This is Something New for 5 Flags, 4 Cylinder Compacts March 13 & 14th

Vores Compact Touring Series To Make First Florida Visit Here in March The Vores Compact Touring Series. presented by Mercer County Electric, will be making a trip to the Sunshine State for the first time in its 10 year history, during the 2020 racing season.  The event is set for Friday and Saturday, March 13/14 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida as part of the Pensacola 200 ARCA race weekend, a promotion of Five Flags Speedway and Track Enterprises.  The VCTS portion of the event will be presented by Pest Doctor. Not only will this event be the first for the Midwest’s premier Compact touring series in Florida, Five Flags Speedway will have front wheel drive four cylinders on their ½-mile for the first time ever.  The professional series races at tracks such as Lucas Oil Raceway, Shady Bowl, Anderson, and Eldora as well as Winchester Speedway, Salem Speedway, and [...]

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Orlando’s David Rogers Gearing Up for Snowball #34 after Bout with Cancer.

Story by Speed 51   Last weekend, David Rogers climbed behind the wheel of a Super Late Model for the first time since his battle with lymphoma, testing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).  On Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring,” the Florida racing legend broke the news that he will make his return to competition at Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby on December 4-8.   Rogers is currently tied with Red Farmer for most starts in the prestigious Super Late Model event held each December at the Pensacola, Florida half-mile.  Rogers will be looking to break that tie as he returns to racing for the 2019 edition of the race.   “We’re going to the Derby,” Rogers said.  “I talked to Steve Holland, the TM Ranch man that’s been behind me so long.  The Derby is his pride and joy.  He wants to be there and be part of it, and he [...]

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Speed 51.com Offering 2 VIP Snowball Weekend Tickets including Hotel & Air Fare

Two lucky race fans will enjoy an experience of a lifetime this December in Pensacola, Florida.  As part of the “Race to the Snowball Derby,” Speed51 will be giving away a VIP experience for two to the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.   The VIP experience provided by Speed51 will provide the contest winner with two Snowball Derby tickets, as well as a hotel and round-trip airfare from within the United States. Additionally, the winner will be treated like a true VIP during the experience with unique behind-the-scenes access opportunities, including the ability to meet drivers.   CLICK HERE TO ENTER CONTEST   “As we attend short track racing events at race tracks throughout the country, we often hear race fans express their desire to attend the Snowball Derby,” said Bob Dillner, President of Speed51.  “We’re excited to be able to provide this unique experience to two lucky race fans who may otherwise [...]

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ARCA Back at 5 Flags with 2 day event March 13-14, 2020

Five Flags Speedway To Again Host ARCA In 2020   (Pensacola, FL) Five Flags Speedway, the home of the prestigious Snowball Derby for Super Late Models, will once again play host to an early-season event for the ARCA Menards Series East in 2020. The event is slated for Saturday, March 14, and it will be race number two of the reformatted East Series championship schedule following the opener at another Florida venue, New Smyrna Speedway on February 10.   The ARCA Menards Series returned to Five Flags in 2019 after a 26-year absence, with Michael Self taking home his first career series short track checkered flag. In 2020, the ARCA Menards Series was blended with the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, with ten events on the series schedule designated Showdown races which will bring together teams from all three divisions.   The East and West Series will maintain their own separate stand-alone [...]

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BJ’s Wholesale Club Announced as Presenting Snowball Sponsor

Story by Speed51 The Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway is the most prestigious event in pavement Super Late Model racing, entering its 52nd running in 2019.  It is also one of the great fan gatherings in racing, as fans flock to Pensacola, Florida throughout the week to enjoy all of the great racing at the half-mile oval.   Since 2017, those fans have been able to enjoy a fan zone area behind the main grandstands on the frontstretch.  That area will be back, bigger and better in 2019, thanks to the support of BJ’s Wholesale Club. This past summer, the retailer announced plans to open a Pensacola location in early 2020. “We’re excited to bring the value and convenience of a BJ’s membership to the Pensacola community,” said Kirk Saville, senior vice president, corporate communications, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We’re proud to support the communities in which we live and work, which is why we’re thrilled [...]

