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Five Flags Speedway Releases Schedule for 2017 Racing Season

December 25th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, the home of the Snowball Derby, is pleased to announce its schedule for the 2017 racing season. The season will begin on Sunday, March 5 at the legendary half-mile oval in Florida’s panhandle.

2017 racing promises to be bigger than ever in Pensacola, FL. The 50th Annual Snowball Derby will be held November 30-December 3. After a wild 49th Annual Snowball Derby that saw the closest finish in race history, the 50th promises to be even bigger.

The entire scheduled is filled with a variety of racing action for all fans to enjoy.

“The Five Flags Speedway regular season schedule is now complete for 2017, and we will be offering up a very diverse racing program,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter, Five Flags Speedway. “We’ve got some interesting announcements coming in early January concerning both our opening race in March, and our regular season finale in September. There will be lots of cool things in between as well, and of course, it all leads to the biggest race weekend in the history of Five Flags Speedway, the 50th Annual Snowball Derby next December.”

The season opener on March 5 will feature four divisions of racing, including a newly formed division, the Outlaw Stocks. The Outlaw Stock division was formerly the Super Stock class, but after careful consideration, changes were made to the Super Stock class in an effort to bring more race cars to the track. The Outlaw Stocks will be joined by the Pro Trucks, Sportsman and Pure Stocks on night one of racing.

Late Models will make their 2017 season debut on March 31, the first Friday night of racing at Five Flags. The Allen Turner Pro Late Models will be joined by Pro Trucks, Sportsman and Pure Stocks.

The ever-entertaining Modifieds of Mayhem will bring their exciting brand of short track racing to Five Flags Speedway on three occasions in 2017. The first visit from the Modifieds of Mayhem will be on April 14. Their second visit will be on June 16 and their final visit of the season to Five Flags will be on August 11.

Also, on August 11, fans of all ages will enjoy the thrill of an old-fashioned Demolition Derby. More details for interested participants will be made at a later date.

The Super Late Models of the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will make four trips to Five Flags Speedway in 2017. Those four races will make up the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series for Five Flags Speedway. The fireworks of the Super Late Models will light up Pensacola on April 28, June 2, July 28 and September 23.

The Five Flags Speedway season will come to an end in a two-part event. The Outlaw Stocks, Pro Trucks, Sportsman and Pure Stocks will crown their champions on September 16.

The “Night of Champions” will take place on September 23. The Southern Super Series and Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series will crown their champions that night, as well as the Allen Turner Pro Late Models. The 100-lap race for the Pro Late Models will serve as the final tune-up for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 during Snowball Derby week.

The full Five Flags Speedway schedule can be found below. For more information, visit www.fiveflagsspeedway.com.
2017 Five Flags Speedway Schedule
March 4 Open Practice
March 5 OS, PT, SP, PS
March 31 ATPLM, PT, SP, PS
April 14 MoM, OS, SP, PS
April 28 Blizzard #1, PT, SP, PS
May 12 Meet the Drivers Night OS, PT, SP, PS
May 26 Closed
June 2 Blizzard #2, OS, PT, SP, PS
June 16 Kid’s Bike Races MoM, PT, SP, PS
June 30 ATPLM, OS, SP, PS
July 14 OS, PT, SP, PS
July 28 Blizzard #3, OS, SP, PS
August 11 Demolition Derby MoM, PT, SP, PS
August 25 ATPLM, OS, SP, PS
September 16 OS, PT, SP, PS Championship Night
September 23 “Night of Champions ” Allen Turner Tune Up 100, Blizzard #4
November 18 Snowball Derby Preview
Nov 30-Dec 3 50th Annual Snowball Derby

* Blizzard Super Late Model
* ATPLM Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series
* OS Outlaw Stocks
* PT Pro Trucks
* Mom Modified of Mayhem Tour
* SP Sportsman
* PS Pure Stock

Eckes Prevails in Snowball Derby Thriller

December 11th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — The 49th Annual Snowball Derby was worth waiting two days for. Christian Eckes and John Hunter Nemechek put on a show during the final laps that fans won’t forget for a long time. The teenage drivers swapped the inside lane and the lead four times during the final two laps before 16-year-old Eckes nipped 19-year-old Nemechek at the line by 0.017 seconds.

“I can’t even believe I’m standing here right now,” Eckes said in Victory Lane. “I thought our day was over when we had that incident down the backstretch. Man, I just can’t believe this. This is the Snowball Derby and this is just crazy.”

Nemechek stayed quiet most of the day after starting in the back half of the field. He took the lead from Ty Majeski on lap 287 and seemed to be on his way to his second Snowball Derby victory.

After spinning early on lap 75, Eckes battled his way back to the front to mix it up for the win in the closing laps. He found his way to Nemechek’s back bumper with less than five laps to go.

Eckes finally found a path to the inside of Nemechek coming to the flagstand with two laps to go. He made the pass but his lead was short lived, as Nemechek pulled a crossover off of turn two. Eckes returned the favor once again coming to the white flag. Having the inside lane turned out to be the difference as they drag raced to the checkered flag.

“I can’t even believe it right now,” Eckes said. “To be honest with you, I came here hoping for a top 10 and to get the win is just ridiculous. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t even believe this.”

While Nemechek was disappointed with the second-place effort, he was proud to be a part of the dramatic finish in front of the great crowd that patiently waited two day to see the race.

“He made the crossover move pretty much one corner earlier than I did,” Nemechek said. “I should have backed off and held him to the outside and he wouldn’t have got to me. But heck of a race. I can’t thank all the fans enough for coming out on a Tuesday. This is awesome to be able to put on such a close finish for you guys. That’s how you win a race right there. He showed what he could do and rubbin’ is racing.”

For much of the race it seemed as though Chad Finley would be the driver celebrating an underdog victory. He led a race high 179 laps before suffering a problem under the hood with 18 laps remaining.

Pre-race favorite Ty Majeski led the first 42 laps of the race, but faded late to finish third. 2016 Southern Super Series champion Donnie Wilson and 14-year-old Chandler Smith completed the top five.

Augie Grill is no stranger to victory lane at Five Flags Speedway (FL), but there was something special about winning Saturday’s Snowflake 100.

Grill started in 21st and quickly made his through the field, to put himself in position to outduel NASCAR Camping World Trucks star John Hunter Nemechek on a late-race restart. Grill, now a three-time winner of the Snowflake, choked back tears in victory lane.

“To me, this is one of the biggest races in the country,” Grill said. “It’s not the Snowball, but only the best Pro Late Models are in this race. To come from 21st to first really makes this special. It is great to take a step forward, and not a step back with my driving. It feels really good.”

Big pileups and tangled crashes filled Saturday’s end-of-the-night Pro Truck feature. At the end of the night, it was Jarrett Parker surviving it all to win the 50-lap race.

“I’m unbelievably happy right now,” he said. “I gave it my all. It feels amazing.”

Korey Ruble proved on Day 2 of the 49th Annual Snowball Derby what many short-track drivers across the southeast already knew.

He’s as good a wheelman as there is.

The 31 year old from Headland, AL, bided his time for most of the 50-lap Modifieds Snowball Derby before turning on the afterburners late to capture his first career Derby crown.

A slew of Faith Chapel Super Stocks drivers from around the Orlando area were a part of a deep 25-car field at Pensacola’s high banks or the Super Stocks Snowball Derby.

Winter Haven driver George Gorham Jr. led most of the race, but needed a late-race miscue by Panama City’s Corbitt Moseley to reclaim the lead with just two laps left in the 50 lapper.

Gorham took advantage and never looked back to win his first career Super Stocks Derby title.

BUTTRICK & B.J. DOMINATE SNOWBALL DERBY THURSDAY Steve Buttrick waited. And waited. And waited some more.

The veteran wheelman stalked the rear deck of Mark Barnhill for 18 laps before finding the perfect spot to make his move. The move was quick and decisive, as he held on the rest of the race to take the Sportsman feature of the 49th Annual Snowball Derby.

Barnhill made a minor slip in turn four and allowed Buttrick to get to the inside for what turned out to be the race-winning move.

B.J. Leytham led flag-to-flag to capture Thursday’s Bomber 30-lap feature.

Leytham survived a myriad of cautions throughout the event, and could distance himself from field shorty after every restart. Full results for all divisions can be found by visiting www.5flagsspeedway.com.

Snowball Derby Entry List Hits 70

December 3rd, 2016

Pensacola, FL — Race fans, it’s finally here. Snowball Derby Week is officially upon us. The 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida is less than seven days away, which means it’s time to take a look at the entry list for the biggest asphalt short track race one final time. More than 230 cars are entered to race during Snowball Derby Week across all divisions from December 1 through December 4.

Once again, the Snowball Derby entry list is as deep as it is long. Seventy drivers have officially filed an entry at the Five Flags Speedway offices. That means 70 of the best Super Late Model drivers in North America will be fighting for a chance to win the Tom Dawson Trophy. For the fans attending the race in Pensacola and those watching the live video broadcast on Speed51.com, the strong field will provide plenty of excitement throughout the week.

The Tarheel State of North Carolina claims the most drivers with 16 drivers making the drive down I-85 to the Florida Panhandle. 2014 Snowball Derby winner John Hunter Nemechek headlines the list of notable North Carolinians.

The host state of Florida has nine drivers entered in this year’s Snowball Derby. David Rogers, Jeff Choquette, Dalton Sargeant and Logan Boyett are a few of the notable Floridians entered in the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. None of the nine Florida drivers entered have won the Snowball Derby.

The Snowball Derby entry list has drivers from 19 different states and two different Canadian provinces. 2016 CARS Super Late Model Tour champion Raphael Lessard hails from St. Joseph, Quebec. Jerry Artuso calls Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario home.

Just three drivers entered in the 2016 Snowball Derby field can say they’ve won the Tom Dawson Trophy. Augie Grill has gone to victory lane twice. He scored back-to-back Snowball Derby wins in 2007 and 2008. John Hunter Nemechek took the win in 2014, and Clay Rogers won the Snowball Derby in 2006.

The entry list for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model feature is just as long with 64 names entered. More than 10 drivers are going to pull double-duty in the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 this year.

All of the Five Flags Speedway local divisions have strong entry lists as well with more than 20 drivers entered for each division. The Florida Modifieds currently have the best numbers with 30 drivers entered. Full entry lists can be seen by visiting Schaeffer’s Snowball Central on Speed51.com.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.

Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

Race fans unable to make their way to Pensacola, Florida during Snowball Derby week will be able to watch all of the racing action live on Speed51.com. Four-day video tickets are now available at a savings of $20. Visit Speed51.com today for more information.

Snowball Derby to Be Broadcast Live on Speed51.com

November 23rd, 2016

Pensacola, FL — Race fans, mark this date on your calendar: December 4, 2016. Make sure that your only plans that day are to either be at Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby or to be on your couch watching a live signature video broadcast of the prestigious short track race on Speed51.com.

For the third consecutive year, the Snowball Derby will be available worldwide via a live, pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Race fans unable to make it to the Pensacola, Florida area will have the opportunity to follow four days of racing action beginning Thursday and ending Sunday with a television-style broadcast of the 300-lap Super Late Model main event.

“We realize that not everyone can make it to Pensacola the first weekend of December, and the Speed51 TV broadcast provides the perfect platform for them to still enjoy the events,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby. “Any apprehensions we may have had about live coverage of the race, certainly went out the window when we heard stories from people around the country who hosted ‘Super Bowl-type’ parties for the Derby.”

The live broadcast of the 49th Annual Snowball Derby will bring fans closer to the action than ever with up to 10 camera angles during the biggest races of the weekend, an in-house broadcast team including pit reporters with more driver interviews than ever before. The broadcast will also feature enhanced video features and graphical elements.

“We’ve been working hard on the pre-production of this for a couple of months. This is the Super Bowl of Short Track Late Model racing; an end of the season ‘go-for-it-all’ style of race and we hope to capture some of what the event is about for those that watch our broadcast from all over the map,” said Bob Dillner, Executive Editor for Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “There is no way to create the feel of actually being at the Snowball Derby; it’s a bucket list event, but we have a lot of new things to debut in our broadcasts of all four days.”

Speed51.com’s live broadcast of the 2016 Snowball Derby will begin on Thursday with a live two-hour broadcast of Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 practice beginning at 2 p.m. CT. Those who purchase Thursday’s live video ticket or a four-day video package will be able to watch a replay of that practice session on-demand after its completion.

51′s cameras will start rolling again later in the night on Thursday as the grassroots racers in the Bomber and Sportsman divisions put on a show during their features at Five Flags Speedway.

Friday’s broadcast will be highlighted by the always-intense Snowball Derby qualifying. With nearly 70 drivers expected, only 30 of those drivers will lock into the big race. The live broadcast on Friday night will also include 50-lap features for the Super Stocks and Modifieds.

On Saturday, Speed51.com will go live at 2 p.m. CT for Snowflake 100 qualifying, as well as Snowflake and Snowball Derby last chance qualifiers. The night will be headlined by the biggest Pro Late Model race in the country, the Snowflake 100 at 7 p.m. CT. In addition, the 50-lap Pro Truck feature will also be broadcast live for those at home.

Sunday afternoon will feature a television-style broadcast of the 49th Annual Snowball Derby, including a two-hour pre-race show beginning at 12 p.m. CT leading up to pre-race ceremonies and the green flag. The live broadcast will bring you behind the scenes with live pit reports, in-car communication with drivers and more.

Racing fans can purchase a four-day live video package for just $69.99. Daily packages are available, however, the four-day video tickets offers fans a savings of $20.

If you’re unable to watch all four days of racing, an individual video ticket to watch Sunday’s 300-lap Snowball Derby is available for $29.99. Saturday’s broadcast of the Snowflake 100 and more can be purchased for $24.99.

A video ticket to watch the always-intense Snowball Derby qualifying and feature races on Friday is $19.99, while Thursday’s broadcast of practice and features can be purchased for $14.99.

Live video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.

Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

Miss Snowball Derby 2016 Crowned at Beef O’Brady’s

November 20th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — Miss Snowball Derby 2016 was crowned on Thursday night at Downtown Pensacola, Florida’s Beef O’Brady’s. More than 13 contestants turned out for the annual competition that was streamed live on Speed51.com.

The competition consisted of two rounds. The first round was the casual round, in which every contestant wore a casual outfit for the judges to see. The second round was the formal round, which saw every contestant wear a formal gown for the judges to see.

After both rounds were complete, every contestant was brought back on stage so three finalists could be named. Cam Davis, Miss Snowball Derby 2015, was also brought on stage to crown her successor. At the end of competition, Raven Hammac was named Miss Snowball Derby 2016. Hammac, 23, from Pensacola, has grown up in racing circles, and said it’s a true honor to represent Five Flags Speedway (FL) and the 49th Annual Snowball Derby.

“This means everything to me,” Hammac said. “My dad raced at the dirt track when I was a kid. When I was about 12 or 13 we started going to Five Flags every Friday. I’ve been to every Snowball Derby. It’s just a way of life for us. To be Miss Snowball Derby means the world to me.”

Race fans can catch Raven Hammac, Miss Snowball Derby 2016, at all Snowball Derby related events during Snowball Derby week, from November 30 – December 4.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down. Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

51′s “Official News Site” status allows advertisers of 51′s Snowball Derby coverage to be seen by more race fans than any other short track event. Affordable advertising rates are available now by emailing marketing@speed51.com.

Track Time & Cash up for Grabs at Snowball Derby Preview

November 16th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — For teams and fans that can’t wait for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby to get underway on November 30, there is some good news. This coming Saturday, November 19 marks the return of the Snowball Derby Preview at Five Flags Speedway (FL). It will be an invaluable opportunity for drivers, experienced and inexperienced, to get precious track time and pre-race notes for Derby week. It will also be an opportunity for teams to put some cash in their pockets.

Once again this year, Five Flags Speedway will put up a fast lap bonus for all divisions at the Snowball Derby Preview, including the Snowball Derby Super Late Models, Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models, Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sportsman and Bombers. For the final three hours of the preview, from 4-7 p.m. CT, track officials will record the fast times from all seven divisions, with the quickest driver in each receiving cash prizes.

Fans unable to make it out to Pensacola, Florida will be able to watch the final three hours of the Snowball Derby Preview via a free video stream on Speed51.com.

Super Late Model drivers will be competing for $500, Pro Late Models running for $300, Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Sportsman will compete for $200 bonus in each division. And $150 in the Bombers.

Second-generation driver Harrison Burton took the Super Late Model fast-lap prize at the 2015 Snowball Derby Preview, while Martin Latulippe (Pro Late Models), Chase Oliver (Modifieds), Steven Davis (Pro Trucks), Dustin Knowles (Super Stocks), Brandon Fowler (Sportsman) and Gino Denmark (Bomber) each took home the money in 2015.

Gates open for competitors at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday, November 19 for the Snowball Derby Preview. Rotating practice begins at 9 a.m., with the Fast Lap Cash Award being given to the quickest laps set between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Pit passes will be available for $15 while the main grandstands will be open free of charge for race fans.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.

Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

51′s “Official News Site” status allows advertisers of 51′s Snowball Derby coverage to be seen by more race fans than any other short track event. Affordable advertising rates are available now by emailing marketing@speed51.com.

630 Laps, Seven Division on Tap During Snowball Derby Week

November 14th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — Every year when the Snowball Derby rolls around at Five Flags Speedway (FL), most of the attention is on the Super Late Models as they battle to make it in the big show and race 300 laps for the Tom Dawson Trophy. But there are also plenty of other drivers across a selection of divisions trying to find their own glory in Pensacola leading up to the big day on Sunday.

Overall, the weekend will feature 630 laps of green flag racing between seven divisions including the Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Pro Trucks, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Sportsmen and Bombers.

The Super Late Models will feature a wide range of talent, from up and comers like Harrison Burton, Tyler Ankrum and Raphael Lessard. There will also be a host of veterans like Bubba Pollard, Derek Thorn and Casey Roderick who are still looking for their first Tom Dawson Trophy. Past champions such as John Hunter Nemechek and Augie Grill will also be back for more.

It’s a race that nobody wants to miss on December 4 and rightfully so, the Snowball Derby itself has earned the reputation of being the most prestigious short track race in the country.

One of the biggest events of Derby week is the night before the Super Late Models when the Pro Late Models go green for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 on Saturday night, December 3. In that race, you’ll see many of the stars that will also be competing in the Snowball Derby the next day.

Past Snowflake 100 race winners include Bubba Pollard, Augie Grill and the defending Snowflake winner John Hunter Nemechek.

Throughout the week and weekend there will also be five different divisions that will hit the pavement at Five Flags for great grassroots racing.

Feature racing kicks off Thursday night after a full day of practice for Super and Pro Late Models. The Butler U-Pull-It Bombers will go 30 laps followed by The Dock Sportsman who are on for 50 laps of intense racing action.

Friday will be the most intense day of all with the Super Late Models preparing for NASH 102.7 FM Pole Night. Once qualifying is done, it will be time for more racing as the Faith Chapel Street Stocks and the Modifieds each compete in 50 lap features.

Things continue to heat up Saturday with qualifying for the Snowflake 100. Following will be 50-lap Last Chance Qualifiers for both the Snowflake 100 and Snowball Derby. Once the fields are set, it will be time for the biggest Pro Late Model race in the country when the Late Model stars strap in for the Snowflake 100. The Beef O’ Brady’s Pro Truck division will race for 50 laps around the Pensacola, Florida oval at the conclusion of “The Flake.”

Sunday needs no introduction. At 2 p.m. CT, the most diverse and talented group of Super Late Model drivers in the country will strap in for 300 laps and all eyes in the racing world will be on Five Flags Speedway.

For seating info and ticket order forms for the 49th Snowball Derby be sure to visit the Five Flags Speedway website at www.5flagsspeedway.com and look under the Snowball Derby tab.

Snowball Derby Local Division Entries Flying Into Pensacola

November 12th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — Entries for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby continue to fly into the office at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. While many of these entries are for the Snowball Derby itself and the Snowflake 100, there are also some local racers sending in their entries with hopes of shining on Snowball Derby week.

Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stocks and Bombers will all be in action leading up to the main event.

A list of 10 drivers have already filed entries for the always-entertaining Modified 50 on Friday, December 2. Headlining that list is Donnie Hamrac, a winner of three straight Snowball Derby Modified features.

Among those joining Hamrac on the early Modified entry list are Ohio’s Doug Meyer, Michigan’s Todd Jackson and Lyle Gray, Texas driver Joe Aramendia and many others.

A handful of Pro Truck drivers have also filed an early entry for their 50-lap feature on Saturday, December 3. David Webster, Chris Pierce, Jarrett Parker, David Jones and Chris Comalander are all eager to chase a big win on Snowball Derby week.

Super Stock racers from Florida, Texas and Georgia have filed entries for their feature on Friday, while a trio of Pensacola natives are already entered for the Bomber feature on Thursday night.

All racers who plan to enter a race during Snowball Derby week are encouraged to send in their entry blank to the Five Flags Speedway office. By doing that, the track and Speed51.com will be able to use your name in any type of pre-race promotion and/or stories.

Entry blanks for all divisions can be found by clicking here.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.

Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

51′s “Official News Site” status allows advertisers of 51′s Snowball Derby coverage to be seen by more race fans than any other short track event. Affordable advertising rates are available now by emailing marketing@speed51.com.

Nerves High on Snowball Derby Qualifying Night

November 10th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — Nerves will be high and stomachs will be turning on Friday, December 2 as drivers attempt to lock themselves into the 49th Annual Snowball Derby during NASH 102.7 Pole Night. Two laps around Five Flags Speedway (FL), an amount equal to one mile, will determine the fate of drivers hoping to qualify for the biggest pavement short track race of the year.

Intensity will be high and the tension could be cut with a knife as drivers begin making their way onto the Pensacola, Florida half-mile for their shot at qualifying for the Snowball Derby.

Nearly 70 drivers will attempt to qualify for the race, but less than half of them will actually do so through time trials. The top 30 qualifiers will be locked in on time, while the rest will be forced the face the daunting task of running a Last Chance Race.

Once they get to the Last Chance Race, they’re faced with the tough task of finishing within the top four of a race that could feature as many as 40 hungry drivers. Nobody wants to be in that race on Saturday night. But to those who do end up in the 50-lap Last Chance Race, good luck trying to get to sleep on Friday night.

“I’m putting my focus into almost all of it,” said Tyler Ankrum, who will be making his first attempt at qualifying for the Snowball Derby. “You have to qualify into the show because the races to make it in are really tough. I’ve been doing a lot of preparation of my own, preparing my mind before body, doing a lot on iRacing, talking with Clay (Rogers) and my crew chief Roger Johnson.”

Meanwhile, those 30 drivers who are lucky enough to qualify for Sunday’s 300-lap Super Late Model race will sleep like a baby.

“You sleep really well,” said Derek Thorn, a four-time Snowball Derby qualifier. “It’s a big deal to make that race. It’s definitely the toughest race to make in the country. Making it is definitely a relief for sure.”

Two drivers who will be locked into the Snowball Derby regardless of their qualifying efforts will be 2016 Southern Super Series champion Donnie Wilson and 2016 Blizzard Series champion Casey Roderick. While they may not have to worry about failing to make the race, they still would like to qualify into the race on time in order to improve their chances on race day.

“I think we have a really strong piece. I’m going for the pole for sure,” Roderick said. “I think I just need to get down there, get in a comfort zone in practice, do what we do and concentrate on nobody else and we’ll be just fine leading up to qualifying.”

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.

Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

Green Flag Pit Party: A Fun-Filled Intro for Snowball Derby

November 6th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — Four weeks from Wednesday the participants for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby will descend on Pensacola, Florida and Five Flags Speedway in advance of four days of track time. That same day will be the first opportunity for race fans to see the teams and drivers up close at the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag
Pit Party on Wednesday, November 29 at 5 p.m. CT.

Fans are invited to attend the party on the Five Flags frontstrech for food, drink, music and a chance to meet the stars of the Snowball Derby before they get down to business the following day.

Not only does the night serve as a fun filled introduction for Snowball Derby, it is a critical time for teams as drivers participate in the Qualifying Order Draw Down which will determine the time trial order for NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night on Friday, December 2.

Adding to the charged atmosphere will be the number one party band in Pensacola, Buzzcutt. The band will pump up the crowd and provide the music for this year’s Green Flag Pit Party.

Be sure to stay with Speed51.com for further details on the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down as they are announced in the coming days. Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

For entry lists, news, videos and all things Snowball Derby related, head to Snowball Central presented by Shaeffer’s Lubricants on Speed51.com, the official news source of the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. Affordable advertising rates are available now by emailing marketing@speed51.com.

Snowball Derby Entry List Passes 60 and Continues to Grow

November 4th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — The entry list for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby has surpassed the 60-driver mark and is continuing to grow with a deep talent pool from top to bottom. As of October 31, the entry list for the Snowball Derby is now at 64 and expected to grow even more with just over one month until the biggest asphalt short track race of the year.

Headlining the latest batch of entries received by the offices at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida is NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Corey LaJoie. LaJoie has made two prior starts in the Snowball Derby, with each coming in the last two years. LaJoie’s best finish came in his first Derby start in 2014 when he finished 13th.

Former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular Kaz Grala will be making the trip to Pensacola for his second attempt at the Snowball Derby. Grala started 10th in 2015 and finished the 300-lap showdown in the exact same position.

Boris Jurkovic, Scotty Ellis, Cole Rouse, Jerry Artuso and Michael Atwell were the other drivers to add their name to the already deep entry list for the prestigious race.

To see the whole entry list for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby.

For entry lists, news, videos and all things Snowball Derby related, head to Snowball Central presented by Shaeffer’s Lubricants on Speed51.com, the official news source of the 49th Annual Snowball Derby.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.

Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

Sargeant Wants More Snowball Derby Success at Five Flags

October 25th, 2016

Dalton Sargeant will head back to the Snowball Derby in 2016. (Speed51.com photo)
Pensacola, FL — Although Dalton Sargeant grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, nearly 10 hours away from Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, many may think it is a track that he grew up next door to given his impressive results in the prestigious Snowball Derby. It is a track and a race that he has taken well to, and it is no surprise that this year’s 49th Annual Snowball Derby on December 4 is one that he’s looking forward to.

“For sure, plus it’s one of the biggest races of the year. I’m looking forward to going back,” Sargeant said. “We had the runner-up my first year and another top five with a fourth-place finish last year. It’s one of my favorite race tracks to go to. We got a great car this year with all the guys at Bond Suss Racing; I’m super excited.”

Sargeant’s list of reasons for why he enjoys Five Flags Speedway is long, but at the top of that list is the amount of speed a driver can carry around the half-mile oval in a Super Late Model.

“I really like how fast the place is for a Super Late Model, especially the Derby,” he said. “It’s that fast that time of the year with the weather being so cool. The asphalt, as aggressive as it is, it seems to fall off really well. You have to do a good job at managing your tires and it makes for an interesting race.”

2016 has been a year of new surroundings for Sargeant, debuting the Bond Suss Racing No. 55 car back in February at the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park (CA). Since then he and the team have toured the country competing in many big Super Late Model events, but have yet to turn consistency into victory. Given Sargeant’s success at the Derby and crew chief Bond Suss’ success working with Kyle Busch Motorsports at the race, the recipe may be right for a Snowball Derby victory.

“It’s a really good car and a really good crew,” he said. “I’m very excited to go back there this year with this car and this team.”

Sargeant’s season has been coupled with a number of near misses for wins throughout the season. He’s been fast and he’s been up front, he just hasn’t been able to break through for his first Super Late Model victory.

Two of Sargeant’s most impressive runs in a Super Late Model came during the month of October during a pair of crown jewel events. He led 84 laps in the All American 400 at Nashville (TN) before battling for the win and finishing third in the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (IN).

Those strong runs have Sargeant and the Bond Suss Motorsports team confident heading into the 300-lap Snowball Derby on December 4.

“We’ve been on a roll here lately,” he stated. “It’s always great to be contending for wins and show that confidence. Both times we were leading at lap 300. Luckily the Derby is 300 laps, so hopefully that plays to our favor. It should be a fun race at one of my favorite places to go to.”

The team and Sargeant have two more races on the calendar, the PASS South season finale on North-South Shootout weekend at Concord Speedway (NC) and the Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway. After that, the focus will be on Pensacola, Florida and the Tom Dawson Trophy.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.

Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com..

First Look at Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 Entry Lists

October 24th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us. No, we don’t mean Christmas. We mean the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL (November 30 – December 4, 2016). As one of the the greatest short track races in America draws nearer, it’s now time to take a first-look at the current entry list for this year’s event.

The Snowball Derby list boasts a strong 55+ entries with a month-and-a-half still to go until the big Super Late Model race. On the Pro Late Model side, over 40 entries have already been filed for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. Additional entries are hitting the Five Flags Speedway mailbox each day.

“Since Tom Dawson held the first Snowball Derby in 1968, race fans have come to see the best against the best, and this year’s lineup truly will not disappoint,” said Snowball Derby promoter, Tim Bryant. “I’m truly amazed as I go down the entry list at how many guys are capable of not only competing in the Snowball Derby, but winning the Snowball Derby.”

There are many big names on the Snowball Derby entry list, including that of Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell, who crossed the finish line first in 2015, but had the win taken away after a post-race tech inspection violation. The current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series “Chase” driver is back for another go
at the Tom Dawson Trophy this year. Bell’s KBM teammate and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader William Byron will also be heading to the Derby.

The 2014 winner of the Snowball Derby wants to add his name for a second time to the history books. John Hunter Nemechek is on the list in his familiar No. 8 machine. The current track record holder and three-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski has filed an entry. Majeski finished third in the 2015 Snowball Derby.
Donnie Wilson claimed the Southern Super Series championship in dominating fashion this year. The Oklahoma driver is entered for another Snowball Derby, but he is still looking for his first win in the big race.

Bubba Pollard has been dominant at Five Flags Speedway this year in Super Late Model competition. He has already filed an entry for this year’s Derby as he still seeks his first Tom Dawson Trophy. Casey Roderick took the Blizzard Series championship at Five Flags Speedway and he too is entered for the Derby in search of his first Derby win.

The West Coast has a few drivers hoping to bring the honor of winning the Snowball Derby back home with them. SRL point leader Derek Thorn, Cole Moore, and Northwest Super Late Model Series champ Garrett Evans are a few of the drivers from the left side of the United States heading to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby.
North of the border will also be represented as Canadian and current CARS Tour point leader Raphael Lessard is entered in the race out of the David Gilliland Racing stables.

Other notable drivers entered include Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes, Brandon McReynolds, Spencer Davis, Kyle Grissom, Preston Peltier, Noah Gragson, Dalton Sargeant, Grant Enfinger, Casey Smith, Jeff Choquette, Kenzie Ruston and many more.

[CLICK HERE FOR FULL SNOWBALL DERBY ENTRY LIST]

The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 also boasts a healthy preliminary entry list with already over 40 drivers entered for the biggest Pro Late Model race in the country. “Since Tom Dawson started the Snowball Derby in 1968, race fans have to expect to see the best against the best,” said Snowball Derby promoter Tim Bryant. “With this year’s lineup I’m truly amazed at how many guys are truly capable of not only competing in the Snowball Derby, but winning the Snowball Derby.” Multiple drivers are planning on doing double-duty for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100. The double-duty drivers include John Hunter Nemechek, Bubba Pollard, Spencer
Davis, Trevor Noles, Brandon Oakley, Cole Anderson, Casey Roderick, Bret Holmes, Bobby Knox Jr., Chris Davidson, Derek Scott Jr, Chandler Smith, and Augie Grill.

[CLICK HERE FOR FULL SNOWFLAKE 100 ENTRY LIST]

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down. Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features. The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday
night. Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

Speed51.com’s “Official News Site” status allows advertisers of 51′s Snowball Derby coverage to be seen by more race fans than any other short track event. Affordable advertising rates are available now by emailing marketing@speed51.com.

15th Year as “Official News Site of Snowball Derby” for Speed51.com

October 22nd, 2016

Pensacola, FL — The Snowball Derby is the pinnacle of pavement short track racing in America. The crown jewel event attracts hundreds of race cars, thousands of attendees and even more fans following along through Speed51.com. Five Flags Speedway announced Tuesday that Speed51.com powered by JEGS will be the “Official News Site of the Snowball Derby” for a 15th consecutive year.

While no amount of coverage will ever substitute for actually being a part of the Snowball Derby experience, 51 will bring fans closer to the action than ever before with several new interactive features, as well as Trackside Now coverage.

“We enjoy working with the team at Speed51. We recognize the passion that they have for their coverage of the Snowball Derby and with their help we look forward to a successful 49th Snowball Derby,” said Tim Bryant, promoter of Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby. “Speed51 has a long-standing relationship with the Snowball Derby that dates back to before the Bryant family took over, however we were quick to realize the benefits of an exclusive live coverage outlet.

“Over the years as the race has nurtured itself along, so has the 51 coverage, which is phenomenal. It’s such a benefit; not only for those folks not able to make the trip to Pensacola this year, but also for folks that maybe have not left for the track and are coming later in the week. It’s been perceived as a great benefit
for those on-site at the Snowball Derby as they rely on Speed51 for insights and behind-the-scene information.” The traditional year-end event will commence at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on Wednesday, November 30th, with the 49th Snowball Derby taking place on Sunday, 4, 2016.

Speed51.com will feature tons of stories about many of the personalities and competitors involved in every division of the event leading up to the Snowball Derby week. “The atmosphere and pomp and circumstance is unlike any other short track event of the year. To experience it, firsthand, is magical and is a bucket-list event for any racing fan in America,” said Bob Dillner, Executive Editor of Speed51.com. “It is our mission to bring this race and its drivers more exposure than ever before. And at the same time, for those that cannot make it this year, we hope that paying attention to our coverage gives them the desire to make this a destination for years to come. Pensacola, FL is a special place to be, with so much to do at this time
of the year.”

Bryant claims the coverage through Speed51.com is an added marketing tool for the Snowball Derby. “We’ve already had people tell us this year, when they bought their tickets, that they have followed along on Speed51 in the past and now they are coming to the event to see it in person,” Bryant added. Speed51.com became a part of the Snowball Derby lore in 2001 when it covered the events through stories and photo galleries. Since then, 51 has grown to bring fans unable to attend the short track spectacle closer to the action with live
Trackside Now updates, video packages, unique photography and more. The coverage has grown into a partnership that has made Speed51.com the “Official News Website of the Snowball Derby” for the 15th straight year.

51′s coverage will also be an enhancement to the at-track experience with access to all of its coverage available on mobile devices and more. Fans will also be able to capture all the action through the Speed51 App (available through the Apple App Store and for Android devices through Google Play). The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down. Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features. The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday
night. Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT. For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

51′s “Official News Site” status allows advertisers of 51′s Snowball Derby coverage to be seen by more race fans than any other short track event. Affordable advertising rates are available now by emailing marketing@speed51.com.

Snowball Derby Preview Gives Teams a Shot at Bonus Bucks

October 21st, 2016

Pensacola, FL — While the first on-track activity for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby doesn’t occur until December 1, drivers and fans will get a taste of the action at the Snowball Derby Preview on Saturday, November 19. Not only will the track be open for drivers to tune their cars for the big race, but some teams could go home with some extra cash to help fund their effort in December.

Five Flags Speedway will put up bonuses for the fastest laps laid down during the preview event. Snowball Derby Super Late Models, Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models as well as the Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sportsman and Bombers – all of the divisions competing on Snowball Derby weekend – will have a three-hour window (4-7 p.m.) in which to put down the quickest recorded lap. The driver with the fastest lap around the half-mile oval in each division will be awarded a cash bonus.

“There is always a lot of excitement around Five Flags on Snowball Derby Preview day with drivers trying to get their cars fast for Snowball Derby, but with some extra cash on the line again this year, there’s definitely some added drama as well,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of the Snowball Derby. “Any team who wants to put on a transponder and comes out of the Snowball Derby Preview with the quickest lap will have some extra bragging rights and all eyes on them going into Snowball Derby week.”

Snowball Derby Super Late Model drivers will be competing for a $500 bonus for the fastest lap during the November 19 Snowball Derby Preview.

Pro Late Models will run for a $300 bonus, while Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Sportsman will compete for a $200 bonus per division. $150 will go to the Bomber driver with the fastest lap as well.

To be eligible for the Fast Lap Cash Award, cars must have track-issued transponders ($20 rental fee). The fastest laps will be recorded between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on November 19. Divisions will run on a rotating basis and all cars are subject to random technical inspection to ensure a level playing field for the bonuses.

Young star Harrison Burton won the Super Late Model fast-lap prize of $500 at the 2015 Snowball Derby preview, beating out Jerry Artuso by a slim margin of .004 seconds.

Canadian driver Martin Latulippe (Pro Late Models), Chase Oliver (Modifieds), Steven Davis (Pro Trucks), Dustin Knowles (Super Stocks), Brandon Fowler (Sportsman) and Gino Denmark (Bomber) each took home extra cash in 2015.

Gates open for competitors at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday, November 19 for the Snowball Derby Preview. Rotating practice begins at 9 a.m., with the Fast Lap Cash Award being given to the quickest laps set between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down.

Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features.

The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

Snowball Derby Entries Help Determine Hauler Parking at FFS

October 20th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — The 49th Annual Snowball Derby is just a couple of months away, and entries are already pouring into the Five Flags Speedway offices. If you’re a team that plans on coming to the Derby, but hasn’t filed an entry yet, now is the time to do so.

Race teams need to get their entries in as soon as possible in order to guarantee the best infield pit stall selection. Pit stalls for each team’s hauler are decided on a first-come-first-served basis determined by the order in which entries are received. The pit stalls are not for the race itself, but are for the whole weekend’s festivities.

Teams can choose to park on pit road, either side of the infield access road, and the back road along the inside of the backstretch at Five Flags. There is no guarantee that specific spots will be available, but entries are suggested to be filed as soon as possible. Another perk of being entered early is that the race track can utilize your team in pre-race promotion. The Snowball Derby is one of the biggest short track races of the year, so plenty of eyes will be viewing all things Snowball Derby in the weeks and months leading up to Sunday, December 4 event.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 30 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Pit Party and Qualifying Order Draw Down. Thursday, December 1 will see the Super Late Models take to the track for the first official Snowball Derby practice. The night will be highlighted by a 30-lap race for the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and a 50-lap event for the Dock on the Beach Sportsmen division.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during NASH FM 102.7 Pole Night. The Faith Chapel Super Stocks and the Modifieds will each run 50-lap features. The Pro Late Models take center stage on Saturday, December 3 for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The 50-lap Last Chance Qualifier for the Snowball Derby and a 50-lap feature for the Beef O’Brady’s Pro Truck division will also run on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday, December 4 the green flag will fly over the the 49th Annual Snowball Derby. The 300-lap race will begin at 2 p.m. CT. For more information on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Pat Bryant at Pat@SnowballDerby.com.

Opportunity to Sponsor Snowball Derby Laps Still Available

October 16th, 2016

Pensacola, FL — On Sunday, December 4, one of the nation’s most prestigious short track racing events, the 49th annual Snowball Derby, will take place at Five Flags Speedway (FL) in Pensacola, Florida. For businesses, race teams and race fans, a new lap sponsorship program is an affordable way to receive exposure during the major stock car racing event.

With over a month and a half remaining until the best Super Late Model racers in the country race 300 laps on the big stage, there is still plenty of time to purchase a lap, two or 20.

The new lap sponsor program, which been created through a partnership with Five Flags Speedway officials and Speed51.com, will see all of the money raised through the program go directly into the racer’s pockets.

Should all 300 laps be sold at $50 per lap, there is a possibility for racers to earn upwards of $15,000 throughout the race in lap money alone. The lap money will not be guaranteed for unsold laps.

A list of available laps is now available for viewing on Speed51.com by clicking here, so you can choose which particular lap to pick and if it is still open. Whether it’s your favorite number, your favorite driver’s number or you just to support one of the most prestigious short track races in the country, the door is open for you.

For information on how to purchase laps, please email tim@snowballderby.com or call the Five Flags Speedway office at 850-944-8400. Laps will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, November 30. On-track activities start Thursday, December 1, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and The Dock at Pensacola Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 3 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Beef O Brady’s Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature
on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 4, the green flag will drop on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

Affordable Tickets for Fans for the 49th Snowball Derby

October 2nd, 2016

Pensacola, FL — While many premier motorsports events have seen ticket costs rise throughout the past few years, the Snowball Derby continues to be an affordable event for race fans to attend. Once again in 2016, the 49th annual Snowball Derby (Nov. 30 – Dec 4) at Five Flags Speedway (FL) will not see an increase in ticket
prices.

Despite rising costs to put on the event, while also increasing the entertainment value, the continued goal has been to cater to race fans who make the trip to Pensacola each December.

“We try our absolute best to control and maintain the ticket prices,” said Tim Bryant, General Manager and Promoter of Five Flags Speedway. “The cost of producing the event continues to go up, but we certainly don’t want to pass that cost on to the fans.”

With advance ticket sales already beyond last year’s mark, Bryant gives credit to the men and women that put on all the great racing year after year.

“Our ticket sales have been ahead of pace from last year and each year it continues to improve,” Bryant stated. “Our renewals are excellent and we are going to have some first-time fans as we do each year. We feel very fortunate that the fans want to continue to come back to the Derby. I think it’s a testament to the level of the competition that they see each year, and therefore the competitors get a lot of the credit.”

Ticket packages for reserved seating during all four days of racing are available now for just $75 a person, with VIP packages including reserved seats plus pit passes being available for $120.

These prices are four full days of entertainment and cost less than a four-day ticket to an amusement park, as well as many other racing events throughout the country.

Steve Perry, the host of a local television racing show in Maine (Mainely Motorsports), has made the trip from Maine to attend the Snowball Derby for three years now. Each year he bring a group of race fans who make the trip because of the affordability and the entertainment value they receive.

“This year we have close to 30 people in our group that are coming down to the Derby,” Perry said. “Some have gone longer than I’ve been going, and some are new to it this year and going for the first time. The affordability of actually attending the event makes it a lot easier for all of us to book a plane ticket, book a hotel and take care of everything else for the week.”

For race fans unable to enjoy the full four-day package, reserved tickets for Snowball Derby Sunday are available for $45. General admission seating the week of the event at the gate will also be available, with tickets at $15 on Thursday, $20 on Friday, $30 on Saturday and $40 on Sunday.

Campers can purchase passes for RV parking for $150 in the main lot or at the fairgrounds, as well as behind turns three and four for $100.

For seating info and ticket order forms, be sure to visit the Five Flags Speedway website at www.5flagsspeedway.com and look under the Snowball Derby tab.

The 49th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, November 30. On-track activities start Thursday, December 1, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and The Dock at Pensacola Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 2 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 3 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Beef O Brady’s Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 4, the green flag will drop on the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

Eckes Strong in Southern Super Series Finale at Five Flags Speedway

October 1st, 2016

(GREENVILLE, NY) – Christian Eckes put together another strong performance in the Southern Super Series (SSS) this weekend at Five Flags Speedway. The 15 year-old driver earned his second series podium finish in as many starts and his highest finish at the Pensacola, FL track. “It was a really good weekend. We made a lot of gains from beginning to end, so I was very proud of my team.” said Eckes.

Eckes qualified sixth for the 150-lap event and found himself running inside of the top-ten much of the race. Changes to his No. 15 machine at the ten minute break at lap 100 helped the Greenville, NY driver make a strong run during the final 50 laps to bring home a third place finish.

“It definitely feels good to be able to run top-three this weekend,” said Eckes. “We didn’t have the best car in the beginning of the race, but fortunately the break helped us out and we adjusted on it to make it better. I think we honestly had something at the end for second place Harrison Burton and winner Bubba Pollard. We had a really good car on the long runs, and the times surely proved that at the end. With lapped traffic and all of the challenges that were there, it surely hurt our chances to get there (to challenge for the win).”

Like many teams, Eckes used Saturday’s race at Five Flags Speedway as a tune-up for the prestigious Snowball Derby to be held at the track in early December. Eckes finished 22nd at least year’s event, but a solid run on Saturday has his confidence building as the biggest race of the year draws near. “We learned a lot for the Derby and that was our main goal of the weekend,” said Eckes. “We tried some new things as far as setup this weekend and it proved to be pretty good. It definitely builds confidence for this year’s Derby.”

Eckes will be back behind the wheel of his Super Late Model this weekend for the All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee on October 1 and 2.

For more on Christian Eckes, visit www.christianeckesracing.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter, @ChristianEckes.

Pollard Dominates in Return to Asphalt Racing at Five Flags

September 30th, 2016

SENOIA, Ga. — After nearly a two month hiatus from asphalt racing, Bubba Pollard put on one of his most dominating performances to date Saturday at Five Flags Speedway. Armed with a new car, the Senoia, Georgia driver led nearly 125 of 150 laps to take the checkered flag in the Southern Super Series finale. The win made a statement to the asphalt world that Pollard is back and he means business.

Pollard set fast time earlier in the day and with the redraw started the 150-lap race from the fifth position. It took just 25 laps for the 29-year-old driver to take the lead and never look back.

“I’ll tell ya what, we’ve been working hard,” Pollard said. “We took two months off there but we hadn’t quit working, that’s for sure. We’ve been racing, dirt racing, and been working on these new race cars. This is one heck of a fast race car right here, it’s a brand new one and I can’t thank Terry Senneker enough to
let us drive one of his race cars. I have a new owner, an anonymous one and he got this thing for us. I’ll tell you what, it’s been fast and I can’t thank them enough, he built this thing in about two weeks for us, it’s pretty awesome.”

The race Saturday at Five Flags Speedway marks the final race of the year at the Pensacola, Florida track before the prestigious Snowball Derby in December. It’s a race Pollard has never won, but with his dominating performance over the weekend, he feels confident that this could be the year.

“It’s almost good enough to park,” said Pollard.” We have two big races coming up, the All American 400 at Nashville and the Winchester 400, so I’m looking forward to that. This thing is fast, I’m excited to go to those places and looking forward to coming to the Derby. I’ve won a lot of races there, but I haven’t won one like this, this is a bad machine right here, hopefully we can take it to the Derby.”

Pollard heads to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) this upcoming weekend for the All American 400. Last year he earned a runner-up finish in the race, and this year he hopes to do one better with one of the fastest race cars he’s ever driven. For more information on Bubba Pollard, visit www.bubbapollard.com, follow him on Twitter, @BubbaPollard26 and “Like” his Facebook fan page, Bubba Pollard Racing.

Pollard Dominates Southern Super Series Finale at Five Flags

September 29th, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Bubba Pollard had not raced on pavement in close to two months, but that didn’t slow him down at all on Saturday night in the 150-lap Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season finale at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. For much of the race it appeared as if nothing would slow Pollard down except for the occasional caution flag, but that changed with about 10 laps to go.

Pollard started to struggle behind lapped traffic, which allowed Harrison Burton to close in. With just a few laps to go it appeared as though Burton might have a shot at Pollard, but he was unable to make the move.

Pollard, a new dad, was able to hold off the hard-charging Burton to score the win in the final Super Late Model race (combination event with the Blizzard Series) at Five Flags Speedway before December’s Snowball Derby.

“We took two months off there, but we hadn’t quit working,” Pollard said on the Speed51.com live broadcast, which was presented by PFC Brakes. “We’ve been running dirt and building race cars. This is one heck of a fast race car right here. This is a brand new one. I’m looking forward to coming back for the Derby. I’ve won a lot of races, but none like this. This is a bad machine and I’m looking forward to taking it to the Derby.” The victory was Bubba Pollard’s 12th triumph in the Southern Super Series. The Georgian is the only driver to win in all four years of the series existence.

Donnie Wilson, the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco champion, finished fourth to continue his streak of incredible consistency that clinched him the championship one race ago in the Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway.

Five Flags’ Blizzard Series championship also came to an end on Saturday night. Contender Zane Smith saw his championship hopes crash to an end when he was caught up in an incident in turn three of the first lap.

With Burton running as strong as he did, it seemed for a while that he may be able to walk out of Pensacola as a surprise champion of the Blizzard Series, but Casey Roderick’s fifth-place finish was good enough to clinch him the title.

“I don’t know what happened tonight, but the car just wasn’t in the race track,” said Roderick. “I’m just proud of all my guys and their hard work. We’ve got them two Blizzard Series championships now so we’ll move on to next year and hopefully have another good year.”

While the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco is complete, many series regulars will begin preparing for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway from November 30 – December 4 in Pensacola, FL.

Pollard Ready for Return to Asphalt Saturday at Five Flags

September 24th, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Saturday night will mark the end of the 2016 season for both the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. But for Bubba Pollard it marks the beginning of a very busy stretch of racing after two months away from asphalt Super Late Model racing.

During that time off, the Senoia, Georgia driver has seen additions to his family and racing operation.

“We took some time off here, got a house built, had a little girl, but very excited to get back racing,” Pollard said. “We’ve been working really hard over the last two months; building some new race cars, and getting ready for the end of the year here. We got three big races the next three weeks. We’re looking forward to it.”

Pollard’s return to the Late Model fray on Saturday will lead into two long distance races over the following two weeks, the All-American 400 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) and the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (IN).

Over the course of the summer, Pollard made just one major asphalt start in an Outlaw Late Model at the Kalamazoo Klash in Kalamazoo, MI. Outside of that one start, Pollard has spent the majority of his racing time in his native Georgia on the dirt at Senoia Raceway, where he has found success in the track’s Crate Late Models.

“We’ve been doing a lot of dirt racing,” he explained. “We won the last couple of weeks in a row, just had our seventh dirt win of the year right here at Senoia, our home track. We’ve had a lot of fun doing that. Staying in the seat, even if it is dirt, still being in the race car helps a ton. Really having fun doing a different type of racing.”

Although Pollard has spent time away from the asphalt recently and goes into Saturday with new equipment, he feels he has as good of a chance as ever to visit Victory Lane. Given his 11 career wins at Five Flags, including the 2014 Snowflake 100, it is not hard to imagine why. It is only a matter of being properly organized going into the weekend.

“I think we got a shot every time we go to the race track,” Pollard stated. “We got some things worked out, I think our asphalt program has been a little off this year. Just been tough, had a lot going on, we’ve been working hard. I think our team is capable of winning week in, week out everywhere we go.”

While Pollard is looking forward to getting much needed seat time in advance of the 49th Snowball Derby December 1-4, he knows from past experience that building a notebook for the Derby in late September may not be a wise decision.

“This race track changes so much every year when we get from now to the Derby. You can get a baseline setup, but when it comes to Derby time the racetrack is totally different, race cars drive different. Other than getting seat time down there and a baseline, that’s about it.”

Ticket information for the SSS/Bizzard Series season finale are available by either visiting the Southern Super Series or Five Flags Speedway websites.

Race fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida this weekend can watch the race worldwide via a live broadcast on Speed51.com. The broadcast will be presented free of charge by PFC Brakes, the leader in Short Track Racing brake technology.

All that is needed to access the broadcast is a free, basic account on Speed51.com. You can sign up for an account today by visiting Speed51.com.

PFC Brakes Presents Free Broadcast of SSS Finale at Five Flags

August 25th, 2016

(Concord, N.C.) – The excitement of the 2016 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season will reach its peak on Saturday, September 24 during the season finale at Five Flags Speedway (FL). While fans at the race track witness a stout group of Super Late Model stars battle for a win and a championship, those unable to
attend the event will also be able to watch the side-by-side racing action.

For the second straight year, PFC Brakes – the nation’s leader in brake technology – has partnered with Speed51.com and the Southern Super Series to support a free live broadcast of the race. The 150-lap season finale will air live on Speed51 TV, the online live broadcasting platform on Speed51.com powered by JEGS.

“We love being a part of the Southern Super Series and we love being a part of Speed51′s broadcasts and 51 TV,” said Chris Dilbeck of PFC Brakes. “Anytime that we can take one of the broadcasts and make it available, free-of-charge to all the Short Track race fans, it’s the least we could do to try to give back to fans of Short Track Racing. It also brings a little bit of awareness to the fact that the Snowball Derby is right around the corner. We want to bring attention and eyes to the Southern Super Series at their last race at Pensacola and at the same time tee it up for the prestigious Snowball Derby at the end of the year.”

Race fans tuning into the live broadcast on Speed51.com will be able to watch qualifying action, pre-race ceremonies and all 150 laps of racing action. In addition to the racing itself, the 2016 Southern Super Series and 2016 Blizzard Series champions will also be crowned on the live broadcast.

The news of the live broadcast was first announced during the driver’s meeting this past Saturday at Mobile International Raceway (AL). Being able to showcase the Southern Super Series drivers to a national audience is something that has series promoter Tim Bryant looks forward to.

“We’re excited about that. We’re hoping that our racers can use it as a way to market their teams to their current sponsors or potential sponsors,” Bryant said. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to get some fans to tune in to what we think will be a great finale. Hopefully they’ll be intrigued to come visit us live at the
Snowball Derby.

