The Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series returns to action Friday, July 31 with the Summer Sizzler 75. To prepare you for Friday's race, which you can watch live on Speed51, here are 10 things to know about the third round of the 2020 Blizzard Series.
1 - The Blizzard Series will be using the heat-race format on Friday night. The Super Late Models will run 10-lap heats ahead of the 75-lap feature event. This is the second time they have used the heat format with the last coming in 2019.
2 - Hunter Robbins led 64 laps in the season opening Blizzard Series race and didn’t come away with the win. He’ll be back seeking his first Blizzard win since the 2007 season.
3 - Bubba Pollard has 21-car wins at Five Flags Speedway in the Blizzard Series. Pollard pushed his laps led total to 1,437 over 30 races led in the series. He is the current point leader in the Southern Super Series and Blizzard Series.
4 - Points are important in the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway as well as the Southern Super Series. The Champion gets a provisional spot in the Snowball derby held in December. If they qualify in on time, then the next person in points is in line for the provisional, as long as they finish inside the top 10 in Blizzard Series points.
5 - This will be the third Blizzard Series race of the 2020 season. The final race will be held on September 19 in a combo event with the Pro Late Models.
6 - Speaking of the Pro Late Models, they will be in action with twin 75-lap races on August 28th at Five Flags Speedway. This night could decide who wins the title with the two point races.
7 - Stephen Nasse won the Friday night race at Five Flags Speedway back in June. He was sixth the next night and is only four points off the Blizzard Series lead. Nasse has never won the track championship at Five Flags Speedway, but he is a former Southern Super Series champion.
8 - If you want to be at the track on Friday then admission is as follows: $20 for adults; $17 for seniors, military, and students (ages 12-17); and free for children (ages 11-and-under).
9 - Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida is a high-baked half-mile track. It opened in 1953 and is widely known for the annual Snowball Derby that is held each December. The name five flags comes from the history of the town has been run under five different nationalities, the Spanish, the French, Great Britain, the Confederacy and, of course, the United States of America
10 - There is some big money on the line with $5,000 going to the winner and an extra $5,000 going to that driver if they ran in the previous race at Montgomery. In addition to that Phoenix Construction will offer a $5,000 bonus to the winner, as long as the winner finishes within the top four positions in his/her heat race. That makes for a possible $15,000 payday.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo