  But, for all Boyett’s wins and championships he has celebrated and all the crashes and challenges he has endured at the famed half-mile asphalt oval, the 31-year-old Pensacola driver knows his lane.  And it is not behind the wheel of a Demolition Derby car.  “I have never participated in a Demolition Derby and I definitely don’t have a desire to do so,” Boyett said. “And that’s only because I don’t know how the people don’t damage their necks and not much support in the cars. Heck, if I sleep wrong, I need to go to the chiropractor.”  While Boyett bowed out gracefully, there will still be a dozen or so junkyard specials Friday night at Five Flags for the track’s annual Demolition Derby. The winning [...]

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Chandler Smith Wins, Best Overall 2 Night Performance, -By Chuck Corder

Michles & Booth Twin 100s: Chandler Smith Exacts Revenge on Night 2, Cashes in on $15K at 5 Flags    By Chuck Corder  No one made it rain Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway as hoped, but someone certainly cashed in on several major achievements on Night 2 of the Michles & Booth Twin 100s.  Chandler Smith was not going to be denied an historical victory in a second consecutive Super Late Model race. Twenty-four hours earlier, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver led 94 laps in the Universal Fabricators 100 only to finish a heart-wrenching runner-up to Bubba Pollard.  The 19-year-old Smith left no doubt in the Michles & Booth 100 on Saturday. He collected $15,000 for earning the win and posting the weekend’s best average finish.   “I’ve really been having my faith tested the last few months,” said Smith, who has endured a stretch of bad fortune behind the wheel of [...]

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Chandler Smith wins Blizzard; Maddox Langham Wins Sportsmen 30; Boyett Gets 2nd Weekend Win in Outlaw 35

Dock on  Pensacola Beach Sportsmen 30 Finish (Unofficial)   1 1 Maddox Langham 2 O7 Jim Pokrant 3 1 Jonathan Langham 4 OO Brannon Fowler 5 19 Daryl McDonald 6 55 Tommie Blocker 7 5 Brock Genz Michles & Booth Blizzard 100 (Unofficial) 26 Chandler Smith Talking Rock, GA 1 25 Casey Roderick Lawrenceville, GA 2 35 Jake Garcia Monroe, GA 3 51 Michael Atwell Naples, FL 4 78 Erik Jones Byron, MI 5 21 Jeff Choquette West Palm Beach, FL 6 8 Jase Hanson Evans, CO 7 51 Stephen Nasse Pinellas  Park, FL 8 75 Jeremy Doss Upper Lake, CA 9 54 Matt Craig  Kannapolis, NC 10 10 Ryan Crane Panama City, FL 11 26 Willie Allen Centerville, TN 12 81 Jett Noland Groveland, FL 13 2 John Bolen Jasper, AL 14 51 Jake Finch Lynn Haven, FL 15 98 Ross Kenseth DeFuniak Springs, FL 16 3 George Gorham Winter Haven, FL 17 112 John Heil Canyon Lake, TX 18 28 Dusty WIlliams Garden City, GA 19 7 John DeAngelis Hubertus, WI 20 28 Jared Irvan    21 79 Kyle Bryant Navarre, FL 22 14 Connor Okrzesik Grand Bay, AL 23 4 Kyle Plott Anderson, SC 24 7 Jackson Boone Franklin, TN 25 0 Anthony Cataldi Umatilla, FL 26 12 Justin Drawdy Huntersville, NC 27 26 Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA 28 Faith Chapel Outlaw 35 Finish Car Driver 1 1 Logan Boyett 2 92 Bubba Winslow 3 32 Stuart Dutton 4 97 Hunter Lambert 5 51 Jake Finch 6 33 Jason Welch 7 54 Conner Sutton 8 28 Jody Henderson 9 84 Doug Thorpe 10 4 Todd Jones 11 23 Gary Goodwin 12 43 Jerry Bohlman 13 4 Rocky Rogers 14 5 J C Clecker 15 3 Chad Chaffin 16 15 Kevin Chase 17 28 Tim Watson 18 409 Allen Carter

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