“I will add that through the pay-per-view broadcasts that we’ve done at the Derby, we’ve had some ticket sales. The most recent one was a lady from Maine who said they watched the broadcast last year of the Snowball and decided right there they were adding it to their list of places to be for 2016.”

This event will have a 200-mile blackout (driving distance) from Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The blackout will include the cities of Montgomery, Alabamato the north, Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana to the west and Tallahassee, Florida to the east.

“I love racing at Five Flags Speedway. It is one of the premiere and most competitive racetracks in America and this Southern Super Series finale will be fun to watch,” said Bob Dillner, Executive Editor of Speed51.com. “We urge everyone to attend because there will be a lot of big-time drivers doing a little test and tune for the Snowball Derby, but if you can’t be there this time, watching online is a great way to see some great racing racing and get warmed up for the big trip in Pensacola to watch the Snowball Derby in person in December.”

Speed51 TV, the leader in live Short Track Racing video broadcasts, produced the first live broadcast of Five Flags Speedway’s signature event, the Snowball Derby, in December 2014 and followed that up with another signature broadcast in 2015.

Thanks to PFC Brakes, fans across the globe will be able to witness all the fast, high-drama action from Five Flags’ final Super Late Model race of 2016 as the Southern Super Series’ championship event sets the table for this December’s 49th Annual Snowball Derby.

PFC Brakes, an industry leader in high-performance brake calipers, rotors and pads for a variety of racing disciplines including short track Super Late Model racing, will present the live broadcast to enhance the exposure of the teams competing in the Southern Super Series’ season finale at Five Flags.

In order to watch the live broadcast, race fans will need to sign up for a free account on Speed51.com by clicking here (http://speed51.com/join-today/). By signing up for a free account, race fans will also have the ability to purchase future pay-per-view broadcasts on Speed51 TV.

For more information on the event, please contact Five Flags Speedway at 850-944-8400. For advertising information on advertising within the broadcast, please contact marketing@speed51.com.

49th Annual Snowball Derby Tickets On Sale Wednesday

August 21st, 2016

Pensacola, FL -If you’re a race fan, the Snowball Derby is the race that you absolutely need to have on your bucket list. Your chance to make plans for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby begins on the morning of Wednesday, August 17 when tickets to the 300-lap Super Late Model race at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway go on sale to the general public.

A seat to see the biggest asphalt short track race of the year can be had for as low as $45 by calling the Five Flags Speedway ticket office on Wednesday morning.

“Our ticket renewals were a little ahead of pace from last year,” said Tim Bryant, the general manager of Five Flags Speedway. “We still have good seats left, but we always encourage folks that are able to make the race to purchase their tickets sooner rather than later to ensure that they get the best seat possible.”

Each year fans all over the world make their plans to attend the Short Track Racing spectacle for the first time and never regret their decision.

Fans from California, Maine, Massachusetts and beyond who attended last year’s Snowball Derby have already renewed their tickets, and now it’s your chance to get in on the action for the first time.

All ticket information can be found by visiting www.5FlagsSpeedway.com. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Five Flags Speedway ticket office number at 850-944-8400.

Reserved parking spaces will be available to purchase through Five Flags Speedway beginning October 3.

Don’t miss your chance to witness Short Track Racing history. Buy your seat for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby tomorrow.

Roderick Storms By Choquette for SSS Victory at Five Flags

July 23rd, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Saturday’s starting lineup for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco SERF, Inc. 125 at Five Flags Speedway (FL) read like a who’s who of Super Late Model standouts. When it was all said and done, defending Blizzard Series champion Casey Roderick topped a field of 24 drivers and stood in victory lane for the second time in 2016.

It was the tale of two races as Florida’s Jeff Choquette jumped out to the lead on lap 14 and opened up a four second, quarter-lap advantage, on the field throughout the course of the opening 75 laps.

With Choquette setting sail, all eyes were on the battle from second to fifth as series points leader Donnie Wilson tried to fend off Harrison Burton, Augie Grill and Casey Smith who all raced bumper-to-bumper.

“He was checking out on us.” Roderick said post-race, “I started pushing the issue a little bit without wearing out my tires too bad.”

Roderick began picking through the top cars at lap 64 moving past Grill for fourth, putting him in a good spot for the first restart of the race just 10 laps later.

With Choquette and Burton racing for the top spot on the restart, Roderick capitalized on a Burton slip up to put himself right in the wheel tracks of Choquette. That move gave him the opportunity he needed to flex his muscle as the pair entered lapped traffic.

“It looked like, going into three, he was going to take the bottom. I had already made my mind up that I was going to stay to the top. He chose the wrong lane obviously and I got on the outside of him. We went in the corner three-four-wide. We used each other up a little bit because there was no room. “

With the crowd on their feet, Roderick came away with the lead but it was all for not as a caution quickly flew, negating the pass.

After one failed attempt to complete a lap on the initial restart, Roderick was able to push past Choquette and take the lead for good out of turn two, despite Grill pushing Choquette on the high-side.

Roderick dominated from that point, opening his own sizeable advantage over the last portion of the event as Choquette slipped back to fourth.

“This is just our second (Super Late Model) race down here with team. I’ll take a fourth-place finish.” Choquette said after the race.

Choquette harbored no ill feelings towards Roderick’s daring three and four-wide move in traffic.

“He did the same thing I would’ve done,” said Choquette. “As the leader you have to clear the path for everyone. Casey and I got into each other a little bit so I apologize for that. Just good hard racing.”

Roderick took the win for the second time in 2016 by an impressive margin.

“The car was awesome tonight.” Roderick told the crowd in victory lane, “This car has always been good when we get cautions. Once we go back green it just gets better and better.”

Behind Roderick, Zane Smith, who was involved in an incident on the earlier failed restart attempt, raced a battered and bruised No. 77 car, complete with a taped together nose piece, back to an impressive second-place finish.

“That was the definition of never giving up,” stated Smith at the end of the night after his team’s effort to repair his car in the closing stages.

Crossing the finish line after Zane Smith was 14-year-old Chandler Smith, who stayed patient throughout the 125 lap event and saved just enough until the end to round out the podium.

“Starting fifteenth we just rode around a little bit and got used to the racetrack and adjusted to the line,” the young Smith said. “It just came down to conserving tires.”

Next up for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco is a trip to Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama on Saturday, August 20.

Burton Wins First SSS Race at Five Flags Speedway

May 31st, 2016

(Pensacola, Fla.) – Harrison Burton picked up his second career Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco win Friday night at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. The 15-year-old driver narrowly escaped a penalty with seven laps to go that would have sent him to the rear of the field.

Perennial heavyweight Bubba Pollard took control at the point of the 36-car field following a lap 22 restart. After a long green flag run, lapped traffic in the closing stages of the race allowed Burton to close in with less than 10 laps remaining.

As Pollard had his hands full trying to put Riley Herbst one lap down, Burton charged hard into turn three and made contact with Pollard. The end result saw Pollard spin in turn four with just seven laps remaining.

By rule, for his involvement, officials called for Burton to be sent to the tail until Bubba Pollard, in an ultimate show of sportsmanship, brought his car down pit road and explained to officials that he “lost it” on his own and that Burton’s contact had nothing to do with it.

Based on Pollard’s honesty, the initial ruling was overturned, and Burton drove away from Casey Roderick on the final restart, and into Five Flags Speedway victory lane for the first time in his career.

“This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” Burton told fans after an enthusiastic high-five from his dad, Jeff Burton, in victory lane.

Burton, who struggled in the series’ previous Five Flags appearance, started seventh and worked his way up to second in the opening third of the race. After having his first pass for the lead negated by caution, the Huntersville, North Carolina native dropped back to fifth by the halfway point.

The extended green flag period that followed saw the second-generation driver methodically work his way back through the top five and back into contention late.

“It’s been so long since we won last, we’ve worked so hard on this,” stated Burton, who gave far more credit to his team than he took for himself. “Things are really starting to click for us. We’re getting better and better as the weeks go on. Even when we have a bad week it seems we still end up with top five and top 10s. I think this is just a show of our strength and I can’t wait to get another win.”

Jeff Choquette, who was making his first appearance in more than a year and a half rallied late for a strong runner-up finish. Choquette happily said that this wouldn’t be his last run back with the Southern Super Series or at Five Flags Speedway.

“I love coming here, this is an awesome race track,” Choquette said after his strong return run. “36 race cars, I don’t think you can say much more than that.”

Veteran Augie Grill rounded out the podium ahead of Raphael Lessard and Kyle Grissom in the top five.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit www.SouthernSuperSeries.com
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Roderick Bests Smith in Battle of the Caseys at Five Flags

May 1st, 2016

(PENSACOLA, Fla.) – Race number three for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco came down to a battle of the Caseys on Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Defending Southern Super Series champion Casey Smith and defending Blizzard Series champion Casey Roderick duked it out throughout the 125-lap race, before Roderick eventually prevailed.

Three lead changes highlighted the battle between the Caseys before Roderick, the ‘local’ champ, stood on top of the podium after taking the lead on lap 78 and and holding off Smith through three late restarts.

“We had a really good car tonight,” said Roderick with a smile after the 125 lap event. “That’s the best car I’ve ever had here.”

Roderick set fast-time in qualifying, picking up the $500 Engine Builders bonus, and started back in seventh after the re-draw.

The race opened with former series winner Kyle Grissom on the pole and he took off at the drop of the green, opening up a 12 car-length advantage before Smith ran him down and got by to lead lap 6.

While Roderick was making his way to the front from the drop of the green flag, Smith appeared to have the dominant car during the early stages of the race.

Smith, of Austin, Texas, led the most laps (63) of anyone in the 27-car field, but Roderick was just too strong in the end.

“We weren’t pushing the car hardly at all,” said Smith, the defending series champion. “I kind of let him go when we were getting into lapped traffic and thought that maybe he would burn his stuff up but his car was just that good tonight.”

Zane Smith rounded out the podium after breaking his left pinky finger earlier in the afternoon and felt like his No. 77 team has things back on track after a couple sub-par performances in recent months.

“I’m just happy to be running back to normal, the way we had been running,” Smith said in his post-race interview. “We struggled there for a little bit. Win or not, as long as we’re running up here with these guys, I’m stoked.”

2013 Southern Super Series champion Bubba Pollard and early leader Kyle Grissom completed the top five.

For Roderick, the race winner, his weekend is not yet complete. He has another race on his schedule for Saturday night in Alabama.

“I’ve got to thank everyone who has helped me with this car,” stated Roderick. “Ronnie Sanders, Ronnie is here with me tonight and I’m going run his Pro Late Model tomorrow night up at Montgomery.”

The next event on the Southern Super Series schedule will be a Gulf Coast double-header beginning on Friday, May 27 back at Five Flags and then on Saturday May 28 at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama.

For more information on the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, visit www.southernsuperseries.com.

Luza to Make SLM Debut With So. Super Series at Five Flags

April 30th, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. — With the dawn of a new Blizzard Series season at Five Flags Speedway (FL) just on the horizon, many Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco teams have descended upon the half-mile oval to turn some testing laps. One of those teams has Ryan Luza as their driver.

Luza is the 2014 Pro Late Model track champion at Five Flags, but this time he isn’t in a Pro Late Model. Instead, Luza is in the more powerful Super Late Model and ready to do battle with the big dogs like Bubba Pollard, Casey Smith and Casey Roderick.

“You’ve got all the big guys here,” Luza told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’s just like running at the Snowball Derby basically because all the guys that run the Derby are here. I’m just ready to compete. I hope I can run with them, and I’m ready to do my best.”

Luza is making the transition from the Pro to the Super, and his debut is Friday night in the Southern Super Series/Blizzard Series event at Five Flags. On Thursday afternoon Luza was waiting for rain to end so he could make some laps in the Super Late Model ahead of race day.

“I haven’t even sat in the car yet,” Luza said. “We have a lot of experience here at this track. I just want to learn as much as I can here tonight and in the two practice sessions tomorrow. It’s really not a lot of time, but I know the line really well around the track so that should help. I just want to learn as much as I can, really.”

The 20-year-old Texan said he is completely done with Pro Late Model racing and isn’t looking back on that part of his career.

“Yeah we’re done with that,” he said. “Our car got sold and that pretty much helped us make this transition by getting a new car.”

Luza’s plan now is to run the rest of the Southern Super Series schedule with the exception of the race at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee. He said that he and the team wanted to be at the first two SSS races as well, but they couldn’t get the car ready in time.

Running all of the Southern Super Series races also means running all of the Blizzard Series races, which is the track series for Super Late Models at Five Flags. After winning the championship a year ago in the Pro Late Model at Five Flags, Luza said he thinks he can unseat Casey Roderick as the Blizzard Series champion.

“I really think we can,” said Luza. “A few of my friends have just made the transition and have had success. Hopefully we can follow in their footsteps. I’m not looking to set the world on fire tomorrow night. I just want to have a good run, keep the car clean and have good notes for the next time.”

Speed51.com will have Trackside Now coverage and more from Friday’s Southern Super Series event at Five Flags Speedway beginning at 3 p.m. CT. Racing is scheduled to begin Friday night at 8 p.m. CT at Five Flags Speedway. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and the front gates open at 4 p.m. Qualifying for the Super Late Models begins at 7 p.m. Adult admission is just $15. Seniors, students and military can watch the racing for $12. Admission for kids 6-11 is just $5 and kids under 6 can enjoy the races for free.

More information on the event including a full race day schedule can be found by visiting www.5flagsspeedway.com.

For more information on the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, visit www.southernsuperseries.com, like “Southern Super Series” on Facebook, and follow @SoSuperSeries on Twitter.

Stout List of SSS Drivers Making Their Way to Five Flags

April 28th, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. — With two races in the books already this season, the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco is ready to crank up the speed once again this weekend at Five Flags Speedway (FL). The top Super Late Model drivers from the Deep South and beyond will make their way to Pensacola, Florida this weekend for
the first of four races at the track this season.

The list of pre-race entries and expected entries for the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series opener is shaping up to be a great collection of racing talent that will impress those in attendance this Friday night.

Current points leader Donnie Wilson leads the charge into Pensacola, looking for his first career Southern Super Series win at Five Flags. The Oklahoma driver is coming off a dominating effort earlier this month in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee. Wilson took the Music City by storm, first winning the 50-lap Southern Super Series points-counting race before coming back the next night to win the 75-lap North/South Super Late Model Challenge against stars from both the Southern Super Series and ARCA/CRA Super Series.

Another welcome sight on the entry list is that of Austin, Texas driver Casey Smith. The defending Southern Super Series champion did not make the trip to Nashville after competing in the Rattler 250, but will return to the series Friday night. Smith, who won twice on his way to securing the 2015 series title, is also looking for his first career Southern Super Series win at Five Flags Speedway.

The State of Georgia will have some stout representation Friday with defending Blizzard Series champion Casey Roderick set to make his first Southern Super Series start of 2016. Roderick won the second of the four SSS races contended at Five Flags during 2015 on his way to winning the four-race series at the Pensacola oval.

Bubba Pollard might also hail from the state of Georgia, but the 2014 SSS champion has made Five Flags his second home over the years. The native of Senoia, Georgia has collected a vast amount of victories at the track over the years, five coming in the SSS, including last September’s season finale. Pollard is also a winner of the prestigious Snowflake 100 in 2014.

Kyle Grissom, last year’s April winner at Five Flags, will also be joining the stout field and making his second SSS start of 2016. Florida racing legend David Rogers, Snowball Derby runner-up Zane Smith and Indiana native Quinnton Bear will all be making the trip to Five Flags as well.

One of the drivers traveling the furthest to compete in the race will be Travis Sauter, who will be traveling from Wisconsin to race the Jett Motorsports Super Late Model.

Late Model veteran Chris Davidson, who currently sits sixth in the SSS points standings, will be on hand searching for his first win of 2016 after a consistent start to the season.

One of the bigger story lines for fans to watch throughout Friday’s event will be each team’s race management. The race will be 125 laps in distance, slightly longer than the normal 100 laps teams are accustomed to during regular season events at Five Flags. The longer distance, coupled with the race being just a four-tire race with no breaks, will force teams to have an increased focus on hitting the perfect setup.

Racing is scheduled to begin Friday night at 8 p.m. CT at Five Flags Speedway. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and the front gates open at 4 p.m. Qualifying for the Super Late Models begins at 7 p.m. Adult admission is just $15. Seniors, students and military can watch the racing for $12. Admission for kids 6-11 is just $5 and kids under 6 can enjoy the races for free.

More information on the event including a full race day schedule can be found by visiting www.5flagsspeedway.com.

For more information on the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, visit www.southernsuperseries.com, like “Southern Super Series” on Facebook, and follow @SoSuperSeries on Twitter.

Tested Tough Award Winners Announced for Snowball Derby

December 11th, 2015

Pensacola, FL — Throughout the five days of the Snowball Derby many teams face adversity, and it is how a team deals with that adversity that can determine their performance. Once again Speed51.com powered by JEGS is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Five Star Race Car Bodies Tested Tough Awards.

Handed out annually to teams who show toughness and perseverance despite hardships, this year’s awards go to Steve Buttrick, Harrison Burton, Christopher Bell and Casey Smith. The Five Star Tested Tough Award isn’t just for Late Model competitors. In fact, it was Sportsman driver Steve Buttrick earning the award for his performance Thursday
night. Buttrick had a left front tire go flat while leading the 50-lap Sportsman feature, but that didn’t stop him from finishing.

Despite finishing on the rim of his left front, the veteran racer remained tough and still brought home a seventh-place finish. The winner of Friday’s award is a young racer and a race team with a never give up attitude.
Harrison Burton made hard contact with the wall in turns three and four during the final Snowball Derby practice on Thursday. Not knowing if their weekend was coming to an end, the Burton crew stayed up all night working on the car at Johanna Long’s shop a few miles down the road in Pensacola.

The team put a new front clip on the No. 12 machine, completed all repairs and pulled into the racetrack Friday morning on no sleep. Burton responded by putting the car in the show and qualifying for his first Snowball Derby. Saturday’s award went to one of short track racing’s rising stars who had to battle through adversity to make his way into Sunday’s Snowball Derby.

Christopher Bell laid down a blistering lap in time trials on Friday night, breaking the track record and recording the fastest time of the day. However, Bell, who was also on the top of the board for almost every practice, was disqualified in post-qualifying tech. His only shot to make the 48th Annual Snowball Derby was to race his way in through the last chance race, where he would start at the rear of the field. Bell displayed toughness by passing all 25 cars in under 50 laps to not only race his way in, but win the last chance qualifier.

While there were many possible candidates for Sunday’s Hal Goodson Tested Tough Award, it was 2015 Southern Super Series champion Casey Smith proving to be tougher than them all.

Smith failed to qualify his way into the Snowball Derby Friday night and was forced to accept the Southern Super Series provisional, putting him 35th on the grid for Sunday’s race. Starting at the rear of the field, it may have been easy to give up but Smith handled the adversity like a champion.

Throughout the 300-lap race, Smith patiently picked off positions before eventually battling within the top-five. At the end of the race, he was officially scored in the sixth position, giving him a total of 29 positions gained during the race.Congratulations to all of these drivers who didn’t let a little adversity slow them down and showed that they are “Tested Tough,” just like Five Star Race Car Bodies.

Longtime Racer’s Memory Honored with Snowball Derby Bonuses

December 3rd, 2015

Pensacola, FL – The Snowball Derby and Five Flags Speedway family lost a valued member earlier this year when Sherman Chunn, father of Cecil Chunn, passed away on August 28. To honor Chunn’s memory, Jeff Hamner, owner of Hamner Racing Engines, is putting up money for the leaders of laps 48, 148 and 248 during the 48th Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 3.

“I remember Sherman at the Derby from when I was a kid,” said Hamner. “He was a truly great person. We are hoping that this honors him in the right way being that this is the 48th Derby and all of his cars were always number-48.”

Sherman’s real name was Jerry, but everybody called him Sherman because he was “as big as a tank,” according to Bryant. Chunn was a fixture at race tracks all over the country, including Five Flags Speedway. Chunn was a fan, a car owner for his son as he chased his Late Model dreams, and a fabricator for three-time NASCAR champion and Snowball Derby winner Darrell Waltrip.

Hamner is putting up $200 to the leader of each of those three laps. However, if the same driver leads all three laps then the money is upped to $1,000.

“It’s an honor to have Hamner Racing Engines put up this money in memory of the great man that Sherman was,” said Snowball Derby promoter Tim Bryant. “He was a mainstay at the race track and at the Snowball Derby. He is someone that is truly missed, but he will not be forgotten.”

Chunn had been battling a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) known as progressive bulbar palsy, which attacks the central nervous system, for more than a year. He passed away on August 28 at the age of 64 years old.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit Speed51.com for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.

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Maine Street Stock Racer Heading South to Snowball Derby

November 30th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Not even in his wildest dreams did Lewis Anderson ever imagine towing from Maine to the panhandle of Florida to race a Street Stock. But that’s exactly what the 45-year-old grassroots racer from Hollis, Maine is doing.

With his No. 81 Street Stock on an open trailer hooked to the back of a pickup truck, Anderson is currently headed south to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway to compete in the 50-lap Sportsman feature on Thursday night of Snowball Derby week.

“We’ve joked about this for a number of years, going to different race tracks but I could never dream of being able to actually do it,” Anderson said Sunday morning. “It’s expensive and I figured I couldn’t afford that. I don’t have that kind of money, that’s why I race Street Stock at Beech Ridge.”

Anderson’s dream started to become a reality in April when he made the trip south to Hickory Motor Speedway for a Super Late Model race. He was sitting in the grandstands with veteran Super Late Model driver Scott Mulkern and Mainely Motorsports host Steve Perry when Mulkern made the comment, “Why don’t you take Lewis to the Derby?”

“All of a sudden at Hickory we got talking to a bunch of people and seeing if we could get some help. We started talking to people about it and the response was ‘I’m in. I’m in. I’m in.’ Holy smokes. We had a lot of people that wanted in on this project so we found out it was almost feasible to do it and we just kept working at it.”

Anderson, a regular competitor in the Wildcat division at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME), left his house at 11 p.m. ET Saturday night. As of 11 a.m. on Sunday morning he was already in Virginia turning heads on the highway with his Christmas-themed race car.

“Overnight it was too dark to even tell there was a race car on the back, and until an hour ago it was foggy and raining so people couldn’t really tell. Now people are really starting to take a look at it. It is 11 o’clock here and people are starting to look at it now. We’re following the trailer in an SUV. We have two vehicles, the SUV and the car towing the trailer, and we’re following them. We’ve seen all kinds of looks now.”

For three years now, Anderson has been making the trip south to the Snowball Derby with a group of Maine residents led by Perry. During his first visit to the Derby, he walked around the infield of the half-mile oval looking at the cars competing in the Sportsman feature. While looking over the cars, he realized that they weren’t much different than the Wildcat he races weekly.

“I was looking at it and I was like, ‘He’s got the same engine that I’ve got. He’s got the same rear link suspension I’ve got. He’s got no jacking bolts.’ “When this started to become a reality this summer, I messaged one of the guys on Facebook that races down there and we’ve been chatting back and forth all summer. He gave me pointers on setups and stuff, tires and everything. I really didn’t have to change a whole lot on my car, I just had to add a bunch of lead to it.”

Leading up to the big trip, Anderson received help from a number of people including Perry, Karl Fredrickson of Speedway Illustrated and other local businesses. Local fans also offered up money, gas cards and whatever they could to help “The Dirty Lew,” as the call him at Beech Ridge, make the trip.

But even once the financial aspect of the trip became feasible, the work didn’t end there.

“This has been a lot of stress until last night putting it all together,” Anderson explained. “We finally got the race car done and it got it scaled and loaded at like 10 o’clock last night. Trying to get money and all of that together and make sure that hotels are paid for and foods paid for, rental car and all of that stuff. All of a sudden you think you’ve got everything done and it’s like, ‘Oh, we forgot about this. Oh, we forgot about that.’”

Now that he’s on the road, Anderson said it’s all about having fun. He knows that this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so he’s not letting high expectations get in his way of having fun. A top-five or top-10 run are his goals on the track, but for the most part it’s all about enjoying the experience.

“I want to be battling for the win, but I don’t know what I even have right now. I haven’t even been on the track yet, so I’ll have to wait and see. We’ll have to see how we stack up. We’ve gotta have fun.”

As Anderson enjoys this once in a lifetime experience, he will have a huge group of supporters both at the race track and back at home in Maine. Many in his home state, even some of his fiercest rivals, have already purchased the Speed51 TV package to watch “Lewis” on Thursday night, December 3.

“When you think about it that way, it’s kind of unreal,” he admitted. “I race against these guys and some like me, some don’t. Even some that don’t like me, they’re saying they’re going to rent the package from Speed51. It’s going to be a good show for those watching on Speed51 TV.”

Race fans can order their live Speed51 TV online video ticket today by clicking here. The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit Speed51.com for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Seven Divisions to Compete During Snowball Derby Week

November 26th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Much of the talk leading up to the Snowball Derby revolves around the Super Late Models that will be competing in the 300-lap race at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Sunday, December 6. But the Snowball Derby is much bigger than just one race. It’s a whole week’s worth of racing with seven different divisions duking it out for bragging rights.

Of course, the Super Late Models will be the main focus throughout the weekend with future stars of the sport like Chase Elliott and John Hunter Nemechek joining the most talented group of short track racing stars you’ll find anywhere. It’s a race that nobody wants to miss and rightfully so, the Snowball Derby itself has earned the reputation of being the most prestigious short track race in the country.

In addition to the Super Late Models, there’s a lot of other great racing that will take place throughout the weekend including the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for the Pro Late Models on Saturday night, December 5. In that race, you’ll see many of the stars that will also be competing in the Snowball Derby the next day.

Past Snowflake 100 race winners include Bubba Pollard, Chase Elliott, Augie Grill and the inaugural race winner Gary St. Amant.

Before the Late Model drivers strap in for their main events on Saturday and Sunday, the grassroots racers in four different divisions will have their shot at earning a win during the biggest week of the year.

Feature racing kicks off Thursday night after a full day of practice for the Late Models. The Butler U-Pull-It Bombers will go 30 laps before the competitive Beef O’Brady’s Sportsman division takes to the track for 50 laps of intense racing action.

Friday will be the most intense day of all with Late Models preparing for NASH 102.7 FM Pole Night. Once qualifying is done, it will be time for more racing as the Faith Chapel Street Stocks and the Modifieds each compete in 50 lap features.

Things continue to heat up Saturday with 50-lap Last Chance Qualifiers for both the Snowflake 100 and Snowball Derby. Once the fields are set, it will be time for the biggest Pro Late Model race in the country when the Late Model stars strap in for the Snowflake 100. The Better Built Pro Truck division will race for 50 laps around the Pensacola, Florida oval at the conclusion of “The Flake.”

Sunday needs no introduction. At 2 p.m. CT, the most diverse and talented group of Super Late Model drivers in the country will strap in for 300 laps and all eyes in the racing world will be on Five Flags Speedway.

In all, not counting qualifying races, there will be 630 laps of racing at Five Flags Speedway over the course of four days. When people say the Snowball Derby is more than just a single race, they mean it.

Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit Speed51.com for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

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Niedecken Making Super Late Model Return at Snowball Derby

November 25th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – The Snowball Derby has always been a part of life for Wayne Niedecken, Jr. The second-generation driver known simply as “Junior” has been coming to the Snowball Derby since its first running back in 1968. His father won that day and once again in 1970. Since then the Niedecken name has always been a part of the history at Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby.

During the 2013 running of the Snowball Derby, Niedecken did not qualify for the fourth year in a row and he figured it was time for some changes. It was a tough decision, but he walked away from Super Late Model racing to re-learn the trade in the Pro Late Model class. “I don’t think I ever thought I couldn’t drive,” said Niedecken. “Just understanding the way the cars worked and apply that to our program had us lacking. We decided to run the Pro Late Model and get things figured out.” This year he did get things figured out. He won races at Five Flags Speedway and
nearby Mobile International Speedway (AL). In fact he won the Pro Late Model track championship at Mobile after winning seven times in nine races.

“We really hit on something last year at the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and we have been building on that ever since,” said Niedecken. Niedecken started 35th and finished seventh in the Snowflake 100 last year. He would finish third in the points standings at Five Flags Speedway in 2015 and is considered one of the favorites for the Snowflake.
In conjunction with sponsor Fresh Coat Painting Done Right and cross-marketing partner the Blue Wahoos, Niedecken will run both races after his recent success. The partnership with Arob Performance has helped tremendously over the years to keep Niedecken up front.

“It feels good to be able to run for a shot at the Derby again,” said Niedecken who will be looking to start the race for the 29th time in his career. “Old school drivers like myself have had to relearn the concept of the feel of the car. Nothing has changed about the balance, but just the way you can drive them. I know what it’s suppose feel like or what I think it needs to feel like, but now you have to throw that out the window. It’s hard to brake those habits and learn the right way.”

Having been out of the seat for two years in the Super Late Model has Niedecken excited for his return to the track in that type of race car. The first goal is to get into the race, a feat he has not done since 2009. He finished eighth that season. “I enjoy the horsepower,” said Niedecken. “Alex Roberts and Gene Roberts will be in the pits helping me and Alex will be the crew chief. I’ve never had someone in the pits calling the shots. I have always done it from the seat. This will be a first for me and I think it’s going to be fun.”

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch
all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit Speed51.com for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Stay in the Loop By Using #SnowballDerby on Twitter

November 24th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – As the 48th Annual Snowball Derby creeps closer, Speed51.com, your official source for the Snowball Derby, launches the ARbodies #SnowballDerby Twitter Box. The Twitter box, which appears on the Speed51.com homepage, showcases Tweets that use the hashtag #SnowballDerby, keeping fans and drivers up to date with the latest buzz on social media.

Using the #SnowballDerby over the next 17 days will be one of the best ways to be in the loop with all your favorite drivers and fans as they prepare for the biggest short track event of the year. Many drivers, like Zane Smith, John Hunter Nemechek and Dennis Prunty, have already taken to Twitter and used #SnowballDerby to showcase paint schemes and update followers on their Derby preparation.

If you tune in to the #SnowballDerby Twitter box you will also see tweets from Snowball himself as he looks forward to welcoming thousands of fans to Five Flags Speedway in just two short weeks.

#SnowballDerby is also a great way to keep up with Speed51.com as we prepare unique preview stories and prepare for our Speed51 TV signature broadcast of the 48th Annual Snowball Derby.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying. The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available.

Visit Speed51.com for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Thorn More Prepared Than Ever for Snowball Derby Success

November 20th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Last year Derek Thorn’s Snowball Derby week nearly hit rock bottom before it turned around for a third-place finish.

After two successful days of testing early in the week, things took a turn on Thursday afternoon, the first official practice day. Thorn picked up a bad vibration his first time out and the team thrashed all afternoon to get it fixed. Finally, several hours later, the problem was detected and fixed and Thorn went on to post the fastest time in happy hour practice.

All the ups and downs of last year’s Derby have Thorn and his No. 43 Campbell Motorsports team more prepared than ever for this year’s trip to Pensacola.

“We had an unexpected part failure that led to five other things getting destroyed in the process,” Thorn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “That part failure was none of our doing, but the plus side to last year was we had all the parts necessary to fix the problem. Mike Keen heads up our team and he spends countless hours at the shop not only setting up the cars, but going over each car with a fine tooth comb before the get loaded in the trailer. I think we’re the most prepared we’ve ever been and last year was our first year together as a team at the Derby and I
feel that everything we learned from last year will make us even stronger this year.”

All the issues last year made qualifying for the Derby even more intense, if that’s possible. Thorn calls Snowball Derby NASH 102.7FM Pole Night the most stressful days of his racing career, and don’t expect that to change even if things appear to be sailing smoothly this year.

“I think it’s the most stressful part of racing that I’ve had to endure,” said Thorn. “Just racing wise, probably qualifying day for the Derby is one of the most intense times. You really can’t put it into words, it is one of the most intense times, and you’re lined up on pit road with between 50 and 60 cars all vying for 30 positions.”

While pre-qualifying might be the most stressful for Thorn, he says there isn’t a better feeling than a few minutes later if you lock yourself in on time. A year ago Thorn did just that, recording the 11th fastest lap en route to a career best third-place finish in the Snowball Derby.

“Last year with the Campbell Motors sports team was a good run,” said Thorn. “We’d like to match that or do two sports better. That’s the reason we’re going, but at the end of the day I think we’ve done our homework. We’ve gotten a lot more time with the cars that we take back to the Derby, I think we have a bigger notebook to work with and I think that’ll play into our favor a little bit. Hopefully we can go down there and compete and do even better than last year.”

While Thorn hopes to bring home the Tom Dawson trophy, he also looks to lead the charge from the West Coast. The Lakeport, CA driver is just one of a handful of drivers making the trek across the country for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby. He also has his eye on the Speed51.com West Coast Bounty that will pay $551 to the highest finishing driver from the West Coast.

“It’s really cool that Speed51 is doing that for each region of the United States,” said Thorn. The West Coast is down on car count and I feel fortunate enough that I’ve gotten the chance to come and run multiple times, but to come back and represent the West Coast is always cool. I hope there’s some more West Coast teams for us to run with, it’s neat to see them make the trip and good to see Speed51 supporting the guys making the journey.”

Typically the trip to the Snowball Derby is the only time each year Thorn lays eyes on Five Flags Speedway.

“Coming from the West Coast that’s the first time you see the track all year,” said Thorn. “You run your 400-500 laps before the weekend is over with and then go home.”

This year, however, Thorn made the trip cross country on three different occasions. His Southern Super Series race was cut short, however he grabbed a win and an eighth-place finish racing with Kurt Jett’s Pro Late Model team.

“The driving style is definitely a lot different and I think the blessing is, this year I was fortunate the Jett family gave me some opportunities to run some races at Pensacola and I feel like I have a better understanding of how that place works,” said Thorn. It’s fairly technical and I’d like to think that because of the track time I got this year in both the Pro and a Super Late Model I’ll be a better fit, give better feedback and have better understanding of the facility, the track itself and how it races. I feel I know what you can and can’t do, what you can and can’t get away with and hopefully that plays into our favor.”

His experience in the Jett Pro Late Model should also play into his favor as Thorn plans to pull double up this year, running both the Snowflake and the Snowball Derby.

“People ask about the Derby a lot and it’s almost impossible to put the Derby into words,” said Thorn. “Not just from a driver’s perspective but from a fans perspective, and I think it’s just one of them races that most race fans should have on their bucket list. It’s a race I will always love going to, hopefully for years to come, especially when you run up front because you’re running against the best racers in the country.”

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

When on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Snowball Derby Bounties Attracting Teams From All Over

November 18th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Race teams traveling from three different regions have extra incentive to travel to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on December 6 for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby. Speed51.com recently announced that it would once again be putting up bounties of $551 for the highest finishing driver from the Midwest, Northeast and West Coast. Thus far, the response from these regions has been great with teams from all three regions filing official entries to compete in the prestigious Super Late Model race.

The $551 bonus for the highest-finishing Midwest racer will be open to cars that originate from race shops in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Midwest racers Brian Campbell, Dennis Prunty, Boris Jurkovic, Paul Shafer, Jr., Ty Majeski, JJ Haley and John DeAngelis are those who have filed an entry and are currently eligible for the Midwest bounty.

The Northeast bonus is for the highest-finishing driver with a team based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont or Rhode Island. Race teams from Canada will also be included in the Northeast bounty to encourage teams from the Maritime, Quebec and other provinces north of the border to make their way to Pensacola. Currently, Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine and his Nova Scotia-based No. 13 King Racing team is the only Northeast team eligible for the bounty.

“I was talking to my crew chief Andrew (Hicken) and he’s really pumped up for that,” Clark said. “It’s not a whole lot but all of the little stuff adds up for sure. We’re looking forward to that and Speed51.com putting that stuff on. It’s something you don’t have to do. There’s four corners and we’re a long ways away, so it will get us through a couple toll booths and buy us some fuel to get down there.” The West bonus will go to the best finish for a driver whose car originates from Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho or Montana.

A pair of California drivers, Derek Thorn and Jeremy Doss, are currently set to duke it out for the West Coast bounty.
Of course, there’s still plenty of time for teams from each of these regions to file entries and immediately become eligible for the $551. In 2014, Mark Kraus finished 16th in the Snowball Derby to claim $551 as the highest finisher from the Midwest region.

Vermont’s Brian Hoar became the first driver from his home state to qualify for the race and finished 20th to claim the Northeast bounty. 2015 marks the first season that Speed51.com powered by JEGS has established a third bounty for West Coast drivers.

Speed51.com welcomes partners interested in expanding the bounties to other regions of the United States. Contact marketing@speed51.com for more details. Advertising opportunities with Speed51.com’s exclusive coverage of the 48th Annual Snowball Derby are currently available. For details on Speed51.com’s marketing packages, email marketing@speed51.com.

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The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Abreu Heading to Five Flags Seeking Snowball Derby Glory

November 15th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – In January, Rico Abreu piloted a dirt Midget to victory lane inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Chili Bowl. In July he drove a stock car to the win in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on pavement at Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway. In December, Abreu will be driving a Super Late Model in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

But Abreu isn’t necessarily looking to win the race. Sure, he’s a race car driver and every race car driver wants to win every race they enter, but Abreu is trying to be realistic about his first Snowball Derby attempt.

“I’ve learned it’s really hard to make the race there,” said Abreu. “I know there’s live pit stops too and that’ll be really interesting for me because I’ve never done anything like that. If I can make the race and get a solid top 10 that would be great for me.”

The 23-year-old has made plenty of big dirt races before. He’s qualified into the Chili Bowl and won there this year. He’s raced in the Knoxville Nationals for Sprint Cars in Iowa. Now he’s hoping to do the same in pavement short track racing’s biggest race, and that has him very excited.

“All I hear is great things about this race,” Abreu said. “It’s pretty much the Knoxville Nationals of pavement racing as far as I’m aware.”

The Rutherford, California native will be racing for David and Todd Gilliland in their Super Late Model. Abreu tested their car earlier this year at Five Flags, as well as at Virginia’s Langley Speedway, and he said the test sessions have him even more excited about heading to Five Flags for a race.

“I think it’s going to be good,” he said. “It’s all about getting through the bump into three and getting the car straight off of four. The wall into one is a little different, but I’m excited to get to race there and see where we stand with the Gilliland car.”

While Abreu said he just wants to focus on making the starting field for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby, he is also thinking about what it would be like to win the event. After opening the year with a win in one of dirt racing’s biggest events at the Chili Bowl, he has a chance to close out his year with a win where the pavement short track racing spotlight shines the brightest.

“That would be huge,” said Abreu. “It would be really big. Words wouldn’t even be able to describe the level of happiness I’d have if I won that race. I know it’s very difficult to win. There’s a lot of good drivers there. I’m looking forward to it.” The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact JanaWimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Burton Hungry for Snowball Derby Redemption at Five Flags Speedway

November 7th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Harrison Burton brought home a fourth place finish in last year’s Allen Turner Snowflake 100, but failed to make the starting field for the Snowball Derby. The young driver was disappointed, but turned his first experience into a learning experience that’s helped fuel a successful 2015 season.

“I think it was really humbling not to make the race,” Burton told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I had a lot of confidence going into the week and we just kinda got punched in the face when we didn’t make the race, so I think it was really humbling. It changed my mindset as a driver and what I need to focus on to be better and just try to improve. I think not making the Snowball (Derby) was a big mindset changer in a way and I think we’re better from it.”

With his 2014 Snowball Derby experience in tow, Burton embarked on a stout Super Late Model scheduled, competing in everything from Southern Super Series and CARS Tour events to the Winchester 400.

“You need to race with the best, to beat the best to be the best,” said Burton. “I think to race with the best is a confidence builder. To go wheel to wheel with Bubba Pollard and all those guys, it’s a really big confidence booster.”

And wheel to wheel with the best in the country was exactly was the 15 year old driver did. In 11 SSS starts, he picked up one win and seven top-10 finishes and never finished outside of the top-five in the CARS Tour when going the complete race distance. The ability to compete and find success against tough competition this year gives Burton more confidence than ever heading to the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway this December.

“It’s kind of nerve racking in a way, you see the entry list come out and I try not to be intimidated by that,” said Burton, “I feel like I’ve raced against the best drivers that I possible can in the SSS and CARS Tour, we’ve shown we’ve been competitive in that and I don’t think that will change come Derby weekend.”

In three starts at Five Flags Speedway this year Burton has finished in the top seven twice; most recently his race was cut short due to a wreck. The driver of the No. 12 machine and his Dex Imaging crew will head down to Pensacola, Florida the Saturday before Thanksgiving for an open test and work to make his Toyota even faster.

“I think the plan is to see if we can make any gains on our set up,” said Burton. “I think we were pretty strong at Five Flags with Chris’ set-up so far, but we’ll throw some stuff at it at that test and see if we can make it even better, and then fine tune once we get down there Derby week.”

As Burton preps for the biggest race of the year, his main focus is on qualifying, because once you’re in the Snowball Derby field anything can happen.

I’m really focused on qualifying because that’s kind of been one of our weak spots throughout the year,” said Burton. “We’re really focused on that and to be better in that and how to make me a better qualifier, because that’s not my strong suit. I think my strength comes out when I’m racing. I feel like qualifying is huge for the snowball because as long as you are in the race you have a chance to win it. So many things can happen over 300 laps, especially at that race track that once you’re in the race you have a shot to win.”

When the time come to lay down a lap on WXBM 102.7 Pole Night on Friday night, December 4, there’s no doubt the young driver will carry some motivation from last years’ experience.

“I think it’s a little extra motivation to come back and see if we can make the race this year and try to prove to everyone that you can do what you weren’t able to do last time,” said Burton. “I think I’ll have a little bit of a chip on my shoulder come qualifying time, but so does every other driver. If you walk down pit road come qualifying time and everyone face is all white and they’re all nervous, it’s a really crazy experience.”

While Burton has his sights set on making the starting field of the 48th Annual Snowball Derby, he thinks that is just the beginning of what can be accomplished that first week of December at Five Flags Speedway.

“You always to win, no matter what race, that’s why, you’re down there to win,” said Burton. “It’d be great to even make the race, I’d be happy with that, but I think the goal is to go down there and have a good race, a top five Snowball Derby would be great, but a win would be even better and I think that’s what we are going to go for.”

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Bell Aiming to Cap Off Stellar Season With Snowball Victory

October 30th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Christopher Bell has had one heck of a 2015 season with wins coming in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on the dirt at Eldora, and in a Super Late Model on the high-banks of Winchester Speedway in Indiana. There’s only one way to cap off this season, and that’s with a win in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby on December 6.

That’s what the Norman, Oklahoma native has his eyes on as he’s set to make his Snowball Derby debut this year driving the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

“It would be huge (to win) with it being only my first career start in the Snowball Derby,” said Bell. “To win would be really special. That would be a dream come true.”

Bell raced during Derby week in 2014, but he ran the Pro Late Model for KBM in the Snowflake 100. Bell started 14th in that race and raced his way up to sixth in an event that was mostly caution-free.

Bell now believes he will see more success at Five Flags this year in the Derby for a couple of reasons. For one, he’s already been to the race track before, but also because he’ll be in the higher-powered Super Late Model this year.

“I think it’s going to play more of an advantage to me because of my background,” he said. “The Crate cars didn’t really fit my driving style as much as the high-horsepower cars do.”

Bell comes from the dirt racing world of Sprint Cars and Midgets, both of which are cars that have an extremely high power-to-weight ratio. He’s excelled in that realm of racing, and he’s starting to do the same on the asphalt side.

The 21-year-old driver had a great chance to win another prestigious race earlier this month when he had arguably the fastest car in the Winchester 400. However, his chances came to an end when he hit the wall while trying to make the pass for the win late in the going.

“At Winchester all I asked for was to be there at the end and have a shot at it and we did,” said Bell. “Unfortunately I made a little mistake and gave it away. Hopefully I’ll have a second chance at the Snowball.”

But Bell said his strong run for much of that race has given him plenty of confidence heading into the Derby, even with the way Winchester ended.

“That should give us some confidence going into the Snowball Derby because the Winchester 400 is such a prestigious event and we definitely had the best car at that race,” he said. “I thought we had a really good shot at that race. As long as we keep getting shots at these races then that’s all you can ask for.”

As confident as he is, Bell is still nervous about one aspect of the weekend, and that’s qualifying during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night on Friday, December 4.

“I’m expecting qualifying to be the most intense part of the weekend,” Bell said. “I just remember last year watching practice times that when everyone went out for qualifying they all picked up a lot so that’s going to be very stressful for me.”

As long as Bell makes the race he believes he has a chance to win and take home the Tom Dawson trophy, one of the trophies he most wants in racing.

“I have a special place in my heart for a Golden Driller (the Chili Bowl trophy) that hopefully will come pretty quick,” Bell said. “But the Tom Dawson trophy would be right up there with it, that’s for sure.”

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Snowball Derby Entry List Now Up to 56

October 26th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Still more than a month remains until the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway and now the entry list is up to 56 participants. The new names on the list of Super Late Model entires for the December 6th 300-lap race in Pensacola, FL, include NASCAR champions, winners from the Midwest and last year’s Snowball Derby winner. John Hunter Nemechek is now set to defend his Snowball Derby crown from a year ago. Michigan’s Brian Campbell, who has a couple handfuls of victories around the tough Midwest Super Late Model scene and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champ William Byron are among the latest entrants.

Officials from the Snowball Derby are reminding competitors that there is an advantage to getting your entry blank in as soon as possible. Pit stalls for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby will be selected by the order in which the entry blanks are received. “We are just so delighted to see the interest in this year’s Snowball Derby from all of the racers sending in their entries,” said Tim Bryant, promoter at Five Flags Speedway. “The interest in the Derby continues to grow each year and we are hard at work in make sure our facility is top-notch when everyone arrives.”

To date, a total of 56 entries have been received for the prestigious event. To obtain an entry blank, visit www.snowballderby.com and click the Snowball Derby tab in the upper-right portion of the site. From there, click the Driver Registration area to access the form for all divisions competing during this year’s Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.

As an added incentive for drivers considering making a long haul to compete in the Snowball Derby, Speed51.com powered by JEGS has put up three, $551 bounties for the highest-finishing driver from different regions of the country. A Midwest team that originates from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin are eligible for the Midwest $551 bonus.

The Northeast bonus of $551 is up for grabs for teams based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont or Rhode Island. For the first time this year, a West Bounty of $551 will be paid to the highest finishing team coming from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying. The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media inquiries and credential requests for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net.

For more information on Speed51.com, the official live coverage and news website of the Snowball Derby, and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Cash Bonuses for Fast Laps Up for Grabs in Snowball Preview

October 26th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Racers competing in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby have two good reasons to lay down a fast lap in the Snowball Derby Preview presented by IP Casino Resort & Spa on November 21.

First, racers will be able to dial-in their cars to prepare for the Snowball Derby weekend (December 2-6) at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. Also, thanks to the support of IP Casino Resort & Spa, some racers will be able to go into Snowball weekend with more cash in their pockets with bonuses put up for the fastest laps in the Preview event.

On November 21, Snowball Derby Super Late Models, Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models as well as the Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sportsman and Bombers- all of the divisions competing on Snowball Derby weekend – will have a three-hour window (4 – 7pm) in which to put down the quickest recorded lap. The driver with the fastest lap will be awarded with the Fast Lap Cash Award.

“There is always a lot of excitement around Five Flags on Snowball Derby Preview day with drivers trying to get their cars fast for Snowball Derby week, but with some extra cash on the line again this year thanks to IP Casino & Resort, there’s definitely some added drama as well,” said Snowball Derby promoter Tim Bryant. “Any team who wants to put on a transponder and comes out of the Snowball Derby Preview with the quickest lap will have some extra bragging rights and all eyes on them going into Snowball Derby week.”

Snowball Derby Super Late Model drivers will be competing for a $500 bonus for the fastest lap during the November 21 Snowball Derby Preview presented by IP Casino Resort & Spa.

Pro Late Models will run for a $300 bonus, while Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Sportsman will compete for a $200 bonus per division. $150 will go to the Bomber driver with the fastest lap as well.

To be eligible for the Fast Lap Cash Award, cars must have track-issued transponders ($20 rental fee). The fastest laps will be recorded between 4pm and 7pm on November 21. Divisions will run on a rotating basis and all cars are subject to random technical inspection to ensure a level playing field for the bonuses.

Tennessee Super Late Model racer Mason Mingus took the Super Late Model fast-lap prize at the 2014 Snowball Derby Preview, while Grant Quinlan (Pro Late Models), Brandon Curren (Modifieds), Darryl Rudd (Pro Trucks), Bubba Winslow (Super Stocks), Johnny Greene, Jr. (Sportsman) and BJ Leytham (Bomber) each took home extra cash in 2014.

Gates open for competitors at 8am CT on Saturday, November 21 for the Snowball Derby Preview presented by IP Casino Resort & Spa. Rotating practice begins at 9am, with the Fast Lap Cash Award being given to the quickest laps set between 4pm and 7pm.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media inquiries and credential requests for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net [mailto:matt@51sports.net].

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com [mailto:jana@speed51.com] and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

54 Entries Already Filed for Snowflake 100 at Five Flags

October 23rd, 2015

Pensacola, FL – In addition to Super Late Model entries rolling in for the 48th Snowball Derby, steam is also picking up for one of the largest end-of-the-season Pro Late Model races in the country. The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 will take place on Saturday, December 5th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

“We are so excited about this year’s Allen Turner Snowflake 100,”said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway. “We are honored to have all of those that are currently on the list and it’s and impressive one. This race just gets bigger every year and we are appreciative of the support of Allen Turner Hyundai and all of the racers who come for it.”

To date, a total of 54 entries have been received for the prestigious event. To obtain an entry blank, visit www.snowballderby.com and click the Snowball Derby tab in the upper-right portion of the site. From there, click the Driver Registration area to access the form for all divisions competing during this year’s Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying. The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Sneak Peek at 48th Annual Snowball Derby Entries 43 Drivers from 13 States Lead Entry List for December 6 Event

October 9th, 2015

(Pensacola, Florida) – The entires for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway have been pouring in during the summer months. The names on the list of Super Late Model entires for the December 6th 300-lap race in Pensacola, FL, include winners and champions from all walks of racing. And with autumn upon us, officials from the Snowball Derby are reminding competitors that there is an advantage to getting your entry blank in as soon as possible. Pit stalls for the 48th annual Snowball Derby will be selected by the order in which the entry blanks are received.

“We’ve been getting entries every single day for this year’s Snowball Derby and it’s already shaping up to be one of the best fields we have ever had in the history of this great event,” said Tim Bryant, General Manager of Five Flags Speedway. “It’s a true honor for us at Five Flags to have such big names from NASCAR and the short track scene all going for the Tom Dawson Trophy on December 6. “While we’ve got a great list of entries already, It’s important for every driver who is not already registered to get their entry in soon. Between pit selection being in order of entry and the pre-race publicity that they can get, drivers should get their entries in sooner rather than later.”

To date, a total of 43 entries have been received for the prestigious event. To obtain an entry blank, visit www.snowballderby.com and click the Snowball Derby tab in the upper-right portion of the site. From there, click the Driver Registration area to access the form for all divisions competing during this year’s Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.

As an added incentive for drivers considering making a long haul to compete in the Snowball Derby, Speed51.com powered by JEGS has put up three, $551 bounties for the highest-finishing driver from different regions of the country.

A Midwest team that originates from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin are eligible for the Midwest $551 bonus. The Northeast bonus of $551 is up for grabs for teams based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont or Rhode Island.

For the first time this year, a West Bounty of $551 will be paid to the highest finishing team coming from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Five Flags Speedway officials will reveal the initial entry list for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model event Thursday at 5pm ET exclusively on Speed51.com, the Official News and Live Coverage Website of the Snowball Derby.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the WEAR-TV3/Cat County 98.7 FM Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday. The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Hillbilly Vegas to Rock the Frontstretch on Snowball Derby Wednesday Oklahoma Southern Rock Band to Play During Green Flag Party

October 5th, 2015

(Pensacola, Florida) – Pensacola, Florida will be rocking on Wednesday, December 2 when Oklahoma southern rock band “Hillbilly Vegas” takes to the stage on the frontstretch of Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the WEAR-TV3/Cat Country 98.7 FM Green Flag Party as part of the festivities for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby.

The band known for songs such as “Grits and Gravy,” “Helluva Night,” and “Long Way Back” will be performing during the Cat Country Green Flag Pit Party, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT. The party is absolutely free for all fans to attend.

The performance by Hillbilly Vegas on Snowball Derby week has been over a year in the making. Dennis Schoenfeld of Schoenfeld Headers is a strong supporter of the band and helped bring them to Five Flags for this year’s event.

“We tried to do it last year, but we just waited too late and someone was already booked,” said Schoenfeld. “I’m trying to get them some recognition here and there. I’ve tried to get them into two or three different race tracks around here. It’s cool how it’s started off. They were just friends of a friend and now we’re all buddies and we try to support each other.”

