Points Leaders Hoping to Stay On Top After Round Four of Blizzard Series at Five Flags 51Sports / Series PR
Josh Hamner & Scott Carlson Atop Standings Leading Up to August 15th Battle
Nobody needs to tell either Josh Hamner or Scott Carlson how to get around Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Both drivers have turned umpteen laps around the tricky half-mile. Both drivers live just a short drive away from the track that they have each scored multiple victories at in recent seasons.
The success of Hamner and Carlson thus far in 2008 have kept the two racers atop the Blizzard Series standings heading into Friday's fourth of five Blizzard Series Super Late Model events at Five Flags. Hamner leads Carlson by 30 points with only two events remaining. With guaranteed starting spots on the line for the 41st Annual Snowball Derby, December 4th through 7th, at Five Flags going to the top-two finishers in Blizzard Series points, one would think points are first and foremost on both drivers’ minds.
Instead, since both are previous Blizzard Series winners this year, Hamner and Carlson know that the key to winning a title and earning a spot in the Snowball Derby comes easiest by winning Blizzard Series events like the one coming up on Friday, August 15th.
“I’m not worried about points. I’m going to win the race,” said Hamner. “If you win the race, then the points will be there. I’m going to try my hardest to win these last two races and the Snowball Derby this year. Winning the Snowball Derby’s been our big goal all year and that hasn’t changed.”
“I just go out there and do the best that I can,” said Carlson. “However the points shake out, that's how they shake out. I won (the Blizzard Championship) last year because I just go out there and try to win whatever race, all the races, actually, and see how it shakes. The points just kind of go with it.”
Hamner kicked off his season in the best way possible, by winning the opening Blizzard Series race of the year in April. Carlson did his part by winning the second Blizzard race of the year in May. Augie Grill, the defending Snowball Derby Champion, won the third and most recent Blizzard race on June 27th.
With three different winners in three races, the increased competition level in this year’s Blizzard Series will make it tough for both Hamner and Carlson to keep their point advantage come season’s end.
“I think the competition has been a lot tougher this year,” said Hamner. “A lot of the guys that had been strong in races past aren’t as dominant as they used to be. Everybody has gone to work on their stuff and have focused on making their cars handle. The competition level has gotten a lot stiffer because you don’t have guys coming down here and kicking everybody’s butt.
Scott Carlson (top) and Josh Hamner (bottom) both know how to get it done and win in the Blizzard Series.
“We’ve had three different winners in three races, but I wouldn’t mind being the first repeat winner.”
With championship credentials behind him, Carlson has the winning strategy already in his mind going into the final Blizzard Series events of the year.
“Because we are points racing, you can't be as aggressive as you would like to be. I am just ready to get back out on the track and see how it goes.”
Five Flags Speedway is offering affordable family fun for the fourth Blizzard Series event of the season. Tickets are priced at just $15 for adults, $14 for Seniors and Military personnel, $5 for kids age 6-11 and children under six are admitted free.
In addition to the 100 green-flag-lap Blizzard Series event, the Super Stocks, Sportsmen and Bombers will also hit the Five Flags half-mile.
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