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Setting the Stage for a Busy Weekend of Racing at Five Flags Speedway

There are no shortage of storylines going into three days of racing at Five Flags, headlined by the ASA STARS National Tour and ARCA Menards Series East.


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A three-day race weekend is on tap at Five Flags Speedway on March 22-24, including the ARCA Menards Series East season opener and the return of the ASA STARS National Tour for the Sunshine State 200.

Here is everything you need to know going into this weekend’s festivities at the famed half-mile oval in Pensacola, Florida.

Back Where It Began

Last year, the ASA STARS National Tour kicked off its inaugural season at Five Flags Speedway. Casey Roderick scored the victory in that event to kick off the 10-race campaign. Roderick leads the series point standings currently after a third-place finish at the Clyde Hart Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway.

Star-Studded ASA Field

More than 30 cars are currently entered for the ASA STARS National Tour event on Sunday, March 24. Among those who will be in the field are the aforementioned Roderick, five-time Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series champion Bubba Pollard, two-time ASA Southern Super Series champion Stephen Nasse and three-time SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour champion Jacob Gomes.

The full entry list for this race can be viewed below.

Busy Weekends for Some Top Drivers

A handful of drivers will be competing in both the ARCA Menards Series East and ASA STARS National Tour portions of the weekend.

Jake Finch and Gio Ruggiero will both be attempting double-duty. Ruggiero finished second to William Sawalich in the ARCA Menards Series event at Phoenix, while Finch is coming off an impressive weekend at South Alabama Speedway where he won the Baby Rattler 125 and finished second to Pollard in the Rattler 250.

Speaking of Pollard, he will actually compete in three different races over the course of the weekend. Along with the ARCA Menards Series East and ASA STARS National Tour races, Pollard will also be part of the field for the Crown Stock feature.

If any of these drivers win both the ARCA and ASA events, they will win the Family Funeral & Cremation $5,000 Double-Down bonus. If Pollard can sweep all three races, one lucky fan who attends Five Flags Speedway on both Saturday and Sunday will also win $1,000.

Connor Zilisch will have a different kind of double duty. He will compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday before flying to Pensacola to take part in the ARCA Menards Series East event that evening.

Familiar Five Flags Faces in ARCA Field

Some familiar names to fans at Five Flags will be part of the field for the ARCA Menards Series East Pensacola 150.

Drivers such as Pollard, Sawalich, Ruggiero and Finch have competed frequently at Five Flags Speedway. Before moving up the ladder, Finch was the Faith Chapel Outlaws track champion at Five Flags in 2021.

Hunter Wright, coming off the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Pro Late Model title at New Smyrna, will make his ARCA platform debut on Saturday.

Hot Start for Pollard

Pollard has won the first three major Super Late Model races to start the season. He opened the year at Cordele Motor Speedway with his third consecutive SpeedFest victory. He then won the Clyde Hart Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway before winning the Rattler 250 at South Alabama.

Ticket Information

Three-day ticket packages are available for fans who want to watch all three days of racing at Five Flags Speedway. For just $60 for adults or $20 for children, you can purchase your advance tickets now and skip the wait at the gate on race day.

Advance tickets are also available with single-day options. Advance adult tickets are $10 for Friday night, $25 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday.

Click here to purchase your tickets now.

Weekend Schedule
(All times Central)

Friday, March 22
2:00 p.m.Registration & Garage Open
4:00 p.m.Grandstands Open
5:00 p.m.Drivers' Meeting
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Outlaw, Sportsman & Pure Stock Practice
7:00 p.m.Outlaw Qualifying
8:00 p.m.Pure Stock & Sportsman Heats
Outlaw, Sportsman & Pure Stock Feature
Saturday, March 23
8:00 a.m.ARCA Registration Opens
9:00 a.m.ASA Credentials Opens
ASA Hauler Parking
9:30 a.m.ARCA Hauler Parking
10:00 a.m.Registration & Garage Opens
10:15 a.m.ASA Crew Chief Meeting
10:30 a.m.ASA Pre-Tech by Appointment Begins
ASA Tire Draw
1:00 p.m.Grandstands Open
1:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.mASA First Practice
2:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.Crown Stock Practice & Group Qualifying
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.ARCA Practice
3:35 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.ASA Second Practice
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Crown Stock Feature
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.ARCA Qualifying
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.ASA Final Practice
6:15 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.ARCA Autograph Session
7:10 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.ARCA Pre-Race
7:30 p.m.ARCA Menards Series East Pensacola 150
Sunday, March 24
9:00 a.m.Registration & Garage Opens
9:30 a.m.Driver/Crew Chief/Spotter Meeting
10:00 a.m.ASA Pre-Qualifying Tech Begins
11:00 a.m.Grandstand & Ticket Office Opens
12:00 p.m.ASA Qualifying
1:00 p.m.ASA Last Chance Qualifier (20 Laps)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.ASA Autograph Session
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Pre-Race Ceremonies
3:00 p.m.Sunshine State 200

ASA STARS National Tour Entry List

08Tony ElrodLecanto, FL
08Jace HansenBerthoud, CO
1Kasey KleynQuincy, WA
2John BolenJasper, AL
13Sean HingoraniIrvine, CA
14Austin NasonRoscoe, IL
14Connor OkrzesikGrand Bay, AL
14Michael AtwellNaples, FL
16Jacob GomesManteca, CA
21Michael GoddardFort Myers, FL
22Gio RuggieroSeekonk, MA
23Billy VanMeterIndianapolis, IN
24Colby HowardSimpsonville, SC
26Bubba PollardSenoia, GA
26Dawson SuttonLebanon, TN
26Casey RoderickPulaski, MS
28Cole ButcherHantsport, NS
28Timothy WatsonPanama City, FL
30Kyle StecklyMilverton, ON
32Caden KvapilMooresville, NC
33Albert FrancisPainesville, OH
33Dustin SmithMobile, AL
44Conner JonesFredericksburg, VA
47Allen KarnesSharpsburg, GA
50Jett NolandGroveland, FL
51Stephen NassePinellas Park, FL
51Jake FinchLynn Haven, FL
54Matthew CraigConcord, NC
69Michael HindeHernando, FL
78Jo LawrenceLondon, ON
89Dylan FetchoLebanon, TN
97Grant ThormeierLakeland, FL

ARCA Menards Series East Entry List

0Nate MoellerLafayette, OH
1Bubba PollardSenoia, GA
10Ed PompaBallston Spa, NY
11Zachary TinkleSpeedway, IN
12Presley SorahCambridge City, IN
18William SawalichEden Prairie, MN
20Gio RuggieroSeekonk, MA
28Connor ZilischMooresville, NC
31Rita GouletMcCalla, AL
39D.L. WilsonMart, TX
48Brad SmithShelby Township, MI
55Jake FinchLynn Haven, FL
93Colton CollinsMannford, OK
95Hunter WrightLebanon, TN
98Dale ShearerChillicothe, MO
99Michael MaplesChoctaw, OK
06Cody DennisonHokes Bluff, AL
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