April 2018

Pollard Wins Another Blizzard Series Race; Wilson, Nasse Batter Each Other In and Out of Cars

Pollard Wins Another Blizzard Series Race; Wilson, Nasse Batter Each Other In and Out of Cars

By Chuck Corder

Bubba Pollard’s smartest decision Friday night came when he was behind.

Instead of coming to the pits to repair significant cosmetic damage to his No. 26 Super Late Model, Pollard opted to stay out on the track and not surrender his spot among the leaders.

It proved a wise choice, as short-track’s “Redneck Jesus” won the Rubber & Specialties 125 at Five Flags Speedway.

“Honestly, I didn’t know it was that bad,” Pollard said, as he inspected the crunched-up right panel in Victory Lane. “I could […]

Good field of Super Late Model drivers to compete Friday for 125 laps.

Fresh Off a Win, Defending Blizzard Series Champion Pollard Returns to 5 Flags for Season-Opening Rubber & Specialties 125

 

By Chuck Corder

Five Flags Speedway officially kicked off its short-track racing season on March 4.

But the road to the 51st running of the Snowball Derby begins this week at Pensacola’s high banks.

The Super Late Models of the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series open their year Friday night as the Southern Super Series makes its first stop of the year at the famed half-mile asphalt oval.

Defending and three-time track champion Bubba Pollard — the only Blizzard Series driver to accomplish the hat trick […]

Baklum’s winning streak prompts a bounty.

Balkum Hopes Blistering Start Continues All Season, Leads to Elusive Pure Stocks Track Championship

 

By Chuck Corder

For nearly a decade now, Robert Balkum has been one of the top drivers in the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks division at Five Flags Speedway.

He has experienced the highest of highs with multiple trips to Victory Lane after feature wins. But Balkum has also swallowed bitter pills of losing out on track championships by the smallest of margins.

The Pensacola driver has made it his mission, in 2018, to erase those painful past nightmares. Through the first month of the season, he is already well on […]

Crocker Gets Better of Junior in Thrilling Outlaw Stocks Finish; Boyett Crushes Pro Trucks Field

Crocker, Boyett, Barnhill and Balkum all winners on Friday the 13th.

 

By Chuck Corder

Donald Crocker thought his chance had passed him by Friday night at Five Flags Speedway.

Wayne Niedecken Jr. had been out front for 16 laps after he took the lead from then-leader Todd Jones midway through the 35-lap Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks feature.

Slowly, but surely, though, Crocker reeled in Junior Niedecken and for the final four laps, the tandem put on a short-track exhibition.

After racing door-to-door for a full three laps around the famed half-mile asphalt oval, Crocker finally pulled ahead of Niedecken on the final lap and secured […]

5 Flags is his Second Home!

Burkett Taking Over Family Business, Sits Third in Pure Stocks Standings Thanks to Pair of Top-10s

 

By Chuck Corder

Caleb Burkett has been coming to Five Flags Speedway since the roars of engines and packed crowds “busted my eardrums.

“I wasn’t old enough to walk, I know that,” Burkett added.

Now 17, the junior at West Florida High School of Advanced Technology is starting to reap the rewards of all his time spent watching races, helping his father get cars set up and getting his own feet wet driving at the famed half-mile asphalt oval.

Burkett has started his Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks season with […]