July 2016

Roderick Scores Second Blizzard Series Victory of Season; Pro Trucks Rookie Jorgensen Back on Top

By Chuck Corder

When Ronnie Sanders speaks, listen. Period. End of story.

The former Snowball Derby champion has been a late model maestro as a car owner and crew chief to some of short-track racing’s brightest stars in recent years.

Currently working on the Super Late Model of defending Blizzard Series champion Casey Roderick, Sanders had a self-fulfilling prophecy for his guy around the 75-lap mark of the Deep South Crane Blizzard Series SERF, Inc. 125 on Friday at Five Flags Speedway.

“I think we’ll have something for (Jeff Choquette),” Sanders declared while the race was under caution with 76 laps complete with Choquette […]

With Focus Back in SLM Racing, Ruston Ready to Conquer Five Flags at SERF, Inc. 125

Kenzie Ruston started off her 2016 season in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco with high expectations after returning to Super Late Models.

After a stint in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, she united with the Carswell Motorsports no. 98 team. Through the newly-minted team’s first three races, success was hard to come by. But business picked up when the month of May rolled around.

Ruston, the 24-year-old female driver who hails from El Reno, Okla., has recorded two top-five finishes in her last three races. Ruston’s recent uptick was highlighted with a season-best fourth earlier this month at South Alabama […]

Young Driver Anderson Proving to be Quick Study against Super Late Model Elite Drivers

By Chuck Corder
When Augie Grill admits defeat, you know you’ve accomplished something.
Give him a few years, a decade or two perhaps, but at some point 18-year-old Cole Anderson will recall fondly the night he chased down the unflinching veteran and he’ll wax poetically about his eventual win.
But to see Anderson’s Diamondback 125 victory in person earlier this month at South Alabama Speedway in Opp, it almost felt like a changing of the guard moment for short-track racing.
It wasn’t just that Anderson won his second straight Southern Super Series race, but the way he defeated Grill. Anderson showed a level of maturity […]

With Deep Roots in Dirt, Parker’s Determination Paying Off in Pro Trucks Rookie Season

By Chuck Corder
Many routes lead drivers to milestone victories.
Jarrett Parker’s path to his first career victory at Five Flags Speedway, not to mention asphalt, was unconventional to say the least.
Parker, 21 and a Beef “O” Brady’s Pro Trucks rookie, overcame no practice on race day and a backup transmission to break through with his first win — and first pole, oh by the way — last month at the famed half-mile asphalt oval.
“We changed transmissions in the pits that night,” said Parker, a go-kart wunderkind on dirt since he was 9. “We got two courtesy laps and then qualified, and got […]

Mason Leads Every Lap En Route to Modifieds of Mayhem Win; Ard Nudges Buttrick for Spectacular Victory

By Chuck Corder

How long does it take to erase a nightmare?

For veteran short-track driver Okie Mason, it took about an hour Friday night at Five Flags Speedway.

The 54 year old from Kushla, Ala., started the 50-lap Modifieds of Mayhem feature from the pole and never once relinquished it in a wire-to-wire trip to Victory Lane.

“I’m sorry I didn’t put on a great show, but sometimes it works that way,” Mason half-seriously apologized to the fans. “There ain’t a better feeling than winning in Pensacola and Five Flags.”

And that jolt of euphoria surely felt more rejuvenating after the miserable season Mason […]

Pokrant Proud to Honor American Hero, Enjoying Success On and Off Track

By Chuck Corder

When you track Jim Pokrant down — no small feat these days (just ask Steve Buttrick) — on the Fourth of July, he’s exactly where you’d expect the 45-year-old patriot to be.

Pokrant was heading downtown to Veterans Memorial Park to claim a spot for the fireworks spectacular over Pensacola Bay on Monday. Just like Pokrant and his party of 10 does every year.

The son of a man who served in both World War II and the Korean War, Pokrant always sets off his own pyrotechnics display each time he races at Five Flags Speedway.

This season is no exception.

He […]

Modifieds of Mayhem: With Father, Late Mother Close to Heart, Never Lonely for Only-Child Crocker

By Chuck Corder
Assumptions, fair or unfair, are often made about only children.
Outsiders might negatively label only children as loners, spoiled and entitled. Others might admire their independence, gratefulness, generosity and how they’re loyal to those closest to them.
Modifieds of Mayhem driver Donald Crocker falls into the latter group. The 24 year old knows the only reason he’s pursuing his racing dreams is because of his father, Don Crocker.
“I couldn’t do anything I do now without him. I’ve learned everything from him,” the younger Crocker said. “It’s a tight relationship. He’s always a bigger person that I am. When we start […]