MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- Top sportsman drag racer Randy Alexander passed away Saturday in Commerce, Georgia after an on-track incident according to the National Hot Rod Association.
Randy was from Harvest and was a frequent competitor at the Huntsville Dragway. Friends say he had been drag racing for over 20 years. They added that he was excited about recently retiring and being able to spend more time on his car and at the track.
"He was here two weeks ago. We had a race and he was here. And Randy was the type of guy, he was always smiling," Huntsville Dragway owner TT Jones said.
People who knew Randy say he was a great driver and an even better friend.
"It's like family and when we lose one of them, the drag racing community comes together like no other," said race announcer Wade Mooney.
"I know Randy was a good driver. Something had to happen, whether the car broke or he had a heart attack, I don't know," Jones said.
People who saw Randy’s race say the accident happened after the finish line, as he lost control of his car. The car made a sharp left into his opponent’s lane, which then T-boned Randy’s car. The man Randy was racing, Bob Mandell, was also good friends with Randy.
While local drivers and families are saddened they won't get to see their friend on the track one more time, his life, like the sport, reminds them that every split second is precious.
"The good thing is, he died doing what he loved. And Randy truly loved racing. And I never saw the man down," Mooney said.
The NHRA says they and the entire racing community are extending condolences and prayers to Randy's family and friends.