April 2017

Rubber & Specialties 100: Pollard ‘Proves’ He Still Has It, Wins Blizzard Opener; 2 Days Claim Checkereds

By Chuck Corder

Short-track racing has made room for a collection of young drivers to take the spotlight in recent years.
But, Bubba Pollard keeps scoring wins for the “old fogies” at Five Flags Speedway.
Pollard, who officially became a 30-something last month, dominated the Rubber and Specialties 100 on Friday night at the famed half-mile asphalt oval. The Senoia, Ga., driver won by more than three full seconds in the third of 12 races on the Southern Super Series schedule this season.
Pollard, already the all-time leader in Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series victories, added to that total with his 13th career win […]

Nasse Carves Own Path as DSC Blizzard Series Make Season Debut at 5 Flags for Rubber & Specialties 100

 

By Chuck Corder
Stephen Nasse might be the most enigmatic personality in short-track racing.
The 21 year old loves to race as much as his next rival, yet holds no serious aspirations at chasing NASCAR or any other kind of stardom. He’d rather chase the elite competition to short-track’s premier races and hand the well-funded teams their hats.
To Nasse, racing isn’t something he eats, breathes and sleeps, but simply a hobby. He looks forward to the day he takes over the family construction business, which has been around for more than a century, and races a part-time schedule.
He enters Five Flags Speedway […]

Rubber & Specialties 100: Gilliland Brings NASCAR Credentials, ‘Purdy’ Talented Teenage Driver to Blizzard Opener  

By Chuck Corder

As torchbearers for the sport, longtime fans feel it is their calling to share the gospel of racing with the masses. Especially, the next generation.
It’s how short-track phenom Chase Purdy bonded with his grandfather from an early age. Purdy was joined at the hip with Bill Barkley and both were enraptured whenever NASCAR came on TV.
“I remember being younger and telling my grandfather I was going to do that one day,” Purdy, now 17, said. “When I was a few years older, old enough to do it, my grandfather put me in the sport and it’s stuck with […]

Aramendia Scores Third Modifieds of Mayhem Victory in Last 3 Years; Day Makes it 3-for-3 in Pure Stocks

By Chuck Corder

Joe Aramendia made those 11 hours and 700 miles count.
The Seguin, Texas, makes regular visits to Pensacola and Five Flags Speedway to race Modifieds and Late Model driver against the best competition.
Aramendia made a triumph return Friday to the famed half-mile asphalt oval, setting the fast time in qualifying (17.503 seconds) and, then comfortably winning the 50-lap Modifieds of Mayhem Tour feature.
It was Aramendia’s third feature win at Pensacola’s high banks in as many seasons, as the 53-year-old veteran took home checkered flags the previous two Augusts, on the same night when the track hosts its annual Demolition […]

Now With a Wife and Son Cheering Him On, Jonathan Day Has Made Triumphant Return to 5 Flags

By Chuck Corder

Athletes are creatures of habit.
Repetition breeds rhythm. Rhythm begets consistency. Consistency is the threshold to success.
So it would figure that if the rhythm lies dormant for years, muscle memory should shut down.
That’s what we expect from mere mortal athletes. The immortals, the great ones, can retire and un-retire multiple times and still turn heads.
Johnathan Day is on an immortal run currently. After five years away from short-track racing, the 28-year-old Day wasted little time in dusting off the rust. Instead, the Mobile-area driver has won both Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks 20-lap features this season at Five Flags Speedway.
“I’m […]

Aramendia Leads Modifieds of Mayhem Tour into Five Flags Speedway, His Home Away from Home  

By Chuck Corder

The asphalt short tracks around Texan Joe Aramendia have been swallowed up whole.
In fact, the lone asphalt racetrack that remains in the Lone Star State is Texas Motor Speedway, home to NASCAR’s annual pilgrimages. But, as Aramendia put it, “they only race twice a year.”
The 53-year-old hasn’t let life’s setbacks keep him parked, though. Aramendia has become a familiar face at Five Flags Speedway in recent years, winning two Modifieds features the last two seasons.
Aramendia, who hails from Seguin, Texas, just down the road from San Antonio, will once again make the 11-hour haul this week to compete […]

2016 Modifieds of Mayhem

2016 Modifieds of Mayhem

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2 – Tony Boyd

Driver Hometown: Pensacola Florida
Car Owner: Rocky Boyd Sr
Crew Members: Stephen, Andy, 6 Pack, Dalton, Rocky 3
Years In Racing: On and off for the last 14 years
Sponsors: Sir Veillance, American Garage Doors,
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Smart Signs By Nate Markham
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Family:
Job Info: Boyd’s Automotive and Repair […]

2x Blizzard Series Champ Roderick Returns to 5 Flags, Captures Allen Turner PLM Series Opener

By Chuck Corder

The seat inside Ronnie Sanders’ famed No. 18 has always been a hot commodity
Sanders, of course, was the first to occupy the coveted spot during a 41-year short-track career that saw him morph into one of the titans of the sport, highlighted by wins at prestigious races, including the 1977 Snowball Derby.
In recent years, acting as the big red machine’s crew chief, late model champions Bubba Pollard, Clay Alexander and Hunter Robbins were just three of the young hotshoes in Sanders’ stable. Pollard won an incomprehensible 19 races one season under Sanders’ guidance.
Arguably, neither Pollard nor the other […]