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Lassiter Mountain Dragway (Coalburg) (1956)
Bessemer "Drag Strip" (1957)
Sulligent Drag Strip (1957)
Manassas Drag Strip/Huntsville Dragway  (Harvest) (1958)
Piedmont "Drag Strip" (1958)
Competition Dragway (Helena) (1959)
Jake's Drag Strip/Moulton Dragway(Danville) (1959)
Napier Drag Strip/Dothan Dragway (1959)
Green Valley Drag Strip (East Gadsden) (1959)
Guntersville Drag Strip (1959)
Mobile Drag Strip/Dauphin Island Dragway (1959)
Tuscaloosa Motor Speedway (1959)
Capital City Dragway (Montgomery) (1950s)​
​Hi-Way 43 Drag Strip (Pritchard) (1950)
Tuskegee Army Airfield (1960)
Omaha "Drag Strip" (1961)
Phenix Dragway/Drag Strip (1961)
Andalusia Dragway (1963)
Dixie-Southland Drag Strip (Montgomery) (1963)
Sunset Drag Strip (Hazel Green) (1964)
Nauvoo Drag Strip (1965)
Valley Airport (Anniston) (1965)
Baileyton "Good Time" Drag Strip (1966)
Bibb Raceway (Centreville) (1966)
New Hope Drag Strip (1966)
Clanton Drag Strip (1968)
Holiday Raceway (Woodstock) (1968)
Miller's Ferry Drag Strip (Camden) (1968)
Montgomery Industrial Terminal (1968)
Randolph County Drag Strip (Wedowee) (1968)
Selma Drag Strip (1968)
Tri-City Dragway (Florence) (1968)
​Carbon Hill Drag Strip (1969)
Courtland Raceway (1969)
Big A Dragway (Abbeville) (1960s)
Heart of Dixie Drag Strip (Sylacauga) (1960s)
Lee County Drag Strip (Opelika) (1960s?)
Valley Airport (Lanett) (1960s)
Rocket City Drag Strip (Huntsville) (1974)
Atmore Dragway (1975)
Sand Mountain Dragway (Section) (1975)
Jett Strip/North Alabama Dragway (Tuscumbia) (1976)​​
Lakeside Dragway/Dallas County Dragway/Selma Motorsports Park (1970s)
Winston County Dragstrip (Lynn) (1970s)
Chatom International Raceway (1988)
​Dale County Dragway (Newton) (1980s)
New Bama Dragway/Bama Dragway (Cordova) (1991)

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Andalusia Dragway, 1963. Photographer unknown

Andalusia Dragway

 
Research has found very few references to a drag strip in Andalusia.  Three miles east of Andalusia is a north-south road called Old Dragstrip Road leading from the little hamlet of Harmony. Just southeast and on the outskirts of Harmony is Orchard Road, leading east off Old Dragstrip Road. Orchard Road leads straight to the old Andalusia Dragway, still visible in aerial photos. More than six thousand people purportedly lined both sides of the drag strip on its opening day in 1963. Sol Stewart announced the race from the timing tower. Over the Labor Day weekend in 1977, Malcolm Lee, age 30, of Montgomery, was killed testing his race car on Saturday night when it went out of control and smashed into a utility pole. There was also a purported fatality in 1967 (Hoover Dean), but information about that is sketchy.  It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip. More research is needed about this strip.
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The "Drag Strip" is marked on this 1973 topo map

Atmore Dragway

  • Years of Operation: 1975-present
 
Incorporation papers were filed for Atmore Dragway on November 10, 1975, by Bessie M. Owens, Amelia B. Owens, Tobert Owens, and Travis Gary. Research was unable to find when the track first became operational, but it undoubtedly was before or shortly after the incorporation papers were filed. On September 24-25, 1977, Atmore Dragway hosted an IHRA National Title Series race with a $12,000 purse. In addition to the points racing, the event also featured a special match race between Don Garlits and London, England's Clive Skilton. On July 2, 1978, Atmore put on its "Firecracker 500" event. In 2013, the race track was completely redone, operating that year as a 1/8th-mile track. In 2015 and today it is sanctioned by NHRA.
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Baileyton "Good Time" Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation: 1966-present
 
