April 2015

RACE FANS TO LEARN MORE ON HELPING CHILDREN IN COURT

There are about 1700 children who are involved in the legal process in the 4 counties here in Northwest Florida.
Children who are neglected, abandoned, and in need of someone to stand with them.   Only 58% of them have
someone to help.

The Guardian ad Litem organization is the coordinating agency that links volunteer adults with
the impacted children during their stressful court procedures.

If you are concerned, and have time and can share love with these youngsters, then call 595-3746.

For more detailed information, go to:  www.guardianadlitem.org

We will have representatives at the track Friday  evening to meet with prospective volunteers.

Help make a difference one child […]

Memorable Gulf Coast Weekend Ends with Win and Points Lead for Smith


Texas Driver Ends Long Winless Streak

 

AUSTIN, TX. –This past weekend is one that Casey Smith and his team won’t forget for a long time.  The Austin, Texas native made the trip to the Alabama/Florida border area memorable as he went home with a victory and the Southern Super Series point lead.

Smith ended a winless drought on Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama and finished third on Friday night to end the weekend as the point leader in the Southern Super Series.

On Saturday night, he dominated by leading every lap in the 100-lap event at the high-banked, half-mile […]

With Stars Piling Up DNFs, Grissom Scores Victory in Blizzard Series Opener

By Chuck Corder
Five Flags Speedway has been the catapult for quite a few famous sons of legendary NASCAR drivers in recent years.
Chase Elliott, son of “Million Dollar” Bill, won the Snowball Derby in 2011 and the current Hendrick Motorsports driver is line to hop in Jeff Gordon’s Sprint Cup ride next year.
Most recently, it was 17-year-old John Hunter Nemechek, offspring of Joe, hoisting the Tom Dawson trophy last December.
On Friday night, another son etched his name in Five Flags lore during the opening Super Late Model race of 2015 at America’s Favorite Home Track.
Kyle Grissom, son of former Nationwide Series […]

Arrival of New Crew Chief Helping Former PLM Champion Jones Make Rookie Splash in SLM Ride

By Chuck Corder
Just do a quick click through Garrett Jones’ social media platforms.
Check out his recent photographs. It’s easy to tell the pint-sized wunderkind, who made a splash as a 13-year-old track champion at Five Flags Speedway two years ago, has hit a growth spurt.
When he took the famed half-mile asphalt oval by storm in 2013, winning the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series track championship, Jones had a voice that wouldn’t stop cracking and a talent that wouldn’t stop blossoming.
Now, a teenager with a few years under his belt, the 15-year-old’s octave levels have matured along with his height […]

Dirt-Track Veteran Harris Excited to Bring Talents to Pro Trucks, Five Flags Speedway on Friday

By Chuck Corder
A 12-year veteran of local dirt tracks, Branden Harris rarely lets anything or anyone rattle his cage.
The 25 year old has seen a lot in racing and doesn’t easily crack in pressure situations or if other drivers feebly attempt head games.
But there is one guy, a go-kart driver no less, who won’t be silenced and constantly needles Harris whenever there’s an opportunity.
“He talks a little bit of trash, anything he can,” Harris said of the heckler. “He thinks he runs the show.”
So who is this pain in Harris’ side? None other than Landen Harris, Branden and wife Whitney’s […]

Excitement Building for First SSS Gulf Coast Doubleheader

Excitement Building for First SSS Gulf Coast Doubleheader | Speed 51 | 100% Short Track Racing

For the first time since the running of the 47th Annual Snowball Derby, Super Late Models will roar to life this weekend in the Gulf Coast region.  The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco rolls into Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway and Mobile, Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway this upcoming weekend to kick-off the first Gulf Coast weekend of the 2015 racing season.

 

The stars of the Southern Super Series will test themselves on the half-mile Pensacola oval on Friday, April 24 before traveling to […]

Santos, King of Wing Series Gets Five Flags Season Off to Roaring Start

By Chuck Corder

The wait was well worth it.

A deluge postponed Opening Night at Five Flags Speedway by a week. When the skies finally cleared by noon on Friday, fans in Pensacola knew it was finally time to go racing.

What a show they witnessed as the winged pavement sprint cars of the King of the Wing Series lit up the track.

Bobby Santos led several times Friday, including the final 10 laps of the 40 lapper, to win the King of the Wing’s season opener.

Kyle Edwards of Bartlett, Tenn., finished second and Tampa’s Troy DeCaire rallied home from the back for third.

“That […]

King of the Wing Star Sierra Jackson Hopes Five Flags Faithful Have Long Memory on Friday

By Chuck Corder
At around the tender age of 5, Sierra Jackson already had a daredevil itch to scratch.
The youngster pleaded with her father, Mike, who raced motorcycles along with Sierra’s uncle, to put her on a bike.
“He wasn’t gonna go for that,” Sierra said of Mike. “But he got me a car. I practiced a few times. And that was that. He didn’t have to think twice about it once he saw how much I loved it.”
Her first car was a go-kart. That came when Sierra Jackson was 6.
She has few vivid memories of her first career wins, but the […]

TV Show to Preview Winged Sprint and Blizzard Races on Monday Night

Tim and Steve host a one hour call in TV show on BLAB highlighting the next 2 race events.  Drivers from the King of the Wing series who are in town early have been invited to talk about the world’s fastest short track cars.  Over 20 Winged Sprints are expected for the weather delayed season opener on Friday the 17th. Bombers, Pro Trucks, and Sportsmen will also make their 2015 debut.

A week later, on the 24th, the first of the Deep South Crane Blizzard Series brings the speedy Super Late Models to the track.

Plenty to talk about, on BLAB TV on local cable, and streaming on […]