By the Numbers: Allen Turner PLM at Five Flags

This weekend, the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series kicks off its 2020 season at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  While the series will be shortened by one race due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it still promises to pack plenty of action as part of the road to the Allen Turner Snowflake 100.

 

Speed51 will be at Five Flags Speedway to broadcast the action, available free for premium subscribers unable to attend the event in person.

 

Watch the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Season Opener on Speed51

 

To prepare for the upcoming season, we take you "By the Numbers" through the history of the Allen Turner Pro Late Models at Five Flags.

 

1: Jake Garcia enters the race weekend as the defending track champion in the Pro Late Model division. He will be seeking a victory to go along with his championship.

 

2: In addition to the Pro Late Models, the Outlaws and Pure Stocks will race on Friday Night at Five Flags Speedway.

 

2: Only two drivers have won back-to-back titles since the Pro Late Model division came to Five Flags.  Casey Roderick did it in 2017 and 2018 and DJ VanderLey did it in 2010 and 2011. While we are on the subject, a driver has not won three straight since the 70s in a Late Model class.

 

81: Keep an eye on 81 ride of Giovanni Bromante, who will be racing the Pro Late Model races this weekend for Anthony Campi Racing.  He is just one of the many expected entries.

 

100: Friday night’s feature will be 100-laps on the Five Flags Speedway high-banks.

 

1997: Tim Bryant, the current track owner and operator, won the track title back in 1997.  Bryant will be the first one to tell that you don’t win a championship alone and you don’t run a race track alone as well.

 

2014: Johanna Long wins the Pro Late Model title for the second time in 2014.  We might not see Johanna in a car this season, but we might see her husband, Hunter Robbins, in a ride or two and perhaps in a Pro Late Model this weekend.

 

December: All of the Pro Late Model drivers will be gearing up towards the Allen Turner Snowflake 100, which is run the night before the Snowball Derby in December.  This year's Snowflake 100 is scheduled for Saturday, December 5, the day before the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby.

 

Tune Up: Before we get to December, the season championship for the Pro Late Models will be crowned at the Allen Turner Tune Up 100 on September 19.

 

Let’s Do Two: The race at Five Flags Speedway is the first of two for the Pro Late Models with the second coming at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) on Saturday day.  The Montgomery race is a part of the Show Me The Money Series.  Fans can watch both races on Speed51, free for premium subscribers.

 

Five Flags Speedway

Pro Late Model Track Champions 

 

2019 Jake Garcia

2018 Casey Roderick

2017 Casey Roderick

2016 Bret Holmes

2015 Ryan Luza

2014 Johanna Long

2013 Garrett Jones

2012 Mike Garvey

2011 DJ VanderLey

2010 DJ VanderLey

2009 Ronnie Smith

2008 Johanna Long

2007 Sammy McMullen

2006 Steve Davis

2005 Brandon Carlson

*Prior to 2005 the top weekly class was Super Late Models

2004 Eddie Mercer

2003 Bubba Naumann

2002 Donald Long

2001 Donald Long

2000 Not Awarded

1999 Not Awarded

1998 Track Closed

1997 Timothy Bryant

1996 Tracy Goodson

1995 Ricky Brooks

1994 Ricky Brooks

1993 Junior Niedecken

1992 Doug Thorpe Jr.

1991 Jamie Prell

1990 Gerald Wilkerson

1989 Bubba Gale

1988 Gerald Wilkerson

1987 Junior Niedecken

1986 Jay Smith

1985 Bubba Gale

1984 Rick Crawford

1983 Roger Keller

1982 Ronnie Sanders

1981 Rick Crawford

1980 Junior Niedecken

1979 Red Farmer

1978 Junior Niedecken

1977 Junior Niedecken

1976 Junior Niedecken

1975 Stewart England

 

-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

By the Numbers: Allen Turner PLM at Five Flags