August 2011

Valentino Wins!

Escambia Commissioner Gene Valentino after getting the checkers in the 8 lap annual Celebrity Race declared, “United Cerebral Palsy is the real winner.” And UCP did indeed win big. Over $2,000 raised.

$1,250 from Tim Bryant and the fans at the speedway. Commissioner Wilson Robertson, who finished behind Valentino, made good his wager of a $500 donation to UCP if he lost to his fellow commissioner.

Valentino matched the amount.

Lindsay Marie paced several of the late laps, but was involved in a crash on the last turn of the last lap. The field included the sheriffs from Escambia and […]


Wow! The revival of the Demolition Derby at 5 Flags was a huge crowd pleaser. Seven drivers strapped in and put it in reverse, and rammed into anything that moved. It was a classy event…one driver was wheeling a Mercedes Benz.

When the smoke cleared, the heap prepared by David Tau at Winged Wheeled Garage and driven by Ronnie Smith emerged the winner of the $1,500 check. Len Frank and Smith locked up, and when the final gasp from Frank’s clunker was heard, Smith was declared the winner. Frank’s steering wheel caught fire after the air bag […]

Friday Night Results

Chuck Corder
Sweaty. Out of breath.
It was all worth it for Brannon Fowler. About a $1,000 worth it.
Fowler got out of his white No. 00, shared a long embrace with his father Glenn Fowler and celebrated his 35-lap Sportsman feature win Friday at Five Flags Speedway.
Fowler got the lead on Lap 12 and held off a charging Steve Buttrick to snatch the top prize of a grand in the Sportsman biggest payout of the year until the annula Snowball Derby.
“Whoo!” shouted Fowler, who extended his points lead. “I’m so tired and excited. It has […]

31 – Johnny Greene

Division: Sportsman

Name: Johnny Greene

Age: 41

Hometown: Daphne, Al

Car#: 31

Years In Racing: 1

Car Owner: Johnny Greene

Crew Members: Mike Gorum, Steve Buttrick, John Routh, Wilbur Gorum, Alex Routh, Brandon Lee, Brooke Greene

Sponsors: Intimidator Sportfishing
T. Rogers Design
Family: Ana, Brooke, John, Bella

Job Info: Owner/Operator Intimidator Sportfishing Inc – Orange Beach, AL.

Racing Accomplishments: Not many but getting a little better every week

Twitter Page: @JohnnyGreene31

Comments: Finally getting the chance to race that I have wanted for years. I enjoy every minute of it and enjoy the family getting to be together at the track. Without the […]

The Wait is Over: Demolition Derby Returns to Five Flags

By Chuck Corder

They’re baaaaaaack.

And with loud thuds, maybe a fire or two and plenty more of edge-of-your seat theatrics.

After 30-plus years away from the friendly confines of Five Flags Speedway, the famed half-mile, asphalt oval is ready to open the gates once again Friday night for this instant crowd pleaser.

Demolition Derby.

Just the mere utterance of those words can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. And that’s just for the fans.

Think what the drivers themselves will be feeling Friday night, especially with the last […]

White Turns Dial, Tunes in to Battle in Sportsman Class

By Chuck Corder

Radio and Marty White.

The two would give peas and carrots, PB&J, and cookies and milk a run for their money.

With White’s 18-plus years as co-host of 102.7 FM’s morning show, the pair is just a natural fit.

Or so one would think?

It turns out that necessarily is not the case when it comes to White driving his West Florida Coatings Sportsman class car with its trademark “102.7” logo at Five Flags Speedway.

The popular radio personality and hometown boy has driven much of this season without any communication […]


Drivers and crews get some extra time to make adjustments and dial in their race cars Thursday from 5 to 9. It’s free to sit and watch in the grandstands. and $10 for the pits.  Practice runs from 5 to 9pm. […]


Reserved seats for the 4 days of the Snowball Derby in December are now on sale. A grandstand reserved seat for all 4 days is $75.00, and if you want to visit the pits during the week, total is $125. Single day reserved seat for Sunday is $45.00. All plus a small service charge. Have your credit card ready and call 850-944-8400 anytime between 9am and 5pm Central time Monday-Friday. […]

Tons of Glitz, Little Glamour as Celebs Ready to Battle it Out

By Chuck Corder

Well, this ought to be fun.

Challenged on air the day she formally was hired at 102.7 FM, Lindsey Marie was ready to join her morning show co-host Marty White on the racetrack.

Ahem, in White’s West Florida Coatings Sportsman car.

“I didn’t realize racecars didn’t have passenger seats,” said Lindsey Marie, a 2007 graduate of the University of West Florida.

Instead, she’ll be behind the wheel as one of seven drivers for the annual Celebrities Race on Friday at Five Flags Speedway where they hope to raise money and awareness […]


The crowd pleasing Demolition Derby is back after a 25 + year hiatus.
A generation of fans grew up without experiencing the thrill of watching
grown adults strapping in to an old heap, and crashing into another car
on purpose.
But there are rules, and they are posted here on the web site. Cars and
station wagons only, no trucks or SUV’s
Last car running takes home $1500. Crunch. […]