June 2012

Garvey puts a Familiar #1 in Victory Lane Again!

Bill Vilona

bvilona@pnj.com

A camouflage, Hot Wheels designed helmet was fastened to Hayden Pursell’s head, along with steely focus on his face.

The 9-year-old had outpedaled the competition on his uncle Brad’s bike, pumped his way around the final turn on the banked racetrack and saw the finish line at Five Flags Speedway.

A kid’s dream come true.

“I looked back about three times and saw I was way ahead,” he said.

Nothing like thrill of winning, or just participating with other youth in the annual Kids’ Bike Races, a highlight of Friday night’s race program at Five Flags Speedway.

Pursell, a fifth grader from Beulah, […]

Robbins Hoping to Turn Back Clock with Sanders PLM as Kids Return for Annual Bike Races After Washout

By Chuck Corder

Much of the focus this Friday at Five Flags Speedway will be about young people.

After Mother Nature postponed the original date earlier this month, at long last, it’s once again time for the annual children’s bike races.

Four age groups get a taste of what he America’s Favorite Home Track is all about.

The 5 and unders will battle spoke-to-spoke from Turn 4 to the start-finish line while the 6 through 9s, 10-12s and 13 and ups will drive it hard into all four corners just like their Friday night heroes.

All riders must wear helmets and the free registration takes […]

ANNUAL KIDS BIKE RACING

Two wheel pedaling by the future drivers is back on Friday June 29th.
The kids are separated by age groups, and all but the tiniest make the
half mile trek around the track.

Everyone gets a trophy and a treat, compliments of Tracy Goodson’s
Beef O’Brady’s on Mobile Highway, and Panhandle Grading and Paving.

Bring bike and helmet, get there before 7:45 to register.

June 29th Bike Race Info

Age Groups:
5 & under…Race will start in Turn 4 and conclude at track finish line.
*6 thru 9
*10,11,12
*13 & older
* These groups will make 1 lap around track

Registration:
Will take place inside main entrance to grandstands. Each rider will be […]

Pollard Gets Monkey Off Back, Collects Coors Light 100 Win for First Victory at Five Flags in 2012


By Chuck Corder

Plenty of emotions filled Victory Lane after the Coors Light 100 on Friday at Five Flags Speedway.

Unfortunately, though, they weren’t precipitated by the driver and car the packed house flooded the grandstands and pits to see.

Nationwide Series rookie and 2010 Snowball Derby champion Johanna Long delivered a courageous performance in her return home, running second for most of the night before finishing eighth.

But the night belonged to Bubba Pollard, who took the lead on Lap 87, and held on in the face of some late cautions for his first win in Pensacola this year.

“We enjoy coming down here,” […]

The Girl is Back in Town: Pensacola’s Johanna Long Returns for Blizzard Series Coors Light 100 on Friday

By Chuck Corder

Life has always moved fast for Johanna Long.

Heck, it came with the job description when she chose to pursue her dreams of being a stock car driver at the ripe age of 8.

But as Long returns home for the Coors Light 100 on Friday at Five Flags Speedway, even the Nationwide Series rookie could not have envisioned the warp speed in which her life travels these days.

Long, fresh off her best NASCAR finish to date, headlines the fourth of five Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series races for Super Late Models.

“I’m really excited to get back to Five Flags,” […]

VanderLey Suspension Lifted

D.J. VanderLey, suspended for the regular season after an altercation with another driver on April 27th, has had his eligibility to compete reinstated beginning with this Friday’s Coors Light 100 Blizzard Series event at 5 Flags Speedway. VanderLey has missed 2 races in The Blizzard Series at 5 Flags, and 2 races in the Miller Lite Series at Mobile, which in essence was a 4 race suspension in the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series. “ Officials from both tracks re-opened discussions last week on the length of the suspension”, stated 5 Flags GM Tim Bryant. “ Everyone agreed the severity […]

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