One of the South’s most famed tracks, East Alabama Motor Speedway, is preparing to embark on a new era under new leadership.
Last week, track owner and promoter, Billy Thomas revealed on the track’s Facebook page that he was stepping away from day-to-day operations at the Phenix City, Alabama oval. He identified both health concerns and the need to spend more time with family and friends as the driving reasons.
“There is nothing majorly wrong. It just takes a lot to run the track every week,” Thomas stated. This will give me more time to invest in the National Late Model Super Car Series.”
He went on to share that he had leased the track to an Atlanta businessman, who has deep roots in racing.
“I have leased the track and facilities to Eddie Massey,” Thomas revealed. There is no doubt that the track will be in good hands. He has been involved in racing his whole life. His father was the owner and promoter of the West Atlanta Raceway for years. His family is synonymous with racing.
“He has traveled all over the United States racing with brother Stan Massey, his uncle Leon Sells and his brother-in-law Jack Pennington. They are all members of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. His cousins also run New Senoia Raceway.”
A few days later, Massey made his first public statement about his new role.
“I have leased the track and will be the new promoter at EAMS,” Massey noted. “We’ll be transitioning everything to me and my staff over the next month. We are looking to do great things here at East Alabama Motor Speedway. We all know that it is one of the best racing facilities in the United States. It’s gonna take a bit to get everything sorted out and to get everything going in a forward direction. We need all the support we can get going forward from the fans and the drivers.”
The track’s signature events – the National 100 and the Alabama State Championships – will continue to be part of the schedule for the 46-year-old facility.