44th annual Rattler 250 canceled for this weekend

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COFFEE COUNTY (WDHN) — Rattler 250 weekend traditionally brings in 7,000 to 10,000 racing enthusiasts across the tri-state region.

John Dykes, South Alabama Speedway track owner, believes most of the hype of the Coronavirus is spread by the national media but says it’s affecting the competitors. Several of the drivers are coming from Canada, but are stopped at the border.

A similar situation is happening for two drivers who are having difficulty getting out of Washington State.

“From Washington State, we had two drivers that are worried about coming down here to Kinston, Alabama because they may not be allowed back to Washington State,” John Dykes said.

Dykes says Rattler 250 weekend fills up motels and restaurants from Opp to Enterprise. It’s been an economic engine for the western Wiregrass over the last 44 years.

“I have never had to delay or cancel an event for something like this,” Dykes added.

The Rattler 250 has been re-scheduled for the third weekend next month. The races’ will run from Friday, April 17th through the 19th.

The Rattler 250 will get underway at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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