In addition to supporting each other, Schoenfeld explained that the band is also big supporters of those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, especially our nation’s veterans, and do what they can to raise funds and awareness.

Schoenfeld said he found the band just prior to last year’s Snowball Derby. He was at a local concert with a friend who knew the band.

“I kind of liked the band after seeing them and thought I might like to do something with them,” said Schoenfeld. “I put their logo on the hood of my car last year. Now I’m glad that we can bring them to the Derby this year.”

After performing on Wednesday night at the Cat Country Green Flag Party, Schoenfeld said the band is going to stick around for the rest of the weekend in the campground.

“They’ve got a camper so they’re going to camp there the whole weekend, and enjoy the weather and the race,” he said. “They’ll have a great time and they’ll put on a show.”

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the WEAR-TV3/Cat Country 98.7 FM Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net.

Snowball Derby Bounties Posted for Midwest, Northeast & West Coast Speed51.com Offering $551 Bonuses for Highest-Finishing Regional Invaders

October 2nd, 2015

(Pensacola, Florida) – For the third straight year, Speed51.com, powered by JEGS, will be challenging drivers from outside the Southeast region to make their way to Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the prestigious Snowball Derby in the form of a bounty.

In a partnership with event officials, Speed51.com will be putting up three bounties worth $551 each for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby the weekend of December 2 – 6, 2015. Each team must be based in the designated areas to be eligible for the award. Three separate cash awards will be up for grabs for teams based in the Midwest, Northeast and, for the first time, the West as well. In 2013, DJ Shaw failed to qualify for the Snowball Derby and still received the $551 bonus for being the highest finishing car from the Northeast. “We truly appreciate Bob and his staff coming on board for a third-straight year to honor the teams that travel long distances to participate in the Snowball Derby.

We hope this gives some teams a little extra incentive to compete in our event,” said Five Flags Speedway General Manager Tim Bryant. “Speed51.com has been a great partner of ours over the years and the exposure that they bring the event is second-to-none the event and team around the nation.” speed51.com is celebrating its 15th year of coverage of the nation’s most prestigious asphalt short track event by once again offering these bounties for drivers from the Midwest, Northeast and West.

“The Snowball Derby is where short trackers go to prove that they are the best in the country,” said Speed51.com Executive Editor Bob Dillner. “You could be the top dog at your track or your series, but the Snowball Derby is full of dozens of top dogs from all around North America. We are putting this challenge out there for the Midwest, Northeast and Midwest-based teams to hopefully get them more excited to come down to Pensacola and see where they stack up against the rest of the country’s top racers in the Snowball Derby.”

The $551 bonus for the highest-finishing Midwest racer will be open to cars that originate from race shops in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Northeast bonus is for the highest-finishing driver with a team based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont or Rhode Island. Race teams from Canada will also be included in the Northeast bounty to encourage teams from the Maritime, Quebec and other provinces north of the border to make their way to Pensacola.

In 2014, Mark Kraus finished 16th in the Snowball Derby to claim $551 as the highest finisher from the Midwest region. Vermont’s Brian Hoar became the first driver From his home state to qualify for the race and finished 20th to claim the Northeast bounty. Speed51.com welcomes partners interested in expanding the bounties to other regions of the United States. Contact marketing@speed51.com for more details.

Advertising opportunities with Speed51.com’s exclusive coverage of the 48th Annual Snowball Derby are currently available. For details on Speed51.com’s marketing packages, email marketing@speed51.com. Speed51.com enjoys partnerships and provides live event coverage with leading series including the NASCAR Home Tracks touring series, the Southern Super Series, ARCA Midwest Tour, CARS Tour, ARCA/CRA Super Series and more. 51 is the Official News Website of such major short track racing events as the Snowball Derby and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna.

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday. The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. For more information on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Pollard Scores at Five Flags; Smith Secures SSS Title

September 27th, 2015

(Pensacola, FL) – Bubba Pollard pulled out his broom Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway. The driver from Senoia, Georgia set fast time in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco season finale, the Deep South Cranes 150, and followed it up with his 11th series win.

But the biggest check of all was the $10,000 championship check that was awarded to Texas native Casey Smith, who locked up his first Southern Super Series title with a 10th-place finish at the Pensacola, Florida half mile..

“We had a really big lead and we’ve been so good all year,” said Smith upon being named the series titlist. “We’ve been constantly gaining points, but tonight I don’t know why we ran so bad, but all in all it’s been a great year and I’m really relieved. I’ve been biting my fingernails and praying that everything would take care of itself.”

Meanwhile, Pollard’s second win of the 2015 season was one that came even when his No. 26 wasn’t at its best, according to driver.

“We had a good car,” said Pollard. “I don’t know, the car just didn’t react like it normally does, something might be wrong with the rear end. I was able to keep it up front and save our tires the first hundred, but it’s a lot of fun to win.”

Pollard started the Deep South Cranes 150 from the pole position and jumped out to the early lead. Pollard led the first 84 laps before Donnie Wilson, who had been stalking Pollard around Five Flags, made his move for the lead. The two made contact as Wilson took the top spot, leaving an opening for Casey Roderick to follow Wilson and move into second and Pollard slipped to third.

A caution on lap 94 for a tangle between Garrett Jones and Hunter Robbins moved up a competition caution and two-tire pit stop break that was scheduled for lap 100.

As the field got back to green, Pollard worked his way back into second and Wilson paced the field at the front. The caution quickly flew again, putting Pollard and Wilson side by side on the restart. The two raced door to door with Pollard gaining the edge and the lead on the high side.

Just five laps later the battle for the lead was back on. Wilson worked the inside past Pollard to retake the lead. Pollard tried the crossover move, but Wilson held strong and kept the top spot.

Wilson appeared to have the field covered as he then put distance between himself, Pollard and the rest of the field. On lap 130, however, Wilson suddenly began to slow on the track and drop back in the field with an engine issue, handing the lead back to Pollard. Wilson pulled in a few laps later, while Pollard hung on up front to claim the win in the final Southern Super Series race of the year.

“I hate it for Donnie, he had a good car tonight. It was fast,” said Pollard. “He had the dominant car for sure. I’ve lost races that way and for one once it returned the favor, so thanks to all my guys for working hard. There’s a whole bunch of people that help me out and make this all possible.”

Casey Roderick finished second, which earned him the championship in the four-race Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series, a four-race point battle of events at Five Flags Speedway.

With the 2015 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, teams now prepare for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags, December 2-6. For more information on the Snowball Derby, visit www.snowballderby.com.

The 2016 Southern Super Series season will kick off at South Alabama Speedway March 18-20, 2016.

For more information on the 40th Rattler 250 weekend at South Alabama Speedway, the opening event of the 2016 Southern Super Series season on March 18-20, 2016, visit www.southernsuperseries.com and www.southalabamaspeedway.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit the all-new SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries. The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Parity the Name of the Game Ahead of SSS Five Flags Finale

September 23rd, 2015

(Pensacola, FL) – When it’s come to Super Late Model racing at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway this season, “parity” has been the key word.

Three Southern Super Series races. Three different winners. Kyle Grissom, Casey Roderick and Bubba Pollard all have scored wins.

With the Southern Super Series campaign coming to an end on Saturday night at Five Flags, the question has to be asked. Can any of them win again, or will we see a fourth different winner?

When the Super Series first visited the legendary half-mile in Florida’s panhandle for the first time this year back in April it was Grissom who took down the victory over Dominique Van Wieringen and Casey Smith. In May it was Casey Roderick scoring the win, and in July it was the always strong Pollard who captured the checkered flag.

The key to winning this weekend is confidence, and those three drivers all said they believe they’re more confident than the rest of the field because they have those wins already this season. They believe that they all have already figured out what it takes to win because they’ve already done it once this season.

“You’ve just got to work harder than everybody else,” Roderick told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We’ve been working really hard this whole year, but some things have been working against us that hopefully we can get figured out this weekend. I think we’ll have a good shot at it this weekend.”

Roderick said he believes he and his team have figured out most of the issues they’ve dealt with this year. So now he said he believes they can go back using their notes from the previous races, and he thinks his odds of winning this weekend have increased as a result.

“You can always go back on notes and be pretty close,” he said. “There might be a few different adjustments once you’re down there, but I think you can start with the same deal as last time there. You just tweak it a bit during practice to adjust to the track conditions this weekend.”

Pollard said he’s in a similar situation, especially as the most recent SSS winner at Five Flags. He explained that earlier in the year he and his team were experimenting a lot, and now they’ve finally hit on something.

“We’d been searching around and trying to develop new things for the Snowball Derby and I think we’ve done that,” Pollard said. “I think we’ve stepped our program up a little bit. We’ll go down there with the basics and have a good race and stay clean and be there at the end.”

In the three races at Five Flags this season, Kyle Grissom is the only one of the three race winners to score a top five finish in one of the other races. Roderick finished sixth and eighth in the other two races, and Pollard finished 12th and 20th in the races that he didn’t win.

Pollard said he believes a lot of that is because of how difficult Five Flags Speedway is as a race track.

“It’s a tough place. It’s abrasive and you have to be conservative,” Pollard said. “The line is very critical. There are also a lot of good cars that will show up for this race to get ready for the Derby. It’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we can have a good car like we’ve had in the past and we can go out there and get a win.”

After finishing second at a Super Late Model event in South Carolina on Saturday, Grissom said now all he’s thinking about is another win at Five Flags.

“We’re looking forward to that,” said Grissom. “It’s the last race before the Derby. There will definitely be a lot of good cars. We’ll take our same car down there and hopefully we’ll be on our A-game.”

So who will it be at the end of 150 laps around Five Flags Speedway on Saturday night? Will it be one of these three drivers? Pollard thinks so.

“I hope it’s me,” he said. “I’d like to see me and Kyle up front. We’ve been working together a lot this year with his race car. Between him and me, I think we have a good package there. If I can’t win it I hope he gets a shot at winning it. I think he’ll be good. Hopefully we can bring a win back to Georgia.” For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit the all-new SouthernSuperSeries.com.

The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries.

The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorshipquestions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

29 Years After Dad, Grissom Visits Five Flags Victory Lane Second-Generation Driver Scores Southern Super Series Win in Pensacola

April 27th, 2015

PENSACOLA, Florida – Twenty-nine years after his father Steve won a race at Five Flags Speedway in the old All-Pro Series, Kyle Grissom pulled into Victory Lane with his first career win at the famed half-mile oval Saturday night for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, Gulf Coast swing opener.

Grissom would start from the pole after the top eight from qualifying redrew for their starting spots. From the drop of the green flag he drove out to the lead and never looked back, that is until a lap 60 restart would put fast-qualifier and defending series champion Bubba Pollard to his outside for the ensuing run to the green.

Pollard would start back in fifth and work his way up to second by lap 32 and although he managed to reel in Grissom, could never get a run alongside or mount a serious challenge for the top spot.

A four lap side-by-side battle for the lead followed the restart when Pollard finally cleared Grissom at the line. It looked like deja-vu with Pollard out front and opening up a sizeable advantage.

“I wasn’t surprised (Bubba) got by me, but they told me once we got going under green that my lap times were a little bit quicker than his so that gave me hope.”Grissom said about watching Pollard open up a lead on him.

But just as a restart gave Pollard his chance, just 20 laps later Grissom would get his redemption on a restart.

After choosing the inside lane for every restart as the leader, Grissom was forced to the outside when it was Pollard’s chance to choose and Grissom was able to over-take Pollard on lap 81.

Two more late-race cautions, including one with three laps to go, gave Grissom the choice and he chose the outside lane both times over Dominique Van Wieringen and was able to hold on for the win.

“The reason I chose the outside was that Bubba made me go out there and I was able to beat him,” said Grissom. “From there I just stuck on the outside because I felt like that is what was working.”

Van Wieringen lurked inside the top five and top three all race long and after mechanical problems sidelined Pollard late in the race, she found herself in a position to fight for the win.

Van Wieringen challenged Grissom and almost got along the outside of him exiting turn two after a restart but her car got sideways and knocked her back a few car lengths.

“I screwed up off of two. If I didn’t do that I think it would have been a tough fight for the win,” said the NEMCO development driver. “I’m very excited. This is where the (Snowball) Derby is at the end of the year so this is just more practice for that.”

Current Southern Super Series points leader Casey Smith rounded out the podium after struggling during the mid-point of the race.

For race winner Grissom, the first leg of this opening Gulf Coast swing for the Southern Super Series provides a much needed boost heading into Saturday night’s race just over the bay in Mobile, Alabama.

“This is huge. With all the struggles we’ve had here. Last year I didn’t think we would ever get to this point,” said the race winner. “We worked our butts off all winter. It’s feels awesome to finally be able to pull it off.”

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries.

The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

47th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend Ends 2014

December 18th, 2014

DeWitt, Michigan–The 2014 racing season has come to an end for Chad Finley and the Chad Finley Racing Team. The DeWitt, Michigan driver had high hopes going into the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Finley was hoping for solid finishes in not only in his Snowball Derby Super Late Model, but also in the Snowflake 100 as the team also brought down their Pro Late Model in hopes of as much track time as possible in the Panhandle of the Sunshine State.

After qualifying 13th quick out of 63 Snowball Derby entries and 13th quick again out of 74 Snowflake 100 entries, Finley was feeling optimistic going into both mains. On Saturday night (Sunday morning) after two rain delays totaling over five hours, the green flag flew on the Snowflake 100 at 3:05a.m. Unfortunately, early in the race, Finley’s machine picked up some debris which resulted in a flat tire. After getting that fixed, something let go in the valve train of the engine which would end their Snowflake chances.

“We knew qualifying in 13th we were either going to be real good or real bad with that superstitious number,” Laughed the 22-year-old. “I’ve never raced that late into the night before. With all that was going on with the weather and all the racing that had to be done made it a very long night. The crate car was really good and unfortunately with all the wrecks we picked up some thing and had a flat so we had to pit. We got back out and the engine dropped a valve, it was a pretty long rough day to say the least that’s for sure.” He added

Then just a few hours later, the green flag was out, this time on the 300-lap main event of the weekend, an adventurous race ended on lap 218 in a fiery crash with Bubba Pollard. “We got to our hotel at about 5:00a.m., and the guys got maybe an hour of sleep. Plus we had to be back to the track to get haulers unloaded and out of the infield by 9:00a.m. “Finley explained.”I was very grateful to them to let me sleep in a little until it was about time for the Drivers Meeting.”

In the race, Finley made his way up to as high as eighth at one point. “Unfortunately our first trip down pit road was a disaster and we lost a lap in the pits. We were fighting pretty hard as we were the first car a lap down to get the lucky dog when Bubba (Pollard) got loose getting into us and sending us both into the outside wall.” He offered. “That was the hardest hit I think I’ve ever had in my career. Rung my bell pretty good there for a while and it was all I could do to get out of the car as it was on fire.”

“I was in major pain and kind of numb trying to get my thoughts collected and don’t remember much of it. The car is in bad shape so I hate for my guys, marketing partners and most importantly my Dad. He does so much for me and this team on a very limited budget I can only imagine how he feels.” Continued the Great Lakes State driver. “We got the car stripped down and will take it up to Harley (Boeve at Port City Racecars) and see what we can do with it. Then we will have to budget the races we were going to run the first three months of 2015 to offset the cost that’s for sure.” He ended.

Plans are already in the works for the 2015 racing season. Finley and Car Owner / Father, Jeff Finley are busy putting together a schedule of events for the new year and once that is finalized, it’ll be announced. During the 2014 campaign, Finley competed in everything from a Template and Outlaw Super Late Model to a Template and Outlaw Pro Late Model to a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car and even a Dirt Super Late Model. Overall in 2014, the DeWitt, Michigan driver raced in over 30 total events.

Finley ran his Template Super Late Model primarily in the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS where he recorded a season high finish of a third four times. Those occurred at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) twice as well as the 2014 season opener at Toledo Speedway (OH) and at Columbus Motor Speedway (OH). Those finishes were also his five top 10s. He also grabbed two Fast Qualifier Awards which came at Toledo as well as in the 2014 CRA Fall Brawl at LOR.

He also collected an impressive third place finish with the ARCA Midwest Tour in the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the famed Milwaukee Mile (WI) back on June 8th. Finley also won the Fast Qualifier Award in one of the most prestigious Outlaw Super Late Model races in the country; Main Event XXVII at Sandusky Speedway (OH) on October 12th. He also timed in third quick and finished eighth in another high profile Outlaw SLM race, the 25th Running of the Glass City 200 on September 20th at Toledo.

In limited appearances in his Pro Late Model, Finley has enjoyed success in 2014. In the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance, in four total JEGS/CRA races, Finley scored a win at Owosso Speedway (MI) on September 6 in the Big ‘O’ Classic 100 Presented by JEGS.com. He also recorded three top five finishes and two Fast Qualifier Awards, both of which broke the Track Record at Auto City Speedway (MI) on August 9th and at Owosso.

He also recorded a victory in weekly Outlaw Pro Late Model action which also came at Owosso on May 31st while his best finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NH) in the Granite State 100 on July 11th. As for his dirt exploits, a fourth place showing at Tri-City Motor Speedway (MI) was his best result in limited appearances on the clay surfaces.

During the 2014 season, all of Finley’s racecars carried sponsorship support and decals from Auto Value Parts Stores & Certified Service Centers as well as AutoParts2020.com, The Air Lift Company, Great Lakes Helicopter, XLT Engineering, NorthsideTowing.net, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Bassett Racing Wheels, Affordable Tire & Service, Bosch Spark Plugs, Hyperco Suspension and M.P.H. Promotions.

For more information about Chad Finley Racing and driver Chad Finley and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the fast approaching 2015 racing season, go to the CFR website located at: www.chadfinleyracing.com You can also follow CFR on Facebook and Twitter as well by going to the following links: www.facebook.com/chadfinleyracing and www.twitter.com/chad_finley and clicking on the “Like” and “Follow” buttons respectively.

Snowball Derby Week at Five Flags More Than Just a Race Feature Racing All Week Along Provides Fans Plenty of Entertainment

December 3rd, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — The 47th Annual Snowball Derby is by far the biggest event in short-track racing, but there’s so much more to it than just the big 300-lap Super Late Model race on Sunday afternoon. No matter what type of racing you’re a fan of, Five Flags Speedway has you covered throughout the first week of December. This is the type of weekend that racers and race fans live for. It’s best to be there in person, but if you can’t make it to Pensacola, don’t fret. 51 TV will have you covered as it will be airing all of the racing action live on pay-per-view for the very first time. All four nights of feature racing on 51 TV can be purchased for a total of $54.99.

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The action starts on Thursday, December 4th when the Super and Pro Late Models take to the historic half-mile oval in Pensacola, Florida for the first time, but the real fun starts when the Butler U-Pull It Bombers and Beef ‘O Brady’s Sportsmen divisions hit the track for the first feature racing action of the weekend. The only way to see Thursday’s action is to buy the $54.99 package on 51 TV.

Friday might be the most important day of the whole weekend. It’s NASH 102.7 Pole Night. Talk to any driver attempting to race the Snowball Derby and they’ll tell you that qualifying for the Snowball Derby is one of the most stressful experiences in racing. As of November 26th, 67 cars are vying for 37 spots, only 30 of which will be determined by time trials.

In addition to Snowball Derby qualifying there’s more feature racing on Friday night as the Super Stock and Modified divisions race for 50 laps each. Both races have been chalk full of excitement from the green flag to the checkered flag in recent years.

The penultimate night of Snowball Derby weekend features the last chance qualifier for Sunday’s race. The drivers who failed to make the big show through qualifying will have 50 laps to settle the final four qualifying spots. It’s a race that is guaranteed to feature some big names, and it can be seen live on 51 TV.

Saturday night will also feature a 50-lap event for the Pro Trucks, and will conclude with one of the most highly-anticipated Pro Late Model races in the country. The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 has 80 cars on the entry list, which includes names like Bubba Pollard, Augie Grill and hometown favorite Johanna Long.

All of that racing action is just a tease for what’s to come on Sunday when the stars of the Super Late Model world, and even the NASCAR world, take to the track for the biggest short track race in North America. The 47th Annual Snowball Derby goes green on Sunday, December 7 and for the first time ever it can be seen live on 51 TV.

51 TV has multiple packages that can meet just about any race fan’s needs. Packages range in price from $14.99 for Friday’s action only, to $54.99 which includes all four days of feature racing action.

Of course, nothing can replicate the sights and smells and fun of physically being at Five Flags Speedway for the Snowball Derby.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

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The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Jones Eyeing Short Track Racing History at Snowball Derby Michigan Driver Looking to Become First Driver to Win Three Straight Snowball Derby’s at Five Flags Speedway

December 2nd, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — Erik Jones arrived at Five Flags Speedway for the 45th Annual Snowball Derby as a name known fairly well by short track insiders, but the Michigan teenager was relatively anonymous to most racing enthusiasts around the country. When he left the half-mile Pensacola, Florida oval on December 2, 2012, he left as a winner of the most prestigious short track racing event in the country and the 16-year-old who beat NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch.

Two years later, and now a back-to-back winner of America’s biggest short track race after capturing the win in 2013 driving for Busch, Jones will return to the site of the win that kick-started his NASCAR career. This time around, he’ll be looking to accomplish a Snowball Derby feat that has never been accomplished. The now-18-year-old from Byron, Michigan will look to become the first ever driver to win three straight Snowball Derbys and win in front of an audience watching worldwide on 51 TV.

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“We’ve been able to do some things that a few guys have done before, but to be the first to do something that nobody has done to this point would be pretty special for me,” said Jones, who will once again pilot the No. 51 Phoenix Construction Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. “We’re going to be charging hard. We have a new car we’re going to be taking down. I just hope it is fast and hope we’re good. We’ve been fortunate the past couple years to have good cars and hopefully we can just keep it going for this year.”

Only two other drivers in Snowball Derby history, Rich Bickle (twice) and Augie Grill, have had the opportunity to win three-in-a-row. Bickle didn’t attempt to qualify for one of the two races and finished 36th in the other, while Grill led 67 laps before being involved in an accident and finishing 31st in 2009.

Jones will do his best to try not to think about those things too much when he arrives in Pensacola, Florida in just over one week.

“I go into the race with nothing other than a win in sight,” Jones said. “Obviously it’s a tough challenge. Three in a row isn’t easy in anything whether it’s Snowball Derby’s, championships or whatever you’re talking about. That race is just such a tough race in the sense of the competition that is there and how long of a race it is for these cars. It’s not an easy race to win and it’s shown that the last 46 years it has been won. It’s going to be a challenge, but I don’t see any reason why we can’t go down and pick up one more this year.”

Jones won the 2012 Snowball Derby with his family-operated race team besting Busch in a thrilling battle. He then entered the 2013 running of the Snowball Derby as a favorite both because he was the defending winner and because he was driving for one of the most dominant Super Late Model teams in the country in Kyle Busch Motorsports. He admitted that he felt more pressure going in than he had the year before, but that didn’t stop him on his way to picking up win number-two.

Now a two-time Derby winner and a four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner driving for Busch, the pressure is lifted off of Jones as he goes for three-in-a-row.

“I feel like I’m going into this race wide open with nothing to lose at this point,” said Jones. “There’s no pressure on me and I’m just going to go out and have a good time all week like we normally do when we go down there. Hopefully we can go out and win us a race. That third Derby is something I’ve been looking forward to all year. I really couldn’t wait to get going. I’m excited to show up there Sunday morning and feel the atmosphere and get the race going.”

Looking back on his win on December 2, 2012, Jones considers it to be the turning point of his racing career. Although he still believes he may have had a shot to compete in one of NASCAR’s top-three series’ somewhere down the road, he doesn’t believe the same opportunities driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports would have presented themselves if he hadn’t beaten the “boss man” that day.

“Racing that guy (Busch) for the win was such a cool moment in my career at that point and even now,” Jones said. “We talk about it every once in a while, me and Kyle, and it’s cool to look back on it now and see how it’s all turned out.

“I often kind of wonder how things would be different if he ended up getting around us. I don’t know if I necessarily would be here. It definitely would have made things tougher on me. I don’t know if I would have been in the same place or same position that I am right now if we hadn’t have won it.”

Since his win in 2012, Jones has raced at tracks all over the country driving for Busch in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Still, the two-time Snowball Derby winner says that nothing compares to the atmosphere at Five Flags Speedway during Snowball Derby week.

“I think that whole weekend is just a special weekend,” said Jones. “Showing up for pole night is what kicks it off with the intensity of that. When you show up on Sunday morning, both years I’ve gone down there for the Derby specifically, it’s just a different atmosphere than you feel even at a NASCAR race or anything you go to. That’s a feeling I haven’t been able to repeat anywhere else yet.

“We can never wait to show up to the Derby, none of us. Me, (team manager) Bond (Suss), the guys and everybody can’t wait to get down there. It’s just such a special race for the whole community and everybody on a race team.”

The 47th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, December 3 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, from 5-9 p.m. fans can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby Weekend.

The first on-track activity of the week comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Butler U-Pull-It Bomber and Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, December 5, it is NASH 102.7 Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 6, it’s the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars, a 50-lap Pro Trucks feature and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race to lock the final cars into the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 47th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Entry List Reaches 80 Teams Pro Late Model Event Continues to Gain Steam Heading into Snowball Derby Week at Five Flags Speedway

November 30th, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — The Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway has quickly become one of the most anticipated Pro Late Model events in the country. This year, heading into the week of the 47th Annual Snowball Derby, anticipation for Saturday night’s 100-lap Pro Late Model race will be through the roof with the announcement that 80 drivers have filed entries for the race.

Late Model stars from every corner of the United States, as well as Quebec, have made their intentions of running the race known by mailing paid entry forms to the Five Flags Speedway office. The number of entries, 80, filed as of November 25 is the largest number of entries received for the event since 2007 when 91 drivers were on the list.

“I can’t tell you how pumped up I am for this race,” said Five Flags Speedway and Snowball Derby promoter Tim Bryant. “Every year the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 is a favorite among fans. Having an entry list that includes 80 drivers is going to add even more to the fan experience. I’m very excited for the fans that we will have in the grandstands at Five Flags Speedway and those watching at home on 51 TV.”

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For the 11th straight year, the Snowflake 100 will have the support of Allen Turner Hyundai located in Pensacola. The support from Allen Turner Hyundai is a large reason why the event has been able to grow as much as it has in recent years.

“We couldn’t do it without the support of our great partners and supporters like Allen Turner Hyundai,” Bryant said. “Their dedication and support of this event has been a large reason why we’re able to sit here today and see 80 of the best Pro Late Model drivers in the United States on the entry list.”

Some of the names on the entry list include All-American 400 winner John Hunter Nemechek, 1989 Snowball Derby Winner Rick Crawford and 2014 Southern Super Series champion Bubba Pollard. That doesn’t include the list of regional champions and stars expected to pull into Five Flags Speedway for the event.

“This list is a who’s who of Pro Late Model racing all around the United States,” said Bryant. “We have champions from the Northeast, winners from the Midwest, former Snowball Derby winners and some of the Southeast regions biggest stars right here in front of us.”

A full list of Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 teams entered can be found by clicking here.

The 47th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, December 3 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, from 5-9 p.m. fans can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby Weekend.

The first on-track activity of the week comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Butler U-Pull-It Bomber and Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, December 5, it is NASH 102.7 Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 6, it’s the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars, a 50-lap Pro Trucks feature and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race to lock the final cars into the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 47th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

“Pelican Payday” Could Double Snowflake 100 Winner’s Purse February’s Pelican 100 Presenting $7,000 Bonus for Pro Late Model Race at Five Flags

November 22nd, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — One fast and daring driver will have the opportunity to double their first-place winnings in the December 6 Allen Turner Snowflake 100. It won’t be easy, but it could mean an extra $7,000 to take home following the prestigious Pro Late Model event on Snowball Derby weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. Setting fast time and electing to start at the tail of the Snowflake 100 starting field, then driving to victory lane at the end of the 100-lap Pro Late Model feature, will net a $7,000 “Pelican Payday” bonus offered up by Gene Boyter’s Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Louisiana and its celebrated Pelican 100 event in February.

After Snowflake 100 qualifying on December 6, the event’s qualifier will have the option to start at the rear of the field and take the “Pelican Payday” challenge. Should the fast qualifier elect to take the initial green flag of the race behind all the other cars on the track, then go on to win the Snowflake 100, the winning driver will collect the $7,000 winner’s purse plus the $7,000 “Pelican Payday” bonus put up by Boyter for a grand total of $14,000. “Gene Boyter is the type of race promoter that Snowball Derby Grand Marshal Humpy Wheeler would be proud of,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 events. “He likes creativity and he likes to challenge racers. Over the years, we at Five Flags have developed a friendship with Gene and he’s become a big fan of the Snowball Derby. We’re glad that he’s found a way to get involved and it’s a great opportunity for one driver to score some extra cash during the Snowflake 100.” The Pelican 100 has brought some of the top dirt racers in the country annually, all going for a big-money prize at Ark-La-Tex, located in Vivian, Louisiana. Likewise, the Snowflake 100 at Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway brings in the top asphalt Pro Late Model racers from all corners of the map for a race with immense prestige. Events like the Pelican 100, which will be held February 27-28, 2015, and the Snowflake 100 fuel Boyter’s passion for all kinds of short track racing and helped open the door to this year’s “Pelican Payday” at Five Flags.

“The racers have to do their part, but if someone should be able to pull this off, people will be talking about it for a long time,” said Boyter. “It’s pretty gutsy for the driver to try it, but that’s what short track racing is all about. Our Pelican 100 is starting to be a pretty good deal and takes place when there’s not much other racing going on, just like the Snowball and Snowflake races. This is a good opportunity to get the word out about our $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start dirt Late Model show in February and a great chance to see a driver in the Snowflake do a pretty impressive feat.” In order to be eligible for the “Pelican Payday,” the fast-qualifying driver in time trials for the December 6 Snowflake 100 must elect to start at the rear of the field, behind all transferring drivers from the Snowflake Qualifying Race and any provisional starters. The driver must then officially win the 100-lap feature in order to collect the $7,000 “Pelican Payday” bonus. Winning from the rear in the Snowflake 100 can be done, as newly-crowned NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Chase Elliott started 31st and won the Snowflake race at Five Flags in 2010.

For more information on the fifth annual Pelican 100 at Ark-La-Tex Speedway on February 27-28, visit www.arklatexspeedway.net.

For more information on the 2014 Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and the entire 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. Select tickets are still available, but act now to ensure the best reserved seats before they are gone. To order advance tickets, call the Five Flags Speedway Box Office at 850-944-8400.

The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Allen Turner Hyundai Presents Snowflake 100 Once Again Pensacola, Florida Car Dealership Shows Strong Support of Short Track Racing

November 22nd, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — In a time when naming rights of sporting arenas and title sponsors for races are changing as fast as the color of the leaves, it’s nice to see some consistency between a sponsor and a race track. Five Flags Speedway has certainly had that with Allen Turner Hyundai of Pensacola, Florida. That relationship will now continue for an 11th straight year as Allen Turner Hyundai returns to sponsor of one of the biggest Pro Late Model races in North America, the Snowflake 100.

“It’s our 11th year here as operators of this track and he’s been with us since day one,” said Five Flags Speedway and Snowball Derby Promoter Tim Bryant. “He’s been a loyal sponsor. “We’ve got a great relationship with them.”

The Snowflake 100 has been won by drivers like Augie Grill and Chase Elliott, who have both gone on to win the Snowball Derby as well. Elliott, the defending winner of the race, has since gone on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.

In addition to their support of the event, Bryant said that Allen Turner Hyundai will also be giving away a number of race scanners and headsets to a select number of lucky fans that will enable them to listen to their favorite drivers during the race.

“Allen Turner has been just a great partner with us,” said Bryant. “He also added a Chevrolet dealership to his lineup so he’s expanding his business and we are looking to keep him around for a long time.”

The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will take place the night before the Snowball Derby on Saturday, December 6th. The best Pro Late Model drivers from all corners of the country are expected to make their way to Pensacola for the event.

The 47th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, December 3 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, from 5-9 p.m. fans can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby Weekend.

The first on-track activity of the week comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Butler U-Pull-It Bomber and Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, December 5, it is NASH 102.7 Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 6, it’s the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars, a 50-lap Pro Trucks feature and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race to lock the final cars into the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 44th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Snowball Preview to Pay Fastest Drivers During Practice Five Flags Speedway, Sit-N-Charge Partner to Give Drivers Incentive to Go Fast

November 19th, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — They have always claimed that you can’t win practice. However, for the second year in a row you can at the Snowball Derby Preview Presented by Sit-N-Charge on November 22. Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway and track partner Sit-N-Charge have joined forces once again to put up extra money for cars that turn the fastest lap of the day during the open test session that is scheduled from 9am to 8pm on Saturday.

During the course of the 11-hour practice session, teams of any division will attempt to log the best lap of the day for a chance at the extra money. The Super Late Models will be racing for $500 as they search for speed and the right racing line in preparation for the 47th Annual Snowball Derby coming up on December 7.

Money on the Line:
Super Late Models $500
Allen Turner Pro Late Models $300
Open Wheel Modified $150
Super Stock $150
Pro Truck $150
Sportsman $150
Bomber $100

Last year, Mason Mingus won the Super Late Model Money before qualifying for the big show and finishing 29th. RS Senter took the Pro Late Model money, Bubba Pollard was tops in Modifieds and Bubba Winslow led Super Stocks. Emilee Riley set fast time in trucks and Shannon Ard and Steve Buttrick each went the same speed in the Sportsman division. BJ Leytham was on top of the Bomber speed chart.

To have an official time registered in any division other than Bombers teams must run a transponder, which can be rented for $20 at the track. Cars not wishing to compete for fast time money are not required to have any electronic timing devices on their car.

Bombers will have a special time period during the day where there laps will be counted in a specific practice session.

If a lap is established below the current Super Late Model track record of 16.133, the time will be recorded as an unofficial track record. Official track records are only recognized during official qualification rounds for events such as the Buddy’s Home Furnishing Blizzard Series and the Snowball Derby.

With money on the line, it will be interesting to see if team show up to win practice or figure out the racing line at Five Flags this weekend.

It is also possible that someone could be top dog in two classes with a number of drivers planning on pulling double duty during Snowball Derby week. Without an entry list for drivers competing in the open practice that won’t be known until Saturday.

Speed51.com will be on hand to cover the stories of Snowball Derby practice day as teams make laps around the Pensacola, Florida half-mile. Throughout the day, 51 will keep you up to date on the official fastest laps before the money is handed out.

Pit Gates open at 8am on Saturday and practice starts at 9am and will run till 8pm, which will be close to the conditions that drivers will face in time trials next month at the Snowball Derby.

The first on-track activity during Snowball Derby week comes on Thursday,December 4 as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commences. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Butler U-Pull-It Bomber and Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, December 5, it is NASH 102.7 Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 6, it’s the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars, a 50-lap Pro Trucks feature and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race to lock the final cars into the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 44th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Green Flag Pit Party Kicks Off Big Week at Five Flags NASCAR Broadcaster Bob Dillner to Host Jack Links Qualifying Draw

November 18th, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — The Green Flag Pit Party held on the front stretch of Five Flags Speedway (FL) will once again serve as the official kick-off for the 47th Annual Snowball Derby. The popular pit party will take place on Wednesday, December 3 from 5pm-9pm and will give fans the opportunity to rub elbows with their favorite drivers before they rub fenders on the race track.

“The Green Flag Pit Party is a very fun time,” said Five Flags Speedway and Snowball Derby promoter Tim Bryant. “It’s the night before we get down to serious business, so it’s the final opportunity for people to let their hair down and have a really good time. It’s a chance for the fans to come out at no charge and mingle among the drivers and get a feel for who is here and what’s happening.”

Taking place at the same time is the Jack Links Qualifying Draw, where every driver entered in the “Granddaddy of All Short Track Races” draws their position for qualifying on NASH 102.7 Pole Night.

“On Wednesday night every driver that files an entry gets introduced, comes up on stage, pulls a Jack Links Beef Jerky package off the board and their qualifying order number is on the back,” said Bryant. “When qualifying rolls around on Friday night the order in which they qualify is of vital importance, at least in the driver’s heads anyway.”

The Jack Links Qualifying Draw will be hosted by Speed51.com owner and NASCAR broadcaster, Bob Dillner.

There will be food, live music and the ability for fans to get autographs from all of their favorite drivers. The entire night of fun can be experienced by fans free of charge.

“The fans love it,” said Bryant. “We’ve gotten great feedback on it. It’s something that we’ve really grown to look forward to.”

The first on-track activity comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Butler U-Pull-It Bomber and Beef O’Brady’s Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, December 5, it is NASH 102.7 Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 6, it’s the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars, a 50-lap Pro Trucks feature and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race to lock the final cars into the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 44th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. ET at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

LaJoie Seeking Snowball Derby Win in First Attempt Second-Generation Racer to Revisit Short Track Roots

November 13th, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — Corey LaJoie has been trying to make a name for himself as a NASCAR driver. He’s made two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and four starts on the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2014. But now he’s getting ready to go back to his short track roots, at least for a week, when he attempts to make his first career start in the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

“Just look at the past winners with Erik Jones and Chase Elliott and on down the list,” said LaJoie. “Those guys have obviously had a lot of success recently and now are on a pretty good path to get to the top of NASCAR. I’m trying to stay in and kind of make my own name there in NASCAR.”

LaJoie, 23, is the son of two-time Nationwide Series champion, Randy LaJoie. He grew up watching his father race at places like Daytona and Darlington and now he wants to have his shot to race on those tracks.

“I grew up wanting to be a NASCAR driver,” he said. “That’s what I grew up wanting to do. The Richard Petty Motorsports guys lined up those four Nationwide races at the end of this year. It’s tough because I’ve been wanting to run Nationwide all year long, but now I feel like I’m trying to make it all happen at once. Not many people expect it, but I expect it.

“I’m trying to make a name on that side, but it’s always good when you get back to your roots, short track racing, and beating and banging with some of the best on the short tracks.”

That’s why LaJoie is so excited to get down to Five Flags Speedway for the biggest event in short track racing.

“Mile-and-a-half racing is all good and well and that’s where the money is, but the higher you go up it seems like the less fun you have and the more of a business it is,” said LaJoie. “I’m looking forward to getting back to my roots and having some fun here at the Snowball Derby. I’m really excited about it. I’m a short-tracker at heart. That’s what I love doing.”

LaJoie will be racing in the first Super Late Model produced by LFR Chassis. LFR Chassis has quickly become one of the best chassis manufacturers in the world of open-wheel Modified racing, and LaJoie is hoping that it will be the same case with the SLM when he gets to Five Flags in early December.

“They’ve got a bunch of really good people over there and they’re building some really good stuff,” he said. “Hopefully we can get the Super Late Model program running as good as the Modified program. The Super Late Model win is still up for grabs with the house car. I’m trying to get the LFR chassis Super Late Model into victory lane first.”

LaJoie has yet to test the car he’ll be racing the Snowball Derby in, but the team plans to do so as soon as possible at Motor Mile Speedway (VA). No track can simulate what Five Flags Speedway is like, but that’s not the main reason for the test.

“It’s a brand new car so we’ve got to work out the bugs,” he said. He’s hoping that the Motor Mile test and the practice days leading up to race day will let the team work out any possible issues with the car.

“We’ll have a week so hopefully we can work all the bugs out of it and get past those new car blues before the race on Sunday. We’ll have time with the car to work that out.”

Being that this is his first attempt at the Snowball Derby, he has never experienced the disappointment of losing the race. However, he knows how special the race is in the short track world, and how much it would mean to win it.

“That would be badass,” he said. “To take one of those big old trophies back to the house would be awesome. The list of winners is really extraordinary. It would be really cool to add my name on that list as well.”

So how does LaJoie see his chances? Does he think he can go down to the Gulf Coast and win the year’s biggest short track race in his first go at it?

“I’m not going down there just to make the race,” said LaJoie. “I’m going down there to win. I know that’s going to be a tough feat, but we’re not going down there to run second.”

The 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 3. On-track activities start Thursday, December 4, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 5 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 6 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 7, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2pm CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

47th Annual Snowball Derby tickets are now on sale. Purchase today by calling the Five Flags Speedway Box Office at 850-944-8400.

For more information on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.

Modified Drivers Seek Big Win on Snowball Derby Weekend Former Winners Nester and Melvin Hoping for Another Friday Night Victory

November 10th, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) — Winning at Five Flags Speedway (FL) in early December is a big deal. It doesn’t matter what division it is, a win on Snowball Derby weekend is a dream come true for short track racers.  On Sunday, Super Late Model drivers will shoot for the stars in the biggest crown jewel of them all, the 47th Annual Snowball Derby. On Saturday night, it’s the time to shine for Pro Late Model drivers competing in the Snowflake 100. But on Friday night, the drivers of the Modified division are in the spotlight, and in recent years they certainly haven’t disappointed the eyes in the crowd.

Brian Nester knows what it’s like to have one of his dreams come true. He has one win in the 50-lap Modified feature; a race that is always a must-see event on Friday. He hasn’t been back to the track since, but he wants to add another trophy from Five Flags to his collection. “It would be big,” said Nester when asked what it would mean to add another win to his resume from Snowball Derby weekend. “One reason is we are building our own race cars now and we are trying to get a new one done to take down there, so if we can win with that it would be just awesome.”

Nester is bringing a new car to Five Flags, and said he needs his car to be good from the minute they unload because of the lack of on-track time for the Modified division. The first time the car hits the race track in December will be the first laps of any kind for his new race car. He’s running an older car when he travels to Florida two weeks before the Snowball to run in the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway. “We’re building this new car for Pensacola and hopefully we’ll have it done and whatever happens at New Smyrna I don’t have to worry about,” he said with a laugh. “We have another car ready, but that’ll be its first laps.”

Billy Melvin is one of two drivers to win the Modified feature since Nester’s absence after his win in 2011. Melvin won the race in 2012 and nearly pulled a last lap miracle to win the race again in 2013 before having to settle for second. “It’s hard to win anything at the Snowball,” said Melvin. “You have to race the best in the southeast. To me, Five Flags is the hardest track around to drive. And the reason that it is, is the pavement is just worn out. After about 15 laps there’s no traction.”

It’s already hard enough to win at Five Flags, but Melvin’s last trip to victory lane in this race two years ago was made even harder by an issue outside of anyone’s control. “The last time I won I was so sick I couldn’t wait to get out of the car,” said Melvin. “Then we had that late race caution and I finally got my wind back. I told (my crew) I could hold my breath for three laps. I can race anything for three laps. But before that I was just hanging on.”

Adding another win would mean the world to Melvin, but not for the reason one might think. “It would mean more to me to win it for my crew than it does for me,” said Melvin. “They work so hard and take so much time. I have nothing left to prove to anybody, but only myself. I’m my own worst critic.”

Much like Melvin, Nester is a winner in the Modified division at many of the big tracks, like New Smyrna, Winchester Speedway (IN) and of course at Five Flags. He does well in the big races, but he especially likes when he gets the chance to travel down to Pensacola. “It’s obviously one of the biggest races of the year,” he said. “It’s fun to go there. It’s fun, and it gets us out of the cold up north. Hopefully it will be warm down there.”

Both believe they have a good chance to be in victory lane at the end of 50 laps. Melvin is extremely confident he can do it a third time. “We plan on winning the race,” Melvin said. “When we roll through the gate we have all intentions of winning the race. If we ever get to where we feel like we aren’t competitive enough to win we’ll just stay home.”

The 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 3. On-track activities start Thursday, December 4, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday. The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 5 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 6 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday. Then on Sunday, December 7, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2pm CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

47th Annual Snowball Derby tickets are now on sale. Purchase today by calling the Five Flags Speedway Box Office at 850-944-8400. For more information on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.

Midwest Tour Champion Majeski is Snowball Derby Bound Wisconsin Driver Hopes to End Title Season With a Strong Snowball Showing

November 1st, 2014

(Pensacola, Florida) – Ty Majeski has been making waves in the Midwest all year long with a historic season in the ARCA Midwest Tour and collecting several Super Late Model victories. Not only did the 20-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin win the ARCAMT Rookie of the Year title, he held off two former champions to become the youngest series champion.

Now, he hopes to cap off his dream season with a strong showing at the 47th Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 7th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

“This is something I have wanted to do since I went down there last year and helped out Mark Kraus,” Majeski said. “It’s a unique racetrack and this is a big event. I have been wanting to go down there and see how I stack up against the big boys.”

What he saw firsthand at last year’s event easily motivated him to come down this year as a competitor.

“It’s a whole different atmosphere down at the Snowball Derby – even more different than what we have at Oktoberfest up here in Wisconsin,” Majeski explained. “Up here, we would look at double stacker haulers in a funny way and down there you look goofy if you don’t have one.

“The racing itself is different as it is more cut throat that it is up here. These are the big drivers in short track racing and I am looking forward to see how I stack up against them.”

Majeski, who is currently attending the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, is coming down to the Snowball Derby after holding off former ARCA Midwest Tour champions Nathan Haseleu and Jonathan Eilen for the 2014 title. In 12 ARCAMT starts this year, he had two wins, seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes along with four fast qualifier awards.

“Toby Nuttleman and my crew gave me great racecars all year long,” Majeski said. “We had five mechanical failures out of the 12 races. Our worse finish was third in those others. I am really blessed with the opportunities I have been given.”

Speaking of opportunities, with Majeski coming from the Midwest to the Snowball Derby, he will be one of the drivers eligible for the Speed51.com $551 bounty. One will be awarded to the highest-finishing Midwest-based team and the other $551 bonus will go to the highest-finishing Northeast-based team.

“That would be awesome to win that,” Majeski exclaimed. “I really have to thank Speed51.com for putting that up for us. It would be a cool deal to win that and hopefully the chips will fall in the right place for us to grab some extra money.”

Majeski and his team recently made the final decision to come down the Snowball Derby.

“Before Oktoberfest, we planned on going and actually ordered a new Lefthander Chassis to get that done for the Snowball Derby and use our Midwest Tour car as a backup,” Majeski explained. “We basically totaled our Midwest Tour car at Oktoberfest and we really weren’t banking on building two cars from the ground up. It really took a financial hit.

“With the help of Seubert Calf Ranches and a few other sponsors, we are going to be able to head down there and compete. I am not sure if we will have both cars done, but we will have one done for sure and definitely bring enough parts in case anything happens.”

Like everyone else, Majeski’s ultimate goal would be to lift the Tom Dawson trophy over his head, but would be satisfied with a strong finish.

“I would be really happy with anything in the top five,” Majeski proclaimed. “I feel confident that we can go down there and compete with the Chase Elliott’s and Erik Jones’. They are tough there and that is the bottom line. But I think we can give them a run for the money and if we can come out of there with a top-five finish, it would be a huge honor.”

For Majeski, a Snowball Derby victory could have a huge impact on his racing career.

“Looking at past winners of the Snowball Derby, a lot of younger drivers like Johanna Long and Erik Jones have gotten opportunities after winning that race,” Majeski said. “I think it would open up some opportunities next year or the year after that. I think it would do a lot for my career to bring home that win.”

The 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 3. On-track activities start Thursday, December 4, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 5 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 6 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 7, the green flag will drop on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at 2pm CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

47th Annual Snowball Derby tickets are now on sale. Purchase today by calling the Five Flags Speedway Box Office at 850-944-8400.

For more information on the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.

Augie Grill Returns to Southern Super Series Victory Lane at Five Flags Pollard Holds Narrow Point Lead on Hemric, Grill Into Saturday’s Series Finale

September 21st, 2014

(PENSACOLA, FL) – The 2014 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco championship will be decided Saturday night, but Friday Augie Grill made sure he is not going down without a fight.

Grill, of Hayden, Alabama, won his first Southern Super Series race in more than a year Friday night in the Miller Lite 125 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The victory moved Grill to third in the point standings and set up a three-driver battle for the series championship Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama.

Augie Grill (left) and his father Frankie (right) celebrate the SSS win at Five Flags. (Speed51.com photo)

Point leader Bubba Pollard clinched the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series, a four-race challenge at the Pensacola half-mile within the Southern Super Series. Pollard’s fourth-place finish Friday made his point lead 13 over Daniel Hemric and 46 over Grill entering the season-ending event Saturday.

Grill, a two-time Snowball Derby winner at Five Flags, led three times for a total of 108 of the race’s 125 laps. He had led 537 laps throughout the Southern Super Series season, but had not led the last lap in any series race until Friday.

“It feels good to be back in victory lane,” said Grill after the win, which was the fourth of his SSS career. “It’s not been because of a lack of effort as we have been so close all season long. We have led races everywhere and it just has not worked out. Tonight we put it all together.

“We gained 10 points tonight after getting max points. All we can do is go to Mobile and win and see what happens, but I don’t think we can gain on both Pollard and Hemric.”

Mike Garvey finished second with Jeff Choquette third, Pollard fourth and Donnie Wilson fifth. Pollard’s finish was enough to clinch the 2014 Buddy’s Home Furnishing Blizzard Series title, which was the second Blizzard title of his career.

“This is awesome to be a champion again,” said Pollard. “We really enjoy coming down here and racing with this group of guys. The Southern Super Series is so tough so to be a champion even with the Blizzard Series means a lot. We’ll rest up and go and try to complete the deal (Saturday).”

Daniel Hemric was sixth in the final rundown, allowing Pollard to hold a 13-point lead heading into the final race.

“It’s a smaller margin than what we overcame last year,” said Hemric, who came from behind to beat Pollard by one point in the 2013 season finale in Nashville, Tennessee for the series’ inaugural championship. “Bottom line is we just need to perform better. We qualified well tonight, but we need to be spot on tomorrow to win the title again.”

Five drivers entered the Five Flags event with a mathematical shot at the series’ championship on its final weekend. Donnie Wilson, a three-time winner in 2014, held on to dim championship hopes with his fifth-place finish, but will need a lot of external help if he is going to overtake the three drivers ahead of him in the standings at Mobile. Anderson Bowen was eliminated from championship contention with a crash on lap 75.

Augie Grill started the night by capturing the $500 Southern Super Series Pole Award, which is presented by Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Progressive Racing Engines, Ford Racing and RW Racing Engines. This was the fourth fast time award for Grill this season.

Grill was also the Dubz Thermal Products halfway leader and pocketed $100 for leading lap 63.

The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will travel west to Mobile International Speedway for the final race of the 2014 season in the Sunoco 125. The 2014 Southern Super Series Championship will be decided at the Irvington, Alabama oval. For ticket information and more, visit www.mobilespeedway.net.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries. The series is also on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Bubba Pollard Rallies for Southern Super Series Victory at Five Flags

April 28th, 2014

Bubba Pollard may have had the fastest car in qualifying and the dominant car in the Mountain Dew Kickstart 125 presented by JRi Shocks Friday night at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, but winning the event come night’s end was far from easy.

Pollard, 27, led the majority of the 125-lap combination event between the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and the Five Flags’ Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series. He lost the lead shortly after the lap-75 competition caution after contact with Anderson Bowen. The two leaders slid up the track and third-place John Hunter Nemechek capitalized to take the lead.

By lap 85, Pollard was back in front by using the high lane on a restart. The Senoia, Georgia racer went on to hold off Nemechek and Donnie Wilson for his fourth career Southern Super Series victory and his eighth career Blizzard Series win.

After being collected in an incident while battling for the lead in the season-opening Southern Super Series race at South Alabama Speedway in March and more bad luck while at the front of other races dating back to the 2013 season, Pollard wasn’t going to let another victory slip from his grasp after the contact late in the race Friday.

“He got under me clean and he should’ve passed me clean,” said Pollard of the incident with Bowen. “He had plenty of room. I’m not taking it anymore. We’ve torn up too many racecars leading too many races.”

Bowen chalked the incident up to hard racing between the two Georgia-based racers.

“I was just racing hard and I feel like it was just a racing incident,” said Bowen of Suwanee, Georgia. “I got in there a little too hot and got loose and I chased it up the track. He was racing hard, trying to keep me pinched down like he’s supposed to do and I just slid up into him. I feel bad about it because that’s not really what you’re supposed to do, but we had a really good car all night. I just hate it for my guys that I messed up on that part.”

Pollard knifed his way back to the lead shortly after losing it and held off Nemechek, who was in search of his first Southern Super Series victory, to the checkers.

“He’s a good racer and he had a good racecar,” said Pollard of his battle with Nemechek. “I didn’t know if we’d have anything for him on the restart with 25 to go. I had saved just enough to have something left at the end.”

Nemechek, who had finished first in the most recent SSS race earlier this month at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee, only to have the win taken away in post-race technical inspection due to an illegal driveshaft, came up just a bit short of victory at Five Flags.

“Bubba had a little bit better car there at the end,” said Nemechek. “We were just trying some different stuff tonight trying to get ready for the Snowball (Derby) and try to win that at the end of the year. It’s all a learning experience. It’s good to finish second, but it’s better to finish a spot ahead. We’ll go back and think on it and see what we need to do to get that next spot.”

