Saturday, December 29, 2018

Five Flags Speedway Releases 2019 Racing Schedule

Five Flags Speedway will be very busy in 2019. (PixelatedSPEED Photo)

PENSACOLA, Florida -- Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida is the crown jewel of short track racing in the Deep South. It’s the home of the Southern Super Series, the South’s largest touring late model series, and the granddaddy of all Super Late Model races, the Snowball Derby. Five Flags has released a jam-packed schedule of racing for 2019, with events ranging from a 4-cylinder based enduro at the start of the year, to the national touring ARCA Racing Series, to drifting events, sprint cars and of course… tons of Pro and Super Late Model racing. The season starts early, January 19th, 2019, and stretches all the way through to December, including over 15 weekends of racing.

Five Flags Speedway sits on the pole of the racing season, holding the first event in the area on January 19th, 2019… The Sweat Hogg Grand Prix. This event features several classes of motorcycles racing in the morning with four cylinder Mini-Stocks running in the evening. For this event, Five Flags transforms from a half-mile oval to a slightly longer, slightly more twisted, road course! This is one of the only events of this type in the area, and always draws a nice crowd. It’s intended for the budget-minded racer, and the day is set to be a fun-filled family event.

On March 9th, ARCA pays a visit to Pensacola for round number two of the 2019 ARCA Racing Series. It’s the first time since 1996 that the series will race at Five Flags Speedway; a race won by champion Frank Kimmel. This race will also serve as the start of the Speedway’s points season, with Pure Stock and Outlaw Stock divisions also on the schedule, making this the biggest opening weekend in Five Flags history.

The road to the Snowball Derby is paved through Five Flags Speedway’s flagship division, the Super Late Model Blizzard Series. The Blizzard Series will have four dates on the schedule, with the first on March 29th. Casey Roderick is the reigning Blizzard Series Champion after besting another hotshoe in Bubba Pollard. Look for complete coverage of the Blizzard Series here on

The fastest cars on the schedule come in the form of the winged sprint cars of the Davey Hamilton King of the Wing National Sprint Car Series, returning to the Speedway on April 12th. Brian Gerster, with a time of 13.046 seconds, holds the overall track record. He recorded that time in April of 2014. For reference, Ty Majeski holds the Super Late Model track record with his 2015 Snowball Derby Pole Time of 16.120 seconds.

The Allen Turner Pro Late Models once again return for another season with four dates on the schedule, beginning on April 26th. These 100 lap events pave the way to the 21st Annual Snowflake 100 in December. Casey Roderick doubled down his Blizzard Series Championship with the Pro Late Model Division title in 2018.

The ground pounders of the South, the Modifieds of Mayhem will race on three weekends at Five Flags during their 2019 tour. The first stop is on April 26th, 2019. Once again, Five Flags Speedway will play host to the modifieds season finale as a part of Snowball Derby Weekend in December, the only division to have a points paying event during the Derby.

The backbone of any short track is the local racing divisions. Five Flags Speedway will once again present a myriad of classes throughout the racing season. Pure Stocks and Sportsman are coming closer together as a new rules package has tightened the gap between the two entry level divisions. Outlaw Stocks and Pro Trucks will headline several weekends on the schedule, providing a healthy dose of affordable, yet very competitive racing in two of the most popular classes in the region.

Additionally, various special events will be sprinkled across the year. The “average Joe” will have an opportunity to climb behind the wheel of a racecar when the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience visits on March 16th. An Electronathon will feature electric power racers around the high-banked half-mile on April 27th. More events, such as drifting competitions, cars shows, and swap meets will be announced later in the year.

The culmination of every racing season at Five Flags Speedway is the Snowball Derby. The 52nd Annual Snowball Derby is set for December 4th thru 8th, and of course, PixealatedSPEED will be there with complete Pixels 2 Pavement coverage of the event.

2019 Five Flags Speedway Racing Schedule

January 19
Sweat Hogg Grand Prix
Motorcycles, Four Cylinder Cars
March 9*
ARCA Racing Series 200
Outlaw Stock, Pure Stock
March 29
Blizzard Series Super Late Models
Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Pure Stocks
April 12
Davey Hamliton’s King of the Wing Sprint Cars
Outlaw Stocks, Sportsman, Pure Stocks
April 26
Allen Turner Pro Late Models
Modifieds of Mayhem, Pro Trucks, Pure Stocks
April 27*
Electric Powered Racers
May 10
Outlaw Stocks, Pro Trucks
Sportsman, Pure Stocks
May 24
Outlaw Stocks, Pro Trucks
Sportsman, Pure Stocks
June 7
Allen Turner Pro Late Models
Sportsman, Pure Stocks
June 21
Blizzard Series Super Late Models
Outlaw Stocks, Pro Trucks, Pure Stocks
July 19
Blizzard Series Super Late Models
Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Pure Stocks
August 2
Demolition Derby Night
Modifieds of Mayhem, Outlaw Stocks, Sportsman
August 16
Allen Turner Pro Late Models
Outlaw Stocks, Pro Trucks, Pure Stocks
August 31*
To Be Announced
September 14*
Local Division Championship Night
Outlaw Stocks, Pro Trucks, Pure Stocks
September 21*
Blizzard Series Super Late Models
Allen Turner Pro Late Models
November 23
Snowball Derby Preview
Official Open Test - All Classes
December 4-8
52nd Annual Snowball Derby
Modifieds of Mayhem Season Finale
*Saturday Event.

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