Hunter Lambert is on the Move!

As Five Flags Announces 2020 Season will Start May 8, Lambert Readies for Outlaws Division   By Chuck Corder Hunter Lambert’s age belies his maturity. While some 20-year-old drivers might have grown frustrated and upset that their 2020 racing season was halted because of COVID-19, Lambert took it all in stride. The Tate High School graduate, who was racing at Five Flags Speedway since he was a 15-year-old freshman, understands that physically distancing has helped ensure the safety of fans, drivers, and track officials. “I think Tim (Bryant) and the track made the best move possible in delaying races,” Lambert said. “We all wanna race. There are days that being cooped up gets to you, but it’s not worth putting the fans at risk for that. “At the end of the day, it’s so much better to stay home. And just because we’re not racing, that doesn’t mean we can’t work on the racecar.” Thankfully, for Lambert [...]

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Remembering Freddy Fryar, Snowball winner in 1979 and 1981

Story by Speed51.com Two-time Snowball Derby Champion Freddy Fryar passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 84.  Freddy Fryar's son, Marc Fryar, confirmed his father's passing with a post on Twitter.   Fryar was best known at the "The Beaumont Flyer."  For many generations, if he was at a race track, other drivers were chasing the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native hoping to run second.  Fryar won more than 800 races on short tracks from Texas to Florida and all around the southeast.   Fryar was the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Speedweeks champion at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) in 1976 in the Late Model class.  From there he took his success to a new level at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida at the Snowball Derby.   Fryar won the race in 1979 and 1981 and became only the third driver to win the race twice at the time, joining Wayne Niedecken and Dickie [...]

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Racing Back May 8th, Revised 2020 Schedule Posted

The 2020 Season Opener is now set for Friday May8th as planned.  Pure Stocks, Sportsmen Pro Trucks and Outlaws are ready to go racing.  The opening was announced on a special podcast Monday nite on the track's Facbook site.  You can replay the show at: https://www.facebook.com/5flagsspeedway/videos/299579437703853/?v=299579437703853 In addition, a revised schedule for 2020 was released that incudes a first time ever Blizzard Double Header event June 26 and 27th.  It includes free camping in the parking lot.      

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Milton Pro Trucks Driver Brandon Burks Enjoying Go-Kart Racing with Sons During COVID-19

Milton Pro Trucks Driver Brandon Burks Enjoying Go-Kart Racing with Sons During COVID-19   By Chuck Corder In this new self-isolated reality, local drivers are finding innovative ways to hone their skills. Most have turned to virtual racing and gaming platforms to keep their instincts sharp. Others, such as WCIparts.com Pro Trucks driver Brandon Burks have gone back to their roots quite literally to pass the time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 27-year-old wheelman is hopping in go-karts on a small dirt track in his Milton backyard. And, he’s always sure to bring some competition with him. “I’ve got two young boys, and we’re just making laps during the day,” said Burks of his 5-year-old son Spencer and two-year-old toddler Bentley. Spencer, like his daddy, is adjusting to life without short-track racing. Just as the elder Burks’ season has been delayed at Five Flags Speedway because of the virus, Spencer Burks’ inaugural year racing go-karts at [...]

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After Missing Most of 2019 with Knee Injury, Dority Hopes COVID won’t Cost Her 2020   By Chuck Corder Sarah Dority is hoping to make up for lost time. The 28-year-old Pensacola driver had big expectations coming into last year. Dority enjoyed her best season in 2018, finishing third in the points race for the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks track championship, and had big expectations for 2019. Her season quickly vanished, though, when a nagging issue in her right knee turned into multiple surgeries and cost her the 2019 campaign. “My kneecap was going to right, and the doctors wanted to try and straighten it out,” Dority said. “They thought the first surgery last April was gonna work. It did not, and I had to wait six months until the end of the season.” In October, doctors finished repairing Dority’s knee when they performed a tibial osteotomy before finally administering a screw to hold the kneecap [...]

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5 Flags One of 4 Venues for Virtual Race from Truex Motorsports; Local Drivers Participation Encouraged.

Attention FFS and MIS drivers! If your into the iracing scene, this is a cool opportunity to get on to a national stage. If you've scored points in recent years at either track, and you would like to enter the virtual Valvoline 150 on May 6th, simply email [email protected] and let us know. We will verify your eligibility, then forward your email address to Truex Management Group. They will send you the details. There is no entry fee. Thanks to TMG and Burton Kligerman Esports for including Five Flags Speedway along with 3 great other short tracks in the 2020 Grand National Tour. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Burton Kligerman Esports to create the 2020 Grand National Tour in an effort to give back to short tracks around the country during this time of need. The 2020 #GrandNationalTour will feature NASCAR celebrities and short track [...]