Pollard will now look for the Gulf Coast Weekend sweep on Saturday, April 26 when the Southern Super Series combines with the Miller Lite Series at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway for the Mobile Lumber 125 presented by VDL Fuel Systems.

“It’s going to be tough to win again tomorrow night,” added Pollard. “We’ve just got to get over there, get it prepared and see what we can do.”

Oklahoman Donnie Wilson, the declared winner of the Nashville race, overcame an early-race tangle with Johanna Long to finish third at Five Flags. Augie Grill finished fourth with Bowen fifth.

Earlier in the night at Five Flags, Pollard picked up his 10th career Southern Super Series fast time award presented by McGunegill Engine Performance, Hamner Racing Engines, RW Engines, Ford Racing and Progressive Racing Engines.

For ticket information and more on Saturday’s Mobile Lumber 125 presented by VDL Fuel Systems at Mobile International Speedway, visit www.mobilespeedway.net.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Casey Smith to Debut a Brand New #99 Machine at 46th Annual Snowball Derby

December 3rd, 2013

Austin, TX –What better way to debut a brand new ride than at the biggest race of the season if not the biggest in the country? That’s what Austin, TX native Casey Smith will do when he hits the track for the first practice, Thursday, in preparation of this weekend’s running of the 46th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

Smith will be piloting a red #99 SealMaster of Austin, Chevy Impala Port City chassis that he has been piecing together throughout the fall months in preparation for this year’s “Derby”. Last year Smith lead during the midpoint of the event before an incident inside the final 100 laps collected Smith ending his promising run. “The last two years we’ve qualified toward the back half of the field, but had a good enough race car that we lead laps and had a shot at the win before one thing or another killed our hopes in the closing laps. Hopefully with this new car and a few changes we are able to do to it we’ll have a little bit better qualifying effort and be able to stay out of trouble,” explained Smith. “Anyone that’s been to a Snowball Derby knows it’s the biggest in short track racing, but it’s also like playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun. You just hope when something happens, and it’s going to
happen, it’s not around you.”

If the results from a recent test at Five Flags is any indication of how fast the new car will be in competition; the Snowball Derby could have a winner from the state of Texas in 2013. “The new car tested amazing. It really had the forward bite I needed and would really turn through the turns on both old and new tires, which is what you need at the Derby,” said Smith. “I’m excited about this year. I know you say that every year before you show up against some of the best short track racers in the country, but this year with the new Port City machine I think we may have our best shot at winning yet.”

The 46th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway kicks off Thursday in Pensacola, Florida with practice from 10am until 4pm. Friday night December 6th following daytime practice sessions at 10am and 1pm, the top thirty cars will lock in at 6pm, when Snowball Derby qualifying begins. The following day, Saturday December 7th, final practice and last chance races for those not locked in take place just after 2pm. Finally, Sunday afternoon the green flag waives on the 46th edition of the Snowball Derby at 2pm central standard time. Speed 51 (www.speed51.com) will have daily “Trackside Now” updates as well as radio broadcast on race day.

To stay up to date with Casey Smith during the off season on what the upcoming season may bring, visit his website at www.caseysmithracing.com. For website, marketing and public relations issues contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 940-393-3167.

Big-Time Racing Can Be Found in the Local Divisions at the Snowball Derby Big Money and Great Racing Make Up the Undercard Nights in Pensacola, FL

November 27th, 2013

PENSACOLA, FL – More than 100 drivers took the green flag last year in the support divisions at the 45th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The combined success of those races have helped make the Derby not only one of the biggest events, but one of the best weekends of racing anywhere in the country.

This year, from Thursday December 5 through Saturday December 7, fans will get to see a total five divisions racing in addition to the headlining Super Late Models and Pro Late Models. The local racers in the Bomber, Sportsman, Super Stock, Modified and Pro Truck divisions look forward to Snowball Derby time just as much as the Late Models do come December.

“For everyone it’s their Snowball Derby,” said Tim Bryant, Five Flags Speedway General Manager. “Our local guys are real supportive of the big race and come out and run on nights that they are not accustomed to running. They pit together and sometimes even outside the track just to be a part of the Snowball Derby. This is their time to shine in front of a big crowd each night.”

The racing is phenomenal from entry level Bombers to the mighty-fast Modifieds that circle the track with blazing speed that is rivaled only by the Late Modes.

The Thursday, December 5 racing card will consists of the Sportsman and Bomber divisions. The Bombers will go 30 laps and the Sportsman will go 50 laps. Michael Nelson is the defending winner after besting a field of 24 Bombers in 2012. Steve Buttrick is looking for a fourth consecutive win in the Sportsman division. The Bombers will race for $1,000 as the Sportsmen get to fight for $1,750.

On Friday, December 6 the evening will be jam-packed with action from the Super Stocks and Modifieds as each class runs for $2,500 in their 50-lap events. Billy Melvin is the defending winner in the Modified class, which often features a few Late Model drivers strapping into the only open-wheeled division competing during Snowball Derby weekend. In the Super Stock class, Gary Sutton is the defending Snowball Derby Super Stock race winner.

On Saturday night, December 7, a new division joins the Snowball Derby racing card for the first time. The Pro Trucks will go 50 laps us the undercard to the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The new division will pay $2,000 to the winner.

Entry forms for the 46th Annual Snowball Derby presented by JEGS and the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 are currently available on the official website of the Snowball Derby, www.snowballderby.com.

The 46th Annual Snowball Derby presented by JEGS weekend kicks off on Wednesday, December 4 with the Cat Country / WEAR TV 3 Green Flag Party at Five Flags Speedway. On-track action begins Thursday, December 5 with practice for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and the Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. Bombers and Sportsman will then rule the Pensacola Road after that.

Friday, December 6th is WXBM 103.7 Pole Night for the Snowball Derby cars as drivers try to lock themselves into Sunday’s starting field. More practice for all Late Model cars before handing the stage over to the Modifieds and Super Stocks.

Saturday holds qualifying and the main event for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 as well as the first-ever appearance of the Pro Truck division during Snowball Derby weekend.

It all leads up to the most prestigious asphalt short track race in the country, the 46th Annual Snowball Derby presented by JEGS on Sunday, December 8. The Snowball Derby will pay $22,500 to the winner, plus additional available bonuses.

For ticket and camping information, a detailed Snowball Derby weekend schedule and more, visit www.snowballderby.com.

Mike Garvey Ready to Take on Snowball Derby

November 18th, 2013

PENSACOLA, FL – It’s been an up and down year for Mike Garvey in Super Late Model competition. He now has one last shot to put all of the downs in the rear-view mirror with one major high point.

While running in contention in several events on the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, Garvey’s No. 1 machine has experienced various mechanical problems that have left him on the outside looking in when the checkered flag flew. Now Garvey hopes to silence the critics by rebounding to round out the year with a win in the 46th Annual Snowball Derby presented by JEGS in December at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

“It just seems like we’re coming from behind all the time with various issues,” explained Garvey a Michigan native-turned Pensacola resident. “Anything that can go wrong has gone wrong and today, there’s too much competition for that stuff to happen. But I’m glad all this is happening throughout the year. You can have a bad year, but if you do well and maybe even win the Snowball Derby, the biggest race of the year, then all of the bad stuff goes away and makes the entire season worth it.”

Now Garvey and fellow Pensacola resident, team owner Tracy Goodson, are making sure they have all of their bases covered when it comes to the short track race of the year right in their own back yard.

“We’re doing everything we can to win the Snowball Derby,” said Garvey. “Tracy (Goodson) is from Pensacola, I live in Pensacola now. We’re getting the cars ready. We’re going to start testing soon and it would be so huge to be able to pull it off.”

A recent Gulf Coast transplant, Garvey knows the prestige associated with being the one posing with the Tom Dawson trophy at the end of the year in front of a hometown crowd.

“Now that I do live there, it’s even bigger than it was before,” said Garvey. “Just being there is so much more significant. I know how much this race means to Tracy. It’s just a race you want to win. It would really be a feather in the cap to be able to win it. We’ve had good chances to win it in the past.”

As a veteran of the short track and Super Late Model world and a two-time All American 400 winner, Garvey also knows not to get swept up in the hype. Garvey and his Goodson Racing team plan to prepare for and run the 300-lap event like any other race.

“I try not to make it too big of a deal about it because it can be overwhelming,” said Garvey. “It really is just another race. I do understand the significance of it, but you can’t overdo it. If you do, it always makes it like it’s unattainable. I almost won the race a couple of years ago, but we had trouble right there at the end. All you can do is dot your I’s and cross your T’s and hope everything is ready. The race changes so much that you hope you’re there at the end to be able to even have a chance.”

Although Garvey and his No. 1 machine have become a staple at Five Flags Speedway in recent seasons, they are not resting on their laurels. The team still works non-stop to stay ahead of the game when it comes to setups for the Florida half-mile.

“We’ve got a base line set up that we know that we can run at least in the top five or the top 10,” said Garvey. “But you’re always tweaking and trying things to make it just a little bit better. For every 100 things you try, maybe one or two will give you that extra something, that extra advantage. We’re always trying to make everything just a touch better.

“We can try more qualifying set ups than race setups,” said Garvey. “We know we’re good race wise. But we want to get into the top 10, top 15 and not have to start so far back in the field. It’s always nice when the temps are a little cooler, but 70 and sunny works for us too.”

The 2013 edition will mark Garvey’s 12th Snowball Derby start and his fourth driving for the Goodson Racing team.

For event information, a detailed Snowball Derby weekend schedule and more, visit www.snowballderby.com.

Pollard Gets First Blizzard Win of 2013 While Hemric Takes the Title

September 22nd, 2013

PENSACOLA, FL – Although Senoia, Georgia’s Andrew “Bubba” Pollard has made it look easy before the race this year by snagging every Blizzard Series Super Late Model pole award of the 2013 season, it’s been much more difficult for Pollard to hold on to that top spot when the checkered flag flew. But on the final night of Blizzard Series action, an evening beneath a full moon, that proved to be nothing short of exciting, Pollard was finally able to put his No. 26 JEGS machine in victory lane at Five Flags Speedway (FL).

“I was really starting to get worried about it,” said Pollard of the thought of going winless at Five Flags Speedway in 2013. “I’ve won a race here at least once a year in the last four or five seasons. And no, it’s not really a big deal but we’ve been fast all year and we haven’t been able to put all the wins together. But now I think this may be the point where we turn it around here. We tried a completely different package than what we’ve been used to and I think it worked out for us. We definitely hit on something and hopefully we can carry the momentum over into the Derby and even into some of these bigger races like at Nashville and the other places so I’m looking forward to it.”

Unlike the previous few Blizzard Series Super Late Model events at Five Flags Speedway, the Buddy’s Home Furnishings 125 was littered with cautions that never allowed the leader the opportunity to pull away from the field. For Pollard, the key was being prepared for any outcome.

“I was trying to save because you never know when you’re going to have a sprint like that to the end,” said Pollard. “So we were just keeping our distance right there like I thought we needed to when we had a comfortable lead. You know this place just wears equipment out. The 29 [Ross Kenseth] and the 98 [Hemric] were both good on the short runs and we could stay consistent and be consistent when the race went green. I can’t thank my guys enough, we’ve put a lot of hard work into this trying to get some momentum built up going into the end of the year.”

Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, Casey Smith and Ross Kenseth rounded out the top-five finishers.

While Pollard was celebrating his first Blizzard win of 2013, Kannapolis, North Carolina’s Daniel Hemric was hoisting the trophy after winning the series title in just his first full season of Super Late Model competition. And although the series title and trophy will live on longer, it’s likely Hemric and his Carswell Motorsports team were also celebrating their newly-earned guaranteed starting spot in December’s 46th Annual Snowball Derby.

“That’s huge for this whole team,” said Hemric. “From running the Snowball Derby last year just hoping to get in on time to now being able to come down here week tocweek and compete with these guys and compete at their level, it’s just an honor tocbe a part of this whole Carswell Motorsports team. Everyone has put in a lot ofchours and there’s a lot of preparation that goes into coming here and running like we do week to week.

“I really wanted to get the win to try to get the championship and the race in the same night but these guys are tough; Bubba was just better than us tonight. But I can’t thank everyone enough for running us clean all year. And congratulations to John Hunter Nemechek, he had a strong run as well. We lacked just a little bit there but I was hoping to do it right and win them both.”

Hemric, who led laps in every Five Flags Speedway Blizzard Series event this season except for the one event he won in post-race tech, is proud of how far his team has come and is confident for what it means coming back in December.

“Like I said, we can definitely unload here and have speed every time we come,” said Hemric. “So that gives us a lot of confidence coming into the Derby and also knowing that you don’t have to worry about the qualifying deal. You know you have a guaranteed spot so you can really focus on your race run stuff all week and that’s huge for us. It was great to get Jake and Deanna Carswell their first championship as owners and Jack Links Beef Jerky and everybody that stays behind us. Man this just feels really good.”

Earlier in the evening Bubba Pollard made it a clean sweep of all four Southern Super Series pole awards presented by Ford Racing, Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Progressive Racing Engines and RW Engines at Five Flags Speedway in 2013 by capturing the final honor of the Blizzard Series season with a lap of 16.340.

The Next Southern Super Series event will be the Miller Lite 125 presented by R E Suspension at Mobile International Speedway (AL) tomorrow night, Saturday, September 21st.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit: www.SouthernSuperSeries.com The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at:www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s: @SoSuperSeries For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via: matt@51sports.net

Top-10 in SSS and Blizzard Series Points at Five Flags Eligible for Snowball Provisionals

September 14th, 2013

CONCORD, NC – With just three events remaining on the 2013 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco schedule, every position on the track matters. Each spot means points towards the inaugural series championship as well as solidifying some drivers’ spot in the top 10 in the standings. Being in the top-10 in series points after the three final races could mean a starting position in the prestigious Snowball Derby in December.

The highest-ranking Southern Super Series driver in the top-10 in final points that
does not qualify into the December 8 Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida’s Five
Flags Speedway will receive a provisional starting spot. Therefore, each position
gained or lost in the final three races could mean far more than just a
season-ending ranking.

Heading into the September 20 SSS event at Five Flags and the September 21 race at
Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway, fourth through 16th in the standings are
separated by 231 markers. All of those drivers will have a shot to either stay in
or get into the top-10 by the time the season is complete in November at Fairgrounds
Speedway Nashville.

“We wanted to reward the drivers who came and ran the Southern Super Series with us
in 2013,” said Five Flags Speedway General Manager Tim Bryant. “In the past we had
given a total two provisional spots to our Blizzard Series point guys and now we cut
that in half and we’ll award one for each the track’s Blizzard Series and one for
the Southern Super Series. We will also award a provisional for the most recent
past winner of the Derby should they need it.”

Drivers in the hunt for a top-10 ranking in the Southern Super Series points such as
Allen Karnes, Bobby Knox, Jr., Mason Massey and Chet Morrison all have never run the
Snowball Derby. Having a provisional in their back pocket, should they not qualify
into the Snowball Derby on time, would be a huge boost for those drivers..

“I think I’d cry like a baby if I made the Snowball Derby,” admitted Karnes. “We
have got some things that are starting to work. We know they will be good at the All
American 400 and hopefully at Five Flags where it matters.”

Karnes has raced in a number of different series over the years and logged seven top
10′s in the NASCAR Southeast Series years ago. More recently, he’s been on the
podium in a Miller Lite Series race at Mobile and is still searching for the right
combination that could land him in victory lane in the Southern Super Series.

“We have not run well as of recent as we are still trying to figure out the F-45
tires that Hoosier gives us. It’s a balancing act with work and my hobby of racing
which has been a challenge as of recent,” said Karnes. “The provisional is nice, but
if we can make it in on time for the Derby then that’s how we want to do it.”

In addition to the tight top-10 battle for the Southern Super Series, the top-10 in
the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series, points held in conjunction with the
SSS events at Five Flags, is just as tight. Six drivers are within 38 markers of
one another from eighth through 13th. Like with the Southern Super Series, the
highest-ranking Blizzard point finisher that does not qualify on time for the
Snowball Derby will be granted a provisional starting spot for the Snowball Derby.

Ticket information and more on the Friday, September 20 Buddy’s 125, a combination
event between the Southern Super Series, the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series
and the track’s Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway can
be found on www.5flagsspeedway.com. More details on the Saturday, September 21
Miller Lite Series, Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship and Southern Super Series event,
the RE Suspension 125 at Mobile, can be obtained on www.mobilespeedway.net.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com.
The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at
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advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For
media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Kyle Benjamin Wins Southern Super Series Event at Five Flags Easley, SC Driver Gets a Satisfying Win

August 1st, 2013

EASLEY, SC – Kyle Benjamin picked up his first Southern Super Series win this past Friday night at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. After almost two years of ever-so-close attempts at cracking into Five Flags victory lane, finally the 15-year-old was able to earn his first Super Late Model win at the home of the Snowball Derby.

“This is probably one of my more satisfying wins in my career,” Benjamin said. “Five Flags Speedway has been a challenging track for us over the last two years and we finally got over that hurdle.”

An invert at the 75-lap break helped Benjamin get the win on the tough half-mile oval.

“Bubba Pollard and Daniel Hemric were real strong in the beginning and our car felt good,” Benjamin recalled. “At the break, we made some changes and the car was so much better in the second half. In fact, it was the best my car has ever felt at Five Flags.

“This was a huge breakthrough for our team. We tested two days before the event and that really helped us. We got some real good notes and now we feel like we have a good baseline setup. We have one more Southern Super Series event at Five Flags before the Snowball Derby to improve on those and get some real good notes for the big event in December.”

Tire management, as it almost always is at Five Flags, was a key to Benjamin’s success Friday.

“We put on two right side tires during the break. Along with our adjustments, the car was better and starting up front didn’t hurt,” Benjamin said. “You had real good grip in the tires for about 10 laps to where if anyone really wanted to make a run, you had to do it then because the tires drop off a little after 10 laps, but we were still running faster lap times than the first half.”

Not only was the win satisfying because it was at Five Flags Speedway, but it was also a combination Southern Super Series/Blizzard Series event.

“There is real good talent that comes and race in both series,” Benjamin exclaimed. “There are at least 10 drivers that can win any event. Winning a race in these series is a big deal, especially at Five Flags Speedway where Bubba Pollard knows his way around this place. This felt good.”

Benjamin plans on competing in the World Crown 300 on August 10 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia. He will then return to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on August 25 at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin.

For more information on Kyle Benjamin, contact Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and visit www.kylebenjamin.com. Be sure to “like” Kyle Benjamin on Facebook by searching Kyle Benjamin #71 and follow him on Twitter via @KyleBenjamin71.

Nasse Fully Recovered and Ready to Tame Five Flags & Mobile 18-Year-Old Overcomes Pneumonia and Blood Infection to Return to the Track

July 25th, 2013

CONCORD, NC – Florida native Stephen Nasse is excited to return to Gulf Coast racing action next weekend at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL) just like many other drivers in the field, but for Nasse the opportunity means a little bit more this time.

Just a week into June, Nasse was diagnosed with a case of pneumonia which resulted in dangerously high white blood cell counts as well as a severe blood infection which landed him in the hospital for over a week. Family, friends and the racing community as a whole rallied around the 18-year-old driver with thoughts and prayers until he announced on July 1, just a little under a month after being admitted to the hospital, that his doctors had cleared him to race and that he would be in the field at a local race on Independence Day weekend.

Now close to 100-percent, Nasse is ready to battle with the Southeast’s top Super Late Model racers once again in the Southern Super Series Gulf Coast Doubleheader weekend, Friday July 26 at Five Flags and Saturday July 27 at Mobile.

For Nasse, this isn’t just another trip to the Gulf Coast, it’s a chance he wasn’t sure he was going to get. “What I went through was just something crazy,” said Nasse. “I don’t know how to put it into words; it was just, I don’t know, it wasn’t good.” Nasse’s return race at Showtime Speedway in Florida was rain-shortened, so the Gulf Coast Doubleheader will be his first real taste of competition since falling ill nearly two months ago. In the Navy Federal Credit Union 125 presented by Driven Racing Oil Friday at Five Flags and the RE Suspension 125 at Mobile, Nasse will face some of the toughest short trackers in the country with the Southern Super Series at two of the most famed short tracks in the region.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into the car,” said Nasse. “I’m ready to get back to running with a full field and with that level of competition. I tried to run a race over here and it ended up getting rained out. We only made about 10 laps in the race, but that was just a local race. So I’m looking forward to getting back in the car with all of that competition and to get out there and race them.

Although the teenage driver has been through more than most his age since his last race, Nasse does not think he will be at any disadvantage when he’s back behind the wheel against guys like Bubba Pollard and Daniel Hemric.

“I know I’ve been sick for a while but I still think about racing every single day so I don’t think much is going to change when I get back in the racecar. I think the only thing I have to worry about is just keeping my breath under control and being able to keep my heart rate down and to stay calm in the car, because it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be hot and I’m going to be tired but hopefully it will all just work out, we don’t know yet.”

Ticket information and more on the Friday, July 26 Navy Federal Credit Union 125 presented by Driven Racing Oil, a combination event between the Southern Super Series, the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series and the track’s Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway can be found on www.5flagsspeedway.com. More details on the Saturday, July 27 Miller Lite Series, Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship and Southern Super Series event, the RE Suspension 125 at Mobile, can be obtained on www.mobilespeedway.net.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Hemric Ready to Build on Gulf Coast Sweep at Five Flags & Mobile SSS Point Leader Looking to Go Four-in-a-Row July 26 and 27

July 24th, 2013

CONCORD, NC – Daniel Hemric dominated the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco’s last trip to the Gulf Coast by taking home the winner’s hardware at both Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway last month. Now, Hemric looks to carry the momentum of two victories and the Southern Super Series point lead into the next Gulf Coast Doubleheader, the Navy Federal Credit Union 125 presented by Driven Racing Oil at Five Flags on July 26 and the RE Suspension 125 at Mobile on July 27.

“We got a lot of support from Butch VanDoorn and everybody at Port City Racecars,” said Hemric of his recent success. “Everybody has put in a lot of hard work. We went down there before with the goal of really turning things around and trying to get to victory lane and it really worked out for us. Now we’re really looking forward to going down there and building on those wins. We want to get more speed out of (the car) and hopefully improve on the whole deal all the way around.”

Hemric picked up his first-ever Southern Super Series victory on Friday night, June 21 at Five Flags. The 22-year-old driver from Kannapolis, North Carolina crossed beneath the checkered flag in second, but inherited the win following Augie Grill’s disqualification in post-race technical inspection. The next night at Mobile, Hemric earned the trophy the old-fashioned way and made sure to perform the signature victory backflip he didn’t have the opportunity to do the night prior.

“Friday night was definitely shocking,” said Hemric of his first Southern Super Series victory. “I’ve personally never won a race after crossing the line second, so that was definitely not a characteristic thing. But then to go to Mobile and win it that way, it made it that much better knowing that we were the first one to cross the line and like I said in the interview, it just felt really good to be able to jump off the Carswell Motorsports No. 98 car at Mobile.”

In a series that attracts the Southeast’s top Super Late Model talents that have been racing Super Late Models at places like Five Flags and Mobile since Hemric was still in Legends cars, it is a full time job for Hemric to keep himself and his team in fighting condition week-to-week.

“We just keep working on it,” said Hemric. “Those guys have been doing it for years and years and have been running those tracks for a long time, so I feel like as long as we’re learning every time we’re going to the racetrack, especially to Pensacola and Mobile, then we’re on the right track. Not that they aren’t going to be up there, but I feel like we have a little more leeway to get better week in and week out. And no matter when you’re running with them, they are going to be strong so it’s just a matter of stepping up and making it happen.”

And now the on-track competition isn’t the only thing forcing Hemric to stay at the top of his game. Piloting a brand new Port City Racecar, Hemric is also battling the learning curve that comes with a new piece of equipment.

“I try to think I know everything about it,” said Hemric. “But with it being a new car we are still trying to figure out everything about it. We are getting closer every time we’re on the racetrack.”

The Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway and the Miller Lite Series at Mobile International Speedway both make the Gulf Coast Championship Series that fly under the Southern Super Series banner.

Ticket information and more on the Friday, July 26 Navy Federal Credit Union 125 presented by Driven Racing Oil, a combination event between the Southern SuperSeries, the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Series and the track’s Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway can be found on www.5flagsspeedway.com. More details on the Saturday, July 27 Miller Lite Series, Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship and Southern Super Series event, the RE Suspension 125 at Mobile, can be obtained on www.mobilespeedway.net.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Daniel Hemric Picks Up First Southern Super Series Victory at Five Flags Speedway

June 23rd, 2013

PENSACOLA, FL- It wasn’t quite the way he scripted it, but Daniel Hemric is officially a Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco winner.

Hemric finished behind Augie Grill in Friday night’s Pepsi Max 125 presented by Penske Shocks at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, but Grill was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for unapproved fuel. That gave Hemric, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, his first Southern Super Series victory and the first for his Carswell Motorsports team.

“Nobody likes to win races like that, but this place is known for some wild things to happen this year,” said Hemric. Last time we were here, Bubba (Pollard) dominated the race and got taken out by a lapped car and TJ Reaid won. TJ put himself in position to win that night and we put ourselves in position by working hard week in and week out. Our hard work got us second, but with the tech stuff with Augie, it gave us the win.”

Hemric followed Grill throughout the final 50-lap sprint to the checkered flag following a lap-75 competition caution. He also had to hold off series point leader Bubba Pollard, who had changed a transmission during the 10-minute break at lap 75, to be in position to inherit the win.

Pollard, who was credited with second following Grill’s disqualification, was admittedly frustrated with not having a chance to win this time out.

“There’s no sugar coating it, I’m ticked off,” said Pollard. “We need to run better. We should be winning these races. We shouldn’t be letting Augie win all the races. We take it how it goes. We were tight tonight and we were fortunate to get the transmission changed at the break. It helps us in the points to not get into a deficit, but we need to be better than that.”

John Hunter Nemechek, who led 42 laps in the middle stages of the 125-lap feature, scored a third-place finish in an experience-building effort.

“We had a real good race car the first half,” said Nemechek. “I was looking forward to the second half and battling with Augie at the end. It’s too bad it didn’t work out that way. It’s all a learning experience for us right now. We don’t have the notebook that a lot of guys have, but we’re trying to build that up. We’re learning the hard way, but at least we’re learning.”

Mike Garvey, of Pensacola, Florida, finished fourth, while Texan Casey Smith rounded out the top five.

The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will be in action Saturday night, June 22, in the second half of the Gulf Coast Doubleheader weekend at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama. The Great Race 125 presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies will be a points-paying race for not only the Southern Super Series, but also the track’s Miller Lite Super Late Model series and the overall Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship, which combines track points from Mobile and Five Flags from the tracks’ eight combined events.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Pollard Looks to Get Back on Track at Five Flags & Mobile

June 21st, 2013

CONCORD, NC – Bubba Pollard held a solid point lead in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco heading into the event at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida last month. At Five Flags, he broke his own track record in his brand new Grand American Race Car in time trials. Later he dominated the race with the new ride only to be taken out by a lapped car in the final circuits. Pollard’s weekend of devastation carried over to the next night’s event at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama, where he had problems that kept him out of victory lane again.

Now, Pollard is hoping to return to his winning ways in the Southern Super Series’ second stop at Five Flags on Friday, June 21st and Mobile on Saturday, June 22nd. Both races are a part of the Gulf Coast Championship Series that Pollard has won the championship in the last two seasons.

“It was a tough weekend,” recalled Pollard of his Gulf Coast woes last month. “I have never had a car that dominant. It was hard pill to swallow with a brand new racecar at Five Flags. We need to go back there and repeat that performance to get the win that we missed out on in May.”

Pollard’s primary car was totaled in the Five Flags crash and it did not return to action until this past weekend at Berlin Raceway in Michigan, where it raced from 17th to a third-place finish. If the car goes back to Pensacola with the same attitude and handling characteristics as it has in its last couple of runs, it could spell trouble for the rest of the field.

“The car ran good at Berlin,” said Pollard. “All our guys put in a lot if hours to get it back race-ready condition before we went to Michigan. Third was a good run for us there and there was not a scratch on the car which will make the transition to the Gulf Coast weekend.”

As if the competition didn’t have enough to worry about, the second race of weekend will be at Mobile International Speedway, where Pollard has 11 Super Late Model wins in 100-lap events, making him the driver with the most wins on record.

“It’s been a good track for us,” said Pollard of Mobile. “We had to use our stuff up coming through the field to finish fourth like we did last time. We led some of the race and I think it’s always fun to go to Mobile.”

The Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway and the Miller Lite Series at Mobile International Speedway both make the Gulf Coast Championship Series that fly under the Southern Super Series banner.

Ticket information and more on the Friday, June 21 Pepsi Max 125 Presented
by Penske Shocks at Five Flags Speedway can be found on www.5flagsspeedway.com. More details on the Saturday, June 22 Miller Lite 125 presented by ARbodies can be obtained on www.mobilespeedway.net.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

TJ Reaid Takes Southern Super Series Win at Five Flags Speedway Reaid Inherits the Lead after Pollard Accident to Earn The Victory

May 26th, 2013

PENSACOLA, FL – TJ Reaid fought off two late re-start challenges from Chris Davidson to win the Rubber & Specialties 125 presented by Crane Cams at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

“That was awesome. We have had really good cars here before and wasn’t able to put one together for the win,” Reaid said in victory lane. “After coming down to the Derby and running so strong and getting wrecked past halfway, this means a lot. We are really looking forward to coming back the rest of the season.”

Reaid inherited the lead on lap 121 after Bubba Pollard, who was the leader, made contact with the lap car of Wayne Niedecken Jr. in turns three and four sending Pollard to the outside wall.

Pollard was visibly upset and walked back to his trailer after being the class of the field and leading most of the event along with setting a new track record earlier in the evening.

“This is a major disappointment,” Pollard said. “We had a strong car all night and to have this happen with less than five laps remaining, I don’t know what to say.”

With Reaid in the lead, he had Chris Davidson alongside him on the re-start. A lap after the green flag waived, Ross Kenseth made contact with the inside wall after he and Augie Grill made contact on the frontstretch.

Reaid and Davidson had to do it again after Augie Grill spun the next re-start.

On the final re-start, Reaid got a good jump on Davidson and pulled away to the checkered flag.

“We were pretty good at the beginning, but the car kept shutting off on me in the first half. We had a fuel pickup issue that we fixed at the break,” Davidson said afterwards. “The car got real tight in the second half. Second place is probably better than what we deserve.”

Davidson was asked if he thought he had anything for Reaid at the final re-start. “I thought we did, but we were so bad tight that if we weren’t going to beat him at the start, we weren’t going to beat him.”

Casey Smith came home with a third place finish.

“We just marched right to the front in the first half. The car was turning really good except for the drive off the corners,” Smith said. “We made a couple of adjustments at the break to try to get more drive off and it killed me in the center. I wish I didn’t do that because we could have probably ran second. Nobody had anything for the 41 (Reaid) and 26 (Pollard). “

Daniel Hemric, who was the leader at the lap 75 break, finished fourth.

With his fourth place finish, Hemric is now the Southern Super Series point leader.

David Rogers finished fifth.

Kyle Benjamin was sixth with John Hunter Nemechek finishing seventh. Mike Garvey was eighth and Augie Grill was ninth. Scotty Ellis rounded out the top ten.

Pollard got the night rolling as he shattered the old track record of 16.290 with a new record time of 16.145 on his first lap of qualifying.

Reaid also qualified under the old track record with a time of 16.213. Stephan Nasse was third with a time of 16.396. Hemric was fourth with a time of 16.412 with Davidson rounding out the top-five with a time of 16.413.

The field was separated by 0.865 seconds.

The Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco will be in action Saturday night, May 25, in the second half of the Gulf Coast Doubleheader weekend at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama. The 125-lap event will be a points-paying race for not only the Southern Super Series, but also the track’s Miller Lite Super Late Model series and the overall Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship, which combines track points from Mobile and Five Flags from the tracks’ eight combined events.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

John Hunter Nemechek Hoping for First Late Model Win at Five Flags Speedway

May 25th, 2013

CONCORD, NC – Over the past few seasons John Hunter Nemechek has made a name for himself in the Allison Legacy Series and now into the Late Model ranks. The 15-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemechek, has yet to crack into victory lane in his year-plus of racing in the competitive Southern Super Late Model scene, but he has turned many heads with strong performances in several different series, including his first starts in 2013 with the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco.

Nemechek is now hoping to score that first Super Late Model victory on May 24 at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway in the Southern Super Series 125 presented by Crane Cams, a combination event with the Five Flags track Super Late Model division, the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series.

Although Nemechek hasn’t been to victory lane, he still has some impressive stats to his credit including starting on the front row and leading laps during the 45th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags in 2012.

“That was really fun,” said Nemechek. “I mean leading a race is leading a race. It’s always a good thing to do, but leading the Snowball Derby actually meant a lot just because it’s a big race and it’s something that everyone wants to do. We ended up getting in a wreck there and coming back to finish 10th, but we led most of the race and we had a really good car so I’m looking forward to getting back there.”

Despite finding success at the Florida Panhandle half-mile in the past, Nemechek knows things will be different this time around given the renovations to the track surface.

“We’ll see how it goes when we get down there,” said Nemechek. “They’ve ground the track so we’ll see if it’s still going to eat tires the way it has in the past or not. They used to do it bad last time so you’d have to save no matter what, but we’ll definitely see when we get down there. It could be a lot different.”

As far as the track itself, Nemechek knows it’s a unique place that requires a lot of skill and patience in the driver’s seat.

“It’s a different type of racetrack. You can’t compare it to hardly anything. It’s really abrasive and really fun but it’s more of a driver’s track than anything. You’ve got to learn that your setup doesn’t matter as much, it’s all up to the driver and how he drives it.”

Coming through the ranks, Nemechek’s racing career has taken him to many different venues. Still, he knows how special it would be to snag his first Late Model victory at a track with as much history as Five Flags Speedway.

“This could be the one. It would mean a lot to win there at a place like that with all that’s gone on there over the years. It’s a special place and it would be a great place to get that first win, but anywhere we can get a win is also good. We just want to get that first win off of our back and keep winning after that.”

The following night, May 25th, the series will travel just West of Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida to Mobile International Speedway in Irvington,Alabama for a second night of Super Late Model action with the track’s Miller Lite Series. Mobile International Speedway will be a new track for Nemechek and that’s another challenge he is ready to take on.

“I’ve never been to Mobile but I’ve heard it’s fast and doesn’t have a wall, like Watermelon (Capitol Speedway, GA),” said Nemechek. “And we’ve been good at Watermelon so hopefully we can do the same down there. Getting into a banked track and going really fast like I think we’re going to do there is going to be fun and I’m really looking forward to that too.”

The May 24 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco 100 at Five Flags Speedway will also feature events for the track’s Modified, Sportsmen and Bomber divisions. Ticket and hotel information can be found on the track’s official website, www.5flagsspeedway.com.

For more information on the Southern Super Series, visit www.SouthernSuperSeries.com. The Facebook page for the Southern Super Series is located at www.facebook.com/southernsuperseries and on Twitter it’s @SoSuperSeries. For advertising or sponsorship questions, please contact the track representatives. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports via matt@51sports.net.

Fast Drivers & Good-Looking Cars to be Rewarded During Snowball Derby Week

November 28th, 2012

PENSACOLA, FL – Nothing in short track racing compares to the sights and speeds of Snowball Derby weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. To help celebrate and honor the drivers that speed around the Five Flags half-mile with sharp-looking racecars, WXBM 102.7FM in Pensacola, Hamner Racing Engines of Harpersville, Alabama and Capitol Renegade of Greenbelt, Maryland are providing several awards during Snowball Derby week.

Qualifying for the 45th Annual Snowball Derby on Friday, November 30 will feature a $1000 cash prize for the driver who sets fast time on Snowball Derby Pole Night from WXBM. In addition, Jeff Hamner of Hamner Racing Engines has added an additional $750, making a $1,750 payout for the Snowball Derby pole-sitter.

The top 30 drivers will lock themselves into the Snowball Derby field in qualifying. Qualifying spots 31 on back will have to rely on transferring from the 50-lap Snowball Derby “Last Chance Race” on Saturday, December 1. The driver that
qualifies 31st, therefore starting on the pole for the last-chance event, will receive a $250 bonus from Hamner Racing Engines.

“WXBM Pole Night is one of the most intense couple of hours in short track racing,” said Tim Bryant, General Manager of Five Flags Speedway. “More than 70 cars are pre-registered for the 300-lap feature and only 37 of them will make the show, so qualifying for the Snowball Derby keeps everyone on the edge of their seats. We’re proud to have WXBM and Hamner Racing Engines take part in such a special night for all the competitors vying for a coveted Snowball Derby starting spot.”

To honor the drivers and teams that spend countless hours making their Super and Pro Late Models look as sleek as can be for the Snowball Derby weekend, Capitol Renegade will present $500 to the driver that the fans of Speed51.com, the Official News Site of the Snowball Derby, vote as the “Best Appearing Car of the Snowball Derby.”

“Part of the fun of Snowball Derby weekend is seeing all the new paint schemes, wraps and designs that teams put on their cars just for this one race,” said Bob Dillner, Speed51.com owner and SPEED broadcaster. “We’ve been proud to present the
‘Best Appearing Car’ award for several years now and it’s great to have Capital Renegade come on board with Five Flags and 51 to present this cash award. Fans look forward to the ‘Best Apparing Car’ voting every year during our Snowball Derby coverage on Speed51.com and I know that the fans will have some cool-looking cars to vote from this year.”

In addition to the $500 cash prize for the “Best Appearing Car,” 51 Sports, the parent company of Speed51.com, will offer a one-page website design for the winning driver.

The 45th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, November 28th with the Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, fans from 5pm to 9pm CT can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby weekend. The first on-track activity comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commences. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Bomber and Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, November 30th, it’s WXBM Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 1st, it’s the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 time trials, last-chance qualifying race and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 45th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 2nd at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but are going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

Blizzard Series Champ Bubba Pollard Ready to be Snowball Derby Champ Too

November 23rd, 2012

SENOIA, GA – If ever there was a year that it appeared Bubba Pollard was on the path to his first Snowball Derby win, this would be the year.

Pollard captured the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series Super Late Model title at Five Flags Speedway (FL), which earned him the guaranteed starting spot in the 45th Annual event. He was also the Miller Lite Super Late Model titlist at Mobile International Speedway (AL) and the overall Gulf Coast Championship leader in 2012. With that kind of success and momentum behind him, Pollard is in the best position of his career to take home the Tom Dawson trophy after the Snowball Derby on December 2 at Five Flags.

“It feels good to be the champion,” said Pollard. “It relieves all the pressure and stress in coming down to qualifying time. You never know what’s going to happen. You could miss the setup a little bit and you could miss the show. It definitely helps going in being the Blizzard champion for sure.”

As far strategy, Pollard says it’s nothing fancy under his No. 26 machine, just a proven race setup for the worn, Pensacola half-mile. “We didn’t do anything any different than we did down there all season long last year,” said Pollard. “We pretty much had our race setup and didn’t have a qualifying setup. We stuck with our race setup. As long as you have a good-driving, balanced racecar, whether you have a good qualifying trim or race trim, it should drive good either way.”

The Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series events in which Pollard found so much success in the regular season were 100-lap shows. Pollard knows he’ll have to take care of his equipment to make it to the checkered flag in the 300-lap Snowball Derby.

“It seems like you can’t keep yourself out of trouble,” said Pollard. “You have to just focus on running your race. It’s hard to stay out of trouble, especially at the Derby. Luck can go either way.”

The 45th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 28 with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. On-track activities begin with practice on Thursday, November 29. On Friday, November 30, it’s WXBM Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature.

Then on Saturday, December 1, it’s the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 45th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 2nd at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

For more on Bubba Pollard, please contact Elgin Traylor at 51 Sports at Elgin@51sports.net, or visit his website at www.bubbapollard.net.

Anderson Bowen Ready for First Snowball Derby & Snowflake 100

November 23rd, 2012

CONCORD,NC- A year ago, Anderson Bowen left Five Flags Speedway in Florida disappointed he did not get a chance to run the biggest Pro Late Model race in the county, the Allen Turner Snowflake 100. Fast forward to this year and he enters the race as one of the top Pro Late Model drivers in the land.

Bowen enters the 2012 Snowball Derby weekend, which includes the Snowflake 100, after a successful year that saw him win his first race and take home Rookie of the Year honors on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. A successful season now becomes an
extra boost of confidence for Bowen, who will compete both in the Snowflake 100 on Saturday, December 1 and the 45th Annual Snowball Derby Super Late Model race on Sunday, December 2.

“Being able to carry that confidence in to the Derby is a huge plus,” said Bowen. “We have run really well in the Pro Late Models all year. In the few Super Late Model races we have ran we have been up front as well, so I think we will have a pretty good shot at both.”

Bowen ran the Winchester 400 and time trialed in on the outside of the front row in his first-ever Super Late Model start. That success shows that Bowen has come a long way in the last 12 months.

“We tested last week at Five Flags and we really feel good about the car,” said Bowen. Joey (Clanton, Bowen’s crew chief and former ASA National Tour Champion) and the guys at the shop have been working hard making sure everything is in top-notch condition. Since we have been on the road racing this whole year it’s been good to have this whole month off to get ready.”

Despite being a Snowball Derby rookie, Bowen knows what it means to be a part of the historic short track racing weekend. It’s the best of the best in the short track world coming together on one stage trying to win the biggest race in the country.

“It is the Daytona 500 of short track racing,” said Bowen. “To be able to put your name on the list with all the other great driver would be a dream come true.”

Action gets underway with a full day of parking and tech on Wednesday, November 28th. Thursday offers a full day of practice as team make their final adjustments before qualifying for the Snowball Derby on Friday, November 30th. Saturday, December 1st is a full day for the Pro Late Models with qualifying and racing for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100. Sunday, December 2nd is race day for the 45th Annual Snowball Derby. Coverage can be found on Speed51.com.

For more information on Anderson Bowen contact Elgin Traylor by emailing him at Elgin@51sports.net. You can also visit Bowen’s website at AndersonBowenRacing.com

Four-Tire Pit Stops Allowed at 45th Annual Snowball Derby Snowflake 100 Also Switches to One Last Chance Race on Saturday

November 8th, 2012

CONCORD, NC- The annual draw of the Snowball Derby is the best-of-the-best going head-to-head with each other, whether it is drivers, crew chiefs, car owners or pit crewmembers. The 300-lap event at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL, on December 2nd offers a test of endurance and a chance for teams to make pit stops as the advantage of fresh tires is always at a premium.

Last year Five Flags Speedway experimented with a two-tire per stop rule. Derby officials felt that rule resulted in confusion and major congestion on pit road. With that in mind, it was announced today that in this year’s edition of the race, teams will be allowed to change four tires on a pit stop once again during the Derby.

“Our aim and purpose last year was to try and cut costs with the two tire deal,” said FFS General Manager Tim Bryant. “We had hoped to see teams not go out and hire crews for going over the wall on Sunday. The bigger teams still did it and the advantage was maintained. It really just ended up making for a busy pit road and extra caution laps to sort out the lineup.”

Teams will have the opportunity to make two or four tire stops at their discretion in this year’s 45th annual Snowball Derby. No other major procedure changes are being made to the Super Late Model portion of the weekend, however, teams are encouraged to read the information on the track website at 5FlagsSpeedway.com.

“The change was really made because this is the Snowball Derby,” said Bryant. “We know fans love to see the pit stops and the strategy is still there of changing tires and making the crew a part of the emphasis as well. We are sure some teams will still only do two-tire stops to stay on the lead as well, so it should be exciting to see all the strategy.”

Five Flags Speedway also wanted to remind teams that are traveling in from other areas of the country certain rules that were in place this season at the racetrack.

“We want to make sure teams are aware of the changes since last year’s Snowball Derby,” added Bryant. “The Crane Cam Ignition #6000-6701 is mandatory at a lot of southern tracks, including at Five Flags Speedway. We are also doing away with the adjustable restrictor plates this year. You now have to race with the same restrictor plate combination with which you qualify with.”

For the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models on Saturday night, December 1st, teams will have a bit of a change to the qualifying format. In the past, the drivers who did not lock themselves into the top 30 in time trials would have to run one of two last-chance races that were at a distance of 25 laps. This year that will change to one last chance race with a distance of 50-laps.

“It’s worked really well to have only one last chance race for the Snowball Derby, so we’ve decided to do this format with the Snowflake cars as well,” stated Bryant. “We understood it was hard for teams to make advancement in only 25 laps. Now that it will be one long race, teams who do qualify will be allowed to get new tires for the feature.”

On Wednesday, November 28th, Snowball Derby week will open for all teams with Tech-Day. The top 10 in Blizzard Series points and the top 10 in Allen Turner Pro Late Model points will be allowed to go to the tech station first. All other cars will be subject to safety and secured-weight inspections in their pit area. Cars are required to have lead painted white with the car numbers visible on the lead itself in red or black. It also must be mounted with the minimum of at least half-inch bolts.

The 45th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, November 28th with the Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, fans from 5pm to 9pm CT can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby weekend. The first on-track activity comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commences. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Bomber and Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, November 30th, it’s WXBM Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 1st, it’s the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 45th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 2nd at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but are going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 45th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

South Florida Pilot Choquette Takes First-Ever Blizzard Series Victory

September 27th, 2012

PENSACOLA, FL – Two drivers went into Friday night’s Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Super Late Model Series finale looking for something they had never accomplished in their short track careers. Jeff Choquette had won races on almost all of the asphalt short tracks in Florida (and some of the dirt ones too), but he had never won at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola. At the same time, Georgian Bubba Pollard was looking to be the track champion in Blizzard Series Super Late Models for the first time.

Both drivers met their goals and received trophies Friday night in the Buddy’s 100 as Choquette earned his first-ever Blizzard Series victory, while Pollard locked up the series’ title just by taking the green flag in the season finale.

With the regular season ending on a high note for both drivers, Choquette and Pollard will look to continue the wave of success into the biggest Super Late Model race in the country, December’s 45th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags.

“I am just the lucky one behind the steering wheel,” said Choquette in JEGS Victory Lane at Five Flags Speedway. “I can’t thank Adrian Carriers and Liz Girl Logistics and the entire crew enough for this effort. We are focused on running the bigger races at the end of the year and the Snowball Derby is the biggest. We were strong here last year in the Derby and in the Spring. Maybe now we can get that luck and put it all together.”

Choquette took the lead midway through Friday’s Buddy’s 100 and was able to hold off several challenges on restarts to score the win. Dwayne Buggay had a late surge to power past Augie Grill to finish second, a career best in the Blizzard Series.

“It’s been a long time since I have had a car this good,” said Buggay. “We just got on board with Grand American Race Cars and it was what we needed. I can’t wait to run this thing again and I can’t wait for the Pro Late Model race here next week.”

Buggay will take part in the season finale for Pro Late Models next Saturday, September 29th, in the Whataburger 100.

Fifth-place finisher Bubba Pollard captured the Blizzard Series title after setting fast time for the Super Late Model race.

“It feels good to win the championship,” said Pollard. “Up until the last restart I figured we had a second or third-place car. I tried too hard to make something happen on the final restart. It got us out of shape and we settled for fifth. We won the championship on qualifying points this year. It gave us such a lead and then having good run made it easy for us tonight.”

Daniel Hemric, fresh off a ARCA / CRA win at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) one week earlier, was fourth behind the top three of Choquette, Buggay and Grill.

Pollard also clinched a provisional spot along with second-place point finisher Augie Grill for the December 2nd Snowball Derby. If both drivers can lock themselves into the Snowball Derby on time, then the spots become available to the
next highest positioned driver in points all the way back into the top 10.

Texan Chris Davidson needed to have a strong run to finish in the top 10 in points and he managed to finish sixth after starting 21st to have a shot at a provisional come Derby weekend.

“It will help for sure, but if two cars don’t make it then there is no provisional,” said Davidson. “We have been a little behind all year in qualifying. Now we need to make sure that doesn’t happen at the Derby.”

The next event at Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway will be the 100-lap Pro Late Model season finale as part of Whataburger Night of Champions on Saturday, September 29th. Track championships will be awarded in the Pro Late Model division as well as the Modifieds, Sportsman and Bomber divisions.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway or the 45th Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Pollard to Be Crowned Champion Friday, but Plenty of Drama to Play Out Over 100 Laps

September 22nd, 2012

PENSACOLA, FL – In 2009, Bubba Pollard has his eyes on the prize. He was one race away from his first Buddy’s Home Furnishing Blizzard Series title. Needing only a solid finish in the final race, it all came to an end with a horrific lap-one crash. Pollard went airborne over the side of another car, taking him out of the title hunt.

2012 is the revenge year as Pollard enters the final Blizzard Series race at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, the Buddy’s 100, needing only to take the green flag to win the championship. The win also guarantees Pollard a starting spot into the 45th Annual Snowball Derby this December at Five Flags.

“I feel like we have had better years in the past down at Five Flags,” said Pollard who has one Blizzard Series victory this season. “It’s not quite the year we wanted, but it looks like we are going to get out first Championship. It’s good to know if we have trouble in December that we have a spot to fall back on, but we want to be fast again and start up front.”

While Pollard has the first automatic provisional spot locked up, the other is up for grabs with Augie Grill, Kyle Benjamin, and Mike Garvey with the key contenders for the second spot in points.

The top two in Blizzard points will be locked into the Snowball Derby. If those drivers lock themselves into the Snowball Derby field during qualifying for that event, then the provisional will shift to the next highest driver in points all the way back to 10th. TJ Reaid is currently 10th in points, just two markers ahead of Donnie Wilson and three above Jeremy Pate.

“We are going to approach this race no different than any other race down there,” said Reaid. “We are going to win and try to learn as much as we can before the Snowball Derby. You want to go to the Derby and unload on a positive note. Practice day is not a time to chase the race car, you want to be fast off the truck.

Reaid drives for Bill Elliott Racing, a team that has produced victories at Five Flags in the Snowflake 100 and the last year in the Snowball Derby with Chase Elliott.

Donnie Wilson finished second in the Snowball Derby in 2010 to Johanna Long, but this year the Oklahoma City driver has been just a tick off at Five Flags Speedway. He knows there is a lot riding on this weekend.

“Heck yeah we worry about that, I mean I do,” said Wilson. “We went and tested last week as we have not run well all year and we have not qualified that good ether. The points can really hurt you when it comes to qualifying. We just need a good run and we can be line for that garneted spot.”

Other names looking to mix things up will be David Rogers, Becca Kasten, Logan Boyett, Jeff Fultz, Stephen Nasse, Clay Alexander and several other Super Late Model standouts. Five Flags Speedway is expecting 30-plus Super Late Models to battle for the season finale.

Action starts on Friday, September 21st at Five Flags Speedway with practice from 4pm to 5:30pm Central Time. Blizzard qualifying will be at 7pm and racing starts at 8pm with local features.

Fans unable to attend the Five Flags Blizzard Series’ event can hear it live on Speed 51 Radio as FFS track announcers Robbie Harvey, Dave Pavlock and Bill Roth call all the action only on Speed51.com. 51 will also have live Trackside Now coverage of the Blizzard Series event all day Friday.

The five Blizzard Series’ and five Miller Lite Series’ events at Mobile International Speedway will make up the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for overall Championship.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series or the 45th Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Veteran Driver Aims To Break 35 Year Winless Drought in Friday’s Coors Light 100 at 5 Flags

June 21st, 2012

PENSACOLA, FL- The year was 1976. The United States was celebrating its bicentennial, “Rocky” won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Elton John and Kiki Dee were on top of the charts with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and David Rogers made his first start at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Rogers finished 23rd that day in the Snowball Derby against a field that featured Darrell Waltrip, Harry Gant, Bobby and Donnie Allison, Neil Bonnet and Red Farmer among others. While movies and music have changed drastically in the past 35 years, one thing is still a constant.

David Rogers has yet to take a checkered flag at Five Flags.

Rogers has made more than 20 starts in the Derby since that day with a sixth place run in 2008 being his best. All the trying has made Rogers want a win in Pensacola that much more. He’ll have another shot at getting into Five Flags Speedway’s victory lane this Friday, June 22nd in the Coors Light 100 Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series Super Late Model event. “Obviously, it would be a big relief,” said Rogers. “We seem to be able to win when we go to other places, but for some reason when we go to Pensacola we have never been able to put it together. I really like the race track. We have run many, many, many years, different types of cars and lots of situations, but have never put it together to win a race.”

Once a month Rogers ventures to the Florida Panhandle looking for not only that elusive win, but also knowledge and experience that may help him the most prestigious short track race in the world, the Snowball Derby. Rogers sits eighth in Blizzard Series points currently, but with the two drivers directly in front of him, Chase Elliott and TJ Reaid, not running the Coors Light 100, Rogers can take a major step towards a guaranteed spot in December’s crown jewel event.