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Family Funeral & Cremation Helping Thorn in Snowball

Local Business teams up with California Driver:   Campbell Motorsports driver Derek Thorn, Bakersfield California, will return to the Snowball Derby in 2019 with support from longtime Five Flags Speedway patron and Snowball Derby supporter Chris Jensen and Family-Funeral and Cremation.   "The Snowball Derby is always a big event for us at Campbell Motorsports," stated Thorn. "It takes a lot of people to help pull it off and we are excited and honored to have Chris on board again this year. We look forward to representing Chris and Family-Funeral and Cremation, and hope to make a good showing at one of the most prestigious short track races of the year."

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Practice Day is Preview Day in 3 weeks for All Snowball Divisions

Story by Speed 51   Drivers looking for an opportunity to prepare for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby will get that chance on Saturday, November 23 with the Snowball Derby Preview at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  The open practice session is the last chance many teams will have to tackle the half-mile speedplant before Snowball Derby week on December 4-8.   Racers can also pad their pockets during the Snowball Derby Preview, going against the long-time racing adage of “practice doesn’t pay anything.”  The fastest team in each division will receive a cash bonus for their effort during the practice session, running from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT.   "The Snowball Derby Preview has turned into a fun but productive day for race teams,” said Five Flags Speedway promoter Tim Bryant.  “It's a day when drivers can fine tune their entries in a more relaxed setting, void of the urgency and intensity that comes [...]

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Another Roderick Success

Another big race finish for Casey, and another championship.  The Lawrenceville (Atlanta Metro) Georgia driver wrapped up the Sunoco Southern Super Series                                                                                                                                                 with a 4th place finish at New Smyrna on Sunday, with enough season points to clinch the 2019 title. Roderick was aboard a Rowdy built car of Donnie Wilson. With it goes a guaranteed spot in the starting grid of the 2019 Snowball Derby December 8th, and a $10,000  check. Roderick won both the 2018 Pro Late Model and [...]

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Veteran Crew Chief Joins Up with Peltier for Snowball

Story by Speed 51 With less than two months remaining until the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby, one of the most potent driver-crew chief pairings has been formed for the most prestigious Super Late Model race in the country.  Preston Peltier has teamed up with former Snowball Derby-winning crew chief Bond Suss to tackle the 300-lap affair at Five Flags Speedway on December 8.   It is a match made in heaven for the California-born driver now residing in Colorado.  After not being able to work together in recent years due to other crew chiefing duties for Suss, the two get to pair up for the biggest race of them all.   “I’ll tell you what, I think both of us are excited.  I’ve been friends with Bond for a long time but we’ve never really had the opportunity,” Peltier told Speed51.com.  “We’ve had other Crew Chiefs in the past but most of the time [...]

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Roderick Eyes SSS Crown at New Smyrna Sunday Oct 20th.

By Speed 51 RACE MOVED TO SUNDAY OCT 20TH BY WEATHER Despite a subpar showing in the Southern Super Series’ penultimate race of the season at Five Flags Speedway (FL), Casey Roderick is eager to get to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) this weekend and prove that race was a fluke en route to a series title.   The Georgia driver is excited for the chance to return to New Smyrna, where he hasn’t raced since winning the 2017 Zack Donatti Memorial 125.   “I’m ready to get down there,” Roderick told Speed51.  “I really like that race track.  It has been a couple of years since I’ve been there. I’m looking forward to going back.”   Roderick enters the race with a 15-point advantage over Connor Okrzesik as he looks to defend his 2018 Southern Super Series championship.  Much of his advantage was erased with a 14thplace finish in Pensacola in September. He won the 5 Flags [...]

