HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Huntsville Speedway is gearing up for the final few weeks of the season with some fun promotions. Speedway owner and operator Robbie Edger joined us on WAFF 48 News Today Friday morning to talk about how he’s been able to create a fun and family friendly atmosphere since taking over a few years ago.
“We try to attract the younger generation" Edger says. “We like to get them with bike races, power wheels, autographs with the drivers, things like that.”
This weekend, the speedway wants to see who’s got the most pedal power in north Alabama. Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes to the speedway where they’ll get a chance to race on the track in between the car races. The kids register before the races, then get broken up into age groups and brought onto the track. “We get them competitive out there, and give trophies to the top three” Edger told us.
The threat of rain is looming over the weekend, but Edger says if the races are a washout, they’ll give the kids another chance to race next weekend.
We also asked Edger about a unique “bounty” the speedway put on one driver who’s been winning a little bit too much recently. “John Thomas has a million laps and a lot of years of experience, so he was dominating. So, basically our fans and sponsors got together and tried to put up some bounty money and go on social media to build this up.” Edger says the goal was to entice drivers from other tracks to come to Huntsville and try to beat Thomas fair and square, and put on a good show for the fans.
The races are every Saturday night with qualifying at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m. Several different divisions compete on different weekends. This week, it’s late models, trucks and super stocks.