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Look for Roderick in New # 25 When We Go Back Racing; Story by Speed51

Story by Speed 51 Roderick Offers Update on New Team’s Progress 09Apr Two-time defending Southern Super Series champion Casey Roderick announced in early 2020 that he would compete as an owner/driver in the Super Late Model ranks in the upcoming season. Roderick missed CRA SpeedFest in order to have the car ready for either the Rattler 250 or the Blizzard Series opener before the COVID-19 outbreak all but shut down motorsports.   The Georgia driver joined Speed51’s “The Bullring” on Wednesday afternoon to talk about what he’s been up to and the progress he’s made with his car during the break. He’s spent the time in Mississippi with girlfriend Emmalee Hodge, working with her father’s sawdust company and preparing the new car.   “I’ve been working, man,” said Roderick. “That’s been keeping my mind occupied right now, just hauling sawdust with Toby (Hodge) and doing a good job for him and passing time by. I’m looking forward [...]

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Did You Get the Latest? Update E-Mailed to 3600 Fan Club Members Today.

We are using the Fan Club list to keep fans updated.  Join to get the first word.  Click on Fan Club panel on right side of our web site.   Here is the newsletter: While we wait…….   We hope this finds you and your family in good health during these extraordinary times in our community, our state, and our nation. While some were skeptical at the outbreak of this pandemic, we think by now everyone is aware of the seriousness of the coronavirus. We are deeply appreciative of our Federal, State, and Local Leaders who are guiding us thru these uncharted waters, and also to all the Medical Professionals and First Responders who are putting their own health at risk for the benefit of others. We hope you are practicing proper social distancing, or staying at home whenever possible. These are the most important things we can do as individuals to help the situation. It [...]

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Snowball Ticket Renewals to Start June 1st

Due to the current health situation, ticket renewals for the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby, originally scheduled to begin on April 1st, have been pushed back, and will now begin on June 1st. Ticket order forms are currently in the mail as a reminder to everyone about the date for this year’s event, to be held December 3rd thru 6th. No ticket renewals will be processed prior to June 1st, and the deadline for renewals will remain August 1st. All unsold seats will go on sale to the general public beginning on August 24th.

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Art in the Stands

This wall mural, created by local artist Ronsen Stewart, will now greet fans upon entrance to Five flags Speedway. On the side of what will now be known as the Tool Expo Family Grandstand, this work of art showcases the most dominant driver in Snowball Derby history, Rich Bickle, with recognition to four former Derby winners who hail from here in Pensacola. The brainchild of Tool Expo's Hugh Campbell and Pensacola store manager Kathy Faust, the painting also features the most recognizable face in all of motorsports and one time Snowball Derby competitor, Dale Earnhardt looking down from the clouds.

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A Message to our Fans on ARCA 200 Weekend Postponment

The postponement of the Pensacola 200 Weekend Race Festivities was an agonizing decision for all involved in the organization of the event. Months of preparation by multiple parties had us optimistic that we were in for some fantastic racing.   We do feel however, that the well being of our Fans, Competitors, and Employees far exceeds our need to run a race. In all facets of our operation, we always make it our mission to error on the side of safety. We have faith in local, state, and federal authorities to act in the same manner. We apologize to everyone inconvenienced by the postponement of this event. A make-up date will be announced  soon, and we’ll make every effort to accommodate the needs of our Fans.

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Home Town Driver Ready for Vores Compact Series this Weekend

By Chuck Corder It was love at first sight for Steve Sidner. Who can blame him? The famed half-mile oval with its delicious curves and perfect asphalt imperfections is a thing of beauty. On any given night, she can make dreams come true or crush them. But, Five Flags Speedway has always been a blast to Sidner. His childhood was spent at the track every chance he could get. He sold Coca-Colas in the stands as a teenager during the 1980s and has never missed a Snowball Derby since 1979. When sons, Dayton and Brandin Sidner, told their old man they wanted to race a few years ago, Steve was emptying pockets and turning wrenches in the pits every Friday night. Steve Sidner will write his next and, perhaps, biggest chapter to his Five Flags story beginning Friday night. Sidner will compete in the Vores Compact Touring Series (VCTS), presented by Mercer County Electric, [...]

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In The Groove TV Show Moves to Live Stream on Facebook

Keep up with the latest at 5 Flags Speedway with our live T V show now on Facebook.  Same date and time...Every other Monday evening at 7pm, on your computer.   It will originate from  Insinger Performance Studio in the Long Pavilion over Turn 2 at the speedway.  Steve Stokes and Tim Bryant make their debut this Monday, March 9 th.  Join in to stay informed on the ig ARCA weekend ahead that will feature the Menards ARCA 200, the VORES Compact series with 4 cylinder front wheel drive cars, an Outlaw 35 lap feature and a 25 lapPure Stocks event.

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