May 2014

Pollard Holds Off Grill in Instant Classic, Claims Rubber & Specialties 125 Victory to Make Blizzard Series History

By Chuck Corder

You pay for the whole seat, but you only need the edge.

That’s an oldie, but goodie when it comes to racing adages.

It was never truer than during the Rubber and Specialties 125 on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway.

Bubba Pollard won his fourth straight Southern Super Series race, his third consecutive Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series race and his fifth in a row in the last month.

It didn’t come easy. Pollard had to hold off a hard charge from Augie Grill in the final 25 laps, finally reclaiming the lead for good with five laps to go.

“That’s […]

Streaking Pollard has Regained Form, Eyes Third Straight Blizzard Victory Come Friday

By Chuck Corder

Athletes talk with reverence about “the zone.”

It’s mythical territory where they’re at their best. Whether it’s Bubba Watson rolling in birdies and eagles, LeBron James going off for 50 points, Peyton Manning tossing seven touchdowns or racking up Sprint Cup Series titles like Jimmie Johnson, athletes covet every chance encounter in “the zone.”

It’s sacred ground, and never sullied because trips to this enchanted utopia are often so rare.

When Bubba Pollard returns Friday to Five Flags Speedway for the Rubber and Specialties 125, “the zone” will be riding shotgun.

The 27-year-old Super Late Model driver has won two consecutive Buddy’s […]

Teenager Ward Basking in Breakout Season, Leads Butler U-Pull-It Bombers

By Chuck Corder

What a difference a new ride makes.

Hunter Ward wishes he had a crystal ball last year.

All things considered, the 18 year old from Pensacola had a respectable 2013 season, which included his first two career Butler U-Pull-It Bombers wins at Five Flags Speedway.

But Ward fought that car’s handling night and day, both on and off the track. After a mid-season wreck finally did it in, Ward purchased the silver No. 1 that has already brought him two wins and the Bombers points lead in this young season.

“It has made a big difference,” he said. “I was fighting my […]

Kyle Bryant Is Chasing the Dream in Southern Super Series

By Elgin Traylor,

Racing Against the “Best of the Best” in His Back Yard is Shaping the Young Driver

Racing is in Kyle Bryant’s blood.  Short track racing has been a passion of his family for decades in the Deep South.  His family has raced, worked on cars, sold parts or promoted tracks in the region for years.

Now it’s the 21-year-old Navarre, Florida driver to make a name for himself on the racing scene to continue the family legacy behind the wheel of his No. 79 Super Late Model.  When not working at Bryant Racing Equipment in Navarre during the week, […]


The NASCAR series comes back to 5 Flags Speedway on Friday June 13th…and advance tickets are now on sale at a discounted price.

A great field of drivers is expected,,,and we hope you can come see this national event right here.

For Details Call… 850-944-8400 […]

Southern Vintage Racing Association will Once Again Turn Back the Clock in June

By Chuck Corder

Last summer, they delighted the Five Flags faithful who have fond memories of racing in its purest form.

In less than a month, they’ll be back. This time their mission will be, once again, to entertain, but also stir up an interest in the average fan who is mesmerized by the group of 1932 and ’34 Ford and Chevy open-wheeled coupes and trucks.

The Southern Vintage Racing Association — “the little series that could” — will return to the famed half-mile asphalt oval on June 6 to be part of a show that will also include Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Beef […]

Jones Gets Breakthrough PLM Win; Johanna Scores Pair of Top-10s to Take Points Lead

By Chuck Corder


Since Garrett Jones first made his Five Flags Speedway debut last year, all the precocious teenager could talk about was making the famed half-mile oval the spot where he got his first career late model win.

That talk was finally put to bed Friday night.

The 14-year-old Jones from Mooresville, N.C., has created quite the fan base in Pensacola.

On Friday night, Jones nipped Junior Niedecken — one of Five Flags’ first sons — at the line in the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series split feature finale to finally earn that elusive win he so desperately coveted.

The crowd erupted with […]

After a 5-Year Layoff, 2009 Sportsman Derby Champ Hoover is Back in Contention at Five Flags

By Chuck Corder

The time seemed right for Billy Hoover.

A former Sportsman Snowball Derby champion, Hoover hadn’t run a full slate of races at Five Flags Speedway since that memorable year.

But feeling like his house was in as good of order as it’ll ever be, Hoover decided to return to racing full-time this year.

He’s picked up where he left off.

While he’s still searching for his first win since 2009, Hoover boasts a runner-up and fifth-place finish through three races and sits third in the Beef “O” Brady’s Sportsman class points standings coming into Friday night.

“All the guys are really working hard, […]