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Snowball Derby Qualifying Will ‘Please’ Drivers & Fans

Story by  Speed 51 08Oct Friday night at the Snowball Derby is always one of the most dramatic nights in short track racing.  North America’s finest Super Late Model racers compete against the clock in single-car qualifying runs at Five Flags Speedway, looking for one of the 30 coveted spots in the field for the biggest event in asphalt racing.   This year, a new member of the Five Flags Speedway family of partners has stepped up to add to the excitement of the evening, providing cash bonuses for both the first and last driver to lock into the field during qualifying.   Country Meat Packers, the makers of Country Pleasin’ Sausage, Spices and Sauces, have sponsored “Country Pleasin’ Pole Night” on Friday, December 6.  The pole position for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby will pay $1,000 to the fastest qualifier.  New for this year’s race will be the “Cuttin’ it Close” bonus of $500, awarded [...]

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Miss Snowball Derby 2019 Pageant is Soon.

Miss Snowball Derby Pageant Historic Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola is once again set to host Five Flags Speedway’s annual Miss Snowball Derby Pageant, on Thursday Night November 21st. As a hostess of sorts for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby, America’s most prestigious short track race, Miss SBD will be required to be a part of all Victory Lane celebrations, beginning on Thursday Night December 5th, and continuing on Friday Night, Saturday Night, and culminating with the Main event, the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday afternoon, December 8th. The pageant, which will be streamed live on speed51.com, will feature contestants in evening wear, and also in casual wear. Sponsored again this year by Fast Cash ATM Services, the pageant winner will receive a $500 cash prize, while 2nd and 3rd place receive $300 and $200 respectively. In addition, the winner will receive a piece of fine jewelry from Jeweler’s Trade Shop, [...]

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Snowball Week Schedule Set,

                                                 Snowball Derby Schedule Set    The detailed schedule for the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby has been finalized, and has been altered slightly from the past 2 years. While the days and times have undergone no changes, some realignments have factored in to this year’s event.  Back by popular demand will be a 4 day racing schedule, with Wednesday Night, December 4th returning the ever popular Green Flag Party to the infield pits. An enhanced Qualifying drawdown will begin at 6pm on Wednesday Night on the PFC Stage, to be followed by live entertainment featuring high energy country rock band Muscogee Ridge. Thursday will be action packed this year. After an afternoon filled with practice for Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake Pro Late Models, Thursday Night will begin [...]

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Official: Pollard wins Pro Lates, Dutilly wins Blizzard; 2 Podiums for Nasse

Dutilly Notches 1st Career Win at 5 Flags; Bromante, Garcia Score LM Track Crowns By Chuck Corder Plenty hanged in the balance heading into the Night of Champions at Five Flags Speedway. Both the Super and Pro Late Models classes entered Saturday’s regular season finale with hardware to hand out and door-to-door points races would decide the recipients. Anticipation built throughout the week and into Saturday afternoon when short-track’s living legend Bubba Pollard owned qualifying with fast times of 16.611 (SLMs) and 16.854 (PLMs). But Pollard’s pole sweep was one of the only things that went according to script on the Night of Champions. Pollard blowing up late in the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series 150 was just one of many spooky surprises eight days after Friday the 13th. Easily the night’s biggest shocker was Bradenton driver Jesse Dutilly finally breaking through and getting his first career win at Pensacola’s high banks. Passing then-leader [...]

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By the Numbers, by Elgin Traylor, Stat Man from Speed 51

  By Elgin "Stat Man" Traylor; Speed 51 The final stop on the Road to the Snowball Derby will take place Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway.  Both the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series and Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series will be in action for their championship finales.  With a lot on the line this weekend, we decided to take a look at the event in this edition of "By the Numbers" on Speed51.   0: The number of Blizzard Series race wins for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Despite three Snowball Derby wins, the KBM team has never won a short Blizzard Series sprint race at Five Flags.   3: Bubba Pollard will be seeking his third Blizzard win of the season.  If he gets it, that will give him three consecutive seasons with at least three Blizzard wins. He has won a Blizzard race in each of the last 12 seasons.   4: Bubba Pollard has [...]

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