Welcome to our new series where we highlight drag strips all over the country. Our next stop is Alabama, where we find the home of the Tater Hauler as well as the NHRA-sanctioned track in Atmore. There are quite a number of tracks in Alabama, so just like in our first blog in the series, we narrowed it down to the four top-rated tracks, listed below.
Baileyton Good Time Drag Strip - Baileyton, AL
The title of the oldest drag strip on this list goes to Baileyton “Goodtime” Dragstrip which was built back in 1966 by Jack Walker and is home to the Tater Hauler (a longtime trademark of the drag strip). The 1/8th mile dragstrip has raving reviews from racers as being family-friendly and an overall great environment to race in. As it goes into its 54th year of business, the dragstrip continues to be family-operated by Jack Walker’s grandson Russ and daughter-in-law Sasha. Be sure to pay them a visit this coming racing season.
Cottonwood Dragway - Cottonwood, AL
This friendly track strives to provide a great time racing while making new friends in the process (per racers’ praise). The 1/8th mile drag strip is located just 15 minutes South of Dothan, AL. The best news is that the track is already back in business after the off season, having hosted their first event of the year this past weekend (Feb. 1) and another event coming up February 27.
Atmore Dragway - Atmore, AL
Opening in 2013 the NHRA-sanctioned Atmore Dragway has recently undergone a $1.2+ million transformation to their track as a way to attract more diverse events. Their racing events include pro mods, top dragsters, bracket racing, junior dragsters, heads up, gassers, motorcycles, and others. The 1/8th mile drag strip has an upcoming test and tune event on February 9.
I-22 Motorsports Park - Elridge, AL
The I-22 Motorsports Park is a family-owned and operated track, founded by longtime friends Scott Tucker, former drag racer Gregg Burgess and Bill Haley. The park just celebrated their 10 year anniversary this past year, reflecting on their opening back in spring 2009 with the help of friends and family. The track is closed for the off season for now, but will reopen this Spring.