Saturday, October 08, 2005
Teenaged drivers dominated the headlines in Friday night's racing action at Five Flags Speedway. Fourteen-year-old Hunter Robbins won the 50-lap Season Championship race for Pro Late models; Danny Martin Jr., who is four years his elder, was victorious in the hotly-contested USCS Sprint Car feature; and second-generation racer, Brandon Carlson claimed the Pro Late Model track championship. Ronnie Smith, past his teen years, was the winner in the 30-lap Modified race after not racing for two years.
Danny Martin Jr. of Sarastoa, Fl; held off fellow teenager and track record holder, Kevin Swindell for a 4 car length victory in the 30 lap USCS Sprint Car feature. 19-year-old Martin Jr. had a hot night of racing on a cool evening, sweeping the dash, his heat, and the feature. Swindell passed Matt Tiffany on lap 16 and pressured Martin to the finish, but Martin precisely threaded his way through lap traffic to seal the victory. He led from flag to flag.
Swindell missed breaking his own track record by .006 seconds, but was the fastest of 19 qualifiers with his 14.468 second qualifying lap. The father-son duo of Wayne Reutimann Jr., and Sr., finished third and fourth. Defending USCS champion Terry Gray won his heat race and finished fifth in the feature.
19 year-old sprint car ace Danny "The Hammer" Martin, Jr. , grabbed the checkered flag at storm-torn Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola Florida. The Food Grade Transport / Martin Structures / http://www.eStateTrafficSchool.com Shaw Chassis was powered by a Don Ott Racing Engine. The win on asphalt shows that the team wins no matter what the surface. Sponsor Bob Potter of FGT was there to see the team bring home another win.
Kevin Swindell and Wayne Reutimann, Jr finished second and third. Hammer swept the Heat, the Dash and the Feature to maintain position in the chase for the United Sprint Car Series Championship.
The track, Home of The Snowball Derby, has been ravaged by multiple hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. The Hammer, promoters Mike Swims and Pete Walton will be entertaining workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina when they roll into Dixie Speedway for the $50,000 Dixie Double on October 28 and 29, 2005. Next stops on the Tour: Mobile, Alabama; Volusia Speedway near Daytona Beach; Dixie Speedway Near Atlanta Georgia; and finally back home where it all started at Tampa Bay's East Bay Raceway Park.
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Results from Five Flags
1. Danny "The Hammer" Martin, Jr.
2. Kevin Swindell
3. Wayne Reutimann, Jr.
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