“We had a pretty good year up there last year,” Rogers said. “At any race track, you need to first be able to run in the top five and then you can the opportunity to win. I really think that this year we have had top five cars most of the time, not that we have always finished there. We have the potential and have been doing things a little differently.
“One reason we have been going to the Blizzard races is that if we finish high enough in the points the pressure of qualifying for the Derby will be off. Another is to get experience of what to do, when to do it and what not to do. Now we are pretty decent up there when we go, and I feel confident we have a relatively good car. With that said, I still don’t feel like we have ever been a dominant car.”

The veteran from Orlando showed everyone that he can still find his way to the winners circle just last week. Rogers outran Gus Dean, Tim Russell and others in a 100-lap race at New Smyrna Speedway on Florida’s East Coast Saturday. Though he loves to win anytime, Rogers’ can only take the momentum from the New Smyrna win to the Florida Panhandle Friday night. “The reality of it is that New Smyrna is totally different than Pensacola,” Rogers said. “New Smyrna is a good, fast race track that has a ton of grip and Pensacola is a fast race track that has no grip. The other night we won the 100 lapper and run good at New Smyrna all year. When they drop the green flag there (New Smyrna) there is so much grip that you can run as hard as you can run a race car there for 100 laps. At Pensacola, you can’t do that. You have to ride, pick when want to race and when you don’t. Hopefully the last 10 or 15 laps, you have something left that can compete with the guys.

“Even though we have a win last weekend, it doesn’t help me any. When we go through Tallahassee or over the Apalachicola River, all of our luck gets sucked away and stays on this side. When we get there we are just another race car.” Though he has never won a race in the Blizzard Series, Rogers holds it in high regards. Fans and drivers from across the nation flock to the half-mile oval to be a part of racing at one of the country’s most storied and famed short tracks. The
Snowball Derby isn’t until December, but Rogers will take a win right now.

“The Blizzard Series probably is the most prestigious Super Late Model Series in the country because of the Snowball Derby,” said Rogers. “The Derby is such a prestigious race that Kyle Busch had it on his bucket list. Going back through the years at all the people that have ran and didn’t win the Derby. The prestige of the Snowball Derby makes any race you run at Pensacola a prestigious race. If you can win a Blizzard race, it puts you a step above the rest of the guys when it comes Derby time. Winning a Blizzard race puts you in elite company at the Derby.” The Coors Light 100 is the fourth of five Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series events at Five Flags this season. The event will commence on Friday, June 22nd at Five Flags Speedway with practice from 4pm to 5:30pm Central Time. Blizzard qualifying will be at 7pm and racing starts at 8pm.

The Sportsman and Bomber divisions will also be on hand on Coors Light 100 event night. An exciting fireworks display will light up the Pensacola sky after the event. Tickets are available by calling the Five Flags Speedway box office at
850-944-8400 or purchased at the gate on race day.

Fans unable to attend the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series event at Five Flags can hear it live on Speed51.com thanks to Speed 51 Radio. The broadcast will start shortly before the feature events on Friday night.

The five Blizzard Series’ and five Miller Lite Series’ events at Mobile International Speedway (AL) will make up the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for overall Championship.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Coors Light 100 or the 45th Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Chase Elliott Posts Second Win of Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series Season

May 31st, 2012

PENSACOLA, FL- Chase Elliott started an impressive winning streak by taking the checkered flag in Friday night’s Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series Rubber & Specialties 100 at Five Flags Speedway; a race that saw more than one three-wide battle for the lead in the closing laps.

lliott captured his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win just a week earlier at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Running on the momentum of the Iowa victory, Elliott jumped in the seat of his No. 9 Super Late Model back in familiar territory at the Pensacola, Florida half-mile, where the defending Snowball Derby Champion found himself in victory lane for the second time in series competition this season and third time in as many starts since last December’s Snowball event.

“We’re just doing our best and that’s all we can ask for,” said a satisfied Elliott. “It was a good night tonight, but when we come back it will be a whole new race with a whole new car. It will be a whole different world for us. Tonight worked out for us and we had a really good night. The race kind of came to us at the end. The car was pretty tight through the whole thing. When we got to the end, everyone’s tires were starting to wear out and we were able to move a little better. We definitely could have been better, but when the checkered flag flew, this one was over. Now we’ve got to move on and get ready for the next one.”

After Elliott pulled out to a strong lead in the closing laps of the 100-lap event, all eyes turned to his Bill Elliott Racing teammate TJ Reaid’s and Bubba Pollard’s side-by-side battle for the runner-up spot. It wasn’t until the checkered flag flew that Reaid moved ahead of Pollard for second.

“We had a real good run,” said Reaid. “There towards the end I thought it was going to be a five-car shootout while we were all nose to tail up there. It’s great to race with guys who run you like this and it’s nice to compete against teams that are a class act like these guys are. It’s an honor to be a part of a team that’s a class act like this.”

A third-place finish behind Bill Elliott Driver Development teammates Chase Elliott and TJ Reaid translated into a continuation of the points lead for Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard in both the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series as well as the Gulf Coast Championship Series between both Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway.

“We had a good racecar,” said Pollard. “We’re just getting tired of running second to those cars (Elliott and Reaid). We totally changed our racecar from the first two races down here and I think we’ve gotten a little closer. We’ll make a few more adjustments and hopefully it’ll work out better for us next time.”

Blizzard Series round two winner Mike Garvey came home fourth in the Rubber & Specialties 100, while defending Blizzard Series Champion Augie Grill was fifth.

The next installment of the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series will come when the Super Late Models return to the Pensacola, Florida half-mile on June 22nd.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Rubber & Specialties 100 or the 45th Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Cut Tire Dashes Casey Smith’s Chances at First Career Win at Five Flags Speedway

May 4th, 2012

Austin, – It looked as if round two race three of the 2012 Sunoco Gulf Coast Series Championship at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida was where Casey Smith was going to pick up his first career win at the track that host the annual Snowball Derby event. However; it wasn’t to be as a cut tire would take away Casey’s chances after leading fifty-three consecutive laps during the midway portion of the event.

A ninth place qualifying effort put the #99 machine fifth row inside to take the green flag in the thirty car field. Smith showed he meant business early as he powered his way to the lead position just thirteen laps after taking the green flag. Casey continued to hold the top spot despite multiple restarts due to several early cautions and contact from the driver who has been a thorn in the #99 team’s side this season, Augie Grill.

Smith’s dominating performance continued to grow when the race hit the halfway point and he had already opened up a three quarter straightaway lead over the second place man Grill. Lap sixty-three saw the yellow flag displayed for a four car wreck involving several back marker cars, but more importantly it allowed Grill to close in for a shot at the lead. Just as expected Smith and Grill battled side by side beating and banging along the way before Grill eventually used enough muscle to take over the lead position.

Just after the battle for the lead subsided and Smith settled in to the second position the handle of his #99 SealMaster of Austin Chevy Impala went south in a hurry. With the field under caution and just twenty-five laps to go Casey was forced to come to pit road from the second place position to change a cut left rear tire that was caused by the contact with Grill battling for the lead. As a man on a mission Casey did all he could to get back to the front of the field but laps ran out before he could make a play at the lead once again and was forced to settle for a sixth place finish.

“We had the winning car we just didn’t win tonight. As usual every time you race around Augie (Grill) there’s going to contact and that cost us the race tonight when he cut down our left rear tire,” said Smith after the race. “This was the best car I’ve had at Pensacola at one of these Blizzard races in a long time so it’s pretty disappointing to finish sixth tonight. I did all I could to get back to the front we just ran out of laps.”

The following night at Mobile Int’l Speedway Smith didn’t quite have the car he did the night before. After qualifying sixth Casey battled a loose racecar before rallying for a seventh place finish. The top ten finish made it Smith’s six top ten finish in six season starts so far in 2012.

For more information on Texas super late model driver Casey Smith and his Casey Smith Racing team visit his website at www.caseysmithracing.com. For website, marketing and public relations related issues contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 940-393-3167.

Five Divisions Headline The Night

April 26th, 2012

Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK Gary Thunderstocks, and Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks will race for points and glory (as well as $1000) this week after a succesful week-end of Monster Jam Summer Heat!

Kyle Bronson has scored all but 2 points possible this season in the 40B Modified and that gives him the points lead. Bronson hasn’t had to put up much of a fight but 2nd place Rich Pratt is ready to fight him for a win. Scott Mooers leads the battle for 3rd but Jim Passino and Scott Kurtzner are in hot pursuit. Those 3 are ready to strike if the top 2 have troubles and break into victory lane by season’s end! “4-Time” Jeff Mathews is 10th just behind Tyler Clem and Larry Mott. Mathews is nearly 100 points out and will have to work hard just to pass the consistent drivers Mott and Clem.

Eddie Gainey and Adam Higginbotham have had 2 different seasons yet just 30 points separate them in the Limited Late Models standings. Gainey has led the standings all season and will have to hold off Higginbotham along with feature winners JO Nobles and Kevin Mills. As those 2 attempt to get back into victory lane they’ll have to battle with 5th place David Showers. An exciting feature is in store and a surprise winner could break through.

A tight points battle sees Trevor Gamble, 2 time winner, and Rodney Wright, winless, tied at 255 in the points. Just 6 back is Tim Gay who has a few wins under his belt too. As the top 3 have faster cars they are also more unreliable (Gamble has 2 wins but also 2 DNFs); slower but more reliable are Brian Shea and John Clark. They are within 40 points and could strike at any time! In fact any driver could win in this highly competitive Hobby Stock division!

As we’ve seen over the past few seasons it’s a tight points battle in the Thunderstocks and the top winner is barely in the top 10. Jonathan Appleby leads Brian Mullins by 16 so far. Those 2 still haven’t broken into victory lane but have shown speed throughout the season. Jason Gamble and Shane Nichols are 3rd and 4th after their tough outings 2 weeks ago but both could bounce back in big ways this week. Justin Durbin completes the top 5 and has done a good job to stay close to the top. Any one could win in this tough division.

Buddy Pope has a 1 race lead over Kyle Kruse who is trying to hold off Reid Christensen for the battle for 2nd. Nick Kerr and the Staats brothers are battling for 4th and just 7 points separate them. Pope is still undefeated in heats and features and looks to keep it that way. A fantastic battle is in store and no one will want to miss it.

Pit gates open at 4 while the grandstands open at 5 for racing at 7. Night of a Thousands will be intense while paints and points will be traded! For more information you can check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400.

Bounty Placed On Grand American Race Cars at Papa John’s 100 Blizzard Series Event April 27th

April 26th, 2012

PENSACOLA, FL – Customers of Alabama Late Model chassis manufacturer Grand American Race Cars, owned and operated by noted short trackers Frankie and Augie Grill, have won the last 13 Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series Super Late Model events at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. Other chassis manufacturers have come close to de-throning the GARC nameplate in that span, but for the first time ever, there will be some extra incentive for a non-GARC car to take the win in the Papa John’s 100 Blizzard Series event on Friday, April 27th.

Five Flags Speedway has placed a $513 “bounty” on GARC cars in the 100-lap affair. If another chassis manufacturer’s car goes to victory lane, the winning driver will go home with the bonus.

“I guess that means business is good,” said Augie Grill, a two-time Snowball Derby winner, defending Blizzard Series Champion and GARC principal. “We’ve got to get our car a little bit better and Bubba (Pollard) was a little bit off in the last race, but maybe as long as Chase (Elliott, winner of the season-opening Blizzard Series race in March) keeps coming, we’ll be okay.”

The streak of 13 wins has been made possible by the efforts of three drivers, lead Grill with six wins. Chase Elliott owns four Blizzard Series victories in that span and Bubba Pollard has three.

Even though he puts the work in on the cars, Grill knows that there is still more to gain with his racing machine if he is going to keep the GARC domination in tact.

“We were pretty close, we just needed a little bit more off the corner at the end of the race,” said Grill. “Hopefully we can get that between now and then.”

The chasers are in line for a $513 bonus from Five Flags Speedway in an effort to draw in support from other cars. The win by a non-GARC chassis must come within the lines of the Five Flags Speedway Blizzard Series rule book and cannot be captured by wrecking the leader for the trophy. The bounty will be up for three races for non-GARC cars.

“That’s perfect, they need to raise the money even more,” joked an excited Mike Garvey, who competes with a Port City Race Cars chassis. “They’ve earned it. They’ve won, what, 13 in a row? We’ve got our cars running pretty good so hopefully we can get it.”

Many would consider Garvey the top non-GARC threat as he was racing with the leaders in the first Blizzard race when mechanical problems ended his day early. Garvey won the most recent Pro Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway a few weeks back.

“The chassis are identical,” said Garvey of his Pro and Super Late Models. “The engines are different, but what we run in one we run in the other. What we learned the other week will go right to our Super. We were really good in the last race in the Super until the A-frame bolt broke.”

Other key drivers in the mix will be Hamke Race Cars chassis drivers such as Kyle Benjamin, DJ VanderLey, Casey Smith and Donnie Wilson. Mike Garvey Dwayne Buggay and Chris Davidson will be threats in Port City cars, while other drivers in a multitude of different types of chassis will all take on the challenge on April 27th.

The Papa John’s 100 starts will commence on Friday, April 27th at Five Flags Speedway with practice from 4pm to 5:30pm Central Time. Blizzard qualifying will be at 7pm and racing starts at 8pm.

Fans unable to attend the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series event at Five Flags can hear it live on Speed51.com thanks to Speed 51 Radio. The broadcast will start shortly before the feature events on Friday night.

The five Blizzard Series’ and five Miller Lite Series’ events at Mobile International Speedway (AL) will make up the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for overall Championship.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Papa John’s 100 or the 45th Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Elliott opens 2012 season with SpeedFest weekend win

February 1st, 2012

Cordele, Ga. – Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Aaron’s Dream Machine Chevrolet, left Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Ga., this past weekend with a visit to Victory Lane, followed by a solid sixth-place finish.

“I’m real excited about this past weekend,” Elliott said. “I felt like we had two solid races but still left room for improvement. It was a great way to start off the year with a win not only for the team but it was also good for Aaron’s.”

Elliott earned the pole position for the first SpeedFest Pro Late Model event, but subsequently started third after the field was inverted Sunday. The 16-year-old driver consistently ran inside the top three for the majority of the 150-lap race.

On the white-flag lap, two cars spun behind Elliott in Turn 4, and he avoided the wreck when the field circled past it again on the .375-mile racetrack. Amongst the chaos on track, Elliott continued to battle the No. 1 car of Mike Garvey on the final lap and was able to maintain his first-place position when the race concluded. The Aaron’s Dream Machine team celebrated in Victory Lane, while the crowd gave Elliott one of the biggest cheers of the day.

“It sure was nice to get a win and a pole our first time out,” crew chief Ricky Turner said. “Everybody did a good job getting the cars prepared and just a great overall effort for this weekend’s events at Cordele.”

With the second race approaching its start, Elliott regained his focus and strapped himself back in to the No. 9 Chevrolet. When the green flag waved for the CRA Super Series SpeedFest 200, Elliott rolled off the grid in 11th.

In the opening laps, Elliott steadily drove through the field and was running fifth by the halfway point, when the field observed a mandatory 10-minute break for adjustments and optional tires. During this break, crew chief Turner made the call to not take tires so Elliott would lead the pack at the restart. Kyle Busch, who went on to win the second event, opted for two tires, and he lined up from the outside pole position, next to Elliott.

Elliott battled hard during the remainder of the 200-lap event, and when the checkered flag waved, he finished sixth.

“Not taking tires was the right call for us,” Elliott said. “I think just two would have made me tight, and four tires would have put us too far back to make up the distance in a Crate car.”

Elliott’s next super late model event will take place on March 23 at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., the site of his most notable win — the Snowball Derby, which he won in December 2011.

Casey Smith Leads the Most Laps in the 44th Annual Snowball Derbyin Route to Tenth Place Finish

December 8th, 2011

Austin, TX – Sometimes one race can make or break your racing season; for Texas native Casey Smith a tenth place finish in the 44th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida made his 2011 season. The finish put an exclamation point on what otherwise was a unsatisfactory year for the twenty-six year old driver who struggled a bit to start the year off before challenging for the win in two of the biggest super late model events in the country to close out the
2011 calendar year.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been this pleased with a tenth place finish before in my life,” stated Casey after he climbed out of his #99 Smith Paving/SealMaster Chevy Impala. “We had the broken axel at the World Crown which kept us from seeing the checkered flag, but this week we lasted the entire 300 lap event and came away with a respectable finish after racing for the win after making our way up front.”

The “making our way up front” phrase Smith is referring to is the path he took to make the country’s most prestige short track racing in the country. After never practicing outside the top ten on the speed charts, Casey qualified in the thirty-fourth position just missing out of the top thirty drivers who automatically got locked into Sunday’s main event. Those competitors who didn’t make that cut, which included Smith, were forced to a last chance race. The race was no more than a showcase to fans on how good Casey’s car would be in race trim as he dominated the fifty lap race earning the thirty-first starting position in Sunday’s 44th edition of the race.

“No one ever wants to run a last chance race especially when it’s to race in the Snowball Derby, but looking back now that I’m in the show it was a huge help for us to have an idea of what we need to do to the car better for the race,’ said Smith.

Unlike recent years the early and often yellow flags the Snowball Derby produces didn’t occur, allowing Casey to pick off cars one by one making his way through the field. Sixty-two laps in Smith was noticed as a “fast mover” by fans after he had
made his way to the seventeenth position. Just a few laps later the yellow would be displayed on behalf of last year’s winner Johanna Long making contact with the wall. This was the opportunity for Smith’s over the wall crew from North Carolina to
shine, and that they did as Casey picked up fourteen positions on pit road and moved to the third position.

The crew put Casey in position to lead and he did the rest as he took the top spot just a few laps shy of the half-way point. Over the next seventy plus laps Smith paced the field at timed building up a straightaway lead over his closest competitor. On lap 215 Smith lost the lead to Five Flags Speedway regular DJ Vanderley. A caution once again just five laps later brought the leaders to pit road for their final four tire stop of the day. The stop put eventual winner Chase Elliot in the top spot with Casey just two positions back setting up a forty lap shootout to decide the winner. The combination of a bad set of tires or the bending of the sway bar bracket which had plagued the team throughout the week sent Casey’s #99 machine fading. Regardless, Smith showed his talents and fought hard to secure a tenth place finish in the final laps that saw more than its fair share of action.

“It was crazy there at the end and I was doing all I could do to hold on to what I had. We had such an awesome car all day, and it really showed when we lead all those laps and then all of a sudden when we put on that last set the car totally went
away,” explained Casey. “I don’t know if it was a bad set of tires or that sway bar giving us trouble again. I sure would have liked to race with Elliot and Vanderley for the win because I think we could have had something for them at the end but who
really knows unless you are there. The way our year has gone I’ll take this tenth place finish with the car in once piece and to have lead the laps we did today it was a good Derby for us.”

Stay tuned to www.caseysmithracing.com for news and information about Casey Smith’s 2012 racing plans. For pr and marketing related issues with Casey Smith Racing contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at cragle02@yahoo.com or call 940.393.3167.

It All Comes Down to the 44th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend for Andy Loden

November 28th, 2011

Stanley, NC – Fresh off his podium finish in the PASS South series final points standings, Andy Loden and his Monroe Roadways race team will make their way south to the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida to close out their 2011 racing season. Loden will compete for the first time both in the pro late model Snowflake 100 event Saturday night as well as the 44th Snowball Derby for the super late model machines. This year’s race marks the third consecutive year the former late model stock driver to compete in the country’s biggest short track racing event held every year the first weekend of December.

The event will be a week long for the #29 team as they will hit the abrasive Five Flags Speedway Monday (11/28) for the first time all season to test both their pro and super late model machines all day in preparation for the weekend’s races. The following night Andy will partake in the Speed51.com Snowball Derby kickoff party and radio show. Fans are encouraged to tune in to their computers at www.speed51.com beginning at 8pm eastern standard time to hear Andy talking about his week ahead for him and his team.

After Wednesday’s technical inspection competitors will get to hit the track for the first time on Thursday (12/1) as an all day practice scheduled from 10AM-4PM will allow teams to get their first feel of the race track, something Loden is really looking forward to after not having raced at the half mile track all year.

“Testing Monday and Thursday’s practice will be big for my team because we didn’t get to run a Blizzard race like a lot of these guys did this year to see what we need to do to make our car race well. Plus this will be just the second time I’ve raced a crate motor after running one at Concord last week, so I really could use as many laps as I can get behind the wheel of a pro late model to learn a little more on how to drive them,” noted Loden.

Several more practices Friday (12/2) morning before Andy will have to get down to business for the first time behind the wheel of the #29 Monroe Roadways/Red Mango Yogurt Chevy Impala super late model machine, as qualifying for Sunday’s main event takes place at 6PM. The top thirty fastest drivers will lock into the race while all other drivers will be forced to race their way in through last chance races. The first of two race days come on Saturday (12/3) as Andy will make his bid for his first career pro late model victory in one of the toughest races when the green flag drops on the Allen Turner Snowflake 100. “I’m really looking forward to running the Snowflake race. We have one of the new crate motors Jeff Hamner has developed so I know there will be a lot of eyes on us for that one,” said Andy. “I really hope we can give it a good run and show everyone out there that Hamner Racing Engines is where it’s at even for your pro late model motor choice.”

Finally Sunday December 4th the 44th edition of the greatest spectacle in short track asphalt racing takes place with running at the Snowball Derby at 2pm. Loden hopes to add his name to the list of winners in the history books that include Darrell Waltrip, Charlie Bradberry, and Kyle Busch just to name a few.

“It’s been a long season already racing in probably the toughest racing series in the country in the PASS South series, but you always get that extra motivation and goose bumps when everyone starts talking about the Snowball Derby. My goal this year is to just finish the race. I’ve noticed if you can just finish the Snowball Derby you’re going to finish inside the top 10. Every year we’ve had really fast racecars and got caught up in a wreck. If we can improve a little bit on our qualifying and get a top ten starting position I think we may be in a better position to be there at the end.”

To keep up with Andy Loden’s Snowball Derby weekend be sure to like the Andy Loden Racing fan page on Facebook where daily updates starting Monday November 28th will be provided. For more information on driver Andy Loden and his Monroe Roadways team visit his website at www.andyloden.net. For marketing and public relations information regarding Andy Loden, contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 940-393-3167.

JEGS Laps to Deliver $4,000 in Bonus Money to Snowball Derby & Snowflake 100 Purses

November 9th, 2011

PENSACOLA, FL – JEGS, the leading high performance auto parts store online at JEGS.com and through a free catalog, has partnered with Five Flags Speedway for the 44th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend (Nov 30 – Dec 4) in Pensacola, FL. Spokesmen for both parties announced today the introduction of “JEGS Laps,” a $10 bonus that will go to the leader of each
of the 400 feature laps between the Snowflake 100 and the 300-lap Snowball Derby during the first weekend in December.

The $4,000 up for grabs will be spread between the two main events during “Derby Weekend” as a sign of JEGS’ continuing support of the circle track industry through its most prestigious event.

“JEGS is proud to bring some additional excitement to the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100,” said Scott “Woody” Woodruff, Director of Media and Motorsports for JEGS. “We are racers and we know what racers want. We think this program will be well-received by the short track community and that’s exciting to us.”

For more than 50 years, JEGS has offered the lowest prices on high performance and discount auto parts through a catalog and via JEGS.com. This year JEGS has also concentrated on its circle track market with products from engines, to suspension parts and safety gear.

JEGS has also had a history with the Snowball Derby weekend, as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Landon Cassill drove a JEGS-backed entry in both the Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby in 2010. A JEGS car will again be competing during Snowball Derby Weekend this season with JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Rookie of the Year Cody Coughlin behind the wheel.

“The JEGS name has been synonymous with racing for many, many years and they’ve really stepped up their circle track and their short track racing involvement,” said Tim Bryant, General Manager of Five Flags Speedway and Promoter of the Snowball Derby Weekend. “We couldn’t be happier to have JEGS as a partner in the Snowball Derby weekend. It’s a great affiliation
and we hope to make this a partnership that continues long-term.

“With the format changes that we’ve implemented this year and with the help of the folks at JEGS making an extra incentive for drivers to lead ‘JEGS Laps’ with money on the line, we think fans are going to be in for one of the best Snowball Derbies in a long time.”

The Snowball Derby, on Sunday, December 4th, will pay $22,500 to the winner of the Super Late Model event. With the additional $3,000 of lap money involved from JEGS for the 300-lap race, the winner of that race could near the $25,000 mark if he or she had a dominant racecar. There is also a $1,000 worth of lap money up for grabs in Saturday night’s Allen Turner
Hyundai Snowflake 100 for the Pro Late Models.

The 44th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, November 30th with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, fans from 5pm to 9pm can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby Weekend. The first on-track activity comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Bomber and Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, December 2nd, it’s WXBM Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 3rd, it’s the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 44th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 4th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

New Race/Qualifying Procedures for Snowball Derby Weekend

October 22nd, 2011

PENSACOLA, FL – The staff at Five Flags Speedway announced today several new procedural changes for both the 44th Annual Snowball Derby Super Late Model race as well as the 100-lap Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. The changes are being made to make the prestigious events more economical for racers in both divisions.

The Super Late Model teams that compete in the 300-lap Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 4th, will only be allowed to change two tires per pit stop. In the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 on Saturday December 3rd, Pro Late Models will be impounded after qualifying that same day.

Although only two-tire pit stops will be allowed in the Snowball Derby, teams will still be able to use up to 12 tires during the race, in addition to the four on the car that they begin the race with. With the new rule, teams may not need to use their entire allotment of tires during the event and they may not need to hire professional pit crews to service their cars. Both may save competitors money while still giving the fans that will pack Five Flags Speedway on “Derby Day,” the spectacle that they have come to know and love.

“We want to diminish, but not eliminate, the need for a high-powered pit crew which comes at a high cost,” said Tim Bryant, Five Flags Speedway General Manager and Promoter of the Snowball Derby. “Last year a bunch of teams up and down pit road had hired guys that came in on Sunday and that’s an expense we would like to see go away. It’s still going to take the same amount of guys to change two tires; we know that, so there will still be some hired guys down there, but this will allow the smaller teams that want to use their Saturday night crews an opportunity to stay at a more competitive level.

“We’ve polled a few of the ‘Saturday night’ crews and they feel like they would have a better shot at being competitive on pit road. Plus it’s possible that the Saturday night crews can pull off the stop of a lifetime late in the race and it’s more likely that they do that on a two-tire stop than on a four-tire stop. Also, teams now have the option to play out some other strategies, like getting two tires and maintaining track position as opposed to getting two tires and going out and coming back in to get the other two.”

In the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, an expansion of a formula that has worked throughout the season at Five Flags for the Pro Late Model division will be continued. Cars that transfer from time trials on Saturday, December 3rd will be impounded for the race later that evening.

“We started impounding our Pro Late Model cars down here this year and got a really good response from the drivers,” added Bryant. “In the beginning we didn’t intend on making it a permanent thing, but the teams seem to like it. We feel like it maybe saves teams a little bit of money in terms of they don’t have to go out and make so many mock qualifying runs. They can work on their race setup from the time they get here because that’s what they’re going to qualify with.”

The 44th Annual Snowball Derby kicks off on Wednesday, November 30th with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Green Flag Party. As the teams unload and begin the tech process, fans from 5pm to 9pm can meet the drivers and see the cars that will compete during Snowball Derby Weekend. The first on-track activity comes on Thursday, as practice for the Super and Pro Late Models commence. Later that evening, qualifying and feature action for the Five Flags Speedway Bomber and Sportsmen divisions will take place.

On Friday, December 2nd, it’s WXBM Pole Night, as the top 30 in Snowball Derby qualifying will be locked into Sunday’s 300-lap feature. More practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars will take place, as well as a full card of Super Stock and Modified action.

Then on Saturday, December 3rd, it’s the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 time trials, qualifying races and the 100-lap feature, plus final practice for the Snowball Derby cars and a 50-lap last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby.

Finally, the 44th Annual Snowball Derby will then go green on Sunday, December 4th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.

Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 44th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

13-Year Old Benjamin Goes to Victory Lane at Famed Five Flags Speedway

September 13th, 2011

EASLEY, SC – It was just a month ago that Kyle Benjamin was in the headlines for capturing his first-ever Late Model win at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama. Now he’s done it again, but this time at the famed home of the Snowball Derby, Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

As leaders Bubba Pollard and DJ VanderLey tangled in the closing laps of Friday night’s 100-lap Pro Late Model event, the Azera 100, at Five Flags, Benjamin squeezed his #71 machine through the smoke to come out on top, holding the checkers.

“I’ve always wanted to win here,” said Benjamin, of Easley, South Carolina. “This is the coolest win ever. It’s so hard to win here and I’m so happy to have won. And to have done it like that, wow. I saw them ahead of me, I thought ‘Gosh, uh oh.’ I almost didn’t make it through; there was only an inch or two to get by.”

Benjamin has been making great strides in his second season of Late Model racing and it showed in the patience he showed racing in a stacked field of short track racing veterans.

“At the beginning of the race it was mostly riding going on,” said Benjamin. “I knew when Bubba [Pollard] got second we were both going to just ride. Then towards the end, with about 20 to go, the race got pretty crazy.

“I thought it was going to be a smooth race when we had that really long run,” explained Benjamin. “But once it got crazy it was time to stop saving the tires. Everybody was going all out sideways and when that wreck happened, I got past them. We were one of the top three fastest cars and once they got to the back I could concentrate on just getting really good restarts, which we got. I’m just proud to bring it home in first place.”

Next, Benjamin will look to carry his winning momentum with him into Montgomery Motor Speedway’s Alabama 200 this Sunday, September 18th.

For more information on Kyle Benjamin, contact Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and be sure to visit the all-new KyleBenjamin.com

Elliott Bags Blizzard Victory at Five Flags

August 17th, 2011

EChase Elliott and his Aaron’s Dream Machine crew were back on familiar Gulf Coast turf this past weekend, running a Late Model double-header at Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway, two tracks where they won championships last year.

Running on the Gulf Coast for just the second time this season, Elliott, who has been concentrating on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit, defeated his old rival Augie Grill in a thriller at Five Flags on Friday night but was swept up in a crash at Mobile on Saturday.

In the opener, the fourth installment of the Blizzard series at Five Flags in Pensacola, Elliott qualified fifth for the Rubber and Specialties 100 with the always tough Grill taking the pole.

With the invert roll of eight by Grill, Elliott started in the fourth spot but didn’t stay there long as he used the outside groove to take the lead on Lap Two just before the first caution of the night was displayed. Elliott maintained the lead through two more cautions until a Lap 14 restart when Grill lined up outside of Elliott for the restart.

The two rivals battled for the position over the next two laps with Grill just a nose ahead of Elliott when another caution was displayed on Lap 16. After the restart, Elliott never took his focus off of Grill and stayed within five carlengths, working his line to better his position on Grill.

Grill and Elliott held the top two spots at the halfway mark, followed by David Rogers, Bubba Pollard and Grant Enfinger.

As the laps wound down, lapped traffic became more of an issue, especially since Grill and Elliott had lapped all but the top seven drivers.

With 10 laps remaining, Elliott was half a carlength behind Grill. With five to go, he had his Aaron’s Dream Machine up to Grill’s quarter panel.

The two raced door-to-door over the final three laps with Elliott gaining a small advantage as the white flag flew. He cleared Grill in Turn Two on the final lap.

Grill came back with a slight tap to his bumper at the checkered flag, but Elliott got the victory.

“Augie’s tough to beat down here,” Elliott said. “I’m happy to come back and run well. Coming back to the Late Models, it showed early on that we needed a little work. Hopefully, we’re back on the right track. We want to come back for the Snowball Derby and be competitive.”

Elliott also was on the right track with his fans on the Gulf Coast, and they gathered around the flagstand to help him celebrate his victory.

“I have to thank all of the fans that come out and support us here, and I want to give a special thanks to Aaron’s for their support over the last five years,” he said. “They have been great to partner with and I hope to continue that relationship for a long time.”

From there it was on to Mobile International Speedway for the fourth round of the Miller Lite Series. Elliott qualified 11th behind pole-winner Bubba Pollard.

“That’s not what we were looking for,” Elliott said of his qualifying effort. “It is an impound race so you are not allowed to make any adjustments after qualifying.”

But once the green flag flew, Elliott started working his way toward the front of the pack.

By Lap Six he’d passed Johanna Long and Dale Little to take the ninth position and was reeling in the next pack of five cars.

Elliott’s crew chief Ricky Turner told him he was a fast as the leaders and urged him to roll his car through the corners and go easy on the brakes.

By the halfway mark, Elliott had worked his way around Josh Bragg and Jeff Fultz to take the seventh spot.

During a caution on Lap 51 Elliott indicated in his radio transmissions to his crew that his Aaron’s Dream Machine was capable of contending for the win.

“The car is pretty good,” he said. “I am definitely not giving up. I think we’ve got something we can work with.”

On the restart, Elliott was on the inside of a three-wide battle with Augie Grill and Bragg when Grill and Bragg got together and spun bringing out the caution again.

The second try at a restart on Lap 51 was Elliott’s undoing for the evening. He lined up fifth, but race leader Mike Garvey had transmission problems, setting off a chain-reaction wreck that knocked Elliott out of the race.

He wound up 15th as Pollard scored his fourth straight Miller Lite 100 victory. Don’t forget to vote for Chase Elliott for Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR K & N Pro East series!

Augie Grill Wins the Third Leg of Buddy’s Home Furnishing Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway

June 29th, 2011

PENSACOLA, FL – It almost sounds like a broken record playing when Augie Grill pulls into victory lane at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The two-time Snowball Derby Champion has been a dominating force in the Super Late Model division in recent seasons and earned his record eighth-career Blizzard Series win in the Print Now 100 on Friday night.

“It feels really good anytime you can win at Five Flags,” said Grill. “Our cars have been really good the last few times out. We are still not as good as we would like to be at the end of 100 laps on old tires, but winning shows we’re on top of our game.”

Grill was fifth quick in qualifying and the redraw actually helped him to start fourth. Only five circuits into the race, he was the leader and began to check out on the field. Only a few restarts would slow the progress of Grill taking his record eighth Blizzard Series win. Friday night’s win also marks the third-straight year in which Grill has taken multiple wins in the series.

“It’s nice to win two,” said Grill. “I would like to win one or two more so we don’t have to worry about the points and the championship. To win that many here means you’re doing really well and that’s where we are at.”

2010 Blizzard Series Champion Chase Elliott returned to finish second in the Print Now 100. Elliott was followed across the line by Jeff Fultz, fast time qualifier Grant Enfinger and Bubba Pollard. Four of the top five spots belonged to Grand American Race Cars, the chassis built in Alabama by Grill and his father Frankie Grill, which have won 10 straight Blizzard Series events.

“I figured Chase would be tough and when he got to second with 20 to go I was matching his times and that was our biggest threat,” said Grill. “He ended up second so GARC took the top two. I can’t believe that GARC has 10 in a row. That’s hard to accomplish and we got good racers in our cars, because it’s not just us; it’s Bubba and Chase winning as well.”

With the victory, Grill took a two-point lead over Grant Enfinger into the next race at Five Flags. Round one winner Bubba Pollard is third in points 27 markers back. David Rogers and Donnie Wilson round out the top five in the Blizzard Series standings.

The Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series returns to action with the Rubber & Specialties 100 and it will take place on Friday, August 12th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. This will be the fourth round out of five for the Super Late Model division.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Print Now 100 or the 44th Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Bubba Pollard’s Late Race Heroics Helps Him Score and Emotional Win in the Pepsi Max 100 at Five Flags Speedway (FL)

March 30th, 2011

PENSACOLA, FL – The last time Bubba Pollard laced up his driving shoes and put on his firesuit at Five Flags Speedway he almost won the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby. It would have been an extra special moment for the Senoia, Georgia driver, who had a special friend and a former competitor in his pits rooting him on. Pollard drove the #08 for the weekend in honor of his friend Beau Slocumb, another Late Model driver from Georgia, who has been sidelined as he battles for his life after being diagnosed with cancer.

Pollard didn’t win on that December day at the Snowball Derby, but his return to the Pensacola, Florida track found him score the win in the Pepsi Max 100, after fans witnessed three cars swap the lead over the final eight laps in the season opener for the Buddy’s Home Furnishing Super Late Model Series.

“This is for Beau,” said Pollard. “This is what we came here for this weekend, to race for him. I’m going to continue to race for him all year.”

It was an emotional win for Pollard, who visits victory lane often around the Southeast. More than 20 times he was taken the checkered flag in a Late Model, including a pair of Blizzard Series wins. Friday night’s win was extra special because Pollard had spent time with Slocumb earlier in the week.

“We went and visited with him on Tuesday and we just talked,” said Pollard. “It just brought back memories of racing and having fun and just talking. . I told him to listen before the race. We actually spoke after the race; I called him. He’s excited because it’s not only me, it’s him with us. That makes it much more special since he’s with us.”

Pollard’s win didn’t come easy as it was not until lap 97 when he took the top spot away from Grant Enfinger, who had set fast-time in qualifying earlier in the night. Enfinger, who was fresh off his Rattler 250 win earlier this year, had just taken the lead from two-time Snowball Derby champion Augie Grill on lap 93. Those three drivers put on a dandy of a finish for all the fans in attendance.

“I was watching those guys racing pretty hard and I thought, ‘Man, maybe we have a shot,” said Pollard. “We got that restart and I dialed some rear brake in it because the car got tight. We went off and I got a run off (Turn) 2 and the car, on the outside, stuck. With the old tires, the car on the outside would never stick, even with a 100 laps. These new tires have helped the racing out and I think it’s going to continue.”

The new tire, the Hoosier F-40, has changed the face of Late Model racing in just a few weeks. The race itself was a game of strategy – in fact the 100-lap contest was more of a chess match with strategic positioning as opposed to the traditional checkers game of take-and-conquer.

“I feel like the tires are definitely better than they have been in years past,” said Enfinger, who finished second. “Hoosier definitely has a better tire for us this year. I think it definitely allows, not only for a little bit better racing, because you don’t just have to just let somebody go, but because, for the first time ever, the driver on the outside lane can hold his own.”

Third-place finisher Augie Grill felt the same way about the tires and was happy the fans saw such a good race.

“I’m pretty please with them,” said Grill. “My car didn’t do anything erratic; at least it stayed the same the whole race; we haven’t had that on one set of tires in a while. Kudos to them (FFS and Hoosier) for making the right call (to not allow teams to pit for tires during Blizzard Series races). I was hoping the changes they made would be better for the racing for the fans.”

Donnie Wilson and TJ Reaid made up the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Mike Garvey, David Rogers, Travis Kittleson, Josh Hamner and 2010 Snowball Derby winner Johanna Long.

The Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway will be back in action on Friday, May 27th. The Blizzard Series features five Super Late Model events at Five Flags Speedway. The Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship combines points from the Blizzard Series and the five-race Miller Lite Series at Mobile International Raceway for an overall two-track title.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Bubba Pollard Goes Two-for-Two in Gulf Coast Championship Opener Atlanta Thrifty Nickel Team Wins at Five Flags Speedway and Mobile Int’l Speedway

March 28th, 2011

CONCORD, NC -Bubba Pollard and the No. 18 Atlanta Thrifty Nickel team proved they are a contender for this year’s Gulf Coast Championship by sweeping the series opening weekend. In fact, it was the first time someone had won the season’s first races at both Five Flags Speedway and Mobile Int’l Speedway since the late Charlie Bradberry in 2006.

Friday night, Pollard got the first of his wins at the half-mile oval of Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. Pollard led the last practice session of the day, but started seventh in the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series opener after an invert of the top eight from qualifying.

With the elimination of tire changes and a new Hoosier tire, Pollard felt his conservative style would serve him well in the Pepsi Max 100.

“My type of driving style, I like to lay back,” said Pollard. “I’m more conservative and try to be there at the end. I don’t try to lead a lot of laps.” For Pollard on Friday it only took three. The Georgia-native drove to the lead on lap 96 and didn’t let off the gas. When he climbed out of the car it was crystal clear just how much this team wanted the win. “We work so hard in the shop and it’s cool to see Ronnie Sanders in Victory Lane,” Pollard said of his car owner. “He wants the win as bad as I do. I think that’s the reason we work so well together.”

Coming off the win at Five Flags, Pollard and crew headed less than 100 miles west for Saturday night’s Miller Lite Series race at Mobile International Speedway (AL). Knowing one win was already his, Pollard rolled off in the sixth position for the second 100-lap Super Late Model event of the weekend. During Saturday’s race, Pollard didn’t stray from his driving style as he laid back for much of the event. On lap 86, he made his move around Johanna Long for the top spot. In the last 23 laps, nobody could touch the Atlanta Thrifty Nickel #18 as he sailed into Victory Lane for the second time in two days.

“With the competition level that’s here each and every weekend, throughout the Gulf Coast, it’s pretty hard to sweep,” he said after the race. “We’ve been so close the last couple of years, but to finally get it is pretty cool.” The wins this weekend weren’t just for the No. 18 team, but also for Pollard’s close friend, Beau Slocumb. Slocumb, who has been battling cancer, wasn’t far from Pollard’s mind.

“We actually spoke after the race,” said Pollard. “He’s excited because it’s not only me; it’s him that’s with us. This is for him. This is what we came here for this weekend, to race for him. I’m going to continue to race for him all year.” Up next, Pollard will head to Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) for some Pro Late Model action in the Show Me the Money Series on Sunday, April 3.

For more information on Bubba Pollard, please contact Elgin Traylor, of 51 Sports, at 706-267-6638.

Dan Fredrickson’s Entry Into Snowball Derby is a Popular One

November 12th, 2010

PENSACOLA, FL – The Snowball Derby draws the best and brightest Super Late Model teams from all across the land to Five Flags
Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. This year, the Midwestern short track world will have a new representative in the race. ASA Midwest Tour standout Dan Fredrickson has put together a plan to enter the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby for the first time in his career.

His decision has been a popular one in the upper Midwest. “We are so far away from the Derby up here in the Midwest that it is a
really big deal to be able to go,” said Fredrickson. “We’ve already gained a lot of fans since we decided to go. People have been calling and offering help, it’s been great.”

With that attention comes plenty of pressure to perform, but Fredrickson is not worried about that challenge. “The pressure is sort of there, but once we get to the track it won’t be on my mind,” said Frederickson. “You push it aside quickly when there is a job to do.”

Although this will be Fredrickson’s first Snowball Derby as a driver, he has been to the race before as a crew member for the hometown team of the Long family. “I went down there and crewed for Donald and Johanna Long a few years ago and had a lot of fun,” said Fredrickson. “That family is as nice as they come. I’m looking forward to seeing them again. I have some other friends down there who will be racing as well – Scott Carlson and his family, the Hamners and the Davidsons from Texas.”

Fredrickson isn’t just looking forward to racing in the Snowball Derby, he’s looking forward to the entire week of activities that greet teams and fans during Derby week in Pensacola. “I’m doing it all,” said Fredrickson. “I’m going to the Green Flag Party at
the track on Wednesday night, the Thursday night kart races at Fast Eddie’s and everything else that we can find. I’m excited about the whole week.” Fredrickson then compared the event to the biggest race in his part of the country, the annual Oktoberfest event at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI).

“It’s all of the excitement of Oktoberfest, but rolled into just a few classes,” said Fredrickson. “It really is a big deal.” Another big deal for Fredrickson will be to get the chance to race against some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country at the Snowball Derby. From Augie Grill to Chase Elliott to Bubba Pollard to Josh Hamner to Johanna Long to Clay Rogers – there are some great competitors planning to race at the Derby this year.

“There’s always talk that you wouldn’t measure up if you raced down there or that they wouldn’t measure up if they raced up here, but I don’t buy that. I think if you are good here, you’re good there and if you’re good there, you’ll be good here. That race will have some good competitors in it. There are a good of good guys and one really good girl to go down there and race against.” Fredrickson is getting to the Derby this year due to sponsorship from DirectPEX.com and Farm Boy BBQ. Race fans and fellow competitors alike have also shown their support of Frederickson’s Derby entry in many ways – including helping to support his Derby effort by using Facebook to buy a BBQ sauce and T-Shirt combination from Farm Boy BBQ.

“We wouldn’t be able to go to the Snowball Derby if it wasn’t for the outside help,” said Fredrickson. “I’m very thankful for all of the support that we have gotten – from sponsorship to how the Facebook thing has just been getting so big. We’ve been selling a lot of shirts and BBQ sauce. I really have to thank a lot of people for making this possible.” The 43rd Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, December 1st, with the Cat Country/WEAR TV3 Free Green Flag Party, where fans can meet
their favorite drivers on the Five Flags asphalt. On-track action kicks off on Thursday, December 2nd, with practice for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 cars, as well as features for the Five Flags Bomber and Sportsman divisions. Friday is qualifying day for the Snowball Derby cars, while the Pro Late Models will get more practice and the Super Stocks and Modified feature events.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 will go green on Saturday, December 4th, along with last-chance qualifying races for the Snowball Derby. Then on Sunday, the green flag will wave for the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby. For more information on the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby, contact Five Flags Speedway by calling (850) 944-8400 and be sure to visit www.snowballderby.com and www.fiveflagsspeedway.com.

Casey Smith Back to Action in Final Gulf Coast Double Header Weekend

September 22nd, 2010

Austin, TX- After missing round four of the Gulf Coast Championship series due to work obligations Casey Smith is more than ever ready to strap in to his #99 Rapid Disposal Chevy Impala for the fifth and final round of the Gulf Coast Championship series this weekend. Friday night will be Smith’s last chance to prep for the 43rd running of the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The last opportunity to capture a win in 2010 at the ultra fast Mobile Int’l Speedway in Alabama the following night will also be at stake. After several promising runs this season at the half mile track bad luck has hit the Texas native resulting in a disappointing finish.

“I’m anxious about getting back behind the wheel it seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been to the race track, but I know we should be able to pick up right where we left off. We are having the best cars we’ve ever had on a consistent at Pensacola and just like always we’ve been fast at Mobile this year we just haven’t found that extra little bit to put us in victory lane,” stated Casey.

So far this season a third place finish at the 2010 Rattler 250 at the South Alabama Speedway has been the best result for the Casey Smith Racing team. While the wins haven’t came quite yet, to win a Snowball Derby would be without a doubt Casey’s biggest career win thus making this weekend at Five Flags Speedway the most crucial of the season. The key goal of the weekend will be to focus on preparing a car that can win a Snowball Derby yet still ensuring that the second race of the weekend at Mobile doesn’t get overlooked. “I think that can be a common mistake that happens this time every year is that you put so much in to having a good car in the last race before that Derby that you can put Mobile’s final race on the back burner. We’ve been fortunate enough to have good cars at Mobile over the years that it hasn’t affected us as much as some of the other guys but you never really know what can happen,” said Smith. “Whether it would be Pensacola or Mobile a win at this point of the season would go a long way as far as momentum and confidence heading into the biggest short track race in the country.”

Stay tuned to Casey Smith Racing at www.caseysmithracing.com for all the latest news, results, and information regarding the 2010 season or contact Chris Ragle at 704-706-3666.

Augie Grill Return to Victory Lane at Five Flags Speedway

June 30th, 2010

PENSACOLA, FL – It had been three months since two-time Snowball Derby Champion Augie Grill had last visited victory lane in a Super Late Model event. On Friday night, all the stars lined up for his return to his winning ways as the moon was nearly full and Grill returned to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida – a track where he had dominated at so much in the past few years. When the dust settled on Friday night, it was just like old times as for Grill as won the pole and the race in the USA Digital 100, the third round of the Blizzard Super Late Model Series.

“This feels way better than any other Blizzard win we have had,” said Grill. “It’s been kind of a lack-luster year for us as far as victories go. This was a good one. The car could have been like this the last Blizzard race, but I messed up and didn’t set it up that way. This win also says a lot about our business because Grand American Race Cars have won the last five races in the Blizzard Series, so I am happy on two fronts, but most importantly it’s good to be back in victory lane.”

Grill passed Chase Elliott, who won the last Blizzard Series race, just after the halfway competition caution. He never looked back from there. Even a late race yellow couldn’t help the field track down Grill from scoring his fifth career Blizzard Series win – which is one behind Scott Carlson for the all-time Blizzard Series lead.

“We are all about being consistent and we did that again tonight,” said Elliott. “Augie was a little bit better than us tonight. I could almost keep up with him for a while, but we were just a tick off tonight.”

Casey Smith rebounded from some recent bad luck to finish third, Bubba Pollard and Mike Garvey were the rest of the top five.

“The Grill (GARC) cars were really good tonight, but we’ll get things figured out with our Hamke Race Car and get them next time,” said Smith. “We have had some tough luck with finishes lately, so this feels really good for us.”

With the win Grill, moves up to fourth in the Blizzard standings, while Chase Elliott takes the lead by six points over Bubba Pollard and Johanna Long with two rounds remaining. The top two spot in the standings will earn an automatic starting berth for the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby in December. The Blizzard Series will be back in action on Friday, August 13th for the fourth
100-lap Super Late Model event of the 2010 season.

Chase Elliott Wins Papa John’s 100 at Five Flags Speedway

May 30th, 2010

PENSACOLA, FL – Chase Elliott took the lead away from Josh Hamner in the late stages of the Papa John’s 100 to score the win at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Elliott led much of the middle part of the race before a caution came sending the
field to pit road giving the lead to Hamner after an excellent pit stop by his Kyle Busch Motorsports team. Hamner was able to hang of second as pole sitter Bubba Pollard was third with Augie Grill and Defending Blizzard Series Champion Johanna
Long rounding out the top five.

More information to follow.

Blizzard Series Champion Johanna Long Is Ready to Defend Home Turf at Five Flags Speedway in 2010

April 5th, 2010

PENSACOLA, FL – Johanna Long has accomplished quite a bit so far in her Super Late Model career. The 17-Year-old Pensacola, Florida, native has already won the 2009 Blizzard Series Championship and the pole position for the historic Snowball Derby. To no surprise, her hometown racetrack, Five Flags Speedway, has become her second home. She is ready to defend her championship there in the first Super Late Model event of the season, the Pepsi Max 100, on Friday, April 9th.

“We had an awesome year last year at Five Flags Speedway,” said Johanna Long. “We are excited to be racing there again this season. I think the best part is that the competition is going to be so much better this year. The Blizzard Series is going to be very tough this year.”

Long is well prepared for that level of competition though. Her Panhandle Motorsports team will be rolling out the same car that smacked the competition last season by winning two of the five Blizzard Series races. It was almost as if she was in another zip code on those nights as she dominated both events. In the other events, she posted finishes of eighth, fourth and third.

“There are a lot of drivers out there that would love to win the Blizzard Series title,” said Long. “To win and to have strong runs every time we raced really meant a lot. Plus we did it in my first year of Super Late Model racing so it made it extra special. Going back as a champion will be new, but we want to win it again.”

In addition to the Blizzard Series going green on April 9th, that same race also kicks off the 2010 Gulf Coast Championship series that consist of the Blizzard races along with the events of Mobile International Speedway’s Miller Lite Super Late Model Series. Long won three of the 10 Gulf Coast races in 2009 and also captured the overall championship. She ended the season with an average finish of 3.4 in the 10 race series

“It was great to win the championship,” added Long. “Last year, Augie Grill, Bubba Pollard and I battled really hard for the championship. I think this year from what everyone is saying that there could be as many as 10 guys fighting for the championship at the end of the season.”

Johanna Long will kick off her Gulf Coast Champion title defense on Friday, April 9th at the Five Flags Speedway for a 100 lap event. On the following night, she will run the 100-lapper over at the Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, April 10th.

The Gulf Coast Series and the Blizzard Super Late Model Series lead up to the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway on December 5th. The winner of the Blizzard Series gets an automatic starting spot in the 300 lap Super Late Model race.

For more information on Super Late Model Champion Johanna Long contact Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net. Be sure to check out her website at
JohannaLong.com

Josh Hamner Returns to Five Flags Speedway’s Blizzard Series Ready to Return to His Winning Ways at Pepsi Max 100

April 4th, 2010

PENSACOLA, FL – Last season, a trio of drivers monopolized victory lane during the Blizzard Super Late Model Series at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Bubba Pollard, Augie Grill and Johanna Long combined to win all of the races on the schedule and Long took home the 2009 Blizzard Series championship after all three drivers entered the season finale mathematically capable of taking the crown.

But there’s one driver in particular that hopes to end their stranglehold on winning in the Blizzard Series this season. 2008 Blizzard champion Josh Hamner did not run the Blizzard Series last year due to his national commitments of racing in the ASA Late Model Challenge Series. This year though, Hamner is back at Five Flags and starting with Friday, April 9th’s Pepsi Max 100, he will be running the full season in the #51 Super Late Model owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch.

