RESERVED SNOWBALL DERBY © SEATS NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby are now available at the office. The event is December 3 to 6, 2015, plus arrival of rigs, and pit party on Wednesday December 2nd. Come by or call Mon-Friday 9am to 5pm. Phone 850-944-8400. Good seats are still available. Look at the seating chart and tell us your section preference and how many in your party. Also ask about the VIP upgrade where you have a reserved grandstand seat, plus a 4 day pass to the pits. Hotels are available nearby. Look at tab on top of this site and click FANS and then LODGING.

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Thorn Puts Past in Rearview, Wins PLM Opener; Texan Luza Notches First Five Flags Victory

By Chuck Corder Derek Thorn won’t ever escape his past at Five Flags Speedway. Going airborne at the 2011 Snowball Derby isn’t a memory you easily forget. But on Friday, the 29-year-old California late model driver was bound and determined to give Pensacola fans something positive to remember him by. Thorn did just that, setting the fast time during qualifying and then capturing the 20-lap Pro Late Model opening featuring Friday night. Thorn, who finished third at last year’s Snowball Derby, was driving the Kurt Jett-owned PLM out of the Jacksonville area. Brett Holmes settled for runner-up honors while Texan Ryan Luza, the PLM series points leader, rounded out the podium. Luza capped the night off with his first career Five Flags victory in the 30-lap nightcap. Junior Niedecken finished second after he finished fourth in the opener. “It’s always enjoyable coming here,” Thorn said. “I can’t thank Kurt Jett and his family for this awesome opportunity. [...]

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Fireworks Exploding all Around Him, Roderick Remains Calm to Score First Victory at Five Flags

By Chuck Corder The fireworks came in bunches Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Above the famed half-mile oval thanks to the track’s annual pyrotechnical display. And for 100 laps on every inch of the abrasive asphalt. There was past series champion Daniel Hemric who saw his valiant charge from the tail end come up empty. There was perennial contender and defending Blizzard Series and Southern Super Series champion Bubba Pollard, whose night ended with a whimper after staying in the top-five for 90 of the 100 laps. There was 14-year-old Harrison Burton, son of NASCAR star turned NBC analyst Jeff Burton, learning valuable lessons about restarts. When all the beating and banging settled, though, it was 22-year-old young gun Casey Roderick who stood above the damage to capture the Rubber & Specialties 100, the second of four Deep South Crane Rentals Blizzard Series races this year. Roderick became the fifth different Southern Super Series winner [...]

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Luza Hopes a Possible Allen Turner PLM Championship Season Could Be Catapult to Stardom

By Chuck Corder At some point during childhood, almost every red-blooded American boy has aspirations of sports stardom. Ryan Luza, 18, is no different. Heck, one of his first memories came at Talladega Superspeedway. Decked out in a Dale Earnhardt Sr. fire suit and operating a “mini-Intimidator” — a No. 3 motorized go-kart — the then toddler patrolled the pits and infield among the Mardi Gras atmosphere that’s synonymous with ’dega. “I couldn’t get enough,” Luza now says. The Cypress, Texas, native has spent his whole life around racing and has grand visions of swapping paint with NASCAR royalty in the not-so-distant future. Spend a few minutes talking with Luza, though, and you’ll quickly realize he carries the type of intestinal fortitude that could one day turn his dreams into reality. And the college freshman grasps what a potential Allen Turner Pro Late Model track championship at Five Flags Speedway could mean for his blossoming career. “To [...]

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Memorable Gulf Coast Weekend Ends with Win and Points Lead for Smith

Texas Driver Ends Long Winless Streak   AUSTIN, TX. --This past weekend is one that Casey Smith and his team won't forget for a long time.  The Austin, Texas native made the trip to the Alabama/Florida border area memorable as he went home with a victory and the Southern Super Series point lead. Smith ended a winless drought on Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama and finished third on Friday night to end the weekend as the point leader in the Southern Super Series. On Saturday night, he dominated by leading every lap in the 100-lap event at the high-banked, half-mile oval. "We have been struggling here.  We dominated in 2007 and 2008 along with having a good car in 2009, but since then we have been struggling every since," an elated Smith said in victory lane.  "This is the best car we have ever had here and it feels good [...]

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With Stars Piling Up DNFs, Grissom Scores Victory in Blizzard Series Opener

By Chuck Corder Five Flags Speedway has been the catapult for quite a few famous sons of legendary NASCAR drivers in recent years. Chase Elliott, son of “Million Dollar” Bill, won the Snowball Derby in 2011 and the current Hendrick Motorsports driver is line to hop in Jeff Gordon’s Sprint Cup ride next year. Most recently, it was 17-year-old John Hunter Nemechek, offspring of Joe, hoisting the Tom Dawson trophy last December. On Friday night, another son etched his name in Five Flags lore during the opening Super Late Model race of 2015 at America’s Favorite Home Track. Kyle Grissom, son of former Nationwide Series champion Steve Grissom, held off a spectacular field to win the Mt. Dew Kickstart 100, the first of four Deep South Crane Rentals Blizzard Series race of the year. “That was pretty awesome to win here,” said the 25-year-old Grissom, whose father won in Pensacola in 1986. “We came here [...]

