Mayer Passes Enfinger Late to Capture Pensacola 200, Second Straight ARCA Menards Series East Title By Chuck Corder Sam Mayer left Five Flags Speedway after last year’s Pensacola 200, scratching his head and spitting nails at a disappointing finish that was beyond his control. The Wisconsin driver returned to the famed half-mile asphalt oval this weekend eyeing two goals. The 17-year-old Mayer sought not only a better performance, but a chance to lock up back-to-back ARCA Menards Series East titles. Mission accomplished on both fronts. Mayer led twice Sunday at Pensacola’s banks for only, but it was nifty maneuvering around then-leader Grant Enfinger on Lap 188 that earned him the win in the ARCA Menards Series Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions. Mayer’s ninth trip to an ARCA Victory Lane this season secured him the ARCA East crown for the second consecutive season. Five Flags regular Corey Heim finished second and Ty Gibbs came home [...]
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ARCA haulers entering the Pits Sunday morning are bring more than race cars, parts and pit boxes. They bring some food and necessities for the Manna Food Bank here in Pensacola to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Sally. Thanks ARCA...you're the best!
Grant Enfinger has as gift for early bird fans Sunday...a souvenir flag from his sponsor Champion for the first 600 entering the grandstands. Gates open at 12 noon. Grant, from nearby Fairhope Alabama feels at home here at 5 Flags, and is showing his appreciation to his fans.
ARCA Pensacola 200 Schedule Update With the National Weather Service a forecast of potentially heavy rains in the Pensacola area on Saturday, ARCA Pensacola 200 Race Officials have adjusted the schedule by moving the race to Sunday afternoon. Predicted sunny skies on Sunday will greet a stellar field of cars and stars for the 2nd Annual running of the Pensacola 200, presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions. Current NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series title contender Grant Enfinger will be making a rare ARCA start, competing against current ARCA East Series points leader Sam Mayer, as well as Ty Gibbs, Nick Sanchez, Mason Diaz, Taylor Gray, and a host of others. Also in the field will be Five Flags favorite Conner Okrzesik and former Snowball Derby winner Dave Mader III. In additional to great ARCA racing action, the Faith Chapel Outlaws and The Dock of Pensacola Beach Sportsman will also be racing. [...]
Enfinger Returns to Gulf Coast, Poised to Battle ARCA Stars in Pensacola 200 Presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions By Chuck Corder Grant Enfinger grew up a 45-minute drive west on I-10 from the front gates of Five Flags Speedway. The close proximity made it easy for the Fairhope, Ala., native to become a familiar face and a fan favorite at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. Enfinger’s decorated Late Model years at Five Flags and short tracks across the southeast paved the way for a career arc that seems to still be peaking. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series driver, Enfinger will be back at Five Flags on Saturday as the ARCA Menards Series East returns to Pensacola’s high banks for the Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions. “The biggest thing I want to do these days is to come home and race,” said the 35-year-old now living in Kannapolis, N.C. “I [...]
The progress and direction of Hurricane Delta heading to the Gulf Coast are being closely monitored by us to insure a safe race for drivers and fans. As a result, our In The Groove Podcast set for Tuesday is moved to Wednesday at 6pm live on Facebook. Keep monitoring our web page and Facebook for any new developments.
It was sooooooo long ago, that....there were no grandstands in turn one, and the wall around the track did not exist. The year was 1992 when track operator Terry Spears arranged for the first ARCA race at 5 Flags. Ronnie Joyce wrote this story for the 1992 Snowball Derby program book.
Friends and fans are invited for a final farewell to Mike Cook on Saturday at 2pm at the track. Mike, a former driver and crew member passed away Thursday after a brave battle with cancer. Mike drove the familiar #29 blue Ivey's car, and worked on other racers cars as a mechanic and crewman. Attendees are invited to wear their favorite racing shirt for the gathering on the turn 4 patio deck. Bring a covered dish and drink. If you have a race car, bring it and have it in place on the 4th turn by 1:40pm as a final tribute to Mike. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Mike Cook Trust Fund to help with his final expenses. More information contact his daughter Railee at 281-7171
The early entry list for the Pensacola ARCA 200 includes names familiar to 5 Flags fans. David Gilliland Ty Gibbs Sam Mayer Connor Okrzesik Dave Mader III Mason Diaz. More to come.....