“We’ve had a lot of success at Pensacola and have come oh-so close to winning the Snowball Derby,” said Hamner. “It will be good to get back racing there. It will be good to race against drivers who I know and to see where they have gotten better. There is always a lot of tough competition there. Some of the best racing in the county, I think, is at Pensacola and Mobile, so I’m really looking forward to being back there.”

Hamner has plenty of respect for the three drivers who dominated the 2009 Blizzard season, but he also knows that they can be beat and he is hoping that he will be the next one to do that.

” I think we’ll be right with them. Johanna – she gets around there as good as anybody now. She’s only getting better with time as she gets more experience and runs more laps. Augie – we don’t have to say much about him. He grew up down there and he’s been around a lot of good people. He started out working with his Dad and he’s grown up learning so much that he’s got a good package there. Bubba has been a really good racer for as long as I’ve known him and last year, he hit on something really good. I expect that he’ll continue being strong.”

Hamner isn’t just watching the lead three drivers from the 2009 season though. He doesn’t underestimate any of the competition in the Blizzard Series. He points out 2005 Snowball Derby winner Eddie Mercer and former Snowflake 100 winner Brandon Carlson as just a few of the other drivers who will be contending for victories this year, along with more short track standouts such as Mike Garvey, Ryan Lawler, Chase Elliott, Casey Smith and more.

“There were plenty of other guys who were nipping at their heels all year long,” said Hamner. “Beating all of those competitive people goes a long way. To go down there and beat the quality of drivers there is something big. As a racer, you go there and know the level of drivers who you are running against. All of those guys, and girls, mean business and are on their game. They are all there to win and they want it as bad as I do.” Win, lose or draw though, Hamner is just happy to be returning to a track that is dear to his own heart, and thankful for the existence of the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway.

“They’ve got one of the best things going in racing. They’ll have 35-plus cars show up for the first race and they’ll do a really good job with those. They’ve made improvements to the track and they have a great place to go and race. In today’s times, you see tracks closing and places that only have 15 cars for a race, so this just goes to show that Five Flags is one of the best racetracks to race at the country.”

The Pepsi Max 100 Blizzard Series Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway will take place on Friday, April 9th. The Super Stocks, Sportsmen and Bombers will also compete as part of the Pepsi Max 100 event.

The five Blizzard Series and five Miller Lite Series events at Mobile Int’l Speedway will make up the 2010 “Gulf Coast Championship” Series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for bonuses at the end of the season.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Pepsi Max 100 or the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

2008 Blizzard Series Champion Looks for Second Crown at Five Flags Speedway

March 13th, 2010

CONCORD, NC – Josh Hamner may have grown up in Chelsea, Alabama, but his home away from home has always been Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The 2008 Blizzard Series Champion will chase that championship again at Five Flags, along with the Gulf Coast Series Championship – this time for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Hamner will run 10 races, half at Five Flags Speedway and the other half that make up the Miller Lite Championship Series at Mobile International Speedway (AL), for the KBM team.

“This has been a very exciting time and I can’t wait to get down to Pensacola and get the ball rolling on the new season,” said Hamner. “We have had a lot of success at Five Flags and now we are going to be with best team possible. We can’t wait to get started and hopefully we can win both track titles and the overall title as well.”

Hamner has won races at both tracks and will now run for arguably the best Super Late Model team in short track racing. KBM has won the Winchester 400, the Snowball Derby and SpeedFest at Lanier in the last six months. The operation is headed up by Bond Suss and newly appointed crew chief Chris Gabehart, who is a former All American 400 winner. They field cars for Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch who spends his time away from NASCAR racing on the short tracks all across the county.

“Kyle Busch Motorsports is a first class operation,” said Hamner. “They have some great people working with them including Bond Suss and Chris Gabehart. It’s a dream team for short track racing. To get in there and drive is simply unbelievable. I don’t think things have set in yet of how cool this deal is and what a great break it is.”

Hamner spent the 2009 season running what is now known the Sunoco National Tour, which didn’t give him much opportunity to race the Hamner spec motor that was developed by his dad Jeff Hamner at Hamner Racing Engines in Alabama. This new situation will give the opportunity for Josh to race the family built equipment on several occasions with KBM.

“Right now if you don’t have a Hamner Spec engine then you are not winning,” added Hamner. “I didn’t run them a lot in 2009, but KBM uses them at almost all their races so I have confidence in both my team and my Dad’s engines, so it’s a good combination.”

Hamner will also race family owned cars at Montgomery Speedway in the “Show Me The Money” Pro Late Model Series. Other events could be added as well later in the season.

For more information on Josh Hamner contact Elgin Traylor at elgin@51sports.net. Also, check out his website at www.joshhamner.com

Casey Smith Sees Good Derby Run Go Bad

December 16th, 2009

Austin, TX – Every year a driver has a story to tell about their Snowball Derby experience, so when Texas native Casey Smith speaks about his 2009 Snowball Derby it will unfortunately be a story of what could have been. Casey left this year’s derby with a disappointing 22nd place finish after having lead sixty-four laps during the middle stages of the 300 lap event with a car more than capable of winning.

 

The weekend started off as well as it could have with Casey piloting his #99 Rapid Disposal/Smith Paving Chevy Impala to a fifth place starting position for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby. The fifth place starting position was a career best qualifying effort thus far in a Snowball Derby weekend, leaving the entire team with high hopes heading into the race.

 

As soon as the green flag was in the air Smith quickly showed that the Blizzard season success was no fluke as he moved into the second position behind eventual race winner Kyle Busch. After the race took its form, the top three cars of Busch, Grill, and Smith pulled away from the pack and began putting cars a lap down not even a quarter of the way into the advertised distance of the race. On lap sixty-seven the yellow flag would waive as a result of an incident with the leaders including Casey who looked to have been clear of the melee when Jeff Choquette never slowed to the yellow piling into the #99 machine of Smith. Fortunately the damage was minimal and did no damage to the handling of the car.

 

From there on out the day would go from bad to worse as Smith would have to battle his way from the rear of the pack avoiding several on track incidents. As the race reached the half way point Smith along with the rest of the lead lap cars came down pit road for fresh rubber and fuel. A miscue by the pit crew of putting the wrong rear tires on cost Casey valuable track position when he had to revisit pit road for the second time to correct the mistake. This again put Smith and his #99 Chevy to the rear of the field.

 

With Casey outdriving many of his fellow competitors he quickly made it within the top fifteen cars when a solo spin by David Stremme caused several cars to stack up coming out of turn four. The incident blocked Smith’s path leaving him nowhere to go
and again causing damage to his #99 Rapid Disposal Chevy Impala. After all the adversity, the Casey Smith Racing team looked as if a top ten was still in the cards to bring home for their 2009 derby effort, but luck would soon enough run out as a flat tire in the final ten laps would delegate the team to a disappointing 22nd place finish..

 

“First off this was the best car I’ve ever had here at the derby so to finish where we did is really hard to swallow right now. Even though we got ran over early on I think we had a good shot of winning the race until the pit crew cost us on that pit stop by putting the wrong tires on. That put us in the back of traffic and coming through traffic is by far the toughest part of racing in the Snowball Derby and at the end of the day that’s what cost us a shot at the trophy. What can you do, you hire a pit crew that you usually don’t work with and there’s a chance that mistakes can happen. We’ll regroup over the off season and start putting together our 2010 schedule and go at it again next year,” stated Smith.

 

For all the latest news on Texas native Casey Smith visit his website at www.caseysmithracing.com. For pr and web related issues with Casey Smith Racing contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at cragle02@yahoo.com or call 704.706.3666.

 

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John Bolen Captures a Pair of Top-Five Finishes During the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby Weekend

December 9th, 2009

CONCORD, NC – John Bolen put an exclamation point on his 2009 season with strong showings at both the Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The young Late Model driver from Japer, Alabama, backed up his current string of solid finishes with two top-five finishes: a second in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and a fifth in the Snowball Derby.

“This was a great weekend for us here down in Pensacola,” said Bolen. “We have run strong all season, but to do it down here means so much because drivers from all across the country come down here for this race. We could have used a caution in the final 20 laps, but hey, you can’t complain when you finish well in the Derby.”

Bolen dodged a mid-race tangle and a wild last lap that saw cars wreck in practically all turns of the race track. It didn’t slow Bolen’s Grand American Race Cars, Gateway Gaming Chevy as he weaved around the carnage and posted his first top-five finish in the Snowball Derby.

“Scott Hantz, Bobby Gill, and I came up on two or three lapped cars,” explained Bolen. “Cars went every which way and I shot the gap and it got real crazy, and I caught Hantz with the right-front and around he went, and they said race in the drivers meeting if the white flag was out so we did and we got fifth.”

Although it’s hard to top a fifth-place finish in the Snowball Derby, Saturday’s Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 was special for Bolen and his unofficial teammate Augie Grill. Bolen came in early for tires and worked his way back up to the front and when the leaders pitted, he gained track position. Grill went on to win the race, as Bolen was charging hard on him in the final few laps.

“We just came up a little bit short on tires,” said Bolen. “Augie pitted a little later than us, and our cars are pretty identical. We were there for a while and were neck and neck, but our tires started to fall off and we just had to hustle there at the end. I am proud that we got a one-two finish for Grand American Race Cars.”

Bolen ends the 2009 season with a string of 11 consecutive top-seven finishes, including two poles, a victory and a total of five podium finishes. Bolen will now rest up as the off-season hits for Late Model teams in preparation for 2010.

For more information on John Bolen, please contact Elgin Traylor at (704) 788-2134 x 4. Also, be sure to check out his website at www.johnbolen.net.

Kyle Busch Wins 42nd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway

December 8th, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standout and 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Kyle Busch has won the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Busch started third in the 300-lap race and took the lead late from 2005 Snowball Derby winner Eddie Mercer to collect the $22,500 winner’s check.

Mercer held on to finish second with NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Steven Wallace placing third. Two-time Snowball Derby winner Bobby Gill came from last place at the start to place fourth at the finish. John Bolen overcame an early wreck to finish fifth.

This is the fourth major Super Late Model event that Busch has won this season. He also won Speedfest at Lanier Speedway (GA), the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway (IN) and the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (IN) in his free time from his NASCAR
obligations.

This event concludes the racing season at Five Flags Speedway for 2009. The track will open its 2010 season with the TBARA Winged Sprint Cars on March 19th.

For more information on the 43rd Annual Snowball Derby, contact Five Flags Speedway by calling (850) 944-8400 and be sure to visit www.snowballderby.com and www.fiveflagsspeedway.com.

Ryan Blaney Hopes to Cap Off Stellar Season with Success in Florida

December 5th, 2009

HIGH POINT, NC – Ryan Blaney has been keeping his name in the news this season by grabbing the 2009 PASS South Super Late Model Rookie of the Year honors on the basis of 12 top-10 finishes in 13 races. His most recent outing produced an impressive sixth-place finish in the CRA Super Series North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway (NC). Now the young North Carolina racer is looking to make more headlines in the Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model race in December at Five Flags Speedway (FL), as part of the Snowball Derby weekend.

Although Blaney was crowned Rookie of the Year in the PASS South Series, he is not a rookie to Five Flags Speedway or the Snowflake 100. Blaney competed in the 2008 version of the event, where he finished 17th, and also took part in the final round
of the 2009 Five Flags Speedway Pro Late Model season, bringing home a ninth-place finish.

“I wasn’t really that experienced when we went down there before,” said Blaney. “We really didn’t know that much about the cars, but I think that since I have a lot more experience now and we, as a team, have gotten a lot better, I think we can go down there and really be a contender for the victory. We have been down to Five Flags Speedway this year to race about a month ago, and the knowledge we gained on the track then will help us for the Snowflake 100.”

Having already been acquainted with the functioning style of the Snowflake last year, Blaney knows that first and foremost is the pressure to simply qualify for the race before turning the focus to the race.

“It definitely puts a little pressure on us,” said Blaney. “I’m not the strongest qualifier. I’ve had a couple of poles here and there, but we flex our muscles more during the race. We qualified pretty well there last time and I think we’ll be alright. If I’m just comfortable with it, I think we’ll be pretty good. We’ll work hard in practice and I’m confident we’ll make the show.”

Blaney’s confidence level goes beyond his ability as a driver as he puts a lot of faith in his team. After a full year of Late Model racing under his belt, Blaney is ready to etch his name in the record books as a winner in the Snowflake 100.

“If we could win the Snowflake 100, it would mean a lot. So many good guys are going down there like Kyle Busch, Bubba Pollard and Augie Grill. It would be awesome, especially to come to Five Flags and beat them at their own track where they’ve practiced and raced this whole year. It would mean a lot to me and it would be a great win for the team.”

Ryan Blaney will hit the track for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, on December 5th.

For more information on Ryan Blaney, please contact Jason Buckley at (704) 788-2134, and be sure to be on the lookout for the all-new Ryan Blaney website by 51 Sports, coming soon.

Chase Elliott Looks to cap Stellar Rookie Season with Snowball Derby Run

December 3rd, 2009

DAWSONVILLE, Ga.- Chase Elliott’s rookie season piloting the No. 9 Aaron’s Dream Machine Ford is about to come to a close, and the young driver out of Dawsonville, Ga., would like nothing more than to cap it off with a strong run in the 42nd annual Snowball Derby this week at Pensacola, Florida’s legendary Five Flags Speedway.

Elliott, who turned 14 over the holiday weekend, will make his first attempt to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race, considered by many as the “Daytona 500″ of short track racing. The young driver will attempt to make it an exciting double header, as he also plans to enter the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model companion event.

“Our main goal at the Snowball Derby is to first of all make the race and then to be competitive and have a good showing ,” said Elliott about the prestigious event. “The best Late Model drivers in the country will be here, and some NASCAR drivers – so the competition is going to be really tough. But we’ve learned a lot in our runs at Five Flags Speedway earlier this year, so hopefully that will carry over to this race. And then our goal is always to be there at the end of the race, save our equipment and stay out of trouble.

“None of this would be possible without my sponsor Aaron’s, Ricky (Turner) and Jim (Barfield), mom and dad and everyone who has supported us all year. Hopefully we can go down there, make the race and have a good ending to this awesome season.”

Ricky Turner, Elliott’s crew chief and substitute spotter when dad Bill Elliott has been away at NASCAR races this year, has guided the second-generation driver to a stellar rookie campaign, including wins in the Georgia Asphalt Series (GAS), ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, and the PASS South Series as well as the 2009 GAS championship and Rookie of the Year Honors.

While Turner will be calling the shots from the pits this weekend, his name also graces the impressive list of past winners as the 2002 Snowball Derby champion.

“Having Ricky with me this year has been a huge help, everywhere we’ve gone,” said Elliott. “But especially here, he knows every turn and every bump on this track and he knows what it takes to run up front in this big race. I feel confident in Ricky, Jim and all the guys on the team to give me the best car they can every weekend and to work hard to keep us up front. I really hope we can get a good run here just as a ‘thank you’ for everybody helping me out this year.”

Elliott made his first career Super Late Model start at Five Flags Speedway during the August 7th Blizzard Series event and finished 18th. His other SLM start at Five Flags came on September 25th; after qualifying third and running up front, a failed engine relegated him to a disappointing 21st place finish.

The young driver had a strong run in his lone Pro Late Model start at Five Flags, starting and finishing third during the October 9th Night of Champions race.

The festivities at Five Flags Speedway kicks off Wednesday, December 2, with the 5th annual Cat Country 98.7/WEAR-TV Green Flag Party where fans will have the chance to meet their favorite drivers and enjoy live music at the track.

The on-track action starts with Thursday’s practice for the Snowball Derby and the Allen Turner Snowflake 100. The Snowball Derby hopefuls take to the track Friday for the WXBM Pole Night looking to be one of the top-30 drivers who are locked into the race on time trials.

The field for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will qualify and race on Saturday, December 5. Fans can also catch the last chance qualifying for the Snowball Derby.

All the action leads up to Sunday’s 42nd annual Snowball Derby 300-lap Super Late Model event.

Fans that can’t make it to Pensacola can still follow live action thanks to Speed 51 and Race Talk Radio, including live Internet radio coverage of the Snowball Derby and trackside updates throughout the four-day event. Stay tuned to http://www.ChaseElliott.com for the most up-to-date information and links to the coverage from Five Flags Speedway.

For event tickets and camping spaces at Five Flags Speedway, please call the track box office at 850-944-8400 or visit http://www.SnowballDerby.com.

For the most up-to-date Chase Elliott news, including his racing schedule and weekly podcast, please visit http://www.ChaseElliott.com

Be sure to vote for Chase Elliott in the 2009 Late Model Most Popular Driver Award presented by Aluminum Racing Products. You can vote daily now through December 6th by following the link at http://www.ChaseElliott.com. The last update showed Elliott third in the standings, and voting wraps up at the conclusion of the Snowball Derby. Spread the word and help Elliott get those last minute votes!

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Drivers will climb through the ranks of asphalt racing, starting in the Legends Racing Series and move up to Pro Late Model stock cars – including the Georgia Asphalt Series (GAS) and ASA Racing – and onto Super Late Models in series such as the Champion Racing Association (CRA) Super Series. From there they will progress to the ARCA RE/MAX and other series that are age and talent specific. To encourage strong communication and clear feedback, drivers will also intermittently run dirt Late Models that reinforce car control and a thorough understanding of the feel of the car.

Please visit http://www.BillElliott.com for more information on the Bill Elliott Racing team and sponsors.

Final Pre-Snowball Derby Open Practice Set for Saturday at Five Flags

November 21st, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL – Teams competing in the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby weekend, December 2nd through 6th at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, have one more open practice session remaining before the most prestigious short track racing weekend kicks off. Five Flags Speedway will be open this Saturday, November 21st for practice for Snowball Derby
Super Late Models and the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models, as well as for support divisions such as Modifieds, Sportsmen, Super Stocks and Bombers.

The track will be open from 9am to 7pm for rotating practice rounds for all divisions Saturday. Fees are $15 per person to enter the pit area at Five Flags Speedway. Technical inspection, tires and fuel will also be available for all competitors.

The 42nd Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off on Wednesday, December 2nd with the Fifth Annual Cat Country 98.7/WEAR-TV Green Flag Party at Five Flags Speedway. Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers and enjoy live music, food, drinks and other fun activities at the track. On-track action starts on Thursday, December 3rd with practice for the Snowball Derby and Allen Turner Snowflake 100 cars as well as feature events for Sportsmen and Bombers. Friday, December 4th is WXBM Pole Night for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, featuring Super Late Model qualifying and features for the Modifieds and Super Stocks.

The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models will take center stage on Saturday, December 5th, with qualifying and then the green flag for the 100-lap feature. Last-chance qualifying events for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models will also be held on Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6th, it’s the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, where the best racers in the country will take to Five Flags Speedway for 300 grueling laps.

Tickets and camping spaces are available by calling the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400 and order forms can be found online at www.snowballderby.com.

For more information on the Snowball Derby, contact Five Flags Speedway by calling (850) 944-8400 and be sure to visit www.snowballderby.com and www.fiveflagsspeedway.com.

Augie Grill Wins the Blizzard Series Battle, Johanna Long Wins the War at Five Flags Speedway

September 28th, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL – The 2009 Blizzard Series championship at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, came down to the final event on Friday, September 25th, with drama and excitement closing out the five-race series. When the checkered flag flew, Augie Grill claimed his second Blizzard Series victory of 2009 while 16-year-old racer Johanna Long won the Blizzard Series championship in dramatic style, her first Super Late Model title.

Entering the night’s event, Bubba Pollard had a 23-point lead over Long in the chase with Grill 44 points back, but when Grill and Long qualified first and second respectively and Pollard qualified 12th, the points tightened before the green flag flew. Pollard needed to just finish three spots ahead of Long to take the Blizzard Series title, but a lap-one wreck severely damaged Pollard’s machine, taking him out of the title chase. He would go on to finish 20th.

Up front, Grill dominated the event, and even after a late-race caution where he started second after pit stops, Grill drove by Hunter Robbins for the lead and went on to victory lane. Behind him, Long crossed the line in fourth, taking the title over Grill by a mere five points over Grill. By their top-two finishing positions in the 2009 Blizzard Series points chase, Long and Grill locked themselves in to the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, which will be held at Five Flags Speedway on December 6th.

Casey Smith and Robbins finished the race second and third respectively with Chris Davidson in fifth.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Blizzard Series Championship to be Decided in Miller Lite 100 Saturday at Five Flags

September 26th, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL – Many track championships can be won with merely solid finishes alone, but Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola,
Florida, home of the famed Snowball Derby, is not one of those tracks. The 2009 Blizzard Series Championship has come down to a battle between three of the best short track Super Late Model drivers in the country, and they’re not on top because of a series of top-five or top-10 finishes. One of these drivers has won every race of the season thus far, and the other two
typically rounded out the top three.

Now all three will battle for the 2009 Blizzard Series title in the final event of the season, the Miller Lite 100, this Friday, September 25th, at Five Flags. Points leader Bubba Pollard, who has one win in the season and has not finished further back than second, knows that going into the last race of the Blizzard Series, which is used as a prepping ground for the Snowball Derby in December, there will be a stiffer crowd of competitors in attendance. Many cars, including several teams making their first Five Flags appearance of the season, will be coming to utilize their last chance to prep their rides before the Derby weekend.

“I think it’s going to be a good race,” said Pollard. “There is going to be a lot of tough competition coming in for the last race that hasn’t been there yet this year, since it is the last one before the Derby. But it is going to make it a good race, and I’m looking forward to it. I think we’ve got a good car, so hopefully we’ll get a good finish.”

When it comes to defending his current lead of 23 points over local hotshoe Johanna Long, Pollard knows that he is going to have to keep his eye on the prize in the Miller Lite 100 and not distract himself by worrying about the points race.

“We’ve got to keep racing this race like we have all year,” explained Pollard. “We’ve got to keep finishing up front and stay out of trouble, and I think we have a good shot at winning. Right now we’re not thinking about points. We want to win the championship, but we’re not thinking about points right now. We’re just going to go out and try to win. That’s what we’ve been trying to do all year, and we’re going to stick to that.”

Long also knows that she will have to be at the top of her game Friday night if she’s going to best Pollard and be crowned champion.

“We’re all going to have to have our game faces on,” said Long. “I’m not saying it can’t happen, but it’s definitely going to be hard. Bubba [Pollard] had been so good all season that it’s going to take a lot to beat him.”

A trophy and a prestigious title are not the only gift that the Blizzard Series champion is awarded; the champion and runner-up are also guaranteed a starting position in the Snowball Derby, and all drivers know the importance of that.

“When you go to the Derby, it’s tough just to make the field,” said Pollard. “There are some great drivers that have had a hard time making the Derby. We were close last year to make the Derby, and we had a top-five car the whole race. Going into the Derby week, it would take a lot of stress off of you and definitely help you to relax, knowing you’ve got a guaranteed spot.”

Although Augie Grill, who is third in points, should he need it, would be eligible for the most recent past champions provisional. Johanna Long, who is second in points, would love to have the security of that guaranteed spot in the biggest short track race in the country.

“It would feel awesome,” explained Long. “The Snowball Derby is the biggest race in short track racing, and to know that you’re going to be in the race would be great. You never know what is going to happen during qualifying; you might have a really good car and something could happen that you didn’t see coming, and you would still have the security of knowing that you would
still be in the race.”

The final race of the Blizzard season will be this Friday night, September 25th, at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The Super Stocks, Sportsmen and Bomber divisions will also be competing. Tickets are available for the Miller Lite 100 at the Five Flags Speedway box office, but fans unable to attend the event can listen to the Miller Lite 100 on Speed 51 Radio’s live broadcast of all the action on RaceTalkRadio.com Saturday night.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway or the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Augie Grill Tops Fellow Title Contenders In Carpenter’s Campers 100

August 15th, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL – After round four of the Blizzard Super Late Model Series at Five Flags Speedway (FL), it is evident that there are three drivers in a league of their own this season. Augie Grill, Bubba Pollard and Johanna Long, who are the current top three in the points standings, also dominated the top three positions in Friday night’s Carpenter’s Campers 100 with Grill bringing home the victory.

Although Grill started on the pole, his journey to victory lane wasn’t as easy as it may seem. Five Flags veteran Eddie Mercer quickly took the lead from Grill and paced the field for just over 30 laps before Grill was able overtake him for the lead. However after a cycle of pitstops, Grill found himself restarting in fifth with 38 laps remaining. It was this restart and Grill’s quick thinking that he credits his win. “There on the restart, after we came in, I could see that the cars in front of us were falling off and weren’t as good as they had been,” commented Grill. “The leaders had stayed out and they were on older tires so I figured they might be a little slower on the start. I decided that I would try to get them on the outside on the start and it worked out and we held on. Bubba was really strong but we just had a great car tonight and were able to pull it off.”

Pollard, who is the current Blizzard Series points leader, as well as Johanna Long who is third in the standings, both had to make pit stops with only one lap completed in the event as Pollard had carburetor issues and Long had a flat tire. Both Pollard and Long restarted the race in the rear of the field and worked their way back up through the field to post their top three finishes.

“We fell back on the start and had to come in,” explained Pollard. “Then we had to work hard to get back up to the front without burning all of our stuff up. We had kind of a slow pit stop there but we had fresh tires and worked hard to make those spots up but we just didn’t have enough time to get back up to Augie since we were working all night to get to the front.”

Despite pitting out of sequence with the rest of the leaders, Long held her position in the top three on much older tires after making a comeback from her lap one pitstop. “It was a little rough at first,” said Long. “We felt like we had a really good start at first and then the caution came out at lap one and had to come in, we had a flat tire and we put an old tire on and made it back. I felt like I was a sitting duck and not going to go to the front and we thought it was going to be a good points night for us but the three of us [Grill, Pollard, and Long] finished one, two, and three again.”

Stay tuned for the final Blizzard Series event on September 25th where the 2009 Champion will be crowned.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Carpenter’s Campers 100 or the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

CONTACT: Matt Kentfield, 51 Sports
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A Bored Casey Smith Ready to Get Back To What He Loves

August 3rd, 2009

Austin, TX – If it isn’t racing Casey Smith really isn’t interested in it. During Texas’ hot summer days there isn’t a whole lot of motivation to do much when it comes to physical outdoor activities. So what does Smith do to pass the month long down time in between races?  He works on his new Hamke built #99 Rapid Disposal Chevy Impala inside a much cooler race shop in hopes of debuting it August 7th and 8th for round four of the Gulf Coast Championship.  

“Racing is my passion and it always will be; I’ve never been interested in most of the summer activities like most kids in Texas growing up, for me it’s always been about racing since day one. When I was young we would race legend cars as many places as we could find. I always wanted to be either behind the wheel of a car or underneath one working on one,” said Smith.

While Smith’s last race weekend out, back on June 26th and 27th, produced a 10th place finish at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway followed by a solid 4th place finish at Mobile Int’l the following night, the Texas native has yet to visit victory lane this season after notching a pair of victories just a season ago. With just a handful of races remaining in the ’09 season the chance for Smith to pick up his first victory of the year is closing in.

“There were a few races that we had to take off our schedule when the CRA South series shut down. I was really looking forward to some of their upcoming events like Monroe, which was going to be close to home for me, and then they were suppose to run South Alabama and Mobile after that so we had some pretty good tracks that would have been a good chance to get some wins. Now with those gone I haven’t exactly decided what to do; more than likely I’ll go run Nashville at least once before the All-American 400 weekend to get us ready for that one, but other than that I’m not really sure,” added Casey.

Even though Smith hasn’t celebrated in the winner’s circle this year, it’s been a productive year none the less. The team has made remarkable strides at Five Flags Speedway, going from a middle of the pack car to a threat each and every Blizzard series event including sitting on the pole with a new track record back in April. With the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby being the focus of every racer this year just like any other year, one can bet it would be just fine with Casey Smith if that was his first and only win in ’09.

Next up for the Casey Smith Racing team will be round four of the 2009 Gulf Coast Championships starting off Friday night August 7th at Five Flags Speedway followed by a 100 lap event Saturday August 8th at Mobile International. For all the latest news on Texas native Casey Smith visit his website at www.caseysmithracing.com. For pr and web related issues with Casey Smith Racing contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at cragle02@yahoo.com or call 704.706.3666.    

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TBARA Race Results From Five Flags Speedway

July 15th, 2009

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Area Racing Association made their first visit to Five Flags Speedway in 25 years Friday night and the packed grandstand was not disappointed as veteran David Steele wheeled his jet black No. 14 winged sprint car to a convincing victory in the 30 lap feature event.

Larry Brazil Jr. hustled from the pole position to head the 24 car field but it was short lived as little Jimmy Alvis looped his No. 21 on the front chute to bring out a yellow flag and a complete restart. The field realigned and once again it was Brazil out front with the field in tow. By lap 10 Mickey Kempgens was the man out front as Steele had sliced through the field and closed in on Kempgens but on lap 16 the yellow waved as Kempgens suffered mechanical failure and stopped on the track.

When the green waved for the restart Steele was in the catbird seat out front, but Brian Gingras stalled and the start was called back. The start was good the next time and away Steele went, leading the strong field around the quick half-mile oval to the checkers without further incident. Shane Butler gave chase but settled for runner-up money ahead of Bo Hartley, Troy
DeCaire and Brazil.

Heat race victories went to Brazil, Steele and Kempgens.

Johanna Long Wins USA Digital 100 at Five Flags in Dominating Fashion

June 29th, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL – 2009 has been a banner year for Johanna Long. The 17-year-old female driver from Pensacola, Florida has quickly jumped into the limelight and hit the ground running with her success in the Super Late Model racing world. Long’s storybook season now has another chapter after the second-generation driver dominated the third leg of the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway in the USA Digital 100. Long won the pole and led the most laps, scoring the dominant victory, which was her second triumph in three Blizzard Series races at the half-mile track in Pensacola, Florida this season.

“It feels wonderful,” said Long in victory lane. “When I won my first race it was just a big confidence booster because when you race the Blizzard Series, you are running against the best Super Late Model drivers.”

Her second-career win in the Blizzard Series was a very popular victory for the fans. The crowd roared to life and victory lane was almost like a mob scene as countless people wanted to congratulate the young racer on her victory. To Long, however, all the success and accolades are parts of the dream that she’s wanted to live for so many years.

“This is what I have always wanted to do,” said Long. “My dad (noted short track racer Donald Long) said I could choose to do this if I wanted to and it’s been great and I totally love it. He has done so much for me. Between him and (Crew Chief) Freddie Query, I just can’t thank them enough. They have done so much for me.”

Bubba Pollard drove a smart race in the USA Digital 100 and finished second to Long. Pollard had a few good restarts late in the race, but was unable to keep up with her in the closing laps. With the finish, Pollard maintains the lead in the Blizzard Series.

“(Johanna) had a real good car tonight,” said Pollard. “I thought we had a good car, but she had a better car tonight. She was really beating us up off the corner. We’ll just have to do our homework for next time.”

Former Snowball Derby winner Eddie Mercer was a strong contender all night as well. He won the race off pit road after a lap 60 caution and led for 16 laps before he broke loose off the second turn. Long got a piece of Mercer, which resulted in Mercer’s number-1 machine spinning out of the lead. Despite the contact, Mercer had no ill feelings about the situation.

“I was in the way, that’s what happened,” joked Mercer. “She bumped a little bit. I am not mad at her. She was faster then me and I was hoping we could get away, the two of us. But things don’t always work out the way you want. She had an awesome racecar. I don’t have any hard feelings. I have a lot of respect for her and her family.”

Johanna offered her take on what ended up as minor incident when the dust settled.

“I got to him pretty quickly after the restart,” explained Long. “I almost had him one time down low and coming off the corner I got back into the gas a little bit quicker then he did. I am glad he’s not mad about it. Those things will happen it was just a racing deal.”

David Rogers, Augie Grill and Steven Davis rounded out the top five. Sixth through 10th-place finishers were Scott Carlson, Stephan McCurley, Mercer, Jeff Fultz and Casey Smith.

Round four of the five-race Blizzard Series will take place on Friday, August 7th at Five Flags Speedway.

The five Blizzard Series and five Miller Lite Series events at Mobile Int’l Speedway will make up the “Gulf Coast Championship” Series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for bonuses at the end of the season.

For more information, about Five Flags Speedway, the Blizzard Series or the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Robbins and Grill Seek Victory in USA Digital 100 at Five Flags

June 26th, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL- The summer months are finally here, the weather is heating up and so is the action in the Blizzard Super Late Model Series. The best of the best will be flocking to Five Flags Speedway, home of the Snowball Derby, for the USA Digital 100 this Friday night, June 26th.

Two of the key players will be two-time Snowball Derby Champion Augie Grill and former Blizzard Series winner Hunter Robbins. Both had strong runs last month in the Blizzard series race and look to return to victory lane again this weekend.

“It’s really important for us to contend for the win,” said Robbins. “The last time we were there we had a really good car and we need to improve on that. We have been really working hard to get the car ready to go. It really eats away at you when you drive by the track every single day. You really get pumped up for it.”

Robbins is an Alabama native who is spending the summer in Pensacola, Florida, where his Goodson Racing team is located. Robbins is a former winner in the Blizzard Series, and he would love to cash in and win another race on Friday night.

“We’re always going for the win,” added Robbins. “It would mean a lot. It’s a pretty indescribable feeling to win one of those races. It’s a pretty big deal because of all the history at the track, plus it would just give us all a huge confidence boost going into the next race.”

Augie Grill will be looking to improve his results by about 20 feet, as he lost a photo-finish battle with Bubba Pollard during the last race. Grill led over half the event, but at the end finished second.

“Hopefully we can overcome that short distance we lost by,” said Grill. “The car wasn’t very good on the second set of rights (tires), so hopefully we’ll do something on the pit stop to make it better on the second set this time.”

Grill knows that this will be perhaps the hardest race to get a good setup for because of how hot and slick the track will be during the event.

“We just got to feel things out at the race track on Friday,” said Grill. “It’s definitely going to be slicker and times won’t be as fast, but hopefully we can adjust just as well as anybody and be just as good as we were last race. I’m pretty confident that every time we go somewhere, we’re going to have a good car.”

Other big names that will be on hand include Blizzard Series’ point leader Bubba Pollard, round one winner Johanna Long, 2008 Series champion Josh Hamner, former Derby winner Eddie Mercer and the best Super Late Model drivers in the Southeast.

Qualifying for the USA Digital 100 will begin at 6:45pm, with the feature events set to take the green flag at 8pm. The Modifieds, Sportsmen, and Bomber divisions will also hit the Five Flags half-mile. At the conclusion of racing, there will be a fireworks show at the track.

Fans unable to attend the Five Flags Blizzard Series’ event can hear it live on RaceTalkRadio.com, presented by Speed 51 Radio. The five Blizzard Series’ and five Miller Lite Series’ events at Mobile International Speedway will make up the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for bonuses at season’s end.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Papa John’s 100 or the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Lawler & Pollard Hungry for Success in Papa John’s 100 at Five Flags

May 18th, 2009
PENSACOLA, FL - Hunger is what fuels the Super Late Model drivers and crews in every Blizzard Series' event at Pensacola, Florida's Five Flags Speedway.  Each short track warrior that straps into his or her machine in the five-race series has the hunger that drives them to success -one that not even Papa John's pizza can cure.  But, for drivers like Ryan Lawler and Bubba Pollard, a combination of victory and some tasty pizza in victory lane is the only thing that can cure their hunger in the May 22nd
Papa John's 100 Blizzard Series' race at Five Flags.

Lawler, driving the #51 Toyota owned by NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch, and the former Five Flags winner and Senoia, Georgia, native Pollard will both be out to satisfy their hungers by defeating a stout field of Super Late Model compeititors in the second round of the five-race Blizzard Series.

"We're going down there this time, and we're going to do a little bit of testing before the race to hopefully be a little bit better than we were the last time at Pensacola," said Lawler. "This is our second race together with Kyle Busch Motorsports. All in all, for our first time down there, I think we did pretty well considering the amount of practice time that we had before the first race. We'll learn some stuff in our test and that will probably help us do just a little bit better in this next race."

Lawler qualified fifth and finished fourth in his first start with KBM at Five Flags in the AMP Energy 100 on April 10th, while Bubba Pollard, in the Pollard Motorsports #26 Ford, finished two spots higher, coming in the runner-up position to Blizzard Series round-one winner Johanna Long.

"It has been great the way the season has started off," said Pollard. "We have run good everywhere we have gone, so we have a lot of momentum going into the next Blizzard series' race.

"We're looking forward to going back. I felt that we had a car that was capable of winning the last time we were there. I feel like we are going to have a good car again."

While both Lawler and Pollard are vying for the coveted Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship, a title to be decided amongst racers in the Super Late Model events at Five Flags and nearby Mobile International Speedway in Alabama, each driver is taking a different approach to the Blizzard Series' events like the Papa John's 100 on May 22nd.

"I think Kyle (Busch) and I have the same mentality - we're going for wins," said Lawler. "We'd like to win the championship, and we definitely have to race smart, but we race to win, too. What we're doing, too, is prepping for the Snowball Derby (December 6th at Five Flags). We want to get our stuff right for that race to hopefully get a top-five or even a one-two finish with Kyle and I in the Snowball Derby."

"Running for points is not what we are used to," said Pollard. "We really have decided that that's what we are going to do with this Gulf Coast Championship Series. We are looking to go out and race each weekend and do the best we can. I am sure, as we get later in the season, we will start looking more at the points and maybe be a bit more cautious and change our
strategy."

While strategies may differ, Lawler and Pollard agree that the Blizzard Series' events at Five Flags Speedway are where some of the toughest short track races can be found.

"They're really tough," said Lawler. "The competition's really good down there, because a lot of those guys have been running at that track for years and years. That's their backyard. It's like going to run a weekly show at Hickory or South Boston, where all the guys know that track, and that makes all the local guys the toughest ones to beat."

"You look at the list of drivers and 15 guys could wind up in victory lane at the end of the night," added Pollard. "That's why people come to race the Blizzard Series at Five Flags, because the competition is so tough. Johanna (Long) will be tough all year. She's got a ton of laps around the track, and she's got really good equipment. Ryan Lawler, Augie Grill. those
guys are going to be tough, too."

Qualifying for the Papa John's 100 will begin at 6:45pm, with the feature events set to take the green flag at 8pm. The Modifieds, Sportsmen, and Bomber divisions will also hit the Five Flags half-mile.

Fans unable to attend the Five Flags Blizzard Series' event can hear it live on RaceTalkRadio, presented by Speed 51 Radio in a tape-delayed broadcast. The five Blizzard Series' and five Miller Lite Series' events at Mobile International Speedway will make up the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship series, where drivers competing at both tracks are eligible for bonuses at season's end.

For more information about Five Flags Speedway, the Papa John's 100 or the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby, please visit http://www.5flagsspeedway.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.

Casey Smith Sets Track Record at Five Flags Speedway

April 16th, 2009

Austin, TX – A newly ground down surface, meant to lessen tire wear, greeted twenty eight race cars at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for race one of the 2009 Blizzard series. While the track grinding proved to reduce tire wear, it
gained speed which was as evident as ever during qualify. Casey Smith hailing from Austin , Texas set a new track record with a time of 16.648 around the abrasive half mile oval.

After never really having a stranglehold on the track the way he has on many tracks in the Florida-Alabama racing scene it was rewarding for Smith to finally find some speed. Smith had this to say when asked what it felt like to set a track record at a place as famous as Five Flags. “I know it may have shocked a lot of people but we have a really good car here tonight and no one has worked as hard as this Casey Smith Racing team has on getting better at Pensacola, so to set the track record is more rewarding than you can imagine” said Smith.

While the track record was the hype for Smith, his performance during the race wasn’t anything to forget about. Casey led the first sixty laps of the 100 lap event before getting shuffled back to fifth during pit stops. A lapped car cost the #99 machine a few positions in the closing laps before Smith would have to settle for a seventh place finish.

The following night, the team traveled to Mobile International Speedway for the second leg of the weekend’s Gulf Coast series championships. A third place qualifying effort was as good as the Texas native could muster but it was more about his dominate race effort that caught everyone’s attention. A caution in the final twenty laps ended Casey’s straight away lead over second place but more importantly it put him within wrecking distance of his competition, in particular Augie Grill who is known for his rough driving style. That was all it took for Smith to see a good night go bad thanks to some rough driving by Grill. A disappointing fourteenth place finish was the result as the many in attendance didn’t see the best car win.

“That’s just the Grill’s for you; hopefully one day he will figure out you can actually pass someone without getting into them. If he wants to race like that then that’s cool because sometime soon the roles will be reversed and I’ll remember this and he’ll be the one sitting in the pits,” stated Smith, the former Mobile Miller Lite super late model series champion.

For all the latest news on Texas native Casey Smith visit his website at www.caseysmithracing.com. For pr and web related issues with Casey Smith Racing contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at cragle02@yahoo.com or call 704.706.3666         

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www.prophotoproductions.com
Email: cragle02@yahoo.com
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Long-Shot No More: Johanna Long Wins First SLM Race at Five Flags

April 16th, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL – Outsiders may have considered the chances for 16-year-old Johanna Long to win the first Blizzard Series Super Late Model event of the 2009 season at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway slim. The Blizzard Series features the top talents of the Super Late Model world, with NASCAR development drivers and former series and track champions from across the country competing in the five-race schedule, so those who don’t know about the high school Sophomore, making her third-career Blizzard start, may not have given her much of a chance.

But as the raucus crowd at Five Flags Speedway Friday night could attest, Johanna Long is anything but a long-shot to win when she hops into the seat of her Panhandle Motorsports #10 Super Late Model and it showed in the Amp Energy 100 Blizzard Series season opener. Long blistered the track record in qualifying and paced herself in the race to score the victory, much to
the delight of the local fans in the grandstands – many of whom were decked out in Johanna’s t-shirts.

“It was great to win my first Super Late Model race at my home track,” said Long. “I’ve been watching my dad (Donald Long) race this place for years. I’ve always wanted to be good in a Blizzard race. This was only my third Blizzard race, so I’m pretty happy.”

Long is a former Pro Late Model winner at Five Flags and the defending PLM track champion herself, but winning in a Super Late Model at the home of the Snowball Derby, Five Flags Speedway, was a memory that the youngster will not soon forget.

“Winning a Pro race is cool, but you’re mostly racing with guys that are just starting out. Running a Super race, especially one of these Blizzard races, you’re racing against the best of the best.”

Long looked like anything but a 16-year-old high school student behind the wheel on Friday night. She skillfully worked her way to the front of the field, chasing early leader Casey Smith until making the move for the lead shortly after halfway. After a pit stop later in the race, only two drivers stood in her way for victory: two-time Snowball Derby Champion Augie Grill and Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Ryan Lawler.

Long maneuvered her way by both drivers and back into the lead with 20 laps to go. As the laps clicked off, Long inched closer and closer to her first Super Late Model victory.

“Every lap, Freddie (Query, Long’s Crew Chief) would be like, ‘Five to go. Four to go.’ Then the lapped cars kept coming up and on the last lap he told me not to take any chances. I didn’t need to pass those cars, so he just told me to stay behind them and I did.”

Long had little time to celebrate her first victory, as the following night, she and the entire #10 team were in Mobile, Alabama, at Mobile International Speedway for the first Miller Lite Super Late Model event of the 2009 season. While the Panhandle doubleheader could have meant two victories, Long found herself just a few positions short of the twin-win weekend in third.

“I kind of messed up in qualifying and qualified ninth, but that still wasn’t too bad,” said Long of her Mobile race. “I made my way up to fourth and the car was really tight. We came in and made a couple changes and I was back up to fourth again. The car wasn’t the best, but it was still really good.

“Bubba (Pollard, Mobile winner) had a good car, so I don’t know if we could’ve beaten him, plus Lawler (second-place) had a good car too and I think if we had a couple more laps we could’ve maybe beaten him. Still, a first and a third in one weekend is still pretty good.”

Stay tuned to an all-new JohannaLong.com coming soon from 51 Sports for more details on Long’s upcoming race schedule.

For more information on Johanna Long, please contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134, and be sure to stay tuned for her new website, coming soon.

Jeremy Colangelo Ready for First Trip to Five Flags Speedway

March 31st, 2009

CONCORD, NC – For the first time in his career, Jeremy Colangelo will be running the competitive Blizzard Super Late Model Series at the historic Five Flags Speedway (FL). The 100-lap event will take place on April 10th and is a part of the five-round series leading up to the season-ending Snowball Derby. This will be Colangelo’s first trip to Five Flags Speedway, but he and his team are still confident about the event.

“The way we unloaded at the Rattler has me feeling relieved about going to Five Flags,” said Colangelo. “We were fast right out of the box at the South Alabama Speedway. Even though we don’t know exactly what to expect, we are still confident. I know it’s a fast track and the tire wear issue is always apparent, but we have been working on some things to try and help cure that.”

Jeremy will also be competing in the first Miller Lite Series Super Late Model event that same weekend. The event will be held on April 11th at Mobile Int’l Speedway (AL), so he’ll visit two new tracks in two back-to-back nights.

“The fact that Mobile is said to be one of the fastest places in the Southeast makes the trip up there all the more exciting,” said Colangelo. “I think Lakeland (USA Int’l Speedway in Florida) was incredibly fast, and I loved that place.”

Colangelo and his team definitely have high expectations for the weekend. After their recent victory in the Orange Blossom 100 at Orlando SpeedWorld (FL), the team is ready to take on the new tasks.

“My goals for the weekend include a top-five run,” said Colangelo. “I know I’ve never seen the track, but I think we have a team that is capable of running in the top five anywhere we go.”

As a part of their pre-season plans to do more touring away from the sunshine state, Colangelo has been doing quite a bit of traveling this year. They will continue to venture all throughout the Southeast for the remainder of the 2009 season.

“I love the traveling,” said Colangelo. “I think for the most part the guys do, too. It’s a nice change of pace. We can see new tracks and race against some different guys. We always have a good time when we go out of town, in the state or out.”

For more information on Jeremy Colangelo, please contact Elgin Traylor at (704) 788-2134 x4, and be sure to visit his website at jeremycolangelo.net.

Kelley Wins at Five Flags Speedway (FL), Gresham Wins at Mobile Int’l Speedway (AL)

April 1st, 2009

ATHENS, GA – The RC Cola / MoonPie American Speed Association Southeast Asphalt Tour kicked off their 2009 season with a twin bill at Mobile International Speedway (AL) on Saturday night and Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Sunday. When the dust settled, Paul Kelley and Max Gresham added their names to the list of ASA SAT winners.

On Saturday at Mobile, Gresham became the youngest winner in the history of the ASA SAT tour. At the age of 15, Gresham banged wheels and fenders with John Bolen on the final lap of a wild race to score the victory in the “Ride-On Tire Bayou Classic.”

“It feels great,” said Gresham in victory lane. “There was a little bit of contact there; John (Bolen) and I got into it a little bit there at the end. It’s the last lap. what are you going to do? It was a long race, and we didn’t have too good of a qualifying run. We came from 16th to the front. Winning the race was just amazing. I am real proud of these guys and the car. Everyone just pulled together to make this happen tonight.”

John Bolen, who took the white flag lap with the lead, ended up with a third-place finish, as Jeff Choquette snuck around him on the final lap. Bolen was upset in victory lane in the heat of the excitement.

“Actually, the cautions weren’t the problem,” explained a disappointed Bolen. “We knew if we could get out front we would be ok. Two to go and I got away clean on the first lap, and it was like he (Gresham) didn’t want to use his breaks in turn one on the last lap. He ran us up the track and I got off the track a little bit. Choquette got underneath us for second, and we finished third.”

Joel Anderson and Taylor Satterfield round out the top five at Mobile, while sixth through tenth were Jerrod Foley, Johanna Long, Ryan Crane, Terry Horak, and Tyler Millwood.

On Sunday at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, Paul Kelley was good and lucky, as he outlasted the competition to score his first career ASA SAT victory in the “Estrol Oil 100″.

“We have had good runs here, like seconds and thirds, but it’s been a while since we got a victory here,” said the Pendergrass, Georgia, Late Model ace. “I love racing here, and the Hedman Hedders car was awesome today. We have been working on this thing for weeks, and this victory is a great token for all of us.”

Kelley was one of the few drivers who did not race both nights. His team felt they needed to concentrate on one track, with the tough competition that ASA SAT has been attracting early on this season.

“This ASA SAT series is the best thing going now in the nation,” said Kelley. “This series has a lot with the TV package and the big sponsors like RC Cola / MoonPie and Hedman Hedders. A lot of people have turned their heads and they are supporting this series.”

Kelley took the lead after Hunter Robbins had the lapped car of Scott Patten spin into his path just past the halfway point. Robbins was far out in front of the pack and had the best car hands down at that point in the race.

“I hate it so much for myself, but I hate it more for all the guys who come and work with us every week at the track,” said Robbins. “To get that close to getting a win for Goodson Racing in the Late Model really does hurt.”

Robbins wasn’t the only driver to encounter trouble, as Jason Young had a flat tire midway through the race, sending him into the pits. After an approved tire change, Young rocketed through the field and was closing in on Kelley for the lead in the final 10 laps, only to have more problems.

“We had a flat right-rear tire and we came in and got a new one, and the car was a rocket ship after that,” said Young, who is from Houston, Texas. “We actually broke the driveline in half right before we tangled with the lapped car. We just can’t catch a break here. We couldn’t have asked for a better final 25 or 35 laps. We really had a car to win. I know a lot of people say that, but that was the truth with us today.”

Race winner Kelley said his crew was keeping him informed of Young’s progress in the closing laps.

“They were telling me the 27 was coming and that I should start pushing it down a little bit,” said Kelley. “Then all of a sudden he wasn’t there, and I knew we had the win.”

John Bolen, TJ Reaid, Ryan Crane and Jason Hogan followed Kelley acrossed the line in the top five. Sixth through tenth were Brandon Carlson, Patrick Long, Jerrod Foley, Josh Hamner and Max Gresham.

For more media inquiries, sponsorship and promotional information regarding ASA SAT, contact John Kee by emailing him at j.kee@charter.net, and be sure to visit www.asasoutheast.com for all RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour news. For technical and rule information, call Micky Cain at (678) 373-9851.

The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour is sanctioned by the American Speed Association. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed AssociationR including the ASA Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed AssociationR, visit http://www.asaracing.com/.

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RC Cola/Moon Pie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour Estrol Oil 100 at Five Flags Speedway Moved to Sunday

March 29th, 2009

CONCORD, NC – RC Cola/Moon Pie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour officials have made the call to postpone the Estrol Oil 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida from Friday evening until Sunday at 3:30pm. The decision was made based on the forecast of potentially dangerous weather moving through the area on Friday.

“We postponed the Estrol Oil 100 because of the forecast for thunderstorms,” said ASA SAT’s John Kee. “That potentially would put race fans and teams at risk in the area of the track, so it was a decision that we felt was best to make in the interest of everyone’s safety.”

An optional open practice session for ASA SAT teams at Five Flags on Thursday will take place as scheduled.

Saturday’s ASA SAT Ride-On Tire Protection System 100 event at Mobile International Speedway, located approximately one hour from Pensacola, will remain on schedule.

For more media inquiries, sponsorship and promotional information regarding the RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, be sure to visit www.asasoutheast.com for all ASA Southeast Tour news. For technical and rule information, call Micky Cain at
(678) 373-9851.

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and
regional tours involved in the American Speed Association, visit www.asaracing.com.

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ASA SAT Announces Estrol Oil Company as the Title Sponsor of the Season Opening 100 lapper at Five Flags Speedway (FL)

March 26th, 2009

ATHENS, GA – The RC Cola / MoonPie American Speed Association Southeast Asphalt Tour has announced today that Estrol Oil
Company, which has prided its company on using biodegradable technology to help the environment, will be the title sponsor of the first event of the season at Five Flags Speedway on Friday, March 27th. The “Estrol Oil 100″ will also be the first televised race of the 2009 season.

“We are very excited about teaming up with the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour,” said Rod Thomas, President of the Estrol Oil Company. “This is a great way to get our products out there and let people know what we’re all about. We’re the next generation of motor oils and lubricants. All of our products are high performance and biodegradable, which is safe for the environment.”

Estrol Oil Company is a custom blend of high-tech Eurosyn Synthetic and Biosynetic lubricants, specializing in the field of oil and fuel lubrication. With its Eurosyn Technology and award-winning additives, tremendous results are being achieved in the markets they currently serve: automotive, commercial, industrial, and racing. In fact, several products have been tested by top level NASCAR teams and passed with flying colors.

For more information on this weekend’s doubleheader at Five Flags Speedway on Friday, March 27th, and at Mobile International Raceway on Saturday, March 28th, please visit http://www.asasoutheast.com/.

For more media inquiries, sponsorship and promotional information regarding ASA SAT, contact John Kee by emailing him at j.kee@charter.net and be sure to visit www.asasoutheast.com for all RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour news. For technical and rule information, call Micky Cain at (678) 373-9851.

The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour is sanctioned by the American Speed Association. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed AssociationR including the ASA Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed AssociationR, visit http://www.asaracing.com/.

