As the home of the prestigious Snowball Derby, the biggest Super Late Model race in America, Five Flags Speedway is known for hosting big races. Next year, another big race will be added to the schedule as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will return to the Florida Panhandle for the first time in more than 20 years.


ARCA Racing Series officials announced during Friday morning’s drivers meeting at Kansas Speedway that the series will return to the historic Pensacola, Florida oval on March 9, 2019.


“We’re beyond excited to host the ARCA Racing Series at Five Flags Speedway beginning in 2019,” said Five Flags Speedway co-owner, Tim Bryant. “It’s a great organization with fantastic racing, and their future looks brighter than ever. We believe joining with the seasoned promotional team at Track Enterprises for this very special event will make for the best March event our track has ever seen.”


Five Flags Speedway has hosted five ARCA Racing Series events throughout its history. The first event was held in 1992 and was won by Roy Payne. Frank Kimmel won the most recent ARCA Racing Series event at Five Flags Speedway in 1996 over Bobby Bowsher.


Five Flags Speedway, a high-banked half-mile oval located near the Gulf of Mexico, opened in 1953 and since then has become one of the premier short tracks in the United States of America.


The track has gained national attention throughout the years as its biggest event – the Snowball Derby – continues to grow into a true gem for motorsports enthusiasts.  This year’s Snowball Derby will be held during the week of November 28 – December 2.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch is the most recent winner of the Snowball Derby. Three-time ARCA Racing Series winner, Christian Eckes, won the Snowball Derby in 2016 in the closest finish in Snowball Derby history over John Hunter Nemechek.


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ARCA Racing Series Returning to Five Flags in 2019