The Panhandle of Florida will take center stage on national television in 2018. For the first time, the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway (FL) will have all four races air on network television. Five Flags Speedway and Speed51 TV are working together to have all four events air on a tape-delayed basis on MAVTV. The four events will be produced by Speed51 TV.
Five Flags Speedway hosts four Super Late Model events throughout its racing season. Those events are part of the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season, but they also count towards a Super Late Model track championship […]
The countdown is on to March 3oth as the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series “Road to the Snowflake 100” takes the stage at 5 Flags Speedway, along with Pro Trucks and Pure Stocks, beginning a bi-weekly, Friday night schedule that continues thru August.
In an effort to bring more notoriety to local racers, 5 Flags has reached an agreement with BLAB TV in Pensacola, to carry a 2 hour broadcast of the opening event, to be shown multiple times on the following weekend. With production being provided by speed51.com and 51 TV, BLAB will be announcing specific air times in […]
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Six Feature Races Yields Six Different Winners Five Flags Rings in Opening Day in Style
By Chuck Corder
From the outhouse to the penthouse.
That’s where Pace driver Todd Jones found himself Sunday afternoon at Five Flags Speedway.
The racing gods shined brightly on Jones while Mother Nature delivered a picturesque Pensacola afternoon for the famed half-mile asphalt oval’s Opening Day.
Jones won the second of two 25-lap Faith Chapel Outlaw Stocks feature, not only after starting from the back of the field but after his No. 4 yellow machine inexplicably lost power.
Defending Outlaw Stocks Snowball Derby champion Bubba Winslow finished runner-up to Jones, but […]
Taking the Next Step: Pure Stock Driver Dority Readies for Greatness, Fowler Enjoying Leap to Trucks
By Chuck Corder
Sarah Dority is enjoying her view near the mountaintop.
With the Five Flags Speedway season opener rapidly approaching this Sunday afternoon, just like last March, the 26-year-old Pensacola driver has her eyes squarely affixed on big dreams for 2018.
“If it wasn’t for effort and time, I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now,” Dority said. “Time. Effort. Blood, Sweat. Tears. And, most importantly, the support of this amazing racing community.”
She’s not the only one who has poured out their soul this week, making final adjustments before Sunday arrives.
Hotshoes in four classes, including the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks division that […]
By popular demand our entire grandstand seating area is now smoke free. There will however be
designated areas close by for those who wish to have a smoke or vape break. Additionally, the
Turn 5 Tavern is not included in the Smoke Free areas, and there will be an area in the back of
the Spotter’s stand, where Spotter’s only can catch a smoke.
We at Five Flags Speedway would like to thank Pensacola Sports, for the Excellence in Tourism Award, presented at their 64th Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday Night at New World Landing. Being recognized for special achievements associated with the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, we were honored to share the room with world class athletes and individuals who have made contributions to the local sports scene. We’re proud to be a part of such a diverse sports community, one that has yielded athletes to the highest levels of their respective sports. We’re proud of the experience the Snowball Derby has become, […]
Gulf Coast Triple Doubles for Pro Late Models
Five Flags Speedway officials announced today, in conjunction with the new management of Mobile International Speedway, three dates on the 2018 racing schedule that will comprise the Gulf Coast Triple Doubles for Pro Late Models. The three doubleheader weekends will consist of 100 Lap races on Friday Night at Five Flags, then move 80 miles west to Mobile for the same event on Saturday Night. Each night will pay $3000 to the winner and additionally, there will be $500 in Gulf Coast Bonus Bucks paid to the driver with the best two night […]
ANNUAL PASS TO ALL OUR REGULAR EVENTS HAS RESERVED PARKING INCLUDED.
By popular demand, this year it includes a reserved Snowball parking space!
The season pass for 2018 is now available. Cost is $250. It includes one grandstand ticket for track sponsored events thru October, a dedicated parking spot with your name on it, and this year a parking space for Snowball Derby week. (does not include Snowball admission ticket.)
Get yours before opening day March 4 Stop by Mon-Fri 9-5 or call 850-944-8400 […]
The 2018 version of the Sweat Hogg Grand Prix had a tremendous amount of buzz going, and certainly Sunday’s race did not disappoint. With previous years dominant driver Ricky Johnson started 3rd in this year’s 33 car event, many thought it may be over even before it started. Outside polesitter Rob McClendon had other ideas however, taking the lead at the start and establishing himself as the driver to beat. But Johnson answered the call, taking over the lead during the middle stages of race, sailing thru the field as many thought he was on his way to yet another […]
THE SUPER LATE MODELS TO RUN 4 DEEP SOUTH BLIZZARD RACES HERE AS PART OF THE SOUTHERN SUPER SERIES IN 2018.
The powerful super late models begin their season with the Rattler 250 at Opp in mid March, and end the season with a new 300 lap race at Mobile International Speedway the end of October.
In between 8 tracks will host the series including 4 stops here at 5 Flags. Here is the schedule:
2018 Southern Super Series Schedule
March 16-18 Rattler 250 Opp, AL
April 7 North South Challenge Nashville,TN
April 27 Blizzard #1 Pensacola, FL
May 19 US Short Track Nationals Bristol, TN
June 9 Border Wars Anderson S.C.
June 22 Blizzard #2 Pensacola, FL
June 30 Rumble by the River Montgomery,AL
July 20 Blizzard #3 […]
As 2017 turns into a memory, we’d like to Thank everyone that has made “all things Five Flags Speedway” into what it is. The most supportive race fans a racetrack could possibly hope for, loyal competitors, who despite the ongoing challenges racers face each and every week , continue to support the sport they love, and a staff that genuinely wants both fans and competitors to have a good experience each time they enter our gates, all combines to make our Speedway something we’re proud of. We’ll continue to work towards bettering our overall product, and look forward to your […]
By Chuck Corder
Kyle Busch turned his glitter into gold.
Busch, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series superstar, won the 50th annual Snowball Derby and hoisted the Tom Dawson trophy Sunday at Five Flags Speedway courtesy of a perfect game plan.
After leading a handful of laps just before the midway point of the 300-lap Super Late Model, Busch timed his charge to the checkered flag when it mattered most.
Running third with 22 laps remaining in the country’s most prestigious short-track race, Busch passed Late Model legend Bubba Pollard for second before getting by then-leader Jeff Choquette on Lap 284.
Busch pulled away, as […]
By Chuck Corder
There have been 31 fewer Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100s than today’s 50th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.
While the country’s preeminent Pro Late Model race might not have the history of its big brother, it has had its moments.
In 2010, a then-15-year-old Chase Elliott came from near the back of the pack to win the first of his three Snowflake 100s. Last December, Augie Grill was overcome with emotion in Victory Lane when he celebrated his third ’Flake.
But, arguably, no prior ’Flake began with quite the bang that reverberated Saturday night around the famed half-mile asphalt […]
By Chuck Corder
With a full moon dancing across a pitch-black sky Saturday at Five Flags Speedway, the Pro Trucks running of the 50th Annual Snowball Derby certainly had a touch of the strange.
There was a fight in the grandstands. A driver got out of his truck on the back stretch to give a rival a piece of his mind during a late caution before race officials escorted him off the raceway. And, speaking of yellows, there were 11 of them in the 50-lap race.
Through it all, D.J. VanderLey maintained his resolve and made a triumphant run to not only racing, […]
VanderLey went wheel-to-wheel with Chase Elliott over the last five laps in one of the Snowball Derby’s most iconic moments. VanderLey led Elliott by inches every lap, until the final circuit. A slip in turn three on the last lap allowed Elliott to get to the flag first.
VanderLey, who had won a handful of Pro Late Model races before that night, settled for second. He admittedly thinks about that night often.
“I think about that race nearly every day,” VanderLey said with a chuckle. “It was the highest of highs and a highlight of my driving career, but it also sucks […]
For decades Augie Grill had seen the checkered flag from nearly every possible location…except one.
Grill stood in the bed of his dad’s truck as a child. He sat on top of the pit box and called Wayne Anderson to the win in 2001. He even spotted a few races.
Decades after his first trip to the Gulf Coast, Grill captured his first Snowball Derby win as a driver in 2007. He followed his initial triumph with another win in 2008, albeit following the disqualification of the initial winner.
Grill’s two Tom Dawson trophies are some of his most-cherished racing memories, and he […]
By Chuck Corder
Even legends want their picture taken with Augie Grill.
In the joyous aftermath of Grill’s dominant performance to capture the 75-lap Modifieds Snowball Derby on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, “Alabama Gang” founding member Red Farmer waded through a sea of happy humanity on the front stretch to congratulate Grill.
Then, as if he was meeting one of his heroes, the 85-year-old Farmer sidled up next to the 41-year-old Grill and the two posed for photos as digital cameras and smart phones snapped feverishly.
Who could blame the NASCAR legend? When Grill puts on a show like the one he […]
Three of the nation’s most accomplished veteran wheelmen will have to race their way in to the 50th Annual Snowball Derby.
Five-time Snowball Derby winner Rich Bickle, former NASCAR Wheelen All-American national champion David Rogers and Northwest racing legend Garrett Evans were all not quick enough to make the field in Friday’s qualifying session and will start Saturday’s Last Chance Race.
Bickle who has searched for speed all week long, said his car came to life somewhat during the morning practice sessions. However, he admitted not being at Five Flags for more than a decade played a role in his sub-par effort.