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New Faces set to be the Stars of ASA SAT’s Season Opening Doubleheader at Five Flags Speedway and Mobile Int’l Speedway

March 22nd, 2009

ATHENS, GA (March 18, 2009) – With one successful year under their belts, the American Speed Association RC Cola / MoonPie Southeast Asphalt Tour is ready for 2009. For nearly four months now drivers have been licking their chops in anticipation of the new season. What makes the weekend special is that the tour will be racing back-to-back nights for the first time. The weekend will begin at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on March 27th and continue on to Mobile International Speedway (AL) the very next day.

On March 27th, Late Model drivers will kick off the 2009 ASA SAT season when the green flag flies at the historic Five Flags Speedway. The half-mile track is known for hosting the Annual Snowball Derby each December. This year the track will host its first-ever ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour event, and the TV cameras will be rolling on the 100-lap event.

“We are really looking forward to hosting the ASA Southeast Tour,” said Tim Bryant. “They had a successful inaugural season last year. The TV production company has already been in and surveyed the property to make sure they had all the right camera angles and everything for setup. That brings a little bit of extra excitement. Early indications are that it is going to be a pretty impressive field of cars, so we are looking forward to it.”

Some big names in the Late Model world have already signed up to race that night, including multi-time ASA SAT winner Jason Hogan, Blizzard Series Champion Josh Hamner, Pro Late Model Track Champion Johanna Long, Snowflake 100 winner Brandon Carlson, and many more.

Bubba Pollard is one of the drivers who is ready to race at Five Flags after the recent track grinding to the racing surface. For years the Pensacola half-mile has been hard on tires, the track grinding should minimize some of the tire wear at the upcoming races.

“We’re looking forward to going to Pensacola and running with the ASA SAT field,” said Pollard. “This early in the year, with the track surface being reground, we think we’ll get some good testing in and try to have a strong run.”

On March 28th, the tour will head west to Mobile International Speedway for another 100 laps of action. The track in Alabama will be hosting their second ASA SAT event, Preston Peltier won the first-ever race for the series at Mobile last season.

“We were really pleased with the Southeast Asphalt Tour event we had last year, and we’re looking forward to their return,” said Mobile Speedway owner and Operator Ida Fields. “They have some really nice people, and our fans were really pleased with the show.”

Several drivers like CJ Fasion, Jason Young, Tyler Millwood, Jerrod Foley, John Bolen and others will be running both races that weekend. Be sure to log on to http://www.asasoutheast.com/ for more information on the racing weekend.

For more media inquiries, sponsorship and promotional information regarding ASA SAT, contact John Kee by emailing him at j.kee@charter.net, and be sure to visit www.asasoutheast.com for all RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour news. For technical and rule information, call Micky Cain at (678) 373-9851.

The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour is sanctioned by the American Speed Association. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed AssociationR including the ASA Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed AssociationR, visit www.asaracing.com http://www.asaracing.com/.

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Five Flags Speedway Rings in New Year with 2009 Schedule Swap Meet, Blizzard Series, ASA SAT and More All Lead Up to Snowball Derby Weekend

January 3rd, 2009

PENSACOLA, FL (January 1, 2009) – As the calendar changes to 2009, the staff at Five Flags Speedway is not looking back on the year that was or December’s 41st Annual Snowball Derby. Instead, they are getting prepared for a spectacular 2009 racing
season at the Pensacola, Florida, oval. Track officials announced today the facility’s 2009 schedule and it is full of happenings from the first month of the year through the final month of the calendar.

“We hope to carry all of the momentum from both the Snowball Derby and the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 into 2009,” said Five Flags Speedway owner and promoter Tim Bryant. “We’re getting started in January with a few events. On January 10th,
we’ll honor our 2008 champions at our Awards Banquet, and then on January 31st we will be holding our Third Annual Racers Swap Meet. That is a good chance for racers to swap and sell their unused parts to prepare for the 2009 season.”

That 2009 racing season will kick off on the track with a bang in late March – when the track begins their Friday night lineup of racing events.

“Our first race of the season is on March 20th, and one week later we will be hosting the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour for the first time,” said Bryant. “We’ll also have a five-race Blizzard Series and each of those races will be on weekends where Mobile Speedway will host the Super Late Models on Saturday night.

That will give Super Late Model teams 10 chances during the season to race in the area.

“We’ve also added a few events for the Open Wheeled Modifieds this year after they had such a strong turnout during Snowball Derby week. We’ll close the regular season on October 10th with a 100-lap Pro Late Model race, which will be a great
tune-up for the Snowflake 100.”

Once the regular season ends – it’s time for the snow to start flying. That’s when preparations will get underway for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby. The weekend highlights will once again be the Snowflake 100 on December 5th and the Snowball
Derby on December 6th.

“It all leads up to the Snowball Derby again,” said Bryant. “And we are already excited about that time of the season. We appreciate all the competitors and fans that made this past year a success and we are looking forward to growing it ever
bigger in 2009.”

To see the entire 2009 schedule for Five Flags Speedway, please visit the track website at www.5flagsspeedway.com.

For more information on Five Flags Speedway, the Blizzard Series or the 42nd annual Snowball Derby, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.5flagsspeedway.com.

The 2009 Dixie Motor Speedway Schedule is now available!

January 5th, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan (Friday, January 2, 2009): Dixie Motor Speedway, located North of Flint and South of Saginaw in Birch Run, Michigan is excited to announce that the 2009 schedule is now available and offers a wide range of events throughout the upcoming campaign on Friday nights and some Sunday specials as well.

The 2009 Dixie Motor Speedway Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of Track Management and the season begins with a series of April Test and Tunes as the track prepares for the 62nd consecutive year of operation as there will be several test and tune days scheduled throughout the month of April.

Beginning on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 the all-new Tuesday Nights Test and Tunes will kick off the 2009 racing season. Each Tuesday Test and Tune in April will be followed by a Friday Test and Tune beginning on Friday, April 10, 2009. Tuesday Test and Tunes will run every Tuesday night up to September 2, 2009. The April Friday Test and Tunes will be conducted on April 10th, April 17th, and April 24th.

The 2009 racing season begins on Friday, May 1, 2009 featuring the co-headlining divisions of Pro Late Models and Modifieds while the Sportsmen division will also be in action on the 4/10s mile progressively banked paved oval.

In addition, the adjoining 1/3 mile semi-banked paved oval will feature Street Stocks (Formally Factory Stocks) as well as Bombers and Figure 8s. All six divisions will be a part of Opening Night 2009 festivities for a huge six in one show.

Dixie Motor Speedway is also proud to announce the return, on a part-time basis, of a Four-Cylinder class to, the Sport Stocks! They will run 1-2 times per month and give the 1/3 mile divisions some nights off during the season in the process.

Special events scheduled on the 2009 schedule are highlighted by the Super Late Models, who in previous years ran in the Dixie Cup Series. This has been replaced by the all new Dixie Super Late Model Triple Crown Series with those three Friday dates set for June 12th, July 10th, and August 7th.

The high-powered, lightning fast, Auto Value Super Sprint Series returns with two dates and will help celebrate two summertime holidays. The first date is set for Friday, July 3, 2009 during the Fourth of July Weekend. Then on Friday, September 4, 2009, the Auto Value Super Sprints will kick off a very exciting Labor Day Weekend in the area.

The ASA Late Model Series Northern Division returns to the 4/10s mile progressively banked paved oval for their yearly appearance on Friday, August 21, 2009 with the running of the Mid-Michigan Dixie Challenge 100.

The Lexington, Michigan based series has made two appearances at Dixie as in the series’ first ever appearance back on August 17, 2007, Wyoming, Michigan standout, Brian Campbell took the win. Last season on August 15, 2008, Auckland, New Zealand native, Michael Pickens scored the upset victory.

The Michigan Legends Series returns to Dixie with two dates. Those are set for Friday, May 29, 2009 and Friday June 25, 2009. Both events will serve as Day I respectively of the Michigan Legends Spring Nationals in May and the Michigan Legends Summer Nationals in June.

On both of those weekends, the Michigan Legends Series will be at Dixie’s sister track, the Owosso Speedway, the next night on each Saturday for Day II of both the Spring and Summer Nationals for the Howell, Michigan based series.

Friday, August 28, 2009, the 2009 Track Champions will be crowned as it will be the 2009 Season Championships for the Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsmen, Street Stocks, Bombers, and Figure 8.

A Dixie Tradition, the Eve of Destructions will take place on four occasions in 2009 beginning on Sunday, June 7, 2009. There’s two more Sunday Eve of Destructions set for July 6th, and August 9th.

The Final Eve of Destruction will also close out the 2009 racing season at the Birch Run, Michigan speed plant on Friday, September 11, 2009. Also on September 11th, the Sport Stocks will conduct their 2009 Season Championships and it will also be Fun Night with Mechanics, Powder Puffs, and Officials Races.

More exciting announcements and possible additions to the current schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. Also coming soon will be the announcement of the title sponsors for each weekly division that will race on a regular basis in 2009.

The 2008 Track Champions are; Ed Doutre Jr., in Pro Late Models as the Swartz Creek, Michigan driver repeated as Champion in 2008 and will go for a third consecutive title in 2009 in one of the most competitive divisions in the state of Michigan.

In the ultra competitive Modifieds division, Livonia, Michigan veteran, Chuck Silva, who like Doutre Jr., also repeated as Champion in 2008, will also go for the “Three-Peat” in 2009. Also on the 4/10s mile and in the highly anticipated Sportsmen division, Bay City, Michigan pilot, Kevin Harder looks to repeat as champion.

On the adjoining 1/3 mile, New Lothrop, Michigan veteran, Ed Newman Jr., who is recovering from an off the track accident in September 2008, hopes to return and defend his title in what is now the Street Stocks division.

Mt, Morris, Michigan driver, Robert Kern will look to defend his crown in the Bombers division and Flint, Michigan teenager, Jordan Lechota hopes to repeat as Champion in the Figure 8s.

An all new and improved website will be revealed on Monday, January 5, 2009. In addition, the 2009 rules and regulations will also be released on that same day and will be available on the new and improved site.

For more information about the 2009 racing season at Dixie Motor Speedway and to inquire about how to be a part of the upcoming campaign in terms of sponsorship opportunities, please call: 1 (989) 709-6113 or log onto the tracks’ website at:
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

By Matt Prieur-Dixie Motor Speedway

2008 Season Comes to a Close at Snowball Derby Weekend for Ryan Crane Racing

December 16th, 2008

Panama City, FL 12/12/08- This year’s 41st Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway was the conclusion of the ’08 season for most short track late model racers as it was for Panama City, Florida driver Ryan Crane. With the plans to
compete in both  the Snowflake pro late model race as well as the 300 lap super late model event simply referred to many as “The Derby” the Mike Garvey lead team knew they would have a busy weekend ahead.

On Friday’s Derby qualifying session Ryan piloted his #10 Comfort Inn-Pensacola Beach Ford Fusion to a fifth place starting position which left the team anxious for Sunday. However, the team now had to redirect their focus on repeating as the
Snowflake 100 champion. Having not even unloaded his pro late model machine until Saturday’s Snowflake 100 event, Crane posted a lap around the half-mile Five Flags Speedway good enough for the eleventh starting position. It didn’t take long for the
action to happen and the cautions to fly, but is was the two time Five Flags winner this year that was racing the smart race making his way to the front.

A lap forty-nine caution brought the leaders down pit road and gave the chance for the Ryan Crane Racing crew member to shine and did they ever. The boys on pit road picked up six positions which put Crane the second car in line with fresh tires with
just fifty laps to go. After a great deal of blocking by leader Stephan Davis, Ryan Crane wasn’t going to be denied the lead and moved to the point on lap eighty-eight. With just seven laps to go Crane looked to be the back to back Snowflake 100
champion, but the caution would fly do to a lapped car going for a spin setting up a six lap shootout between Ryan and hometown driver Brandon Carlson. With the crowd on their feet, Crane and Carlson exchanged paint several times before Carlson would take the checkered flag by half a car length over Crane.

“That caution just killed us at the end; it took our car about five to seven laps to really come in. That was our race to win; it’s just really disappointing to finish second when you know you had the car to win. At least the fans got their money’s worth and we were able to give the folks at the Comfort Inn on Pensacola Beach a good run again for the second year. They must be giving us good luck every year for this race because I’ve got a first and second with the one car,” said Crane.

On Sunday afternoon’s Derby day high expectations were on the shoulders of the team before fellow competitor Tim Martin spun the #10 machine of Crane just fifteen laps into one of the longest short track races in the country. This would only create a
cause and effect situation for Crane as just a few laps later he would be forced into the wall ending his day while trying to avoid a wreck just ahead of him.

“This just isn’t our weekend even though we finished second in the Snowflake it just feels like this weekend could have been a whole lot better. We plan on just regrouping over the winter and star focusing towards ’09,” stated Crane.

With the 2008 season wrapped up, Ryan Crane Racing would like to thank anybody and everybody who supported #10 during the season. The team will now turn their focus to their families over the holidays before getting prepared for a fast approaching 2009
racing season. Stay tuned to www.ryancrane10.com for all the latest news regarding 2009 scheduling or contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 704.706.3666 or cragle02@yahoo.com.  

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Late Charge Puts Track Regular In Winner’s Circle at Five Flags Speedway

December 11th, 2008

PENSACOLA, FL (December 9, 2008) – Brandon Carlson might not actually live within the walls of Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, but the track is certainly a home to him. In the past, the young hometown driver has won at the track and lost
at the track. He’s had bad times and good times there. He has grown up at the place and on Saturday night he sure came of age there as well, as he won the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 – the biggest race of the Pro Late Model season at the
track.

Carlson survived a race filled with action and attrition and was right there out front when the checkered flag finally waved over the field. The victory was the biggest one so far of his young career.

“It’s hard to even explain what this means,” said Carlson. “It’s incredible.”

The victory didn’t come easy. Even the winner had a night that was far from perfect.

“I just drove the heck out of the car,” said Carlson. “The car actually didn’t handle that well and I didn’t get to pit when I wanted to because our radios were stuck, so I had to come in a lap late. Then we had trouble with the studs because one fell out. We even got one on there backwards, but I got back out and somehow missed the wrecks and got there at the end.”

Carlson actually got there just five laps before the end. That was when he muscled by 2007 Snowflake 100 winner Ryan Crane to take the lead.

“We were just hard racing,” said Carlson. “We were going for a win, so it was going to be tight. I had a door on him and did what I needed to do.”

“There was a little bit of contact, but that wasn’t a big issue,” said Crane. “That last caution just killed us. Our car took a few laps to getting going and that played into the finish. It was just disappointing to run second.”

Crane could have had a lot more of a disappointing night, though. Several contenders in the race found themselves leaving the event early. Jason Young and Josh Hamner were battling for the lead on lap 23 when two lapped cars wrecked in front of them and took them out of the race. Augie Grill showed muscle, but was eliminated in a wreck. Pro Late Model champion Johanna Long also wrecked. Steven Davis and Logan Boyett appeared capable of winning, but they got into each other
late in the race.

Although the Snowflake 100 attracted entries from all over the Eastern portion of the United States, Carlson won the race as a Five Flags regular. The victory also made up for a miscue that he had at the track earlier this season.

“I messed up on double-points night and lost the Pro Late Model championship here this year,” said Carlson. “But this makes up for that.”

Carlson’s victory was a popular one with the fans, the biggest one of whom might have been his father – Super Late Model regular Scott Carlson.

“I’m the proudest father in Pensacola right now,” said Scott Carlson. “He’s grown up around this racetrack and in racing. He has really come around and tonight showed it. We got hung up in the pits a little bit and started at the tail end with 50 laps to go. He drove his way right up to the front and it was a really good display of his skill as a driver.”

Finishing behind Carlson and Crane were Casey Roderick, Paul Kelley and Keaton Hanks.

Stay tuned to the Five Flags Speedway site for more information on the 2009 Pro Late Model racing season and the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 event.

For more information on the 41st Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.fiveflagsspeedway.com and www.snowballderby.com

Pollard Strings Strong Finishes Together at Snowball Derby Weekend

December 10th, 2008

SENOIA, GA (December 9, 2008) – The 41st Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway saw two of the most impressive fields in all of short track racing this season. The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 had a stout field of Pro Late Models, while the 300-lap Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 7th lived up to its billing as the toughest short track race in the country.

To compete in both the 300-lap Snowball Derby for the Super Late Models and the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 is impressive enough, but to grab top-finishes in both, on such a tricky racetrack, against the most elite fields in all short track racing, is truly remarkable.

With all the obstacles, Bubba Pollard was able to withstand all challenges to take two strong finishes out of the Snowball Derby weekend. Pollard started the weekend with a sixth-place finish in Saturday’s Snowflake 100 and then followed it up with a fifth-place run in Sunday’s Snowball Derby.

“I am very pleased with the whole weekend, especially the Derby,” said Pollard. “We overcame a lot to score a fifth-place finish. It’s the Derby. It was all about survival this weekend.”

With former NASCAR champions, Derby winners and other short track standouts in the field, Pollard had his work cut out for him if he wanted a strong finish in the Snowball Derby. But even as he raced his way through the 300-lap marathon, the Senoia, Georgia native had to overcome even more headaches en route to the fifth-place finish.

“We had a good day, but we had radio problem from the start. I couldn’t really here my spotter. I could hear something; I just couldn’t make out what they were saying. Nothing was clear the whole time and just to overcome that was amazing in a 300-lap race.

“We were never on the same tires as the leaders. Ether we were fresher or they were it wasn’t until the end that we got the tires even and we went from ninth to sixth in like 25 laps. We really couldn’t tell how good I was until things evened out.”

With the assistance of his team on pit road, Pollard was able to get back to the front of the field to score the impressive top-five Derby finish.

“To come down here and race the Derby you have to have an outstanding pit crew. We got some guys from DST (Driver Sport Team) and they were awesome in the pits today.”

Pollard got his weekend kicked off with a strong sixth-place run in the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. He bested many of the top Pro Late Model talents in the nation. Yet, like his Snowball Derby outing, a strong run Saturday was not easy to come by.

“It seemed like all we were doing was dodging cars,” said Pollard about his Snowflake experience. “Every time we got good track position something would happen and we would have to fall back. Then we would have to race hard to get it back. It was one of those nights where you had to fight for everything.

“We were having a tire go down at one point. It got pretty bad and I pulled down and got tagged from the rear and we spun. We came in and got a tire and still finished sixth; that was better then going down a lap.”

The Snowball Derby weekend concluded Pollard’s outstanding 2008 season, where he won five Late Model races at tracks throughout the Southeast.

For more information on Bubba Pollard, contact Elgin Traylor at (704) 788-2134 x 6 and be sure to check out www.bubbapollard.net.

Matt Hawkins Scores Another Podium in Snowball Derby Hawkins Races Up Front for 300 Laps for Third Place Finish in Pensacola, FL

December 9th, 2008

CANTON, GA (December 8, 2008) – Before Matt Hawkins made a name for himself national touring series’ such as the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series and the ARCA RE/MAX Series, he was a standout in the Super Late Model ranks of the Southeastern part of the country.

Hawkins is a former champion of the now-defunct Southern All-Stars Tour. He’s won in both Super and Pro Late Model series’ and is a former winner of the prestigious Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

But there is still one race that Hawkins wants to add to his resume – the Snowball Derby at Five Flags. The Snowball Derby is arguably the toughest short track race in the country, but it’s one that Hawkins has fared well in during previous attempts.

Hawkins finished second in the 2007 Snowball Derby, leaving him hungry for victory in the 41st Annual event on Sunday, December 7th. Hawkins gave the Derby everything he had, but he had to settle for a third-place finish to cap off his 2008 season.

“It feels good to know you have the car to beat,” said Hawkins. “This weekend was tough. Even though we finished third, we overcame so much with the sour motor in practice. We had to change it before the race. To come from the back was fun, but our car was definitely better last year.”

Hawkins’ race almost was over before it started on Sunday, as engine problems earlier in the weekend left the Jani-King #22 team scratching their heads in search of some luck.

With a new engine for the main event, Hawkins was a contender for the win from the drop of the green flag. With engine problems in the rear-view mirror, Hawkins was focused on avoiding the crashes and overcoming bad luck late in the race for his podium finish.

“We came here and we wanted to win the race, we had a good car but we think a shock broke later on in the race. At the end of the race we weren’t bad, but we weren’t a winning car at all.

“Everybody did a good job on pit stops and stayed out of the mess. We had good car that lasted and another lap there at the end we would have finished second. (Second-place finisher Grant) Enfinger got into me when he went by. I caught him and I was getting ready to set him up for a pass (for second), but we were just a little short.”

Stay tuned to MattHawkins.net for updates on Matt Hawkins’ 2009 schedule.

For more information on Matt Hawkins, contact Mike Twist at 51 Sports by calling (207) 590-1786 and be sure to check out the official online home of Matt Hawkins, www.matthawkins.net www.matthawkins.net/.

Augie Grill Wins 41st Annual Snowball Derby Alabama Native Wins Second Straight Derby at Five Flags Speedway

December 9th, 2008

PENSACOLA, FL (December 7, 2008) – Augie Grill won his second straight Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Sunday night. Grill actually finished the 41st annual edition of the race in the second position, but was awarded
the victory after Brian Ickler’s car was found to have an unapproved brake cooling fan.

Grill started the race in the 38th position and steadily worked his way through the pack to become a race contender. He led the middle stages of the race, but found himself with some ground to make up after the final pit stops. Over the last dozen laps of the race, Grill gained ground on Ickler on the racetrack, but came a little bit short of catching him.

Approximately two hours after the race, Grill received word of his victory and celebrated with a small group of fans, family, friends and crew members.

With the change, Grant Enfinger now moves up to second place. He was followed in the rundown by Matt Hawkins, Shane Sieg, Bubba Pollard, David Rodgers, Hunter Robbins, Dennis Schoenfeld, Heath Hindman and Paul Kelley.

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby concludes the 2008 racing season at Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the Blizzard Series and the 41st Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.fiveflagsspeedway.com and www.snowballderby.com

Hunter Robbins Ready To Rock And Roll With the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at the Snowball Derby

December 6th, 2008

CONCORD, NC (December 2, 2008) – The Snowball Derby Super Late Model event at Five Flags Speedway (FL) is considered by many as the Super Bowl of Short Track Racing. Drivers from across the country line up big sponsors to showcase both their talent behind the wheel and promote those who support their racing efforts.

17-year-old Hunter Robbins is one of those drivers. The former Snowflake 100 winner will not only try to win the 41st Annual Snowball Derby, but also take his new sponsor, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino of Biloxi, Mississippi, to victory lane.

All season long, Robbins has driven a multi-colored #6 machine in the Pro Cup Series and Super Late Model competition, but this weekend, he will go “Back in Black” with the new colors of the Hard Rock Hotel& Casino on his car.

“We have a cool new sponsor for this race,” said Robbins. “The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a great place to go for entertainment, music and even some relaxation. I am real proud to have them aboard, and hopefully we can put on a good show for them. If we end up in victory lane, that will be a good debut for them with us as a sponsor.”

From dining to gaming, nightlife and entertainment, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has it all, but the main thing Robbins enjoys the most about his new sponsor is that it fits the young racer well.

“I am a big rock and roll fan myself,” explained Robbins. “It is pretty much all I listen to, so it is cool. We are hoping some bigger and better things come out of this partnership.”

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby Weekend will kick off Wednesday, December 3rd, where fans can meet their favorite drivers and enjoy live music, food, beverages and more entertainment for the whole family. On-track action will kick off on Thursday,
December 4th, with practice, time trials and more the following days leading up to the 41st Annual Snowball Derby Super Late Model event, which will take place on Sunday, December 7th.

For more information on the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino of Biloxi, Mississippi, visit www.hardrockbiloxi.com.

For more information on Hunter Robbins, please contact Jason Buckley at (704) 788-2134 and check out Hunter Robbins’ website at www.HunterRobbins.com.

Snowball Derby Trophy Could Head Up to the Midwest

December 4th, 2008

PENSACOLA, FL (December 1, 2008) – Midwestern short trackers know a great race when they see one. In their own backyards, they have major events like the Winchester 400, The Boyne at Berlin and the Slinger Nationals.

And as the 2008 racing calendar is turned to its last page, a small group of the best Midwestern short trackers are getting ready to pack up and head to Pensacola, Florida – where the 41st Annual Snowball Derby will be held at Five Flags Speedway on Sunday, December 7th. Among the Midwestern entries for the race are former ASA National Tour champion Gary St. Amant, 2008 CRA Super Series champion Scott Hantz from Indiana, 2007 CRA champion Chris Gabehart, also from Indiana, and Michigan’s Johnny Van Doorn, a former winner of the All American 400.

“To me the there are two races in asphalt short track racing that are far better than the rest – the Winchester 400 and the Snowball Derby,” said Hantz. “If you have any aspirations of moving up in the sport, those are the two places to be.”

“The Snowball Derby is a great event,” said Gabehart. “It is what I wish all of short track racing could be like. It’s great from a competition standpoint; the fans and atmosphere are just simply amazing. It’s really an honor to be a part of it.”

“It’s kind of a fantasyland for me living in the Midwest,” said Van Doorn. “I get to drive great cars on some historic tracks. I hear there is a whole lot of competition down there. It’s a whole new animal for me and it should be fun.”

There is nothing that would please this group of Midwesterners more than adding one of their own names to the list of drivers from that region who can call themselves Snowball Derby winners. That list already includes names like Gary St. Amant, Rich Bickle, Ted Musgrave, Butch Miller and Ed Howe – but it hasn’t grown any since St. Amant won the race in 2000.

This could be the year to end that drought though.

“We want to win the Derby,” said Van Doorn. “If we ran in the top five that would be great for us. We really just need to finish. We have had some good cars this year and not been able to finish. We just need to stay out of the bad luck. If we finish we have a good chance at winning.”

Even Chris Gabehart, who will be making only his third start of the 2008 season, likes his chances at the Derby. After all, he is the 2008 All-American 400 winner and he also led the Winchester 400 this year before dropping out of the race early.

“I told everybody that I wasn’t going to be out of the seat forever,” said Gabehart. “I just needed to find a way to make a living doing this racing deal. I knew I was going to run the bigger races; it’s just been fun for us. If we get some luck, we can have a good run in Pensacola like we did in Nashville.”

“For me it’s my kind of track. You have to conserve your tires because how the track surface is,” said Hantz. “Track position is key and that’s where we have been lacking a bit the last few times that we have been down there. Last year we had a good car and we felt we could have run with the leaders, but our pit strategy wasn’t real good. I felt we had a top five car last year, but we just didn’t get the job done.”

So could Hantz imagine himself as a Snowball Derby winner? Maybe not. But at the same time, he never really imagined any of his major career accomplishments to date.

“I never thought in my wildest dreams that we would be three time champion and the CRA Series all time winner,” admitted Hantz.

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby Weekend will kick off Wednesday, December 3rd with the Fifth Annual Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party, where fans can meet their favorite drivers and enjoy live music, food, beverages and more
entertainment for the whole family. On-track action will kick off on Thursday, December 4th, with practice for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby, as well as practice, qualifying and features for the Sportsmen and Bombers.

102.7 WXBM Pole Night is Friday, December 5th, with time trials for the Snowball Derby being the headline event on a schedule that also includes practice for the Snowball and Snowflake and events for the Open-Wheeled Modifieds and Super Stocks.

The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 headlines the activities on Saturday, December 6th, as the Pro Late Models will take to Five Flags for their time trials and the 100-green-flag-lap feature. The last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby Saturday night will set the field for Sunday’s main event for the Super Late Models.

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby is scheduled to take the green flag at 2pm CT at Five Flags Speedway.

Grandstand and VIP tickets are still available for the entire Snowball Derby weekend and are going fast. Contact the Five Flags Speedway Box Office for advance tickets today by calling (850) 944-8400 or print out and mail the advance ticket order form available on the official event website, www.snowballderby.com.

For more information on the 41st Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit
www.snowballderby.com/.

Augie Grill Looking To Become Repeat Snowball Derby Winner in December

December 2nd, 2008

PENSACOLA, FL (November 28, 2008) – Just over one year ago, Dolomite, Alabama, native Augie Grill won the biggest race in his career when he drove into victory lane in the 40th Annual Snowball Derby Super Late Model event at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Yes, Grill had been in victory lane there before twice, but as a crew member for winning drivers Wayne Anderson and Butch Lindley. This time, though, instead of walking to victory lane, he drove his car there as the winner of the event.

A year later, Grill is ready to defend his title in the 41st Annual Snowball Derby and add his name one more time to the record books.

Grill can remember how special that day was in December 2007, but even though he enjoyed the post-race accolades, it took several days after the victory for it to sink in that he was a Snowball Derby winner.

“It was probably by the end of the next week,” said Grill. “I had been on about three or four radio shows. I guess that brought me down to earth. It was cool. I have never done anything like that. To think of the names that have won it before, and now I am on that list, so that is pretty cool.”

Ever since it sunk in, Grill and his crew have been working on his car, getting it ready for a return trip to the Pensacola, Florida, track in December of 2008. During the process, he has had some highs and lows, but the knowledge gained will be applied on the return trip.

“We have been trying different things with most of them backfiring this year,” explained Grill. “We are just trying to get the car a little better, but we know what not to do. Hopefully we will go down there with the right frame of mind and do it again.

“Everyone is really a lot better race-wise than they were two or three years ago. You have to up your game to even have a chance at winning the Snowball. There are 38 cars there that think they have a chance at winning it, so it gets tougher every
year.”

So, what are Grill’s chances of repeating the feat this year?

“I think pretty good,” said Grill. “We had a real good car down there twice this year, and that is when we were sticking to our guns and doing what we knew. I feel if we do that, we will have a good chance to win the Snowball, just like we did last year.”

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby Weekend will kick off Wednesday, December 3rd, with the Fifth Annual Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party, where fans can meet their favorite drivers and enjoy live music, food, beverages and more entertainment for
the whole family. On-track action will kick off on Thursday, December 4th, with practice for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby, as well as practice, qualifying and features for the Sportsmen and Bombers.

102.7 WXBM Pole Night is Friday, December 5th, with time trials for the Snowball Derby being the headline event on a schedule that also includes practice for the Snowball and Snowflake and events for the Open-Wheeled Modifieds and Super Stocks.

The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 headlines the activities on Saturday, December 6th, as the Pro Late Models will take to Five Flags for their time trials and the 100-green-flag-lap feature. The last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby Saturday night will set the field for Sunday’s main event for the Super Late Models.

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby is scheduled to take the green flag at 2pm CT at Five Flags Speedway.

Grandstand and VIP tickets are still available for the entire Snowball Derby weekend and are going fast. Contact the Five Flags Speedway Box Office for advance tickets today by calling (850) 944-8400 or print out and mail the advance ticket order form
available on the official event website, www.snowballderby.com.

For more information on the 41st Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.snowballderby.com.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s of Pensacola Supporting BDI Racing in Snowball Derby

November 26th, 2008

CONCORD, NC (November 20, 2008) – During the 41st Annual Snowball Derby Weekend at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway this December, the entire BDI Racing team will be hungry for victory. The driver, team and fans of the BDI Racing #51 Chevy Impala SS Super Late Model will try to satisfy that hunger on the track. But after the racing action has wrapped up at Five Flags each night, there’s only one place that team owner and SPEED Broadcaster Bob Dillner and his race team will be to satisfy another kind of hunger.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, located at 2101 West 9 Mile Road in Pensacola, just minutes from Five Flags Speedway, has partnered with BDI Racing for the 41st Annual Snowball Derby, December 3rd through 7th. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s colors will adorn the BDI Racing Chevy, while the entire team will enjoy the restaurant’s full lineup of tasty favorites while relaxing and sharing stories of the day.

“Racing is a business, but it’s also a family and friends thing for our team, so that’s why I am excited about having a family-style sports pub like Beef ‘O’ Brady’s of Pensacola as part of our effort for the Snowball Derby,” said Dillner. “I guess you can say we have joined ‘Team ‘O’ Brady’s.’ And I’m part Irish descent, so it works out perfect with our BDI Racing team. We’re looking forward to enjoying our time there and want to invite all the fans and teams at Five Flags Speedway during the Derby week to join us at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. Hopefully we’ll have the ‘Luck of the Irish’ on our side from Beef ‘O’ Brady’s for the 41st annual Snowball Derby.”

From the time the West 9 Mile Road Beef ‘O’ Brady’s opened in 2007, the family sports-themed restaurant has quickly turned into one of the most popular hotspots for Pensacola locals. Offering a full array of delicious appetizers, soups and salads, specialty burgers, wraps, wings and more, plus a wide assortment of wines and beer, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is sure to satisfy the hunger of not only the BDI Racing team, but other racers, crewmembers and fans headed to Pensacola for the Snowball Derby.

“We’re looking forward to this year’s Snowball Derby and our partnership with the BDI Racing team,” said Beef ‘O’ Brady’s of Pensacola manager Micah Porter. “The event is great for the community and it reaches out to customers that may not know about us. Everybody loves racing in Pensacola, especially racing at Five Flags Speedway, so it should be a great experience
for us.

“It’d be a great accomplishment for the BDI Racing team and for us here at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s if the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s #51 car ended up in victory lane at the Snowball Derby.”

The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s #51 Chevrolet will make a special appearance at the sports pub on Tuesday, December 2nd, leading up to the 41st annual Snowball Derby. More details will be released in the coming days.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s of Pensacola is open until 11pm Monday through Saturday and until 10pm on Sundays. They also offer their full menu to-go. For more information or to place a to-go order, contact Beef ‘O’ Brady’s at (850) 332-5040.

BDI Racing will also announce the name of the driver of the team’s Chevy Super Late Model for the Snowball Derby in the coming days.

Based in Concord, North Carolina, BDI Racing is a full-service short track development team that offers a “total package” approach to building strong racers both on the track and off. BDI Racing has a full fleet of cars from Quarter Midgets, Bandoleros, Legends Cars, Pro Challenge Series cars and Super Late Models. Several house drivers including Meghan Dillner, Chad
Finchum and Josh Williams make up the core of the BDI Racing development program, but opportunities are available in all facets of BDI Racing’s organization for the entire 2009 season.

Marketing opportunities for the BDI Racing team and its driver development program are currently available for events in 2009, as well. For more information on how partnering with BDI Racing can provide a multitude of benefits for companies of all sizes, contact the team at (704) 788-2134 ext: 7.

Watch for the entire BDI Racing team all season long as they chase down victories and championships on the country’s short tracks. For more information on BDI Racing, please contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 ext: 5 and visit www.bdiracing.net.

John Bolen Ready for Double Duty at Snowball Derby Weekend; Alabama Native Will Run Both Super Late Model and Pro Late Model Races

November 24th, 2008

CONCORD, NC (November 18, 2008) – Everyone remembers their first Snowball Derby, but few get to do what John Bolen will be gunning for in his inaugural stop at the historic weekend. The Jasper, Alabama, driver will be attempting to make his first start in both the 41st Annual Snowball Derby and the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. Bolen feels they are more than ready for the challenge down on the Florida panhandle.

“We ran a lot down there this summer,” said Bolen. “So, going into it, I think we will be good in both races. We had a really good car there last time in the two-barrel race (Pro Late Model); plus, we were very competitive in the Blizzard Races.”

Bolen finished sixth in his most recent Pro Late Model finish at Five Flags Speedway. It was true testament to how strong the car was when it was revealed that they had been plagued by engine trouble throughout the race. Bolen had strong cars during the Super Late Model Blizzard events, but they could not pull out the finishes they wanted. They hope the Snowball Derby
will be their redemption.

“We want to be in the Derby, and we want to be competitive,” said Bolen. “At the same time, we really think we can be in the top five in the Snowflake. As much as we ran those cars this year, we feel that’s an obtainable goal for us.”

Being a Snowball Derby rookie is easy when you have run half a dozen races this season at Five Flags Speedway. Bolen knows that going fast all depends on how much tire you have left. Anyone can look like Superman with fresh rubber, but those who have something at the end are the ones that will go to victory lane.

“Down there, it’s really important how you do on new tires,” added Bolen. “However, it’s more critical how well you do on old tires. You have to figure out how you can get the car to run consistent lap times so you can stay with the leaders.”

Bolen is attracted to the Snowball Derby because of its rich history and tradition. When it comes to short track racing, nothing can compare to the Derby. Names like Darrell Waltrip, Donnie Allison, Ted Musgrave, Rick Crawford, and Steven Wallace have tasted victory in the Derby.

“It’s the biggest thing in a Late Model,” said Bolen. “It’s the closest thing to NASCAR you are going to get when it comes to Late Models. There are as many fans there as there are at some ARCA races.”

The weeklong festivities of the Snowball Derby kick off on December 4th with practice for both Pro and Super Late Models. The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will be on December 6th, with the Snowball Derby on December 7th.

For more information on John Bolen, contact Elgin Traylor at (704) 788-2134 x 4.

Taylor Satterfield Ready for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100

November 23rd, 2008

CONCORD, NC (November 18, 2008) – A year ago, Taylor Satterfield finished fourth in his first Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola (FL). The Pro Late Model race has quickly become a very popular tune-up to the Annual Snowball Derby. Every driver who is cutting their teeth in Pro Late Models will be on hand, but perhaps no driver has more momentum than Satterfield going into the event.

“Last year, we went down to Pensacola and unloaded as one of the quicker cars,” said Satterfield. “We would love to go down there and do that again. We’ll have plenty of time to get the car right.”

Satterfield is coming off his best run of the season at the World Crown 200 at Peach State Speedway (GA). After starting in the top five, Satterfield ran up front all day. In the closing laps, he came on strong and motored his way to a second-place finish. That fact gives him a lot of confidence heading into the Snowflake.

“We have been working on this car real hard. We didn’t have a lot of money to go test like we did the year before. We have done a lot of our setup work at the track this season and it’s been tough, but now we have gotten into a rhythm and it’s really been paying off for us.”

In 2007, the Satterfield race team spent three days testing in Pensacola like most teams do prior to the Snowflake 100. They hope that they can catch the setup right away and not go through five sets of tires like they did last year.

“Maybe we will be really good and we won’t have to go through so many,” said Satterfield. “Tires are really big. You have to see how hard you can run them, and you go through a few sets trying to figure that out.”

Satterfield can remember being a young go-kart driver and traveling south to watch the best of the best in the Late Model ranks duke it out at Five Flags Speedway. Once a driver sees a race from the stands, he quickly has dreams of one day standing tall in victory lane.

“I can remember we went down there in 2004,” said Satterfield. “It’s a real unique event with all the cars that show up and try to make the show. It’s a real prestigious race, and the atmosphere is just awesome.”

The weeklong festivities of the Snowball Derby kick off on December 4th with practice for both Pro and Super Late Models. The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will be on December 6th, with the Snowball Derby on December 7th.

For more information on Taylor Satterfield, contact Elgin Traylor at (704) 788-2134 x 4. Be sure to check out the his website at
www.taylorsatterfieldracing.com

Speed51.com the Official News Site of the 41st Annual Snowball Derby

November 13th, 2008

CONCORD, NC (November 11, 2008) – This December, the annual short-track racing Super Bowl, the Snowball Derby Weekend, will celebrate its 41st Anniversary at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The 41st Annual Snowball Derby Weekend, December 3rd through 7th, will feature scores of the country’s top short track talents vying for victories in the Allen Turner
Snowflake 100 or the 300-lap Snowball Derby Super Late Model feature. Names such as Darrell Waltrip, Ted Musgrave, Butch Miller, Rick Crawford, Rich Bickle, Donnie Allison and Steven Wallace have all added their name to the Snowball Derby win list over the previous 40 editions of the Snowball Derby.

While Speed51.com has not quite been around as long as the Snowball Derby, Speed51.com and the Snowball Derby are seemingly synonymous in early December. That’s because since 2002, Speed51.com has been the official news website of the Snowball Derby. That tradition will continue in 2008, Tim Bryant of Five Flags Speedway has announced that Speed51.com will once again be the official news site of the Snowball Derby in 2008.

“We have really enjoyed the growth of the partnership between the Snowball Derby and Speed51.com,” said Tim Bryant, promoter of the Snowball Derby and Five Flags Speedway. “Their coverage keeps getting better and more in-depth
every year. Last year, numerous people complimented us on the Trackside Now coverage and we’re looking forward to that again this year. A lot of race fans, even the race fans in attendance here at the Derby, follow it.

“We’re looking forward to continuing the partnership with Speed51.com and I know our racers that enjoy talking with the staff members from Speed51.com at the track are excited about the coverage again this year.”

From the time the first engine fires at Five Flags Speedway, until the fall of the checkered flag in Sunday’s Snowball Derby 300-lap feature, Speed51.com will be live at Five Flags Speedway, providing updates every day via the site’s original “Trackside Now” feature, plus driver blogs, photo galleries and more.

“Just by looking at the names that have won the Snowball Derby in the past, it’s easy to tell just how big of an event the Snowball Derby is,” said Speed51.com founder and SPEED broadcaster Bob Dillner. “The Snowball Derby is not just a race – it’s an event that every short tracker wants to compete in and win. Tim Bryant and his staff are great to work with and they have
really helped bring the Snowball Derby weekend to become the biggest short track racing weekend in the country. It’s an honor to be able to continue this tradition we’ve built up with the short track racing fans, the Bryants and the competitors of the Snowball Derby as the Official News Website of the Snowball Derby Weekend.”

Speed51.com has become an innovator in short track racing by providing live updates from short track races throughout the country every weekend during the racing season. In 2007, the Trackside Now feature on Speed51.com was used for the first time to allow people a behind-the-scenes, up-to-date look at the Snowball Derby in progress. This year, the entire 51 staff will be on-site at Five Flags to take the Trackside Now coverage to another level.

“We’ve got all kinds of things in store for the Snowball Derby Weekend,” said Speed51.com Editor Mike Twist. “We’ll cover everything on the track, from practice, qualifying and the race, to the stories in the pits that only 51 can provide that weekend. We’ll have our fan-favorite features, including driver blogs and our popular ‘Snowball Derby Best Appearing Car Award’ voting. But, we’re working on a few things that will bring our live coverage from the track to a whole new level, which I think fans that can’t make it to the Derby will really enjoy. And a lot of our readers have told us they are going to the Derby this year after reading about it on Speed51.com.”

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby Weekend will kick off Wednesday, December 3rd with the Fifth Annual Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party, where fans can meet their favorite drivers and enjoy live music, food, beverages and more entertainment for the whole family. On-track action will kick off on Thursday, December 4th, with practice for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and
the Snowball Derby, as well as practice, qualifying and features for the Sportsmen and Bombers.

102.7 WXBM Pole Night is Friday, December 5th, with time trials for the Snowball Derby being the headline event on a schedule that also includes practice for the Snowball and Snowflake and events for the Open-Wheeled Modifieds and Super Stocks.

The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 headlines the activities on Saturday, December 6th, as the Pro Late Models will take to Five Flags for their time trials and the 100-green-flag-lap feature. The last-chance qualifying race for the Snowball Derby Saturday night will set the field for Sunday’s main event for the Super Late Models.

The 41st Annual Snowball Derby is scheduled to take the green flag at 2pm CT at Five Flags Speedway on Sunday, December 7th.

Grandstand and VIP tickets are still available for the entire Snowball Derby weekend and are going fast. Contact the Five Flags Speedway Box Office for advance tickets today by calling (850) 944-8400 or print out and mail the advance ticket order form available on the official event website, www.snowballderby.com.

For more information on the 41st Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit
www.snowballderby.com.

Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com
(704) 788-2134,
matt@51sports.net

Ryan Crane Wins Final Pro Late Model Race at Five Flags before Derby Weekend

October 19th, 2008
Panama City, FL 10/13/08- As if it wasn’t enough to go out and win the 2008 Blizzard series finale just a few weeks ago at the Five Flags Speedway, Ryan Crane piloted
his #10 Honda of Panama Ford Fusion pro late model to another win at the track’s final event prior to this year’s 41st Annual Snowball Derby weekend. Crane took the
lead on lap thirty-one of the 100 lap event and never looked back cruising to his second win of the year at the famed ½ mile track.

“It feels good to be able to win in back to back races. We’ve ran here but what everyone doesn’t know is that it was with two different cars, first with our super
and now with our pro so that has me really excited for the Derby. This was the same car I won the Snowflake with last year and you can bet that as good as it has been
here I’ll be bringing it back in December,” stated Crane in victory lane.

Ryan only managed a lap that was good enough for tenth quickest during the day’s qualifying session, but it didn’t faze him a bit as he showed why having a good
“race” car at Pensacola is the key to success.

“You’ve got to have a good car that stays consistent on the longer runs and you don’t have to fight the car in the turns so you can manage your tires to get the
most out of them. That’s what we’ve been focusing on and it’s really paid off over the last two races here. We have to just hope that when we come back for the Derby
we have two cars that are as capable of winning as we did over the last couple of weeks here,” added Crane, the defending winner of the Snowflake 100.

Next up for the Ryan Crane Racing team will be the legendary All-American 400 at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, TN. The event kicks off Thursday October 30th
with practice and concludes on Saturday November 1st with racing to start at 1pm.
For more information on driver Ryan Crane and to sign up for the “Inside Ryan Crane Racing” fan mailing list visit his website at www.ryancrane10.com. For more
information on sponsorship opportunities and/or media relations contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 704-706-3666 or via email at cragle02@yahoo.com.  

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Ryan Crane Sends Message with Blizzard Series Finale Win

October 1st, 2008
Panama City, FL 9/30/08- If you were to describe Ryan Crane’s 2008 season at Five
Flags Speedway, home of the annual Snowball Derby weekend in Pensacola, FL, you
could probably compare it to that of a heart monitor. From starting the year off
being spun out by now Sprint Cup series driver Joey Logano in the closing laps while
leading Blizzard series race one, to finishing within the top five in race two and
three, and having to take an early exit in race four due to mechanical woes it
really was a prime example of an up and down year.

Well then came Friday night, the season finale for the 2008 Blizzard series and the
last official tune up for the most prestige race in short track racing, the 41st
Annual Snowball Derby weekend December 4th – 7th. Just like every year, the last
Blizzard series race is almost something similar to a Snowball Derby event which has
heavy hitters from across the country looking to get a little track time prior to
the Derby weekend. This was no different as a full field of racecars including a few
extras like Justin Drawdy, Jeff Fultz, and Alex Haase in a car owned by Sprint Cup
series driver Kyle Busch. 

With veteran Eddie Mercer’s new track record set in qualifying, taking the green
flag from the fourth place position was just fine. Early on its was Mercer and
Alabama driver Korey Ruble battling it out for the top spot as a consistent and
patient Crane settled in to ride in the third position for a majority of the first
seventy laps. 

A lap seventy-four caution brought the field to pit road for service, but it was a
solid pit stop by the Ryan Crane Racing pit crew to get the #10 Honda of
Panama/Quality Inn-Lavelle Way Ford Fusion down and away without losing a spot in
the pits. After a good restart glued to Mercer’s back bumper, Ryan decided it was
time to make his move as he dove to the inside a Mercer and then sailed away in the
closing laps to capture win number four of the year.

“What a way to get ready for the Derby! We had a good car all night long, it wasn’t
super fast at the beginning or the end; the car just never fell off and stayed the
same all night long. This is a great momentum builder for us heading into the Derby
especially after the up and down luck we’ve had here this year. I want nothing more
than to win the Snowball, that’s about the only race that sits in the back of my
head every time I’m here. I want to just take a moment to thank everyone who has
helped us out this season; Honda of Panama, Red Line Oil, and especially Quality Inn
on Lavelle Way, right up the road from the track, it’s the place to stay when you
come to Pensacola,” stated an excited  Crane in victory lane. 

For more information on driver Ryan Crane and to sign up for the “Inside Ryan Crane
Racing” fan mailing list visit his website at www.ryancrane10.com. For more
information on sponsorship opportunities and/or media relations contact Chris Ragle
with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 704-706-3666 or via email at cragle02@yahoo.com.

Josh Hamner Captures Win at Prestigious Pensacola

April 16th, 2008

“It’s been a long time coming,” said the 20-year-old racer. “And to have it
come at Pensacola, where they host the Snowball Derby every year, is really
special. A lot of great drivers have won there; it’s really an important
track for people in this business.”

Hamner’s quest for his first Super Late Model victory did not come without
anguish. He has won numerous times in the Pro Late Model wars and he has
been close so many times, only to have a tire go down or ill-timed cautions
come out, in a Super Late Model. When he pulled into victory lane after 100
laps at Five Flags Speedway, the emotion caught up with him.

“We can breath now; it was certainly a big sigh of relief,” said Hamner.
“We put so much emphasis on winning, maybe even too much at times, only to
have little stuff prevent us from getting that first win. It’s like the
monkey is off our back. Now, with the pressure off, I think we will all be
that much better.”

Hamner dominated Friday’s season opener for the Blizzard Series. He grabbed
the lead from his outside-of-the-front-row starting spot and pulled away
early in the race. After pitting for tires late in the race, he stormed
back through the field and passes Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Joey
Logano for the lead and the victory.

“That was another thing that made this so special; being able to beat Joey
Logano,” added Hamner. “I don’t have what he’s got going for him right now;
there’s a lot of hype around him, so to beat him is an honor. He’s just so
good, and we had a great race together. I’m glad to have gotten the
opportunity to race with him, and it feels even better that we were
fortunate enough to beat him.”

Hamner’s impressive triumph came just a month after a top-10 finish in the
40th annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. He finished sixth in
that race and now has 7-straight, top-10 finishes in Super Late Model
competition.

“We were good on Friday night,” explained Hamner. “It’s the same car we
raced at the Derby with the same shocks. We did a little fine-tuning and
made it that much better.

“I think this is going to start off a good year for us. We have had some
good runs earlier in the year, and as long as we keep our stuff together I
think we’ll continue this trend”

Josh Hamner will compete for the Blizzard Series championship this year at
Five Flags Speedway. The five-race series leads up to the 41st running of
the Snowball Derby on December 6th. His next scheduled event will be the
Birmingham Super Series, Davey Allison Memorial, during NASCAR weekend in
Talladega on Saturday, April 26th.

Josh Hamner is looking for additional Late Model, Hooters Pro Cup or NASCAR
Camping World East Series opportunities this season. If you would like more
information on Josh Hamner and his future racing plans or marketing
information regarding the team, contact Mike Twist at (207) 590-1786 and
please check out JoshHamner.com.

Josh Hamner Runs Away With Blizzard Series Opener

April 15th, 2008

He dominated the “Amp 100″ series opener to win for the first time in Super Late Model competition at Five Flags Speedway.

Starting from outside of the front row in the 38-car field, Hamner put his
#38 in front of pole-sitter Donnie Wilson going into turn one and then set
the pace everyone would follow for the remainder of the event.

“At the start of the race Donnie said he wasn’t going to set a blistering
fast pace,” said Hamner. “I figured if I get a really good start he would
let me go since he wasn’t going to push it.

“I didn’t really plan on leading all those laps. I have been down here in
that situation many times where I have led 96 to 99 laps and not win the
race. You just have to keep the fenders and tires on it and stay out of
trouble.”

While Hamner stayed out front, many drivers paced themselves throughout the
race while waiting for the right moment to pit for two fresh tires. Grill,
Bubba Pollard and Ryan Crane all came in for their tires before the majority
of the leaders, something that almost paid off for each one of them.
Unfortunately for all three, trouble reached out and grabbed them one by
one.

Grill made his way back to the lead when Hamner, Logano and Robbins all
pitted under yellow at lap 83 for an incident on the track that took out
last year’s Blizzard Series champion Scott Carlson. On the restart, Grill
and a lapped car made contact which put enough damage to the #112 machine to
take him out of contention.

The incident put Crane in the top spot, but a few laps later his day would
come to an end when he made contact with a fast charging Logano. Crane spun
his #10.

“I wasn’t sure where he (Crane) was going,” said Logano, who was racing a
car from the Stanley Smith stables. “I was up to his door and all of a
sudden he started coming down. I couldn’t even back out at that point and
figured it is what it is. He hit me and we kept on digging there.”

For a new twist, only green flag laps are counted in this year’s 100-lap
races. Pollard inherited the lead since he was scored ahead of Logano on
the last recorded lap, but Pollard ducked down pit road to change tires
during this caution period.

Logano inherited the lead during when the green came back out on lap 85, but
Hamner was all over his back bumper. It only took Hamner only two laps to
regain the lead and then the youngster drove off to score the biggest
victory of his career.

“We kept a stopwatch on all the guys that came in and got tires,” explained
Hamner. “They weren’t really much faster than us coming up through there.

“Before that run I planned on coming in around lap 65 to 70. That would
give me enough time to get back up through the field. When my dad told me
there were 17 laps to go, I was hoping there wouldn’t be a caution and sure
enough it came out. I got beat last year by not coming in and taking tires,
so I decided to come and get them.

“I didn’t really know how good Joey was. I knew he was pretty decent since
he was behind me before that pit stop. I got a heck of a run coming off
turn two and got to his door before turn three. I just kept it on the
bottom and got the lead.”