Saturday Update: It has been a tough few days here in Pensacola. Hurricane Sally has left an impact on our community. Kudos to all the Power Company workers who are working around the clock to restore the comforts a lot of us take for granted. There is still a long way to go. Law enforcement has also done a remarkable job helping facilitate this effort. Our patience has certainly been tested on the roadways and at the gas pumps. For the most part, people have really pulled together. Our racetrack is in need of some repairs. We have some roof damages to several buildings which we can handle. We’ve just met with our friends from Thorpe Electric and we have developed a plan to repair track lighting. Downed billboards, broken fencing, downed speakers, and a few other minor issues can be addressed in the coming days. We are thankful to [...]
A major event scheduled for this Saturday, September 19 at Five Flags Speedway has been postponed due to the severity of Hurricane Sally. Track officials announced the decision Wednesday afternoon as the storm continued to impact the Pensacola area. Saturday’s event was scheduled to feature the season finale for both the Deep South Crane Blizzard Series and Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series. So far, the storm only appears to have caused some damage at the historic half-mile race track. Due to the severity of the storm, some areas of the facility have not yet been evaluated but will be in the coming days. “The wrath of Hurricane Sally has us reeling. While we are still assessing the damage to our facility, we are equally concerned about the status of our community,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway. “We’ll dig in and make needed repairs so we can conduct the [...]
Story by: Ross Kenseth Getting Back in the Driver’s Seat You have to go back to November 2015 to find when Ross Kenseth last climbed behind the wheel of a race car. It’s been even longer since he was in a Super Late Model, going back to September 2015 in the Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway. His long hiatus from racing is set to end this weekend the former Winchester 400 and All American 400 winner will get back behind the wheel for the Blizzard 150 this Saturday evening at 5 Flags Speedway. The former Short Track Draft number one pick announced his intentions over the weekend on Twitter, then joined Speed51’s “The Bullring” to discuss his long-awaited return to racing. He will compete for Illinois racer and friend Jim Weber this weekend, with multi-time ASA National Tour winner Mike Garvey calling the shots on top of the pit box. “I’m really looking [...]
Winslow Sweeps Night with Faith Chapel Outlaws Win, Track Crown; Young Thompson Gets it Done -By Chuck Corderadmin
By Chuck Corder Photos by Eddie Richie Heartbreak got lapped by celebration. Bubba Winslow had never been stuck in the kind of drought he was faced with when the Cantonment driver unloaded for the Counselman Auto Recycling, LLC Night of Champions on Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway. The 30-year-old journeyman hadn’t won a race since May 2019 at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. For Winslow, who owns an Outlaws Snowball Derby crown and two Super Stocks track championships (2011, 2013), that felt like an eternity. But that winless slump vanished without a trace Saturday when he captured the 50-lap feature and solidified the Faith Chapel Outlaws track title in spectacular fashion. “My guys worked their butts off all year,” Winslow said. “This feels so good. I think it’s the most special one because the class is so tough. I wouldn’t be able to do it without a great owner and group of guys.” Winslow inherited [...]
Results unofficial pending post race tech inspection Dock On Pensacola Beach Sportsmen 30 1 James Patrick 2 Brannon Fowler 3 Jim Pokrant 4 Chad Robinson 2020 Champion 5 Billy Hoover WCIParts.com Pro Truck 30 1 Grant Thompson 2020 Champion 2 Alan Carter 3 Cooper Hightower 4 Hunter Johnson 5 Kyler Bean Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stock 1 Jerry Goff Jr. 2 Daryl McDonald 2020 Champion 3 Austin McDuffie 4 Caleb Burkett 5 Chance Imel Faith Chapel Outlaw 50 Bubba Winslow 2020 Champion Kraig Hall Conner Sutton Jay Jay Day Jake Finch
Live PPV Broadcast is on: www.speed51.tv Starting order set by invert (roll of dice). WCIParts.com Pro Truck Qualifying 14 Trucks Thompson Graham Johnson Carter Burks Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen Qualifying 13 cars Robinson Patrick Fowler Pokrant BJ Leytham Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stock Qualifying 14 cars McDuffie Goff Jr. McDonald Imel Burkett Faith Chapel Outlaws Qualifying 15 cars Hicks Hall JJ Day Winslow Tutchtone