Five Flags Speedway

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Five Flags Speedway is a paved ½-mile auto racing oval in Pensacola, Florida.[1] It opened in 1953 and is located on Pine Forest Road.[2] It is christened after the nickname of Pensacola—“City of Five Flags.”[3]

It runs several local classes during the regular racing season (March – October). These classes include Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Super Stocks, Sportsman, and Bombers. The races are usual held on Friday nights bi-weekly. The track has also hosted many regional touring series.[4]

Five Flags hosted a Grand National (now Sprint Cup) race the year that the track opened. The race was won by Herb Thomas driving his Fabulous Hudson Hornet.[2]

The track’s signature event is the Snowball Derby, run every December since 1968.[5][6] The Snowball Derby is considered by many to be the most prestigious Super Late Model race in America.[3]

Due to the track lay-out and the highly-banked turns, Five Flags is an extremely fast track. The current track record for Super Late Models of 16.335 seconds was set by Cale Gale in 2010 Snowball Derby qualifying.[7]

Five Flags is also well known for having an abrasive surface that quickly wears tires. This characteristic rewards drivers who do not abuse their tires and is considered by many to be part of the appeal of the track.[8]

Coordinates: 30°30′14″N 87°18′30″W / 30.50389°N 87.30833°W / 30.50389; -87.30833

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  5. ^ "5 Flags Speedway". 5 Flags Speedway. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
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  7. ^ "Gale wins pole for DErby". Onj.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
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