Logano, who is using the Blizzard Series to get some seat time in before his
NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in May, was looking for the victory, but
wasn’t disappointed with his second-place finish, especially since it was
his first race at Five Flags Speedway.

“That #38 (Hamner) was a fast car,” said Logano. “He had that thing hooked
up. I thought we were turning the center good, but we had no forward bite.
He turned the center better than me and pulled off the corner better than
me.

“We got those two tires and since I had never been here before I didn’t know
what it would do. It picked it up quite a bit. We were passing cars on the
high side fast and we were passing good cars like they were lapped cars.
This is definitely a fun place to race. There is a bunch of strategy in it.
Obviously I would have liked to win the race, but it is just nice to get
back in the seat again.”

Another driver that paced himself throughout the race was last year’s
Blizzard Series first-round winner Hunter Robbins. Not making a lot of
noise throughout the race, Robbins made his presence known late as he
crossed the line a strong third.

“At the start of the race our car was good,” said Robbins. “I got a lot of
experience last year in these races, so I knew what I had to do. I rode for
a while, but I started getting worried there at the end because our car
wasn’t too good and a lot of people had taken their tires. The laps were
winding down and I was praying for another caution. Luckily the caution
came out and we came in to get our tires.

“Our car was pretty good after that. We gained as many positions as we
could, then our car started going away again. It is still like a win for
us. This is a great momentum builder.”

Both Logano and Robbins were satisfied with where they finished, but the man
of the race was Hamner. The dominating performance he showed Friday night
will have many drivers wondering if they will have what it takes to beat the
Hamner Racing Engines #38 this season for the Blizzard title.

“I think this is going to start off a good year for us,” said Hamner. “We
have had some good runs earlier in the year and as long as we keep our stuff
together we will be good. I am really looking forward to this year.”

The next race for the Blizzard Series will take place on Friday, May 23rd.
The “Red, White and Blue 100, Presented by Pepsi” will be the second race in
the five-race 2008 series at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for
the Super Late Models.

For more information on the Blizzard Series or the 41st annual Snowball
Derby, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit
www.5flagsspeedway.com.

Ryan Crane Captures a Win in His First Start of the 2008 Season

March 7th, 2008

The wave of success continued for the twenty-four-year-old Florida native as he came from the back of the pack on several occasions to claim the Canebreak 125 pro late model race at South Alabama Speedway’s “Rattler” weekend.

Crane was crowned the winner after post race inspection found that the #96 of
Stephen Davis was too heavy on the left side weight resulting in his
disqualification.

“You never want to win like this, you would much rather win with a great pass or something like that but a rule is a rule, just like they penalized us to the rear of the field for rough driving, so we’ll take it. These pro late model races have been just as tough of competition as the supers and I think you will see even more cars and a higher quality of cars in the future so to be able to win a big race like this to start the year off is just awesome,” said Crane.

The 125 lap pro late model event looked to be more like an endurance race as nine cautions would wave before the halfway point. But for Crane it was a quick way to make his way to the front after having to start in the middle of the pack due to the car being setup for the night time cooler conditions. After battling his way through the slower cars, which seemed at times tougher than the faster ones, Crane made his way to the third position with just ten laps reaming after what played out to be the nights final of many yellow flags. The #10 Honda/Yamaha/Sea Doo of Panama Ford Fusion got around the David Hodges machine in what turned out to be the winning pass with just two laps to go.

However, after Saturday’s pro late model win there was no time to dwell on a great victory as the Mike Garvey led team had a chance to make history as the only driver to win the pro late model and super late model race in the “Rattler” weekend. The chances looked favorable for Crane as he moved as high as the fourth position during the early stages of the 250 lap race. At lap seventy-five the teams had their chance to make adjustments and bolt fresh rubber on their cars under the mandatory competition yellow flag. After the field went back to green Crane made the decision to ride to help conserve his tires but it was a mechanical problem with the car’s drive train that struck the team around the lap 175 mark resulting in an early exit to what had looked to be a promising run.

For more information on driver Ryan Crane and to sign up for the “Inside Ryan Crane Racing” mailing list visit his website at www.ryancrane10.com. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or media relations contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 704-706-3666 or via email at cragle02@yahoo.com.

Blizzard Races To Add Excitement to Weekly Racing at Five Flags Speedway

February 12th, 2008

That is because Five Flags also draws some of the best Southern SLM teams
together five other times throughout the season for their Blizzard Series
events. That season will get started on April 11th, with events also
scheduled for May 23rd, June 27th, August 15th and September 26th.

Fans got to see 54 different drivers compete in the Blizzard Series events
last season, with Scott Carlson eventually coming out ahead of Ryan Crane
and Justin Drawdy in a close title fight. The Blizzard Series races bring
the excitement level up every time that they take place.

“Without a doubt, the Blizzard races are a highlight of our regular season,”
said Five Flags Promoter Tim Bryant. “We’ve found that both the competitors
and the fans are really pleased with the schedule and enjoy the races each
time that they are scheduled.”

This season, the Blizzard Series underwent a few minor scheduling tweaks to
keep SLM teams from having to pick and choose too much when it came to
planning their races schedules.

“We have five dates without any major conflicts,” said Bryant. “We’ve
altered our schedule a little bit this year. The final three Blizzard races
are a little bit earlier than they have been in the past. We are doing that
to accommodate the Winchester 400 [at Winchester Speedway in Indiana], out
of respect for the tradition of that race.

“In the past, there has been a Blizzard race on the same weekend as
Winchester, but we want to allow Super Late Model teams from the Southeast
to be able to go up and compete in that race, just like what the Northern
tracks have always done to allow their teams to come down and run the
Snowball Derby.”

And with Super Late Model racing going strong in the South, it looks like
there will be plenty of teams competing in Blizzard events this season.

“Along with the resurgence of Birmingham International Raceway, the Viper
Series races at Opp and with the Super Late Model races at Mobile, we see
that there are plenty of opportunities for the Super Late Model racers to
compete. The state of the economy concerns us a little bit because you
might think that would hurt the Super Late Model teams, but we’ve seen no
indication of that happening at all so far. We see Super Late Model racing
as relatively healthy right now.”

For more information on Five Flags Speedway, the Blizzard Series and the
41st Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x
5 and visit www.fiveflagsspeedway.com.

2008 Blizzard Series Schedule
April 11th
May 23rd
June 27th
August 15th
September 26th
Dec 4th-7th – 41st Annual Snowball Derby (Non Points Event)

Zach Stroupe Has Head-Turning Performance in Snowflake 100

December 5th, 2007

But, if that driver had to work his way up from starting deep in the field
to lead some laps late in the going, then it is a story that would certainly
turn heads throughout the pit area and grandstands in the Snowflake 100.

That’s the story of 15-year-old Zach Stroupe. Stroupe made it into the 100- lap feature on December 1st by finishing second in his last-chance race after having handling issues in time trials. Once in the show, he proved that his Mac Tools/Hertz of Pensacola/Lone Star Steakhouse of Pensacola #51 Chevrolet was going to be tough to beat. He worked all the way up from his 34th-place starting spot to lead laps late in the going before getting spun out of a top-10 spot with 10 laps remaining. That unfortunate circumstance relegated the BDI Racing team to a 19th-place finish.

Despite the tough luck at the end of the race, Stroupe and the BDI Racing team proved they could run up front and will be a force in the country’s Late Model competition in 2008.

“We were pretty good all weekend long,” said Stroupe. “Even though we had to go in through the last chance race, we knew we had a good car for the race and that we would be there in the end.

“Once we got into the race, we started going right to the front. We were passing cars whenever we could and riding when we could because it was a long race and that track is tough on tires. I got behind Michael Pope and we worked through a bunch of cars, up to the top 10. We pitted right with our strategy and then everybody else pitted which put us second. We got by the leader and led a few laps. We got passed and were running sixth when Paul Kelley decided to take me out.

“But no matter what, we achieved all of our goals for the weekend. We learned a ton through all the practice and we had a lot of fun. We were running sixth when we got spun, so a top-10 or even a top-five finish would have been like a win to us. Still, leading laps and having as strong of a car as we did is pretty special.”

To meet every goal in a race that was so difficult to succeed in made for a
positive experience for the entire BDI Racing Team, as well.

“I am so proud of Zach and everyone on this team,” said Bob Dillner, who is
also a NASCAR commentator for SPEED Channel. “Zach proved he had the strength, maturity and patience of seasoned veteran. It’s a shame we got taken out late in the going when we were giving the other competitor the outside groove to try to get around us, but that happens. So many people
came up to either me or Zach after the race to give us kudos and that really
feels good. Zach has a bright future in this sport and I think a lot of people were able to see that on the big Snowball Derby weekend stage. Now we’ll just regroup with all of our supporters and getting ready for what we
hope will be a great 2008 season.”

The race had unfolded perfectly for the young Stroupe. From the drop of the
green flag, he was working his way forward through the all-star lineup in
the Snowflake 100. He had worked into the top-20 by lap 20 and was battling
for the top-10 by lap 40. A quick two-tire pit stop put Stroupe back in the
field, but on new tires he was burning his way back up front by the halfway
point. A caution with only 35 to go allowed the rest of the leaders to come
to pit road and put Stroupe in the second spot.

From there, Stroupe quickly worked his way to the lead and made a bold move
beneath D.J. Vanderlay for the lead on lap 66. He held that advantage until
the cars with fresher tires began to work their way back up, but Stroupe was
still comfortably hanging around the top-five spots until getting spun with
only 11 laps remaining.

I gave the guy plenty of room. I even motioned him to my outside so I wouldn’t get freight trained by everybody else. He was faster, and I was going to let him by on the outside, but he got into our left-rear and spun us out.

“It was frustrating, but all weekend long was a positive experience.We learned a lot, and I mean the whole team did great. We ran some good laps and we learned a lot for next year.”

All eyes in the short track racing world were fixated directly on Pensacola
for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100.Stroupe wanted to add his name to the list of drivers who excelled during the 40-year history of the Snowball Derby and he had plenty of help from others who wanted the same thing for him.

“All the good drivers are here. You can walk up to guys like Jeff Fultz and
Gary St. Amant, two guys that really helped us out all weekend long, and just ask for help. Even NASCAR guys like David Stremme were here and he helped us out a bunch. Richie Wauters’ pit crew helped us change tires in the race and I definitely have to thank all of them. Of course, we had Bond Suss (Car Chief for the #96 Hall of Fame Racing NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team) on the phone all weekend helping us dial the car in. He really came up with a great game plan and we appreciate all of his efforts. Everybody helped a little bit just to get the car right, and I have to thank all of them.”

The Snowflake 100 brought the Super Late Model division of BDI Racing’s season to a close. The team is currently assessing plans for the 2008 season, but the #51 Chevrolet will be back for a healthy dose of Super Late Model racing in the coming season with 15-year-old Zach Stroupe behind the wheel. In the meantime, BDI Racing drivers Bruce Silver, Matt Harris, Meghan Dillner, Nick Stroupe and Gregory Lang will be competing in the Winter Heat Series in BDI Racing Legends Cars and Bandoleros at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (NC) through the month of January.

Marketing opportunities for the BDI Racing team and its driver development
program in Super Late Models, Pro Challenge, Legends Cars and Bandoleros are
available for the 2008 season. For more information on how partnering with
BDI Racing can provide a multitude of benefits for companies of all sizes,
contact the team at (704) 788-2134 ext: 7.

Watch for Zach Stroupe and the entire BDI Racing team all season long as
they chase down victories and championships on the country’s short tracks in
2008 and beyond. For more information on BDI Racing, please contact Matt
Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 ext: 5.

Snowball Derby Winner Augie Grill on Realracinusa.com Tuesday Night

December 5th, 2007

Danny Sammons from Area Auto Racing News will be along to talk about the
excitement of Indoor Racing. Other guests this week include up and coming
youngster Bruce Hibbs Jr.

Real Racin’ USA shows are also always available for download and later
listening and maintains an extensive archive of all past shows.

On Wednesday night the ever popular Straightlining with Stevie show airs at
8 PM on Real Racin’ USA. This week legendary Pro Fuel Dragster driver
Scotty Cannon is the featured guest.

The call in line for all show is 941-228-8359 or 941-426-6760.

Augie Grill Scores Victory In 40th Annual Snowball Derby; Despite Front End Damage, Grill Pulls Away Late to Score First Snowball Triumph

December 3rd, 2007

But in the 40th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags on Sunday, December 2nd,
it was finally time for the now-31-year-old Dolomite, Alabama native to make
it to victory lane as a driver of the 300-lap race. Grill took the lead for
the final time on lap 267 from defending Snowball Derby Champion Clay Rogers
and checked out from the field late in the race, even despite front bumper
cover damage suffered early in the going, to take the laurels as the 30th
different winner of the prestigious short track event.

Grill started 14th and suffered damage to the front end of his #112 as he
worked through the 39-car starting field. Even with the damage, Grill still
had a stout racecar that he was able to maneuver into the top-five. Once up
front, he was a fixture there.

Grill pulled away from the pack in the final laps while Matt Hawkins and
Jeff Fultz battled for second behind him. Hawkins, a former winner of the
Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags, edged Fultz in the last 10 laps
for the runner-up spot. Eddie Mercer, 2005 Champion of the Snowball Derby,
finished fourth, while Rogers rounded out the top-five.

Josh Hamner finished sixth, while Michigan’s Brian Campbell came home
seventh with Ryan Foster, Scott Hantz and Jeff Choquette completing the top
10.

For more information on the 40th Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt
Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.snowballderby.com.

The 40th annual Snowball Derby Weekend closes out the 2007 Racing Season in theUnited States.

December 2nd, 2007

The 40th annual Snowball Derby Weekend traditionally closes out the season within the entire United States as the fast 0.500 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval of the Five Flags (FL) Speedway in Pensacola, Florida serves as hosts for one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated events in the entire country.

In addition to the headlining 300-lap Feature for Super Late Models, the widely
popular 8th Annual Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for ASA Late Model Series Type cars has grown to elite status as well. For the first time ever, Snowball Derby Officials received more pre entries for the Snowflake 100 than for the headlining Snowball Derby as there were 90 Snowflake Entries compared to 74 Snowball teams that were pre entered.

Our friends at the popular Speed 51.com website is providing exclusive coverage of the entire weekend from Pensacola, Florida. The fine folks at Speed 51 have been in town since Wednesday night and are utilizing their “Trackside Now” Feature all weekend long.

Covering the Snowball Derby Weekend from Speed 51 will be Matt Dillner, Jason
Buckley, Steve Neeley, Elgin Traylor, Matt Kentfield, Jeremy Troiano, and Jamie
Williams. Also on hand is Speed 51 Founder, Bob Dillner will be busy with several obligations as well. He even raced on Thursday night in the Five Flags Bombers Division.

You can get all the latest from the 40th annual Snowball Derby Weekend by going to the Speed 51.com website at the link provided: http://www.speed51.com

Snowball Derby Brings Hundreds Upon Hundreds Of Cars To Pensacola; Snowball And Snowflake Bring In Big Numbers, And So Do The Support Divisions

November 27th, 2007

As of Sunday, November 25th, there were already paid 65 entries for the 40th
running of the Snowball Derby, one of the biggest and most prestigious races
in the country. On top of that, the Eighth Annual running of the Snowflake
100 for Pro Late Models has already received 80 total paid entries as of
November 25th. That makes for 145 cars expected to show up in Pensacola for
just two races.

“We are ecstatic with the entry list,” said Tim Bryant, promoter of Five
Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby. “I guess, we are nervous more than
anything because we want to make sure it’s a good experience for everybody.
When you have that many cars in a confined spot, there will be some glitches
along the way. We just try to handle everyone in the best way that we can.”

A total of 13 states will be represented in drivers vying for starting spots
at the Snowball Derby. Drivers will come from as far from Maine, Oklahoma,
Michigan and Indiana and from as close as right in Pensacola.

Drivers racing for spots in the Snowflake 100 will also represent 13 total
states, including Delaware, Kentucky, Michigan and Colorado.

“It is always nice when you see a lot of teams and drivers come in from
around all over the Southeast and the greater Eastern part of the United
States,” said Bryant. “That makes the whole weekend more enjoyable because
you get to see a lot of guys race with each other who haven’t raced with
each other very much.”

In addition to the Snowball and Snowflake races, there are Modified, Super
Stock, Sportsman and Bomber races all expected to go off during the weekend.
While those four classes have 53 pre-paid entries up to this point, Bryant
expects plenty more cars to show up and pay for entries during the race
weekend.

“What we are seeing with the local classes are guys that are building next
year’s cars and thrashing on them at the last minute to get them done,”
added Bryant. “A lot of them will come to the Snowball with new cars and
fresh paint schemes. It is their Snowball Derby too.

“A lot of those guys will enter when they come through the gate on their
particular racedays. The Super Stocks will probably get around 25 cars.
The Sportsman Division will get between 30 and 35 cars, and before its over,
I think we’ll have around 40 Bombers. The wild card is the Modified
Division. We have 17 confirmed entries as of Monday, but we really think
that number could as much as triple. It should be a good show.”

Tickets and RV Parking spots for the 40th Annual Snowball Derby weekend are
still available, but they are going fast. Four-day advance Reserved seats
are only $70. For more information on tickets and RV passes, contact Five
Flags Speedway at 850-944-8400 or order tickets online at
www.snowballderby.com

For more information on the 40th Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt
Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.snowballderby.com.

Michael Pope Is Ready to Roll into Snowball Derby Weekend; Young Driver Will Compete in Snowflake 100 Event

November 25th, 2007

This year, Michael Pope will be making the journey down to Pensacola to
compete in his first ever Snowball Derby Weekend. He will compete in the
Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model event on Saturday, where he hopes to be able to
add his name to the history books with those who have won on that famous
weekend in December.

“I am really excited to be heading down to Five Flags Speedway,” said Pope.
“The Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby are such prestigious races, and
there are a lot of big names who race in them and who come down to watch
it.”

While it will be Pope’s first trip to the Snowball Derby Weekend, it won’t
be his first appearance at Five Flags Speedway. He has previously competed
in the Georgia Asphalt Series event there, and he was successful too -
bringing home a solid top-10 finish

“I am really excited about running the Snowflake 100. Pensacola (Five Flags
Speedway) is a fun track and one that we have some experience on. Earlier
this year when we were down there for the Georgia Asphalt Series race we had
a pretty good run. We learned a lot about setup. I think that we should be
able to take some of the things we learned and put them to good use as we
head down there this time. Hopefully we will be able to better our finish
by a few spots and bring home the win.”

The 2007 season has already been one for the books for young Michael Pope.
He was a championship contender in the Georgia Asphalt Series all season
long and he brought home his first GAS victory at one of his favorite
tracks, Peachstate Speedway. To add a victory at Five Flags Speedway would
be the icing on top of the cake to end the 2007 season.

“We know what it feels like to win now and I know that it would mean a lot
to win the Snowflake 100,” added Pope. “It would mean a lot to me but I
would really want to win it for my parents, for everything they have done
for me and my racing career.

“There is a lot of pressure, on me at least, to perform good this weekend.
I know drivers who have won the races in the past have had opportunities
arise from it, but you can’t let it get to you. You just have to focus on
doing your best, and hopefully winning the race, and hope that the rest
falls into place “

The Snowflake 100 is set for December 1st at Five Flags Speedway in Florida.
The race will get underway at 7:00pm local time.

For more information on Michael Pope please contact Amy Hayes at (770)
855-1461 and be sure to visit www.michaelpopeonline.com for all the
latest racing news.

Josh Hamner Hopes To “Win One For Dad” At Snowball Derby: Youngster Has Been Preparing All Year For The Biggest Super Late Model Race Of Season

November 17th, 2007

Over the past couple of years though, Josh Hamner, Jeff’s son, has become
maybe as well known as his father in the short track world. As one of the
members of the “New Alabama Gang,” Hamner has become a force in the Super
Late Model world, which was evident by his strong run in last year’s
Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Hamner had put
himself in position to win the race before a late-race mechanical failure
put him on the sidelines.

This year, Hamner is back and looking to finish off what he nearly started
last season. He’s hoping to win the Snowball Derby, and bring the Hamner
name back to the forefront of short track racing, for both himself and his
father Jeff.

“The Derby does mean a lot to me. It has to,” said Hamner, who has been
traveling to the Derby for as long as he can remember to watch. “(Our
family) has been in it so long. My dad has actually won it with a few of
his customers. He won it in 1993 with Bobby Gill. That year, he was more
than just his engine builder. Then, the year that Charlie (Bradberry) won
it, I was on his pit crew. I know it means something to everyone and
everyone wants to win it. But for me, it’s more than the money and anything
else. It’s just to say that I won the Snowball Derby.”

“My dad has worked more on my car that he has on his engines I think, or at
least it seems, in the past month or so. We are still shy of that first
Super Late Model win as a team and for the Snowball Derby to be the first
one would mean a lot to him. When (former crew chief) Michael (Shelton)
left, he’s really stepped up and been a leader. For us to win this race
would be amazing. It would mean a lot to me to win it for him. It wouldn’t
be Bobby Gill driving his car, it wouldn’t be Scott Carlson, it wouldn’t be
Charlie Bradberry; it would be his own son. That would mean a lot to him.”

Hamner has been preparing for the Derby all year long. Hamner competed in
all five Blizzard Series races in 2007, along with three Pro Late Model
events at Five Flags Speedway, home of the Snowball Derby.

“I’ve raced a little less this year than I have in the past and my main
focus this year has been the Derby all along. That is the big picture.
That is the Nextel Cup in my eyes. We said at the beginning of the year
that the Derby was always our focus. I’ve raced at Pensacola a bunch of
times this year in either a Blizzard Series race or the Pro Late Models
class and we’ve been pretty good.

“This year, I had only one bad run down there so far, that was in the first
Blizzard Series race. The rest of the time, we’ve been very competitive.
The last race we were a top-five car before we wrecked. We’ve had a good
car down there all year long. We are just lacking that little bit to be
dominant.”

Hamner was on his way to be dominant in last year’s Derby, leading laps
early after starting third in the event. However, after staying on the lead
lap and putting himself in position to win, Hamner fell out of the event
with mechanical problems.

“This year, I feel better than ever. Last year, I was worried about
qualifying well and running good, because I had struggled all year trying to
find that speed. We qualified well and that was a big boost. I am not
going to say I could have won the Derby last year, but I was in a position
to win it until the axle broke. That is a good feeling that you can put
yourself in position to win that race.

“Going into the Derby this year, I’m really excited. This year has been
back to a learning curve for me, but, I don’t think its set us back in
anyway. I am looking forward to this as it is the mother of all races.
This is the one everyone wants. I’m going to give it all I got.”

The 40th Annual Snowball Derby is set to run Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 at Five Flags
Speedway in Pensacola, FL. The 300-lap feature event will go off on Sunday
at 1pm local time.

For more information on Josh Hamner, please contact Jeremy Troiano at (704)
788-2134 and check out joshhamner.com.

Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Offering More Racing for More Money; 100 Green Laps with a $7,000-To-Win Purse Helping to Strengthen Pro Late Model Racing

November 1st, 2007

Five Flags Speedway officials announced today that drivers in the Allen
Turner Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model race, a preliminary event for the
300-lap Snowball Derby Super Late Model event on Sunday, December 2nd, will
now battle for 100 green-flag laps for a $7,000 winner’s check, plus an
increased purse throughout the top-20 finishing positions from the 2006
edition of the Snowflake 100.

“The fans have spoken and we’re going to give them what they want – more
racing. The competitors have spoken and we’re going to give them what they
want too – a bigger purse,” said Tim Bryant, Promoter of Five Flags
Speedway. “The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will now be 100 green flag laps
and we’ve beefed up the purse nicely to continue the tradition of the
Snowflake 100 as one of the biggest Pro Late Model races in the country.”

Previous editions of the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 have featured 100 total
laps, including both green and caution-flag circuits and a $5,000 winners
share. With an all-star Pro Late Model lineup including Five Flags
regular-season PLM Champion Sammy McMullen, Five Flags regulars Brandon
Carlson and Johanna Long, former IRL Indy Car and NASCAR Busch Series driver
A.J. Foyt IV and last year’s Snowflake 100 winner Matt Hawkins (2-time
Hooters Pro Cup winner in 2007) already entered, this year’s Snowflake, with
its larger purse and more racing laps, is set to be one of the biggest Pro
Late Model races in the country.

“We want to recognize that Pro Late Model racing in the Southeast is
growing,” said Bryant. “Having races like this and some of the other big
Pro Late Model races in the South here at the end of the season really gives
credibility to Pro Late Model racing.

“When we started the Pro Late Model division at Five Flags three years ago,
we recognized the fact that Late Model racing needed an avenue for guys with
lesser budgets to be able to compete. We’re ecstatic with the steady growth
that Pro Late Model racing has seen, so we are happy to reward that growth
with an even bigger event this year with the Allen Turner Snowflake 100.

“Of course, we couldn’t do any of this without the support of the folks from
Allen Turner Hyundai. They have been great supporters of us at Five Flags
and they have stepped up to help make the Snowflake 100 and the entire
Snowball Derby weekend a success, so we are extremely grateful to them.”

The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will take the green flag on Saturday,
December 1st as part of the 40th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend, November
29th through December 2nd.

Entries for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and the 40th Annual Snowball
Derby, plus the Super Stock, Modified, Bomber and Sportsman features, are
available at the official Snowball Derby website, www.snowballderby.com.

For more information on the 40th Annual Snowball Derby event weekend,
contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.snowballderby.com.

New England Racers Are Eyeing Snowball Derby Glory; Several PASS North Stars Look Into Running the December Short Track Classic

October 31st, 2007

Last season, two-time PASS North champion Johnny Clark and five-time 2006
PASS North race winner Cassius Clark both headed to the Derby and were
impressive in their performances. Both Clarks, who are friends, but are not
related, were near the top of the sheets in practice sessions all week and
ran competitively in the race – with Johnny finishing 10th and Cassius
taking home a 15th place finish.

This year, at least one of the Clarks will definitely be back, with the
other one likely to return as well.

“I’ve sent in my entry blank,” said Johnny Clark. “We’re planning on
bringing both cars [first to the Mason-Dixon Meltdown in November at Concord
Motorsport Park and then to Five Flags Speedway for the Derby] and staying
on the road for a few weeks. That is a great race in Pensacola with the
best Super Late Models in the country.”

“We really want to go back there because it’s such a fun race,” added
Cassius Clark. “It depends on what happens because it’s a long ways away,
but are planning on it. It’s one of the biggest in the country. It is one
of those can’t miss races, so we’ll see what we can come up with for it.”

A pair of newcomers from up North are also eying the Snowball Derby this
year. PASS Rookie Trevor Sanborn, who contended for victories all season
long in the Cushman Competition #29 Ford is going to be making the trip from
Maine as part of a winter swing of Southern events.

“We’re going to go to the [Mason-Dixon] Meltdown and definitely the Snowball
Derby,” said Sanborn. “We’re going to Lakeland [for January's Speedfest at
USA International Speedway] and New Smyrna {for February’s Florida
Speedweeks].”

Sanborn has heard a lot about the Snowball Derby and can’t wait to race at
Five Flags.

“I think that it is going to be awesome, especially if we succeed and do
well down there,” said the young PASS North driver. “I think that we will.
There’s not a PASS North car that goes down South and doesn’t do well. They
always run up front whether it is Lakeland, New Smyrna or the Snowball
Derby. I think that we’ll have a good shot at it.”

Another young driver considering the trip in teenager D.J. Shaw. The New
Hampshire racer is already a track champion at White Mountain Motorsports
Park in New Hampshire and his team is eying the Derby to keep their winter
filled with racing.

Shaw, son of former NASCAR Busch Series and driver Dale Shaw has ties to the
Panhandle of Florida.

“I’ve never been to the track, but I used to live about 90 miles from
there,” said D.J. Shaw. “When my dad drove in Busch South [for car owner
James Finch], we lived in Panama City. I know that it is a very prestigious
race. It will be a good learning experience for me, with the high-powered
cars and the toughest competition in the country there.”

Entries for the 40th Annual Snowball Derby, as well as the 100-lap Pro Late
Model Snowflake 100, plus the Super Stock, Modified, Bomber and Sportsman
features, are available at the official Snowball Derby website,
www.snowballderby.com.

For more information on the Blizzard Series and the 40th Annual Snowball
Derby event, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit
www.snowballderby.com.

NASCAR Star Kyle Busch Enters For 40th Annual Snowball Derby; NEXTEL Cup “Chaser” Getting Back to Short Track Roots at Five Flags Speedway

October 19th, 2007

Kyle Busch is just like the rest of his Cup Series cohorts and will leave
from Homestead to visit a place he truly enjoys; only it won’t be some
secluded tropical resort for some rest and relaxation. Instead, Busch will
be banging fenders with the best short track racers in the country in the
40th Annual Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

And that’s just where Kyle Busch wants to be.

“I’m looking forward to the Snowball Derby, but I look forward to and enjoy
Super Late Model racing in general. I love that stuff,” said Busch. “Going
back to the local ranks and racing with the local guys, seeing the young
talent coming up through the ranks and seeing what kind of technology is out
there is a lot of fun for me. I like to support the local racing because
that’s where everybody grows up and that’s where new drivers come from. If
we can keep that trend going, the better off the sport is. It’s just fun
for me to do and I enjoy it.”

Busch is no stranger to the Snowball Derby. He competed in the prestigious
event as a 16-year-old in 2002, but bad luck relegated him to a
disappointing 33rd-place finish. Now, the former West Coast Super Late
Model and ASA racer will be getting back to his short track roots.

“It will be a lot of fun racing with some of those short track guys again.
I know Scott Carlson is going to be tough because he’s the local guy. Guys
like Clay Rogers will be tough because they’re always tough everywhere they
go. There’s going to be some pretty cool guys that are going to be down
there and I’m just looking forward to racing with those guys in the Derby.”

Busch will be piloting his own #51 Chevrolet with support from the former
Snowball Derby-winning team of Richie Wauters, who will also have NASCAR
Busch Series driver Steven Wallace, a former Snowball Derby winner himself,
in their stable for this year’s Derby.

“Me and Richie pretty much built the thing and work on it,” added Busch.
“Richie and those guys house it for me and stuff, but I own it and I know
how expensive it gets. It’s going to be cool to go down there knowing that
they run so well down there. We’ve got a new setup package that we’re going
to run this year to see how it works, but we’ve also got notes that we can
go back to if we need to.”

Kyle Busch has won races from the short tracks of America to the NEXTEL Cup
Series. He’s a Chase contender for the title this year on the Cup circuit.
He’s got trophies from all over the country on his mantle, but a Snowball
Derby trophy would be a welcome addition to the collection.

“It would mean a lot to me to win the Snowball Derby. Winning a trophy
anywhere means a lot to me. I’ve won two Super Late Model races this year
and they’re both really cool and really special because those were the first
Late Model races I had won in a long time. I used to win them out in Vegas
all the time, but never racing against people from across the country.
That’s what I’m looking forward to in the Snowball Derby too.”

Tickets and RV Parking spots for the 40th Annual Snowball Derby are still
available, but they are going fast. Four-day advance Reserved seats are
only $70. For more information on tickets and RV passes, contact Five Flags
Speedway at 850-944-8400 or order tickets online at www.snowballderby.com

For more information on the 40th Annual Snowball Derby event, contact Matt
Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit www.snowballderby.com

Lady Luck On Eddie Mercer and Scott Carlson’s Side at Five Flags

October 17th, 2007

Lady Luck made her presence known Friday night at Five Flags. She is what
separated champions from contenders, making Eddie Mercer and Scott Carlson
glad they were on Lady Luck’s good side, while Ryan Crane, Justin Drawdy and
a host of others were left wondering what could have been.

Eddie Mercer had not been in Lady Luck’s good graces since his 2005 triumph
in the prestigious Snowball Derby SLM event at Five Flags. After years of
trying, the Pensacola native finally won the Derby that December, but he had
not returned to victory lane since. A victory was taken away from him in
post-race tech inspection in the spring of 2006, but since then it’s been a
series of finishes outside the winner’s podium.

Finally, Lady Luck let Mercer back on her good side Friday Night. Mercer
was fast throughout the event, dominating both early and late in the race en
route to his first Five Flags victory since 2005 over Grant Enfinger and
Adam Crawford.

“It feels good, because I’ve got a really dedicated bunch of crew guys that
have stayed with me through the tough times,” said Mercer. “I’ve got some
guys that have been racing with me my whole career and never left me. I
really wanted to win a race for them.

“We sold our Snowball Derby-winning car and we built this car. This car was
fast out of the box, but then it got one gremlin after another, like it was
possessed. We finally got all the bugs worked out, and we never gave up on
it. We’ve got a brand new car sitting at the shop, but we didn’t bring it
out because we knew we had a winning car that we just had to work the
gremlins out of it. We finally did that tonight.”

Mercer’s victory ended Scott Carlson’s stronghold on Five Flags’ victory
lane of late. With two-straight victories in the Blizzard Series going into
Friday’s finale, Carlson had positioned himself third in Blizzard Series
points, 10 points behind Justin Drawdy in second and 35 tallies behind
point leader Ryan Crane. Drawdy’s title chances for a championship were
eliminated on lap 79 when he was involved in a multi-car crash.

That left the Blizzard Series title to be decided between Carlson and Crane
late in the race, but on lap 84, Lady Luck made another appearance and threw
a wrench into both drivers’ plans. Down the backstretch, Michigan racer
Brian Campbell and Carlson split Hunter Robbins into turn three as they
jockeyed for a top-five spot, but Campbell and Carlson wound up making
contact. Both drivers spun in the third corner, leaving Crane nowhere to
go.

Both Crane and Carlson hit pit road to repair the damage to their cars.
Carlson came back out on the track on the lead lap to finish sixth. Crane’s
damage was terminal, however, and had to settle for 12th.

At the drop of the checkered flag, Crane and Carlson were tied atop the
standings. Because Carlson had two wins during the Blizzard Series season,
he was credited with the championship.

“I did see (the championship) going away when that happened,” said Carlson.
“We had bad luck. Normally, we run better than that, but tonight I think
the 10 car (Crane) had worse luck. We raced all year long and it came down
to every position determining the championship here in the last race.
That’s pretty spectacular I think for us to race five races and end up in a
tie when both of us had bad luck tonight. I guess they just had more bad
luck than us and that’s what won it for us.”

Crane wound up second in Blizzard Series points, earning him, along with the
champion Carlson, a guaranteed staring spot into the 40th Annual Snowball
Derby, November 29th through December 2nd.

“I guess Brian Campbell did a slide job and took out himself,” said Crane.
“Carlson and Hunter Robbins and I were the next in line. I tried to get it
stopped, but the wall got there before I did. We just barely got into it
with the right front, enough to shear off the lower strut.

“I can’t put what happened into words. The only good thing I can say is
that at least we are locked into the Derby. Carlson’s been racing here for
many years, so congratulations to him on the championship. We’ll be back to
get them in the Derby.”

While the championship was being decided behind Mercer, a couple of young
stars on the rise in the Southeastern Super Late Model world were giving the
eventual race winner all they could for their taste at victory. Grant
Enfinger was Mercer’s toughest competition all night, leading on two
different occasions but eventually had to settle for second when Mercer made
the final pass with 12 laps remaining. Adam Crawford, son of NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford, brought home his best-ever Five
Flags finish in third.

In the end, however, nobody was going to deny Mercer the victory. Not even
Lady Luck this time.

“I knew we had a good car,” said Mercer. “The #82 car (Enfinger) there in
the middle of the race, he just wanted to go too hard. The thing is, you
know you’re going to get your two new tires, but you’re not going to get a
new left-rear. You’ve got to take care of your left-rear. So I wasn’t
going to run the pace he wanted to run. I just waved him over getting into
three and rode behind him, saving my left-rear for later in the race.

“Then when I got in the lead, I saved about 10 percent of my car for that
late restart. I decided to run the race that a guy that’s got as many laps
around this place as I have should run it.”

The next time Super Late Models will hit Five Flags Speedway is in the 40th
Annual Snowball Derby. Scott Carlson and Ryan Crane are already locked into
the race, but if Lady Luck is on Eddie Mercer’s side in the Derby this time,
it could be Mercer’s second and possibly final Snowball Derby title.

“If I could win that race again, I’d just hang up my helmet,” said Mercer.
“I’ve done all I wanted to do in racing, so I’d be alright with it. I’ve
got a nephew that likes to race and I’ve got a bunch of guys that like to
race. My Godson, Brandon Carlson, won the (Pro Late Model) race tonight, so
there are some other things I can do that I can enjoy just as much. So if I
won another Snowball, I’d probably just fade out.”

The next event on the schedule for Five Flags Speedway is the Snowball Derby
weekend, November 29th through December 2nd.

For more information on the Blizzard Series and the 40th Annual Snowball
Derby event at Five Flags Speedway, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134
x 5 and visit www.fiveflagsspeedway.com and www.snowballderby.com

Eddie Mercer Wins Blizzard Series Finale; Carlson Crowned Champ

October 16th, 2007

Behind him, though, the 2007 Blizzard Series points championship was on the
line and it was a title that seemingly none of the contenders wanted to win
Friday night. Point leader going into the event, Ryan Crane, was involved
in a lap 84 that also collected third-place points runner Scott Carlson.
Second-place points driver Justin Drawdy was already taken out several laps
prior, leaving the title up in the air. In the end, neither Crane nor
Drawdy got their cars back into the race from their incidents and Carlson
was able to salvage a sixth-place finish with a bruised racecar, earning him
a tie in the standings with Crane.

Because Carlson had two wins during the 2007 Blizzard Series and Crane
failed to win any, Carlson was declared the champion. Crane’s 12th-place
finish Friday night solidified second in the standings. Carlson and Crane
now have guaranteed starting spots in the 40th Annual Snowball Derby,
November 29th through December 2nd as a result of their top-two finishes in
Blizzard Series points.

It was a banner day in the Carlson family, as Scott’s son Brandon won the
50-lap Pro Late Model feature at Five Flags, as well.

Grant Enfinger, who was Mercer’s stiffest challenger throughout the 100-lap
Blizzard Series finale, finished second. Adam Crawford, son of NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford, finished third, followed by Ken
McFarland and Kurt Jett.

The next event on the schedule for Five Flags Speedway is the Snowball Derby
weekend, November 29th through December 2nd.

For more information on the Blizzard Series and the 40th Annual Snowball
Derby event at Five Flags Speedway, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134
x 5 and visit www.fiveflagsspeedway.com and www.snowballderby.com

ANNETT EARNS ŒHARD CHARGER¹ AND TOP-5 FINISH IN FIVE FLAGS DEBUT

October 4th, 2007

Crew chief Rich Lushes and Annett worked to find a balance of a car capable
of maintaining position on the short runs but that out-performed their
competitors during long green flag conditions.

³The TMC Racing Team worked hard all weekend to get a car that would peak
late in the race,² commented Annett. ³We made adjustments during our
practice session that made the car really comfortable on long runs so we
knew we were going to be good in race trim even if we had to sacrifice a bit
of speed during qualifying due to our gear selection.²

Annett still qualified a respectable thirteenth and maintained standing
firmly in the Top-15 before he sustained some cosmetic damage to the car¹s
hood during an early race incident. That mishap would not slow the ³Black &
Chrome² #12 team in their charge towards the front as they steadily advanced
into the Top-10 during the first half of the race before making adjustments
in preparation for their final march to the front.

³We entered this race knowing that Pensacola is a track where tire wear is a
key factor. I had a car that was capable of getting to the front but also
had to conserve our equipment for the final bid,² the Hawkeye native added.
³We made some adjustments to help the car rotate through the center and add
forward bite off of the corners and it was a great call by my team. As
other cars started to diminish, our car came to life so we could focus on
racing the track and pick up positions one at a time. I can¹t thank my crew
enough for all of their hard work this season ­ we made a lot of strides.
And none of this would have been possible without our amazing sponsors
including TMC Transportation, Pilot Travel Centers, Allstate Peterbilt,
Northland Oil, Benson International, Marmon Highway Technologies, Reliance
Supply, Bell Helmets and Sparco.²

Annett¹s strong advancement was rewarded not only with a fifth place finish
in his final ASALMS¹ point event of the 2007 ³Challenge Division² season but
also honors as the recipient of the ³Hard Charger of the Race² award. The
No. 12 TMC Transportation team will have a brief break in action before
their final ASALMS¹ race at the Music City Motorplex on November 3, 2007.
However, Michael Annett will be behind the wheel of the #28 Pilot Travel
Centers Toyota Camry fielded by Bill Davis Racing for this weekend¹s ARCA
RE/MAX Series¹ ³ARCA RE/MAX 250² at Talladega Superspeedway. This will be
Annett¹s first restrictor-plate race but if anything can be deduced from the
recent test session, he will be one to watch as he was firmly planted atop
the speed charts. The ³ARCA RE/MAX 250² will be televised live on SPEED
this Friday, October 5th, from 5-8 p.m. EDT.

Snowball Derby Drivers and Fans Need To Act Fast

October 4th, 2007

Tickets to the 40th Annual Snowball Derby are going fast and the sooner fans
call in to reserve their tickets, the better their chances will be to see
the action from some prime seating locations.

“We put the tickets on sale for the general public on August 20th, after the
period for annual renewals ran out and we’ve seen a steady flow of ticket
orders,” said Bryant. “We definitely encourage folks to get their ticket
orders in as soon as they can. We have put in some temporary seating for
this event, that’s how hot these tickets are. The earlier the tickets are
ordered, the better the seat choices are.

“We’ve seen a large number of our fans from last year and years past renew
their tickets. There have been plenty of first-time fans ordering tickets
as well.

“What we’re seeing more of than anything, though, are current ticket holders
calling back and ordering more tickets for their family and friends. I
think a lot of folks are talking to their friends about coming with them
this year more than we’ve seen before.”

Reserved tickets are available by calling the track at (850) 944-8400 or by
visiting the Snowball Derby website at www.snowballderby.com. Reserved tickets for all four days (Thursday-Sunday) are $70 with tickets for Sunday (raceday) only $45.00. Reserved seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Super Late Model and Pro Late Model drivers coming to compete in the
Snowball Derby or Snowflake 100 races at Five Flags Speedway should act fast
as well. That goes for all those competing in support divisions as well
during the week, including Super Stock, Modified, Sportsman and Bomber
Divisions.

Pit stalls and concrete areas for teams to work off of are being taken fast.

“We’re up to about 45 entries for the Snowball Derby,” added Bryant. “We
received (former Snowball Derby Champion) Bobby Gill’s official entry the
other day and we’re expecting (defending Snowball Derby Champion) Clay
Rogers’ here pretty soon.

“We don’t sell pit stalls, but we do put somebody’s name on a pit stall when
we receive an official entry. That’s the incentive for having guys get
their entries in early. For some of those guys that are planning on
entering when they get here, it would be worth getting their entry in early
just to ensure having a better pit stall.”

For more information on the Blizzard Series and the 40th Annual Snowball
Derby event at Five Flags Speedway, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134
x 5 and visit www.fiveflagsspeedway.com and www.snowballderby.com

ANNETT LOOKING FORWARD TO ŒCHALLENGE DIVISION¹ FINALE AT HISTORIC FIVE FLAGS SPEEDWAY

September 28th, 2007

The Hawkeye native and his #12 TMC Transportation Ford Fusion team hope to continue their successes in a debut performance at one of America¹s historic short-tracks for the series¹ points finale.

TMC Racing and their fellow Challenge Division competitors will converge on hallowed banks of Pensacola, Florida¹s Five Flags Speedway. The 54 year-old, 0.5-mi venue is the famed home of The Snowball Derby® and a fitting capstone to the fiercely competitive ASALMS Challenge points season. Annett will make his Five Flags debut this weekend knowing that a strong performance could overcome the seventeen point deficit needed to boost his team into the Top-5 in championship points.

“I am really looking forward to this weekend¹s finale in Pensacola,” Annett
commented. “Our TMC Racing Team has made a lot of gains throughout the
season and I believe it will all come together this weekend. This will be my
first race at the track but our crew chief, Rich Lushes, has had success here in the past and will bring valuable experience with him. With a few lucky breaks and a strong performance, this could be a great points night for us. Our record shows that we have excelled at tracks where tire wear is vital and Pensacola is definitely a track where tire management will help you late in the race.”

“ASA did a great job selecting Pensacola for the final Challenge Division
point race, added TMC Racing crew chief Rich Lushes. Five Flags Speedway
has so much history and tradition with stockcar racings legends. We had a
productive test there and I believe this will be a great venue for the TMC
Racing Team to show their strength.”

Annett and the TMC Racing Team will take to the track for the final
points-awarding event of the ASALMS Challenge Division on Saturday,
September 29, 2007, at the historic Five Flags Speedway. ARP Racing
Bodies/Aluminum Racing Products Qualifying is scheduled for 5 p.m. EDT with
the green flag dropping over the USA Digital 200 at 8:45 p.m. EDT. Full
event schedules and more information can be found online at

http://www.asalatemodels.com.

Michael Annett¹s #12 Ford Fusion carries sponsorship from TMC Transportation
­ The Leader in Open Freight Services, Allstate Peterbilt Group, Marmon
Highway Technologies, Benson International, Northland Motor Oils &
Lubricants and Pilot Travel Centers.

Travis Dassow Ready for ASA LM Title To Be Decided

September 22nd, 2007

How Dassow approaches the last points event of the season depends on just
how many entrants there will be at Five Flags.

“It’s going to depend on the car count,” said Dassow. “I think we have to
finish top 20 or something like that to lock it up. If there are only 20
cars there, then we can go the entire race trying to win the thing. But if
there are 30 cars there, we just have to be smart about what we do and try
not to make any mistakes. We’re doing a lot more maintenance on these cars
going into the last race so that we don’t have any simple failures that we
can’t have in this last race.”

If Dassow can win the 2007 ASA Late Model championship, he will carry on a
tradition that dates back to before TD Racing Development was the team that
it is today. The #89 team traces its roots back to the former WalTom team
that won ASA LM titles with current NASCAR Busch Series drivers Stephen
Leicht and Kelly Bires over the past few years.

That history, along with Dassow’s own record in the sport, would make a
championship extra-special for him and the team

“It would definitely mean a lot,” said Dassow. “Words can’t explain it.
This is my third season in it now and watching what the last two champions
have done has been pretty cool, watching Stephen and watching Kelly go on to
bigger and better things. Hopefully I can do the same. Winning the ASA
Late Model Challenge Series championship would just be another chapter in my
racing career. For how much success I had when I was younger in
snowmobiles, go-karts and those championships, just to get another one, my
first one in stock cars, would be a great addition to that list.”

And while points are nice, when all is said and done, Dassow is still a
racer who wants to win the event at Five Flags Speedway. Despite the fact
that he needs to race smart and not aggressively, you won’t be able to count
him out when it comes to handicapping the field at the historic track.
Dassow will be more than happy to add his name to the record books there.

“Everybody who’s good in short track racing has won down there,” said
Dassow. “It would be really cool to win down there. We won at Cedar Rapids
earlier this year and it was just really cool to see the names that have won
there too. I got to sign the ‘Wall of Fame’ there and it was really cool to
see how many big names have won there before. It’s going to be the same
kind of feeling going down to Five Flags.”

The “USA Digital 200” will conclude the 2007 ASA Late Model Challenge Series
schedule. There will be an optional practice on Friday, September 28th with
ASALM practice rotating with local divisions from noon until 9pm. On
Saturday, qualifying will begin at 5pm, with an on-track autograph session
to follow at 6:15. The green flag for the “USA Digital 200” will fly at
approximately 8:45pm.

For more information on the TD Racing Development team, call Mike Twist at
(207) 590-1786 and be sure to check out the TD Racing Development website at
www.TDRace.net.

Boyett Survives Caution-filled Night to Take Home Third Win of Season

September 18th, 2007

Logan was to start outside pole for the night’s event, quickly taking
the lead and “just took off.” After several cautions in less than 13
laps, Logan was hoping to see a long green flag run.

“I was going nuts. I just wanted to see the green flag the whole
time,” the 17 year-old commented.

Finally, Logan was granted his wish and was on a roll until the
second place car of Brandon Carlson appeared on his back bumper.

“We figured it was going to be a race between me and Brandon,” the
young driver stated after the race. “On a restart, he was able to get
underneath me and we made some pretty good contact, but he ended up
spinning out and I was able to save mine.”

Logan was able to hold on through a couple more cautions to come home
with his third victory of the season at Five Flags Speedway.

“The car started to get a little tight coming off the corners
[towards the end], but not too bad. I was able to compensate for it,”
commented the Pensacola teen. “It just tightened up as the race went
on. It actually ended up being a little loose off because I was
trying to keep it down.”

Logan revved up the fans by doing a Polish Victory lap and paying
homage to the late great Dale Earnhardt Sr.

“I pulled up on the front straight away and turned around and did a
tribute salute to Earnhardt,” Logan said. “Lots of people seemed to
like it.”

Logan’s next race at Five Flags Speedway will be on October 5th,
where he will be going for win number four. You can also see him race
at Mobile International Raceway this Saturday night.

Logan is being helped in his career by training from Future Stars in
Racing Training and Development Academy. The Academy helps prepare
young drivers for success outside the car in public speaking, sponsor
presentations, working with the media and behavior on and off the
track. Future Stars in Racing is the exclusive driver development
partner with the ASA Late Model Series. Marketing partners include
Safety-Kleen, Awesome Racewear and Sunbelt Web Solutions. The Academy
features a staff with decades of experience in all aspects of
motorsports. To learn more about Logan Boyett and the Academy, go to
www.futurestarsinracing.com.

Scott Carlson Goes Back-to-Back In Blizzard Series Round Four;Pensacola Native and Businessman Takes One Step Closer to Snowball Derby

September 13th, 2007

Carlson powered past Ryan Crane with eight laps remaining to capture the Miller Chill 100, the fourth of five races in the 2007 Blizzard Series. It was Carlson’s second-consecutive victory in the series, which guarantees provisional starting spots to the top two Blizzard points winners in the 40th Snowball Derby on December 2nd.

Crane, from Panama City, FL, entered the 100-lap event with the championship points lead, and finished second. Pole-sitter Augie Grill of Dolomite, AL, was third to the stripe but was disqualified in post-race inspection. Pensacola’s Eddie Mercer, the 2005 Snowball Derby champion, battled back from mid-race problems and was credited with a third-place finish.

“That was a heck of a race,” Carlson, owner of Fast Eddie’s Fun Center in
Pensacola, said in Victory Lane. “This car was really going tonight. The
guys did a great job on this car. It’s a big team effort, especially with
our great sponsors.

“I wish I could be standing here when the Snowball Derby comes.”

Carlson, the outside pole-sitter, first showed his muscle when he roared
past Crane coming out of turn four on Lap 34 to grab the lead. Four laps
later, Carlson enjoyed a 10-car-length lead before a spin by Casey Smith of
Austin, Texas, brought out the first of five caution flags.

Crane fought back from damage to his front-left fender caused when another
driver made contact with him at the entrance to pit road.

“We had to go to the back” after repairing the fender, Crane said. “But we
worked our way back up to the front. It was a pretty good run for us. I wish
we could have stayed up front, but it didn’t last.”

Grill had won the Miller Chill 100 pole on September 1st with a fast lap of
104-plus miles per hour at the famed half-mile Five Flags Speedway. He had
to wait a week to lead a revised 23-car field to the green flag after a
fireworks spectacular.

Grill’s garage built at least six of the cars in Friday’s race.

“The field was pretty tough out there,” Grill said before his post-race
disqualification. “I got messed up after we got new tires. I got hung up
out there on the outside, and four or five cars got by us. But I’ll take a
third-place with all four fenders on the car.”

Mercer started third but quickly fell back in the field. Earlier in the
week, he discovered a problem with his black number-72 car’s brakes. It
appeared that perhaps that problem had resurfaced midway through the race,
but his crew got him out of the pits late in the race in the top five, and
he held off Chris Davidson of Pearland, Texas, who moved up to fourth place
after Grill’s DQ.

The scariest crash of the night occurred on a restart on lap 84 when David
Hole of Cumming, GA, collided with the car of Ken McFarland of Hoover, AL,
in turn one, sending both vehicles into the concrete retaining wall.
McFarland was unhurt after smacking head-first into the wall.

With the victory, Carlson moved to within five points of Justin Drawdy for
second-place in Blizzard Series points and a guaranteed starting spot in the
Snowball Derby. Crane holds a 25-point advantage over Drawdy atop the
standings with one event remaining.

“Hopefully this moved us closer to the top,” said Carlson. “I hope we don’t
have to use a provisional (in the Derby) if we do get one. I hope we can
keep this car running as good as it was tonight.”

For more information on the Blizzard Series and the 40th Annual Snowball
Derby event at Five Flags Speedway, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134
x 5 and visit www.fiveflagsspeedway.com
and www.snowballderby.com