South Alabama Speedway to sponsor Crossover night

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 27, 2013

In a few weeks local race fans and residents will have the opportunity to “help others crossover the finish line.”

The South Alabama Speedway will celebrate its 40th year come June 8, and spectators can receive free grandstand admission for the night’s races by bringing a donation for Crossover Ministries that night.

John and Sandra Dykes, owners of SAS, said they are proud to announce they are joining forces with Crossover Ministries to help their residents with everyday needs.

Crossover was established in 2005 and serves those with addictions in Covington County and surrounding counties through education, work, counseling and the knowledge of Jesus Christ that will help people rebuild their lives and their communities.

SAS officials plan to fill a bus with donated essentials and let race attendees bring food for meals, including canned goods, sugar, tea, bread, snacks, toiletries, household items and cleaning supplies and monetary donations will be accepted.

“We were wanting to put on a free night and to get the stands full,” Sandra Dykes said. “We want people to see what kind of entertainment we have. It’s a good family outing, and a good clean program.”

Dykes said they were hunting an organization that would benefit from a free night.

“We are working closely with the City of Opp and the Chamber, and they suggested that we choose Crossover,” she said.

Each year, SAS attracts thousands of people near and far to the community, Dykes said.

“Visitors at SAS have the opportunity to explore, shop and dine in local businesses; meanwhile, bringing exposure and revenue to our community and surrounding areas,” she said.

Dykes said the free night with the donation will be the first of its kind, and they are looking for community support to help them make it happen.