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 [...]
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)
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 [...]
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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The Racing Promoters Monthly (RPM) Workshop this week in Daytona paused long enough to recognize the six best track operators in 2014. Singled out from the Southeastern US was Tim Bryant of 5 Flags Speedway. The honor was presented by RPM, a Wisconsin based organization. Here are the 6 by region. Each is in the running for the National Promoter of the Year (ARPY) to be named later, voted on by the member tracks of RPM. Eastern Region: Bruce & Teresa Rogers and the Rogers Family, Grandview (PA) Speedway:; Region Two, Southeastern Region; Tim Bryant, Five Flags (FL) Speedway; Region Three, Central Region; Gary & Donna Howe, Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway; Region Four, Northern Region: Wayne Anderson, Don & Linus Mack, Darren Evavold, River Cities (ND) Speedway; Region Five, Great Plains Region; Dan Robinson, Lucas Oil (MO) Speedway; Region Six, Southwest and Western Region; Doug and Traci Hobbs, Evergreen (WA) Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Grant Enfinger had a new team and a familiar finish at Daytona. February 14, 2015 @ 4:16 pm Cars speed past the starting line led Mark Thompson, far left bottom, and Cody Coughlin, far left top, to begin the ARCA series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) He dominated again and won the ARCA Series race at Daytona International Speedway for the second straight season. Enfinger led the most laps and raced to his ninth career victory in the stock car series. He went back-to-back at Daytona International Speedway with two different teams. He won last season with Team BCR Racing and was in the No. 23 Chevrolet on Saturday for GMS Racing. "I think this is the beginning of a lot of great things for GMS Racing," Enfinger said. Enfinger hoped the win was a sign of a [...]
February 6, 2015 –Jamestown, IN – King of the Wing Officials announced today that the Series is now a true National Series, with the addition of two races, 1 each in Florida and Alabama. “We are really excited to add the southeast tracks to our schedule. This is the fourth and final geographic region for the National Series to compete in. When the season ends in Bakersfield in November, our Champion will be crowned “King of the Wing” and be known as the best Pavement Winged Sprint Car Driver in the World,” stated Series Promotor and former Indy 500 driver Davey Hamilton, after securing dates for these tracks. The 2014 King of the Wing National Sprint Car Series will kick off on Friday Night April 10th at the legendary 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The Series will then travel 67 miles west to Mobile International Speedway (MIS), another lightning [...]
We know him in the pits as a race fan, and pit crew member when his brothers Keith or Doug raced. Mike is highlighted in this archive photo when Keith won a Pro Late Model race a few years back. But in Milton, they know Mike as “Mr. Thorpe” principal at Milton High in Santa Rosa County. Now he is honored statewide. Details below courtesy of the Pensacola News Journal. Milton High School Principal Michael Thorpe has been named Florida's 2015 Innovative Principal of the Year by the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders, announced today (Wednesday) at a FCITL luncheon in Orlando. Thorpe has been an educator in the Santa Rosa County School District for 21 years, currently serving in his sixth year as principal at MHS. After beginning his career as a math teacher, Thorpe moved into instructional technology, contributing to the development of academic programs and creation of a school-wide [...]
Recently Dave Nolen, driver of the 9D Super Stock and Pro Challenge racecars, spent the day with students at Lincoln Park Primary in Pensacola Fl. Dave spent the day talking to students from pre-school to 3rd grade about the importance of reading. Dave talked about how reading can help them to better their lives and become whatever they wanted to be. After a short question and answer session with the students, Dave took the time to read 3 stores to them, racing related of course. The highlight of Dave's visit was when he took the students to the playground and showed off his Pro Challenge race truck.