April 2011

Butler and Bomber Has a Nice Ring to it

Cheryl Butler Nelson’s fondest childhood memories revolved around racing.

The co-owner and proprietor with husband Kevin of Butler U-Pull-It, once again the sponsor for the Bombers division at Five Flags Speedway, fondly recalls late nights at Flomaton (Ala.) Speedway sitting in the wrecker her father Jack Butler owned.

“We’d sit in the infield, and when a wreck happened, he’d let me flip lights, and I’d get to tell dad when it was time to go,” Nelson said. “The smell of the exhaust and the roar of the raw horsepower, it gets my blood flowing. My […]

Pokrant and Five Flags: A Match Made on Asphalt

Jim Pokrant remembers the first night he came to Five Flags Speedway.

One of his father’s close friends brought the 9-year-old boy out to the racetrack one Friday night.

Little James Pokrant sat in the grandstands, not saying a word the whole evening. He was awestruck by the power of the cars, the non-stop excitement of the action.

He was hooked immediately. Pokrant would do almost anything he could to collect enough money so that he was able to return each and every race night.

“I used to pick up aluminum cans and use those to pay […]

Robbins Goes Last to First to Win Elantra 100

Chuck Corder

Hunter Robbins’ faith never wavered.

While his Pro Late Model crew tried to plug a leak in his No. 18 car, the Montgomery, Ala., driver kept his focus.

Robbins was rewarded for his patience Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, as he came from the end of the line to win the Allen Turner Elantra 100 in the Pro Late Models’ season debut.

It marked the second time in last two Pro Late Model races at Five Flags that a driver came from the back of the pack to Victory Lane. That’s what Chase Elliott did at […]

Action begins for Pro Late Models at Five Flags

Written by
Chuck Corder
News Journal correspondent

Ronnie Smith gives you goose bumps describing the impact of winning at Five Flags Speedway.

He should know. The local boy, turned 38-year-old father of two, has done more than just capture a handful of features. In 2009, Smith hoisted the Pro Late Model track title.

And while he followed that with a respectable runner-up finish to Mobile’s D.J. VanderLey last season, Smith has his eyes on returning the championship to Pensacola.

He looks to begin that quest Friday night at the half-mile asphalt oval when the Pro Late Models kick […]

Allen Turner Elantra 100

Ronnie Smith gives you goose bumps describing the impact of winning at Five Flags Speedway.

He should know. The local boy, turned 38-year-old father of two, has done more than just capture a handful of features. In 2009, Smith hoisted the Pro Late Model track title.

And while he followed that with a respectable runner-up finish to Mobile’s D.J. VanderLey last season, Smith has his eyes on returning the championship to Pensacola.

He looks to begin that quest Friday night at the half-mile asphalt oval when the Pro Late Models kick off their seasons with the Allen […]

Sportsman Still Crazy After All These Races

This’ll come as a shock to no Five Flags loyalist: The Sportsman class is once again the live of the Friday night asphalt party.

Steve Buttrick and Randy Thompson have won the first two races.

Thompson, who originally finished third in the last feature April 8, assumed the checkered flag only after the first- and second-place cars were disqualified in post-race tech.

The top four currently in points are separated by just 17 points with Brannon Fowler leading the pack with 110.

“It’s a tight points battle. It could change at the top any time,” the Cantonment driver […]

Winslow Looks to Build on Opening Night Theatrics

Bubba Winslow had never been involved in a finish like this.

Sure, the Cantonment driver may be only 21, but he’s more than just a spring chicken around Five Flags Speedway. Winslow finished as the season runner-up in the Sportsman division last year before moving up to Super Stocks for 2011.

Still, when it came to the exciting end of the Super Stocks’ season opener March 25, Winslow found himself in uncharted waters.

“We had some pretty good finishes last year, but that was definitely a nail-biter,” he said.

To say the least. Winslow was just happy to […]

Can Faircloth Maintain Dominance Over Bombers?

 

There were glimpses of greatness for Curtis Faircloth last year at Five Flags Speedway.

As Mike Goraum dominated the Bombers division en route to the both the track and Snowball Derby titles, Faircloth managed to prove Goraum’s toughest challenge.

That is, when the Pace driver decided to race. Faircloth only ran a handful of features, but did take home a pair of checkered flags to briefly interrupt Goraum’s magnificent run of double-digit wins in an historic season.

Through two races in 2011, Faircloth seems to have picked up where Goraum left off. Faircloth has captured both […]

Open Practice

The Pro Late Model Drivers get to test out their cars Thusday evening at 5 Flags at the second open practice of the season. The practice is open to drivers in all classes of competition, in addition to the 4 classes set to compete on Friday night. Friday will be the first of 5 one hundred green lap features this year for the PLM division.  It’s free to sit and watch in the grandstands. and $10 for the pits.  Practice runs from 5 to 9pm.

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7 – Scooter Grice

Division: Modified

Name: Scooter Grice

Age: 35

Hometown: Pensacola

Car#: 7

Years In Racing: 21 Years

Car Owner: Gary Corr and ShelbyGrice

Crew Members: Gary Corr,Thumper Grice,AnthonyGrice,GavinGrice

Sponsors: Salon Suites of Pensacola,White Gloves cleaning service,Wes Paul Auto Glass,HardCorr Racecars and street machines

Family: wife:Shelby Son(s)Thumper,Anthony, Gavin

Job Info: Gulf Power company

Racing Accomplishments: Returning to my 1st (full) season of racing in 10  years.

Comments: Our team has experience in every level of racing at FFS, from bombers to late models, and have celebrated success at each level. We are passionate about the modified division due to the level of competition it provides on a race to race  basis.The modifieds are kind […]