Morning Notes from Five Flags Speedway

Morning Notes from Five Flags Speedway

ARCA Menards Series car owner Tommy Praytor has been a busy man this week. He has been assisting Five Flags Speedway promoter Tim Bryant and event co-promoter Bob Sargent with in-market publicity efforts, and last week his son Thomas – himself an ARCA Menards Series driver – welcomed his son Hugh Thomas Praytor V to the family. The Praytors are proprietors of a successful realty business in nearby Mobile, Alabama and recently started a trucking company that services the gulf coast area.

Several drivers will be making their ARCA Menards Series debut at Five Flags Speedway in the ARCA Pensacola 200. Connor Okrzesik, who won the ARCA/CRA Super Series SpeedFest 200 at Crisp Motorsports Park three weeks ago, will make his series debut alongside 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray. Ty Gibbs, grandson of NFL coaching legend and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, will make his series debut as well coming off a big late model stock car win at Myrtle Beach Speedway to open the season. Tim Richmond, named after the legendary NASCAR driver, will also make his series debut driving for Wayne Peterson Racing.

Andy Hillenburg entered three cars this week, one for the team’s full-time driver Tommy Vigh, Jr., one for Dick Doheny, and the third car for either Morgen Baird or Matt Dooley. Hillenburg hadn’t decided as of race morning who would drive the third car. “It could be as simple as whoever shows up first,” he said with a laugh.

Team owner Billy Venturini is at Five Flags Speedway for the third time in four months. “I was here for the Snowball Derby, we came here to test a couple of weeks ago, and now we are back for the race,” he said. “I feel like I am a Pensacola resident at this point.”

Eighteen of the nineteen cars at the track passed technical inspection on Friday. The last remaining car on the entry list that was not at the track arrived first thing this morning. There are a couple hours of inspection before practice starts at 1 pm ET/noon CT.

Dr. Lara Carlson with Motorsports Safety Group will give a brief seminar following the driver’s meeting on Physiological Stress Disorder. Dr. Carlson is the Founder and President of the Carlson Laboratory, which is dedicated to the advancement of scientific research, and providing educational and practical information focused on the safety, health and performance of athletes. Her expertise covers the entire landscape of strength conditioning and physiology in both collegiate and professional athletes, and she’s also guided studies that directly affect the performance of racer athletes. 

MAVTV will broadcast the ARCA Pensacola 200 live starting at 8 pm ET/7 pm ET CT. It is the first of twelve live broadcasts of the ARCA Menards Series on the network this season.

Practice is scheduled for 1 pm ET/noon CT and will run for ninety minutes. General Tire Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 4:30 pm ET/3:30 pm CT. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring from all on-track sessions at New members may register at







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Sitting in the parking lot  at 5 flags now