Jump back in time ten years ago and racers in northwest Alabama had plenty of options to race on a weekly basis. However, over the latter half of the past decade their choices began to grow far and few in between.
Hopefully that is all changing at a rapid rate.
A few weeks ago it was announced that Moulton Raceway Park – formerly Moulton Speedway – which is located in Danville, Alabama, would be reopening under the guidance of Ricky Spurgeon. The facility operated sporadically over the past few years via the efforts of veteran promoter, Wayne Burns. Sadly, Wayne passed away over the offseason, and the fate of the track was in question for this season.
However, Spurgeon has taken over the helm and will operate the track on Friday nights. A specific schedule hasn’t been finalized, but the facility plans to swing the gates back open at the 3/8-mile oval this Friday, April 21 with a big grand reopening
The weekly program – which will run on Friday nights to coincide with Saturday night tracks in the area – will initially include 2 Barrel/Crate Late Models, 602 Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stocks, NeSmith Street Stocks, Hot Shots FWD, and Pure Street Stocks.
“Ideally I’d like to run five classes a week since we will be running on Friday nights and have a little less time to get our show completed,” Spurgeon notes. “We are going to start out with a few more classes than that and see which divisions show the best support. From that point, we’ll decide which classes become a permanent part of the show.”
In addition to operating Moulton Raceway Park, Spurgeon also promotes Thunderhill Raceway Park (Summertown, Tennessee), which runs on Saturday nights. He’s been at the helm of the high-banked oval since 2015.
For more information on the facility, please visit www.MoultonRacewayPark.com.
While Moulton Raceway Park prepares to return to action, a fellow facility – located 40 miles to its northwest is also preparing to swing its gates back open.
Just this week, news was released that North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Alabama would be reopening for the 2017 season. Russellville, Alabama businessman Brian Mitchell has decided to reopen the historic 3/8-mile oval.
“Going to need lots of fan and racer support (and a lot of luck), but we are shooting for the first race to be on Saturday, April 29,” Mitchell posted on the track’s new Facebook page this past Tuesday.
He went on to note, “Payouts and rules will be put our real soon. Have some big races being planned for later in the year.”
Mitchell indicated that weekly divisions would include 604 Crate Late Models, 602 Crate Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Factory Stocks. The track plans to run on Saturday evenings.
North Alabama was last open in 2014 under the direction of Wayne Burns. Before that time local businessman Jeff Greer oversaw operations for several seasons. The racy, semi-banked oval has played host to series that included the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, Southern All Stars, NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series, and the United Sprint Car Series.
For more information on North Alabama Speedway, please visit https://www.facebook.com/North-Alabama-Speedway-1859023771051856 .
Both of these tracks have a storied history, so it’s really nice to see them getting a second lease on life. Hopefully racers and fans will be able to support each track so that they can thrive once again.