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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* Speedway Officials shall be empowered to permit minor […]

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 […]

Cole Williams Begins New Challenge Friday at Five Flags

(Pensacola, FL) – Cole Williams of Borden, Indiana has his sights set on a new challenge in 2017, and that new challenge begins this weekend at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.  The 21-year-old Late Model driver has plans to contend for the championship in the track’s competitive Allen Turner Pro Late Model division.

“If everything goes well, if it ends up going perfect we will see. Right now, we are planning on running every race.  If we can keep the car in one piece and everything is going well, then yeah, maybe,” Williams said.

Williams and his team are coming off of […]

Roderick, Choquette Set to Write New Chapter in Budding Rivalry at Allen Tuner PLM Series Opener 

By Chuck Corder
Casey Roderick and Jeff Choquette made short-track racing great again last summer.
It didn’t really need it, mind you. But the pair elevated late model racing with their intense game of cat and mouse around Pensacola’s famed half-mile oval.
The dynamic duo had the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series by the throat and the rest of the field at their mercy. They waged an epic four-month battle for Pro Late Model supremacy at Five Flags Speedway.
Emotions between the two, often boiling over, ran hotter than an engine overheating in July. Choquette, 30, got the better of Roderick, 24, to […]

Back with Grill and GARC, South Ready to Tame Five Flags in Allen Turner PLM Season Opener

By Chuck Corder

Forty minutes across the center of the State of Alabama.
That’s all that separates Justin South from his family-owned, Richard Petty-inspired No. 43 Pro Late Model. But under the careful, watchful eyes of late model legend Augie Grill the stock car might as well be in South’s own backyard in Leeds, Ala.
Grill, who in addition to his driving duties also manufacturers Grand American Race Cars (GARC) in Dolomite, Ala., is a perfectionist stuck in a sport that is often defined by its unfortunate mishaps.
Thanks to Grill’s Midas touch, South has started his 2017 late model season with a bang.
Fresh […]


David Steele is remembered by fans of 5 Flags Speedway, he competed here, and won a winged sprint feature here. He is pictured above in the car he drove at 5 Flags in March of 2013.

One of the most successful drivers in the history of open-wheel racing in the state of Florida died in a Sprint Car crash Saturday night at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. Dave Steele, 42, was competing… in a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series race at the 3/8-mile oval when the accident resulting in his death occurred.

According to Speed Sport, the on-track incident occurred when Steele […]

What an Opening Day: Moseley Dominates Inaugural Outlaw Stock Feature; Three Other Winners Crowned

By Chuck Corder
Corbitt Moseley is proof that stock car racing isn’t just for the kiddos.
As a youth revolution continues to invade NASCAR and every level of racing, the 60-year-old Moseley just keeps winning at short tracks across the southeast.
But the Panama City driver had never won a feature at Five Flags Speedway in his 40-plus years of racing.
Moseley broke his career-long drought on a special Sunday afternoon Opening Day at Pensacola’s famed half-mile oval, which will celebrate the 50th annual Snowball Derby this December.
“Glad be able to run a race and finally win one here. I appreciate the fans and […]