September 2009

Grill Wins, Long Champion!

{nl}      Johanna Long, the 17-year-old Pensacola driver, continues to run with the big boys of racing. Make that win against the big boys. She became the first woman to clinch the Blizzard Series Super Late Model points championship Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Long finished fourth to win the title by just 5 points over Augie Grill, who won his second straight Blizzard race.      A year after winning the Pro Late Model championship, she’s now the Blizzard Series champion. “It’s awesome, a dream come true,” Long said as the fans roared their approval. “I […]

Championship Wraps Up ’09 Season

{nl}           The planning, strategy, money and effort of a full season of race competition comes to fruition at the Tom Thumb Night of Champions.  It is an accumulation of late nights in the shop getting race ready, rounding up sponsors, replacing parts, buying tires, and a lot more.     The drivers on the starting grid will recall the family and friends who pitched in to help with the car.  Gee, did I return that part I borrowed in May?  Who do I know that can handle a welder?  What do you mean the frame is […]

Super Stock Championship

{nl}           It’s so close Randy can see it.  Just one really big race he has to win, and it is this Friday night. Randy Thompson, who has dominated the Sportsmen Division for several years moved up to try the Super Stocks this year, while still wheeling the Sportsmen car.      He is just 20 points from winning 2 championship jackets this year, an unheard of accomplishment …two track championships in the same year.  Twice as much shop work, but Randy has his family to help, and sponsors too.     […]

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Question Of The Week

     With everything on the line, and the largest field of cars in 2009, the Miller Lite 100 is sure to bring exciting action to Five Flags Speedway. But the question is, who will win the 2009 Blizzard Series Championship and roll into the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby on top?     Well now it’s your turn to speak up! We want the fans to predict this Friday’s Miller Lite 100! Who do you think will win the 2009 Blizzard Series Championship? Click ‘READ MORE’ to VOTE NOW!!! […]

Mercer, Long WIN at Double Points Night

{nl} Track record… Pole position… Forty laps led…  Johanna Long, the teenage driver from Pensacola, made the Pro Late Model race look easy Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. “I couldn’t have asked for a better race,” she said. Her biggest issue came in practice when another car sideswiped her. Her crew had to replace the entire left side of the body, but the car was still fast. Her qualifying time of 16.985 seconds set a Pro Late Model record. […]

Bike Fest 2009

{nl}      After a successful debut event in 2008, the 2nd Annual 5 Flags Bikefest has been  highly anticipated for 2009, and appears poised not to disappoint. Presented by Stokes Victory Polaris once again this year, efforts have been made to step up several aspects of Bikefest, all aimed at  developing the event into a festival Gulf Coast residents will look forward to annually.          Most notably added to this year’s schedule is a performance on Saturday night by the highly acclaimed Mustang Sally Band. This all girl quintette from Nashville promises to rock the Pensacola crowd into […]

Sportsmen Special

{nl}          The Sportsmen, a group of competitors where it’s rare to see a teenage driver. These drivers work their day jobs, and spend their nights in the garage with a friend or 2 on their cars. They compete every night we race.       The king has been Randy Thompson, who also maintains a Super Stocker. The rest of the field is constantly looking to get past steady Randy. He has won more races this year (7), then the rest of the drivers combined.  […]