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Arrival of New Crew Chief Helping Former PLM Champion Jones Make Rookie Splash in SLM Ride

By Chuck Corder Just do a quick click through Garrett Jones’ social media platforms. Check out his recent photographs. It’s easy to tell the pint-sized wunderkind, who made a splash as a 13-year-old track champion at Five Flags Speedway two years ago, has hit a growth spurt. When he took the famed half-mile asphalt oval by storm in 2013, winning the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series track championship, Jones had a voice that wouldn’t stop cracking and a talent that wouldn’t stop blossoming. Now, a teenager with a few years under his belt, the 15-year-old’s octave levels have matured along with his height and, of course, a promising short-track career. Jones now finds himself behind the wheel of a Super Late Model. He would love nothing more than to get a breakthrough first SLM win Friday at Five Flags when the Deep South Crane Rentals Blizzard Series, in conjunction with the Southern [...]

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Dirt-Track Veteran Harris Excited to Bring Talents to Pro Trucks, Five Flags Speedway on Friday

By Chuck Corder A 12-year veteran of local dirt tracks, Branden Harris rarely lets anything or anyone rattle his cage. The 25 year old has seen a lot in racing and doesn’t easily crack in pressure situations or if other drivers feebly attempt head games. But there is one guy, a go-kart driver no less, who won’t be silenced and constantly needles Harris whenever there’s an opportunity. “He talks a little bit of trash, anything he can,” Harris said of the heckler. “He thinks he runs the show.” So who is this pain in Harris’ side? None other than Landen Harris, Branden and wife Whitney’s 6-year-old son. Branden’s toughest critic will be front and center Friday night at Five Flags Speedway to see his daddy make his Pro Trucks debut. For all his miniature bloviating, Landen is a fixture in his father’s shop. “He’ll go get wrenches, screwdrivers, whatever you need,” Branden Harris said of Landen, who [...]

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Excitement Building for First SSS Gulf Coast Doubleheader

Excitement Building for First SSS Gulf Coast Doubleheader | Speed 51 | 100% Short Track Racing For the first time since the running of the 47th Annual Snowball Derby, Super Late Models will roar to life this weekend in the Gulf Coast region.  The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco rolls into Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway and Mobile, Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway this upcoming weekend to kick-off the first Gulf Coast weekend of the 2015 racing season.   The stars of the Southern Super Series will test themselves on the half-mile Pensacola oval on Friday, April 24 before traveling to Mobile to tackle the back end of the doubleheader weekend on Saturday, April 25.   Series director Tim Bryant, also the promoter at Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway, is anticipating a great pair of events this weekend for Super Late Model fans in the region.  The pair of weekend [...]

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Santos, King of Wing Series Gets Five Flags Season Off to Roaring Start

By Chuck Corder The wait was well worth it. A deluge postponed Opening Night at Five Flags Speedway by a week. When the skies finally cleared by noon on Friday, fans in Pensacola knew it was finally time to go racing. What a show they witnessed as the winged pavement sprint cars of the King of the Wing Series lit up the track. Bobby Santos led several times Friday, including the final 10 laps of the 40 lapper, to win the King of the Wing’s season opener. Kyle Edwards of Bartlett, Tenn., finished second and Tampa’s Troy DeCaire rallied home from the back for third. “That was just a lotta fun,” said Santos, a Franklin, Mass., native. “We got some great help after having a little setback last night. This was not the car we planned on running. I thought the other car was better, but obviously this one was pretty good.” The sprints were quite [...]

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King of the Wing Star Sierra Jackson Hopes Five Flags Faithful Have Long Memory on Friday

By Chuck Corder At around the tender age of 5, Sierra Jackson already had a daredevil itch to scratch. The youngster pleaded with her father, Mike, who raced motorcycles along with Sierra’s uncle, to put her on a bike. “He wasn’t gonna go for that,” Sierra said of Mike. “But he got me a car. I practiced a few times. And that was that. He didn’t have to think twice about it once he saw how much I loved it.” Her first car was a go-kart. That came when Sierra Jackson was 6. She has few vivid memories of her first career wins, but the plethora of trophies and Victory Lane photographs that adorn her family’s Idaho home don’t allow her to forget her grassroots beginnings easily. Now 22, and a senior studying health sciences at Boise State, these days Sierra Jackson drives a winged pavement sprint car. And on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, [...]

