Pollard wins Blizzard; Ard, Hicks, Burkett post victories,

Pollard Hits Century Mark for Wins in Last Decade, Captures Mid-Summer Sizzler 75 By Chuck Corder Bubba Pollard has enjoyed one of the most distinguished careers for a short-track driver. Thankfully, for Pensacola racing fans, Pollard has achieved many of those feats at Five Flags Speedway. The Senoia, Ga., stalwart added to his decorated legacy Friday night at Pensacola’s high banks when he captured the Mid-Summer Sizzler 75. Pollard’s victory got him to 100 wins just this decade and gave him 20 career victories in the Deep South Crane Rentals Blizzard Series, far and away more than any other driver. “This was tough,” said Pollard, who has 12 Late Model wins this year. “The car was real free, and it was a heckuva races. It feels good to win a race and, then, see all the fans celebrating for you.” A packed and overjoyed grandstands roared with approval as Pollard lit up the track with burnouts [...]

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Schedule for Delayed Events on July 26th

0726 schedule Summer Sizzler 75 Schedule of Events Pit Gate Opens 3:00 Drivers Meeting 4:00 SSS Practice 4:45-5:45 1 Round Each Class 15 Minutes Pro Trucks 6:00 Sportsman 6:20 Pure Stocks 6:40 Local Drivers Meeting 7:15 7:45 Racing Begins 8:00 SSS Heat Races 10 Laps Each Pure Stocks 20 Laps Sportsman 25 Laps SSS Mid Summer Sizzler 75 Laps Pro Trucks 30 Laps SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE Competitor Notes SSS heat race lineups will remain the same. If a competitor does not return that row will advance forward. Any new entries will start at the tail of the existing heats. New entries will draw to determine which heat they will be in. fix or you will start at the the rear of your heat. Pro Truck and Sportsman qualifying from 7-19 will be used for returning drivers. New entries will start at the tail of the field. Pure Stocks will qualify during their practice session. All 3 classes will roll the die to set feature lineup. Friday July 26th SSS Heat Race Pre-Tech 6:30 (In Groups By [...]

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Pair of Midwest Drivers Enter Blizzard

A pair of Midwest Super Late Model drivers we get to see at the Snowball Derby are headed to Pensacola for the Summer Sizzler Blizzard race on Friday evening.   Boris Jurkovic (#53)  of Manhattan Ill and Jack Dossey III (#20) from Indianapolis Ind.  have decided to come to 5 Flags this week.   Jurkovic in his Rowdy prepared car won the Icebreaker this year at Berlin in Michigan, Dossey, a 3rd generation stock car driver in the ARCA/CRA series won at Anderson Indiana this spring.   Both  have run here in Pensacola during the Snowball Derby.

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Garvey to Drive for 2X Snowball Champ Gary Balough

Inspired by His Hero, Garvey Will Drive for 2x Snowball Derby Champ Balough  By Chuck Corder At 56, Mike Garvey still remembers the moment he decided to be a stock-car driver. As a kid, Garvey and his family would make annual pilgrimages from their native Michigan down to Nashville for the All-American 400. It was at the historic Fairgrounds where Garvey first caught a glance at a chromed-out, sleek, and cool look of the No. 112 of short-track icon Gary Balough. “The car was immaculate,” Garvey recalled. “That’s what always caught my eye about Gary’s cars. Not only were they the fastest, but they were always the best looking. That’s what stuck with me. “That’s what I wanted to do. NASCAR was never a big deal to me. I wanted to race for a living. Guys like Gary, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Terry Senneker – those were my heroes.” Garvey will get to live out his [...]

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Roderick Tops Southern Super Series Standings

Southern Super Series Returns to Five Flags with a New, Familiar Face on Top of Standings By Chuck Corder A lot has changed to the Southern Super Series landscape in the last 28 days. Since the last time the SSS competed at Five Flags Speedway in the SERF 125 – the second of four Deep South Crane Rentals Blizzard Series races this year – there race for the points title has been turned on its head. A shakeup occurred earlier this month at Montgomery Motor Speedway and the Rumble by the River 125. Defending series champion Casey Roderick took a two-point lead against Giovanni Bromante atop the standings on the heels of three straight top-four finishes. Roderick looks for his first SSS victory of the season on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway when the best Super Late Models in the country return for the SSS Mid Summer Sizzler. A blockbuster field will compete [...]

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Snowball Champ Gary Balough is Guest on BLAB TV Monday 7pm

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 [...]

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Looking for Drivers from the Past.

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 Set for Blizzard Race on July 19th

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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Use this Form to Register Your Demolition Derby Car

DemoDerbyEntry2019 Demolition Derby Entry Form Entry Fee $50 Name_______________________________Date of Birth______________ Social Security Number_________________________________________ Street________________________________________________________ City__________________________State______________Zip___________ Phone________________________________________________________ Person Receiving Prize Money (same as above,check here)___________or Name_________________________________________________________ Social Security Number or Fed. ID Number___________________________ Street_________________________________________________________ City___________________________State____________Zip_____________ Make / Model of Car_____________________________________________ Car Number____________________________________________________ Description_____________________________________________________ Signature_______________________________________________________

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A Look at Santa Rosa School Supt. Candidate with 5 Flags Ties

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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Demolition Derby is soon, Time to get ready!

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 [...]

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Next Blizzard to have 10 lap heats setting field for 75 lap Super Late Feature

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 [...]

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Bob’s Speed Shop Honored for 50+ Years

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.”    

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Pollard wins Blizzard; Hicks in Trucks after Boyett DQed; Cotto takes Outlaws after WInslow DQed; McDonald wins Pure Stocks

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 [...]

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