Georgia Asphalt Series Round Two at Historic Five Flags Speedway
Local Racers Expected to Join GAS Stars at Home of the Snowball and Snowflake Races
The GAS drivers are sure to put on a good show along with the local drivers at Five Flags. (51 Photos)
In 2007, the Georgia Asphalt Series is spreading its wings and visiting new markets, with a fresh crop of rookies to challenge the veterans for supremacy on the track. All are battling for a record year-end point fund of more than $70,000, as well.
With GAS’s expansion, it is only fitting that the series would make its mark on one of the most legendary short tracks, Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway. On Saturday, March 10th, the Georgia Asphalt Series will visit Five Flags for its second stop in an 18-race schedule this year, marking a stellar congregation of a well-supported series with a historic racetrack.
“I think visiting Five Flags Speedway will be the next step in solidifying the Georgia Asphalt Series’ place in short track Late Model racing,” said GAS director Micky Cain.
“There have been some drivers from Pensacola and Mobile expressing interest in coming to this race, so there should be a great bunch of cars down there when they’re added to the GAS regulars.
“Going to Five Flags enables us to show, on a bigger and wider base, what this series has to offer. The way we run things and the way we operate.”
For Tim Bryant, promoter of Five Flags Speedway, the match-up of the GAS stars with the legendary racetrack is one that will benefit both competitors and fans alike.
“We’ve had our eyes on the GAS series for over a year now,” said Bryant. “They have excellent car counts, and they’ve had some great competition. They have a roster of top-notch drivers in that series.
Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, is the home to two of the most prestigious and star-studded short track races in the country – the Snowball Derby for Super Late Models and the Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models – each December.
The Georgia Asphalt Series is the premier Pro Late Model series in the country. With a multitude of veteran racers battling door-to-door with young rising stars in the sport each week, GAS racing has become a fan-favorite throughout the state of Georgia in recent years.
Then-GAS regular Matt Hawkins won the prestigious Pro Late Model Snowflake 100 at Five Flags in 2006.
“The GAS rules are real compatible with our local Pro Late Model division, which is an enticement to bring in a touring series like the GAS series to add some local flavor to the show.”
Pro Late Model drivers have made Pensacola a second home every December. Each fall, racers from all over the Southeast join up with GAS regulars for the World Classic event at Peachstate Speedway in Georgia, then focus on the Snowflake 100 at Five Flags in December. In fact, the Snowflake 100 was won by a GAS regular last season, when young Matt Hawkins took the checkered flag.
Now a healthy number of Pro Late Model racers from the Georgia Asphalt Series and local racers will take their jabs at Five Flags to hopefully be the next big winner at the legendary facility.
“A lot of the drivers from the GAS series are very supportive of our local races when they have an off weekend. We just felt like we could reciprocate by being supportive of the series,” said Bryant. “The GAS series is thriving, and we’re excited about being a part of it.
“The Snowflake 100 is right up there with the World Classic when it comes to prestigious Pro Late Model events, and I know that our drivers are looking forward to going there with the series.”