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TV Show to Preview Winged Sprint and Blizzard Races on Monday Night

Tim and Steve host a one hour call in TV show on BLAB highlighting the next 2 race events.  Drivers from the King of the Wing series who are in town early have been invited to talk about the world’s fastest short track cars.  Over 20 Winged Sprints are expected for the weather delayed season opener on Friday the 17th. Bombers, Pro Trucks, and Sportsmen will also make their 2015 debut. A week later, on the 24th, the first of the Deep South Crane Blizzard Series brings the speedy Super Late Models to the track. Plenty to talk about, on BLAB TV on local cable, and streaming on the web. 6pm Central time.  Click HERE to watch live online

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King of the Wing Sprint Car Shootout Re-Scheduled

With some of the top Asphalt Sprint Car teams in the country set to do battle in The King of the Wing Southeast Tour and National Tour season opener on the Florida-Alabama Gulf Coast, promoter Tim Bryant and Series Director Davey Hamilton jointly announced today the event dates have been moved forward to April 17 & 18. “Given the distance that most of these teams travel to race with us on the Gulf Coast, we felt the high percentage of rain for the weekend was unfair to put them through”, stated Bryant. “ We know the possibility looms that the weather could change, however we simply played the odds to protect the teams from making a wasted trip”. Hamilton, an Indy 500 veteran now making his mark promoting big time national Sprint Car events, added, “taking the safe approach for our race teams will insure their return just 1 [...]

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IndyCar Veteran Davey Hamilton Brings King of the Wing Sprints to Five Flags

By Chuck Corder Davey Hamilton has been to Five Flags Speedway before.  It was two seasons ago when the former Indy Racing League IndyCar Series stalwart helped ring in Opening Night in Pensacola with a host of winged pavement sprints. It was a milestone night for the veteran driver who qualified and competed in 11 Indianapolis 500s, his highest finish coming in 1998 when he came home fourth as Eddie Cheever enjoyed a milk-soaked victory. Hamilton, 52, returns to the famed half-mile asphalt oval this Friday for another opening night, as Five Flags gets its 2015 schedule started with a bang. This time, though, the Jamestown, Ind., resident will be running the show as Hamilton brings his fledgling “King of the Wing” series and the nation’s top winged sprints drivers back to Pensacola. “It was one of our goals to compete at quality racetracks,” Hamilton said of the series in just its second year. “We’re really [...]

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TEST AND TUNE SESSION RESET FOR EVE OF OPENER

  Open practice Thursday April 16th. Pits will open at 4 PM. Practice will be from 5pm  to 9 pm will fuel and tires available till 8pm. Fans can come watch their favorite drivers dial in their hot rods from the stands for free. We have a lot of buzz already about this year. You can view a complete schedule for the weekend below. Lets go racing! 4:00 Pits Open 5:00 Open Practice (tires & fuel available until 8:00) Friday April 10th 2:00 pm Pits Open 4:00 pm KOTW Practice 5:30 pm Super Stock, Sportsman, Bomber 6:45 pm Super Stock Qualifying 7:00 pm KOTW Sprint Car Qualifying 7:30 pm SS, SP, BMR Driver’s Meeting 7:55 pm Pre Race Ceremonies 8:00 pm KOTW Heats (3) Sportsman Heats (2) Bomber Heats (2) Super Stock Feature (25 Laps) KOTW Autograph Session KOTW Feature Sportsman Feature (25 Laps) Bomber Feature (20 Laps)

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Emerald Coast Electrathon Classic 120 Set for Five Flags Speedway

Each year, a competition of high school and college students exploring the limits of electric car technology is held here at 5 Flags.  It is the Emerald Coast Electrathon Classic 120. Vaughn Nichols of Gulf Power, the event organizer gives us this update: Below are links to the registration form and the schedule for the day. We currently have teams that have said they are coming from California, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and of course Florida. Please fill out your team forms and send back to me at this email so we can start compiling the list of teams and cars. WE COULD HAVE OVER 25 CARS THIS YEAR! There is no cost to the team to compete. Lunch will be cooked and provided by the Engineering society for all registered team members, teachers and advisors. There is also a race at Five Flags the Friday night before our race. If you are [...]

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5 FLAGS INVITES STUDENTS TO BE CREW MEMBERS

Local drivers in search of a crew member now have a new source. Auto repair students at the George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola have been invited to explore the challenges and benefits of the volunteer opportunity for the 2015 racing season. Speedway GM Tim Bryant met with the students and teaching staff recently to personally invite students to link up with a local Bomber or Sportsmen driver, and learn a new dimension in automotive repair.  Interested students in the automotive field are invited to the track Saturday March 21st at 10am for a tour and meet with interested car owners and drivers. The Bomber and Sportsmen classes were selected because drivers are local, and  race in 13 events during the regular season. The speedway will provide the new crew members with pit passes for the season, and an identifiable t shirt.  A limit of 10 students is planned for the first year. Drivers interested in adding a fresh set of hands to their [...]

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