Opening Night Winner Doubles Down at Five Flags

The 2020 racing season continued at Five Flags Speedway on Friday night, one week after its opening event.  One division saw a repeat winner, while the other three classes of local racing at the Pensacola half-mile found new winners.


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Opening Week Winner Makes it Two in a Row in Sportsmen

Jim Pokrant was charging in the closing laps, but he was unable to close the gap on leader Hunter Lambert, who took the win in the Sportsmen feature. Lambert had scored his first career win one week ago in the Sportsman class at Five Flags Speedway.  Now, he’s the winner of two races in a row to start the 2020 season.


What got better in the offseason for Lambert, the driver or the car?


“It’s a combination,” answered Lambert.  “Mainly, we worked on it over the winter, and it drives great.”


Pokrant finished second, with Chad Robinson rounding out the podium.  Shanna Ard finished fourth, with Mark Barnhill closing out the top five.


Texas Racer Makes the Long Haul to Outlaw Stock Win 

John Heil won the Outlaw Stock feature at the Snowball Derby last December.  He proved he’s still plenty fast at the Florida half-mile on Friday night, once again visiting victory lane.


“I went to Cordele, we raced Cordele,” said Heil.  “It ran well there, too.  The more Rawhide, Fisher and GARC work on this car… man, I was just half-throttling, cruising.  They’re the best race car builders in the business.”


Bubba Winslow finished second, followed by Conner Sutton, Joe Bethea, Jr. and Bill Tutchtone.


Davis Threads the Needle for Pro Truck Win

Steven Davis was not to be denied in the Pro Truck feature.  He built a comfortable lead over opening-week winner Grant Thompson, and was cruising before encountering lapped traffic side-by-side for position.


Davis threaded the needle between the two racers, passing between them three-wide to escape and maintain his lead.


The Alabama native was succinct in his description of the brave pass.


“You gotta go,” said Davis.


Davis would go on to take the win by a second over Thompson.


“It was a good night racing. It was kind of a last minute deal, but we came out on top.  I’m glad to be a part of it.”


Cameron Weinberg, Alan Carter and Logan Boyett completed the top-five finishers


McDonald Takes Pure Stock Track Record, Victory

In Pure Stocks, it was pure domination for Daryl McDonald.  After setting a track record in qualifying at 21.362 seconds, McDonald charged to the win from the fourth starting spot to take the win.


Jerry Goff, Jr. took the lead three laps into the 20-lap Pure Stock feature to open the night.  Goff would then battle with McDonald for the lead while negotiating lapped traffic, with McDonald ultimately prevailing.


McDonald would hold on after a restart with eight laps to go, maintaining his lead and taking the win on the night.


“Just had to be patient,” said McDonald.  “I had to run the outside line for a little bit, but that was alright.  It was good racing, and it was real clean.  The car did great.”


Goff finished second, with Dylan Courtney third, Caleb Burkett fourth and Austin McDuffy fifth.


-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

Opening Night Winner Doubles Down at Five Flags