Prior to 2007, River Valley Speedway was known as a paradise surrounded by the green, rolling hills of Alabama as well as a serene river just past the back stretch. The blonde-clay speedway was the place to be Saturday night. It would allow families to get out of the city and away from the farms and into an oasis known as the “Valley of Speed.” River Valley was closed as of 2007, but thanks to the ambition of local autocross promotor and construction company owner, Rickey Borden, as well as two other partners, the Valley will once again feel the ground-pounding thunder of horsepower. After the long-term lease was signed, Borden and his team jumped into action, clearing tall grass and weeds from the racing surface while others began repairs on fencing, lighting, and the grandstands. Concessions, restrooms, and the announcing tower will also be refurbished throughout the year. With the track in racing condition once again, the Smoothest track in Alabama will host it’s first race next Saturday, August 7th. Race fans will be treated to a new announcer known as “Late Model Mark” who is natively from the West coast. Don’t let the rookie flags fool you tough, this announcer has race reporting in his blood. Racing begins next Saturday with hot laps at 7 p.m. Spectators are just $10 and pit passes are $25. For more information on River Valley Speedway’s grand opening can be found by visiting their website at www.RiverValleyMotorsports.com.
The roar of race car engines will return to the “Valley of speed” when the new River Valley Speedway opens a new era of racing on Saturday, August 7th. River Valley held it’s last race in 2007 and returns with a new team in charge and a plan for success. Local arenacross promoter and construction company owner Rickey Borden, alongside two other partners, have secured a long term lease for this shuddered speed plant. The initial plans for the remainder of 2010 season will find River Valley running a schedule of twice a month on Saturday nights up until November.
When the ink was dry on the lease, Borden and staff began to tackle the large task of overcoming the ravages on time and nature at this speedway that is located in a very rural area. Circled by lush green hills and a river off the back straight, crews have been working daily in cleaning up and refurbishing most all aspects of the facility. Shoulder high grass and weeds needed to be knocked down on the track itself while work was needed on fencing, lighting, and the public address system The parking lot needed to be groomed for the spectators while the pits needed attention as well. Work in the tower is progressing as well as concession and restroom areas, all in need of care after a three year layoff.
The track features two grandstands for spectators and four smaller grandstands for the racers and crews in the large pit area. There is trackside parking also available for those who like to tailgate at the races. Well known during it’s years of operation as the smoothest track in Alabama, this dirt track will be sure to please as the first practice session the track was billiard table smooth even after the long layoff. The track, located near Arkadelphia will have one more night of practice on July 30th to give racers and crews time to get back in the groove.
Opening night will have the big-horsepower Super Late Models running an unsanctioned $2000-to-win special event, Late Model Stocks, Modifieds, Outlaw and Super Streets, Mini-Stocks and Hoggs round out the busy opening night card. Make plans now to hear the roar by the river when racing returns to the “Valley of speed” at River Valley Speedway on August 7th!!
Track Opens @ 3:00pm.
Registration @ 4:00pm.
Drivers Meeting @ 6:30
Hot Laps @ 7:00pm.
Racing to follow
For more info log on to www.RiverValleyMotorsports. com
Call Rickey Borden @ (256) 214-1671 or Aimee @ (205) 862-5569