March 2012

Garvey Puts a Familiar Car in Victory Lane *Update

A broken transmission in practice. No problem.

Starting last in the field. No problem.

Pro Late Model driver Mike Garvey had no problem working his way through the pack to win the opening race of the Allen Turner Series 100 on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway.

“The car was awesome,” he said in Victory Lane. “It was right on the money.”

D.J. Vanderley was second, followed by T.J. Reaid, Dwayne Buggay and Kyle Benjamin. Pensacola’s Johanna Long, driving Tommy Rollins’ car, finished sixth.

Garvey’s win prompted a jubilant celebration with his pit crew and car owner Tracy Goodson of Pensacola.

“We’ve been close for a […]

Still Looking for First 100-Lap Victory, VanderLey Hopes to Steer Allen Turner PLM Win

Chuck Corder

It appears D.J. VanderLey has added a new member to his late model team.

If it was up to him, though, the two-time defending Pro Late Model champion at Five Flags Speedway would fire it in a second.

A 1,000-pound gorilla has taken up residence in VanderLey’s hauler and it seems to travel to every track VanderLey pulls into.

The Auburn honors college sophomore hopes to leave it somewhere on the shoulder of Pine Forest Road before the Pro Late Models open their season with the Allen Turner 100 on Friday at Pensacola’s high banks.

“We’ve had some, pretty rough luck,” VanderLey said. […]

Long Gets Back to Racing Roots this Friday with Allen Turner Pro Late Models 100

Chuck Corder

Johanna Long just couldn’t take it anymore.

The Nationwide Series rookie last suited up for a race March 17 at famed Bristol Motor Speedway.

That was all Long could stand. And what better way for her to end that void than in her backyard.

Long will make a triumphant return to Pro Late Models in the Allen Turner 100 on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway.

It will be the first time she has driven a PLM since the 2010 Snowflake 100, the night before her career’s crowning achievement in winning the 43rd annual Snowball Derby.

“(It has) been a couple of years,” Long […]


After a record breaking entry list for the 2011 Allen Turner Snowflake 100 last December, there is little reason to be surprised if the opening race of the 2012 Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series offers up more of the same competition. Snowflake Champion Augie Grill will roll into Pensacola as the favorite. Fresh off a 3rd place finish in the Buddy’s Home Furnishing Blizzard Series opener last weekend for Super Late Models, Grill will be sure to have his Ford Fusion in top form once again. He better. South Carolina standout Kyle Benjamin, Texas big gun Zach Hausler, Georgia veteran […]

Elliott Withstands Day of Unexpecteds, Makes Late Push to Capture Pepsi Next 100




By Chuck Corder

Beads of sweat trickling off his chin, Chase Elliott was out of breath.

“That’s about as hard as I’ve worked to catch somebody,” the 16-year-old defending Snowball Derby champion said Sunday. “I’m glad it paid off.”

The 16 year old etched another unthinkable victory into the asphalt at Five Flags Speedway, running down Jeff Choquette in the final 15 laps to win the Pepsi Next 100.

The season opener was postponed to Sunday because of rain Friday.

The change in schedule didn’t dampen another memorable performance from Elliott, who passed Choquette on Lap 97 to take his Super Late Model to Victory […]


The opening Blizzard of the 2012 season has been postponed to Sunday afternoon. Drivers and crews were ready to race Friday, when a steady rain started, and is forecast thru Saturday morning.
Sunday, March 25th

9:00am Pit Gate Opens
10:00am Grandstand Gate Opens
11:00am Drivers Meeting
12:00 – 12:45 Blizzard Series Practice
12:45 – 1:30 Super Stock, Sportsman, & Bomber Practice
Blizzard Pre-Qualifying Tech
1:30PM Pepsi Next 100 Qualifying
2:15PM Pre-Race Ceremonies
2:30PM Pepsi Next 100
Super Stock Feature (25 Laps)
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
Bomber Feature (20 Laps)
See ya at the track on Sunday. […]

With Targets on Their Backs, Defending Local Track Champions Eager to Get Season Under Way

By Chuck Corder

Brannon Fowler and Bubba Winslow have wasted little time in picking up where their championship seasons of 2011 left off.

While the Five Flags Speedway season opens Friday night, both Fowler and Winslow have already pulled their rides into Victory Lane this year.

Both Pensacola-area drivers captured feature races at Mobile International Speedway last weekend.

This week, Fowler and Winslow are both ready to defend their Sportsmen and Super Stocks track titles, respectively, when the green flag drops at America’s Favorite Home Track.

“We’re more excited than ever than to defend our title,” said Winslow, who won the Super Stocks crown as […]

Reigning Snowball Champ Elliott Headlines Five Flags Season Opener on Friday

By Chuck Corder

It’s good to be king.

The crown seems to sit perfectly steady atop Chase Elliott’s 16-year-old head.

Three months after his dramatic win at the 44th annual Snowball Derby, Elliott is enjoying the spoils of being champion of short-track’s most prestigious race.

No question the teenager’s star was already bright. Any track the wunderkind’s hauler pulls into, his last name and eye-popping skills as a wheelman make him an instant celebrity.

Winning the Snowball, though, has taken his fame to unprecedented heights.

“It’s really cool,” said Elliott, the son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott. “No matter where you go — even in Phoenix […]


Steve and Tim are joined by driving sensation Chase Elliott to talk by phone on the start of a new season.

Out of town? You can grab the show on the BLAB TV web site:

Monday night 8pm Central time. […]