HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The sounds of engines revving could soon be returning to the Huntsville Speedway.
"The track's just been closed so long now that, I think it's time to get it opened back up," said new manager Robbie Edger.
After more than two race-less years, there is new life at the speedway, though not all of it is wanted. Greenery overruns the stands and some critters have settled into the offices.
To help get the track rolling again, Edger said he is enlisting volunteer help.
"Cleaning up the grounds for one thing, getting the weeds and the trees under control and then we got a lot of scraping and painting to do," he said.
The move is another lap in a busy summer for the Huntsville Speedway.
Alabama Track Ventures, LLC, purchased the 28 acres of land in June. Charlotte business man Frank Bolter is listed as the company's manager. Bolter recently served as the Director of Business Development for Kyle Busch Motorsports. However, the lease for the rights to operate the facility still belong to longtime-owner Martin Pierce.
Pierce recently appointed Edger as the Speedway's manager. He ultimately wants to purchase the lease from Pierce.
For now, though, Edger's fist mission is to give next season the green flag.
"It's going to take a while, but we have until March to get this thing going," he said. "Our biggest goal is we have to get sponsorship. We have to fill the billboards, that's what really keeps the doors open as far as profit-wise. I need the community to come together for advertisement, as well. The biggest thing the fans can do is show up, fill the stands and the drivers to show up and fill the pits to make this succeed."
The volunteer track cleanup day will take place Saturday, September 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Duties include mowing, bush hogging, weed eating, weed pulling, tree cutting and pruning and paint scraping. Two tractors with loaders and a bush hog will be on site, but volunteers are asked to bring chain saws, pruners, weed eaters, large paint scrapers, flat shovels, gloves and general hand tools for mending. Water and snacks will also be provided.
Other cleanup days will likely take place throughout the fall with the goal of hosting a practice run in October.