May 2016

Burton Conquers 5 Flags / Pollard Class Act

Thanks to an unusual act of sportsmanship from a fellow driver, 15-year-old Harrison Burton enjoyed the grand elation of winning the 100-lap Rubber & Specialties Blizzard Series race Friday night at Five Flags Speedway.

“I wanted to win here so bad,” he said. “I’ve never been happier.”

Just a few laps earlier, he had never been so frustrated. He was trying to pass race leader Bubba Pollard in turn 4 on lap 94.

The two touched and Pollard spun out. During the caution, race officials announced Burton would have to go to the rear of the field.

“My heart was broken,” Burton said. “There […]

Rookie Like No Other: Female Driver Jorgensen Eyes Third Victory in Pro Trucks Debut Season

By Chuck Corder

When you’re a natural, you can become immune to nerves.

Every time Taylor Jorgensen climbs behind the wheel of her Legends car, she has to shoo away butterflies from her stomach.

But once the 20-year-old female driver from Stockbridge, Ga., slides into her Pro Trucks No. 3, a sense of peace washes over Jorgensen and she feels right at home.

“I haven’t been nervous through this whole experience,” she said. “All I can say, is behind the wheel of a truck is the most comfortable I’ve been in a racecar. When you get a driver comfortable, beautiful things happen.”

Jorgensen’s first season […]

Young Gilliland Brings Historic Season, Humble Approach to Five Flags for Rubber and Specialties 100

By Chuck Corder
Todd Gilliland takes a more subdued approach with his celebrations.
Most of all, he eschews the most popular post-race theatrics: the burnout.
“I don’t wanna destroy anything,” said Todd, wise beyond his 16 years of age. “I like to pull the car into Victory Lane and then celebrate. My dad always preached, ‘Act like you’ve been there before and you’re going to be there again.’ It’s something we’ve always done.”
The teenager has done it a lot of it in the last year, including a record stretch of four consecutive wins on the K&N Pro Series that had the sport all […]


The speedy Super Late Models, the stars of the Snowball Derby © pull a
Gulf Coast double header this Memorial Day weekend. Friday nite here at
5 Flags Speedway with 100 laps and a fire works show.  Then load up to
Mobile International Speedway Saturday evening for an encore.  The
Rubber & Specialties Blizzard 100 evening begins at 8pm following
time trials at 6:45pm.

The fireworks sky show is expected shortly after 9pm when it turns dark.

The Friday event here will also highlight a competitive battle in the Beef O’Brady
Truck series, dominated by 19 year old Georgia driver Taylor Jorgensen.
All that along with The Dock on […]

Hamrac Returns to Five Flags, Wins Modifieds of Mayhem Opener; Crocker Grabs 40-Lap Finale

By Chuck Corder

Donnie Hamrac rests his head in Semmes, Ala.

But, there’s no question, his home away from home is across the state line at Five Flags Speedway.

Hamrac has made it a great habit of winning big modified races at Pensacola’s high banks. Hamrac owns a couple of modified track championships at Five Flags and is the three-time reigning Modifieds Snowball Derby king.

He collected another crucial victory Friday night at Five Flags, dominating the opening of two 40-lap features in the Modifieds of Mayhem.

“It takes everybody,” Hamrac said. “I can’t thank my team enough for their hard work, from David Jones […]

Vintage drivers come together for one of their own

The racing community has always been home to Good Samaritans.

The drivers and car owners in the Southern Vintage Racing Association are no exception. In fact, the group, which features 1934 Ford and Chevy open-wheeled coupes and sedans, might be closer-knit than most.

Local vintage racer Levi Plato can attest. After Plato rolled his car last month at Northwest Florida Speedway, fellow vintage driver Blake Martin decided to organize a benefit for Plato.

The event will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ollie’s Restaurant in Milton.

A car show and car wash are planned with all proceeds raised going to help Plato […]

While Other Drivers Have Finally Gained Some Ground, Buttrick Remains Sportsmen Car to Beat

By Chuck Corder

Steve Buttrick has finally gone worldwide.

That should come as no surprise to folks that have seen Buttrick wheel a racecar or the legions of kids who receive the gentle giant’s trophies on Friday nights at Five Flags Speedway.

What will surprise them is Buttrick’s recent international acclaim isn’t for the reasons they might expect from one of the most accomplished champions Five Flags has ever crowned in its long and distinguished history.

Buttrick, 54, worked as a jack-of-all-trades marine mechanic for 35 years until he went into business for himself a few years ago. Now, Buttrick constructs flexible impeller pumps […]

Worsham Hopes Following in Old Man’s Modifieds Footsteps Means Reaching Victory Lane on Friday Night

By Chuck Corder
Like most boys, Ryan Worsham grew up idolizing his father.
And for good reason. Richard Worsham was an accomplished driver for 15 years at Five Flags Speedway and along the Gulf Coast.
In 2002, a year before he hung up his fire suit, the elder Worsham won the Modifieds track title in Pensacola.
On Friday, nearly 15 years after his father’s memorable championship, 16-year-old Ryan Worsham will follow in his father’s footsteps when the Modifieds of Mayhem series runs for the first time this season in Pensacola.
“I wouldn’t wanna do this with anybody else,” the younger Worsham said. “I love working […]

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