Speedway gets national recognition

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 23, 2017

South Alabama Speedway was featured this week on NASCAR on NBC’s “My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows.”

Alabama was the first feature in the series.

Last weekend, the Speedway hosted the annual Rattler 250.

The NBC segment featured the quarter-mile track and the fact that the winner gets an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake around his or her neck.

The show will highlight and celebrate local racetracks in each state in the country.

As part of My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows, NASCAR America will cross the country alphabetically from Alabama to Wyoming and showcase an individual track each day.

Opp Mayor Becky Bracke said this week that the Rattler 250 drew people from all over including as far away as Canada, Washington and Minnesota.

“I was blown away,” she said.

She said from now on the plan is to have the Rattlesnake Rodeo one weekend and the Rattler 250 in the weekend before or after.

“They can stay the whole week,” she said.

Speedway owner John Dykes said he didn’t get to see the segment on television.

“I don’t exactly too much about it,” he said. “I heard that we were on there. I’m just thankful that the track is getting some recognition, and it’s been there for 40 something years. It pumps quite a bit of money into the economy. People from all over the country come here to see the races. It has come a long way in the 40-something years. This is our 20th season owning the track.”