The Atmore Raceway on Curtis Road near Atmore is fast approaching its grand reopening and the new owners, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI), has given every aspect of the facility new life.
“We are trying to get everything ready to start racing the first Saturday in March,” said Eddie Tullis, PCI Tribal Council member.
Gary Moore who currently runs Mobile Dragway will be in charge of the facility. “We will run Bracket races on Saturdays and Test and Tune/Grudge races on Sundays,” Moore said. “Sundays are usually the biggest days.”
Tullis detailed the many changes the new owners have made to the facility.
“We have poured new 6-inch deep, 14-foot wide cement strips which will extend 660 feet. There are new guardrails, new lights, a new LED timing system that will be comparable to any dragway in the country and a new equipment shed. The raceway will feature a diner with a 50-foot covered deck so people can watch the races while eating. The whole place will be re-landscaped when the weather cooperates.
“Everything is totally changed. This will be a first class operation.”
Seating capacity of the new facility is 3,200 with 1,600 on each side. A winner’s circle is being built to feature the victors.
Races on the eighth of a mile track will include Bracket Racing in both regular and juniors for teenage drivers.
More than $1 million was approved for the project by the PCI Tribal Council.
“This track has a great history,” Moore said. “It is in a perfect location and will be a great asset to the community.”