Kinston, Ala. (WDHN)—Since COVID-19 restrictions went into effect in mid-March, the world of sports has ground to a halt.
This Memorial Holiday Weekend, the first major sporting event in the wiregrass since the pandemic began is taking place at the South Alabama Speedway in Kinston.
The 44th annual Hardee’s “Rattler 250” weekend of racing had to be postponed twice, but Governor Ivey’s revised COVID-19 health order now permits the competition with social distance and sanitation requirements in place.
This Memorial Holiday Weekend marked by racing events at the South Alabama Speedway in Southwest Coffee County.
The racers come from across America, and a half-dozen have arrived from Canada as well.
With sporting events’ “halted” due to COVID-19 hundreds of fans will be on hand for the action.
“We are super excited and thrilled to host this weekend. We’re open, we are racing. Everything is followed by the regulations,”
according to track spokesman Ryan McCollough.
Wisconsin resident Ty Majeski has won the Hardee’s Rattler 250 twice over the years. He also competes in NASCAR’s truck series.
Majesti says “I think we are all excited to be back at the race track, we’ve been off for some time now. “
The Hardee’s Rattler 250 gets underway 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Ten o’clock that morning, the track will host a church service complete with “live” gospel music.