Last race of season to be held Saturday

Published 12:01 am Thursday, October 17, 2013

Motors will rev and rubber will burn for the last time this year Saturday night at the South Alabama Speedway in Opp.

Speedway owner John Dykes said Saturday’s races will be the last of the 2013 season, which began in late March, and will feature racers ranging from professionals to local participants.

“We will have everyone from Alabama pros right on down to motorcycles and street stock,” Dykes said.

While professional racers will be coming from all over Alabama, Dykes said the other categories will feature participants that have made racing a serious hobby.

“You have to have a little bit of knowledge about this,” he said. “Most of (the racers) have been in it for years. They have a class that they run in and they come down and compete for the money.”

While each category carries its on cash prize for the winner, Dykes said the biggest payout will be at the professional level, where the winner will receive “$4,000 plus.”

It all starts when gates open Saturday at 4 p.m. Races will begin at 7 p.m.

Dykes said the professionals will complete 125 laps. Other categories include: street stock, 50 laps; modified cars, 50 laps; motorcycles, 15 laps; roadrunners (rear-wheel drive, full size cars), 25 laps; and coyotes (front-wheel drive, smaller cars), 25 laps.

Admission for Saturday’s races is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12.

For more information, visit South Alabama Speedway’s website at