1: Bret Holmes and Derek Thorn each have one win this season at Five Flags Speedway after victories back in April.

2: The last time he was in Pensacola waters Jeff Choquette was second to Harrison Burton in a Southern Super Series / Blizzard Series race.  Choquette is one of the many drivers expected by track personnel this weekend.  He’s a veteran Late Model racer who won a Blizzard race at Five Flags in 2012.

260 51 network ad4: A total of four Pro Late Model races will be run this weekend between Five Flags and Mobile with a chance for four different winners.  There have been a lot of new faces in victory lane at the two tracks in the last few years and this weekend could produce some more.

10: The top 10 drivers in Pro Late Model points at Five Flags Speedway have a chance at making the Snowflake 100 if they don’t make the race on time.  Each year over 60 drivers show up for the Saturday night tune-up that is the Flake and making the show is hard. That means a provisional starting spot could go along way.

18: Ryan Paul in the No. 18 ride had a pair of top fives in April at Five Flags, look for more out of him this season.

22: Keep an eye on the No. 22 of Josh Bragg at Mobile.  They have won three of the last four track titles in Mobile.

26: That’s how many drivers have earned points at Five Flags Speedway in Pro Late Model action this year.

50: The Allen Turner Pro Late Models will go for a pair of 50-lap events on Friday night. They will have twin races later this year before the Allen Turner Tune-up 100 in September. This all leads up to the Most prestigious Pro Late Model race in the country the Allen Turner Snowflake 100.

50:  Mobile will do the same with twin Pro Late Model races on Saturday night. They will host only four races this season on the half-mile track. The track champion will be decided over these four races.

97: Cole Anderson is expected to be in the house and he’s fresh off his first Southern Super Series win. This weekend he’ll be in a Pro Late Model looking for a Five Flags Speedway win. We can say Anderson has had a breakout year having already won the Red-Eye 100, and a few other events along the way.

99: A year ago the Pro Late Model scene on the Gulf Coast saw the return of Wayne Niedecken Jr.  The second-generation driver won several times at Mobile to take the track title and he even picked up a win at his home track of Five Flags Speedway.

100: The number of laps at the season ending Allen Turner Tune-up.  The PLM regulars will have to deal with the out-of-town crowd coming in to race before the Snowball Derby weekend.

Dead Heat: Currently right now in the Pro Late Model class at Five Flags Speedway the points are tied between Alabama driver Bret Holmes and California driver Derek Thorn.  Chris Davidson is third points just nine marks back.

New Blood:  Over the last few seasons Five Flags Speedway has helped build new talent in their Pro Late Model class.  Ryan Luza, and Garrett Jones are just a few of the drivers who have moved up to the Super Late Model world. Now names like Chandler Smith,  RS Senter, Perry Patino and others are creeping up to add to the challenge.

 

Five Flags Speedway

Pro Late Model Track Champions 

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

 

Mobile Int’l Speedway

Pro Late Model Track Champions

2015 Wayne Niedecken Jr.

2014 Josh Bragg

2013 Josh Bragg

2012 Josh Bragg

2011 DJ VanderLey

2010 DJ VanderLey

2009 Donald Crocker

2008 Steven Davis

2007 Hal Martin

 

-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman

By the Numbers: Pro Late Models at Five Flags Speedway