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Is major all-star race in the future for Five Flags Speedway?

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By Dan Shugart

PENSACOLA, Fla. — If it works out, it would be major feather in the cap for Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway.

Tony Stewart and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham are putting together a big-name All-Star racing series for next year, and Five Flags Speedway is one of the tracks mentioned as a possible venue.

Speedway owner Tim Bryant says he has not been approached by Stewart or Evernham. But getting a spot on the SRX All-Star Circuit would be quite a coup.

The series is a revival of the old IROC series, which brought together drivers from different circuits, different disciplines, NASCAR, IndyCar and more. They would compete in identically prepared cars. Stewart won the last IROC Championship in 2006.

Evernham, who helped launch Jeff Gordon’s career as Gordon’s first crew chief nearly 30 years ago, envisions staging a six-race series on legendary short tracks around the country. CBS would broadcast the races nationally.

Stewart has indicated he plans to take part, and he’s recruiting other drivers, some of whom have retired. There is talk that Evernham may talk Jeff Gordon into racing and IndyCar legend, Tony Kanaan, has already expressed interest.

There is a long way to go before the short track series is ready to run. Sponsorship, scheduling, working out possible conflicts, signing up drivers — all have to be worked out. And a thousand other details. But what a get it would be if Five Flags Speedway ends up on the circuit.

The speedway has had three weeks off. But they’re back to work this Friday.

The Modifieds of Mayhem return for their second of two appearances at the track this year. They will put on the feature show, Friday night. And everyone is gunning for Kyle Purvis.

He won the Mayhem race on June 19. And he won both Modifieds of Mayhem races in 2019. Three in a row. He goes for four straight on Friday.

By Dan Shugart |Sinclair Broadcast Group | Friday, July 17th 2020