Jack and Ralph Walker built this drag strip for folks to enjoy racing and a "good time." Their wives, Sharron and Myralene, handled the concessions. Unfortunately, the track experienced a fatal racing accident in its first year of operation. On April 29, 1967, 19-year-old Jerry Bradford of Hanceville was killed while racing his 1957 Chevrolet. He lost control at about mid-track, went off the end of the track, and hit a light pole. Fifty years after it started, Jack still runs the operation, managed by his grandson, Russ Easterwood. Jack's wife, Sharron, still works in the concessions. In the 1970s, racers such as Bill Jenkins, Don Nicholson, and Bunny Burkett were paid to race. Still a fan favorite is the track's Ole Tater Hauler, a wheelstanding 1953 GMC truck built by Jack Walker.
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August 12, 1978
CLICK HERE to see video footage of Baileyton Drag Strip, 2012, 6:27 minutes

Bessemer Drag Strip

 
There was a drag strip operating reportedly in 1957 near the Bessemer city airport. More research is needed.
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Big A Dragway ​​​(Abbeville)

 
Research has found little about this old strip. DSL reader Lance Hildebrand located it just west of the intersection of Singletary Road and U.S. Highway 431 S, just west of the center of Abbeville. Kenneth Blalock, another DSL reader, wrote that the strip was in a different location, northeast of Abbeville. He wrote: "Big A Dragway was located on Old Ft Gaines Rd about 5 miles northeast of Abbeville. Was built by Marvin Turner on his land in the sixties. Joe Fred Creel, a local racer, ran it several different times. Ellis Milner, Charlie Pepper, Rickey Smith, and Monty Todd ran there at times. Paved portion of strip is now a driveway to a home." In 1964, Steve Honnell raced his 1964 Ford Thunderbolt, named "War Eagle,"  at Big A Dragway on the car's first outing. He beat Jack Cooley's 1963 Chevy Z-11 in a best two-of-three match race. One old timer named Ken said his father had been an owner of the Big A. He said, "My dad owned the BIG A Dragway in Abbeville 2 or 3 different times and was also part owner for a short while of the Albany, Ga dragstrip with "Big Daddy" Ellis Milner. . . . I rode by the BIG A a few years ago and it was all over grown. Sucks.  I spent pretty much every weekend there from birth to about 10.  After my folks split and my dad let the track go in the divorce."   Robert Simpson was an announcer at Big A in the late 1970s.
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"Old Timer," an old drag strip expert researcher, dates the opening of this track to the mid-1950s. Research has uncovered little documentation. On July 26, 1994, John B. Hart filed incorporation papers for this 1/8th-mile strip located adjacent to and north of Montgomery Motor Speedway on the western outskirts of Montgomery.  However the drag strip is now defunct, being closed when the new Montgomery Motorsports Park opened. Ray Givens was the promoter at some time during its history. More research is needed to find out when the track closed.

Capital City Dragway (Montgomery)

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CLICK HERE to see video footage of Capital City Dragway, early 1990s, filmed by Doug Gregory, 3:30 minutes

Carbon Hill Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation:    1989
  • Status: Exact location unknown
 
Incorporation papers were filed for Carbon Hill Drag Strip on June 24, 1969. The owners were C. B. and Willie Mae Guthrie and Lloyd and Marguerite Pearce. More research is needed. David Sharp, a DSL reader, understood that the reason "Verlie Barton  built Winston County was due to a feud or disagreement that his boys had at Carbon Hill and Nauvoo Drag Strips. Henceforth the reason for the Winston County sign depicting 'Home of the Bartons'.”
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This 1/8th-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip was located east of Chatom on Highway 56 next to the airport. "Old Timer" wrote that the track was principally devoted to bracket racing.
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Chatom International Raceway

 
It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip . Racing may have taken place at the circa 1940 airport located one mile northeast of Clanton, now called Chilton County Airport or Gragg Field. Research hasn't been able to confirm that or find any other information.
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Clanton Drag Strip

Competition Dragway (Helena)

 
In 1958, the Birmingham Timing Association held NHRA-sanctioned drag races in Helena on the first and third Sundays of each month, but the name of the track at that time is not known. The Competition Dragway name was bestowed later. An illustrated article about this strip appeared in the January 1959 issue of Hot Rod. Inspection was a tad bit lax at this drag strip. Racer Dale Wilson recalled his very first race at age 19,  being permitted to run in a C/A Hilman Minx with a football helmet for a lid and seriously lacking in braking power. The strip may have been called Helena Raceway in 1961. On April 9, 1961, Ken Scott of Selma beat Don Garlit's old strip record in his twin-engined Chrysler fuel dragster with a speed of 183.69 MPH. He beat Garlits old record by almost 9 miles per hour. Lewis Carden set a track record in his gas dragster with a speed of 169.63 MPH. On June 11, 1964, Dr. John H. Newman was killed on a Thursday at this track. He launched off the starting line in a go-kart that erupted into flames about 100 feet from the starting line. He was thrown over 70 feet. The track purportedly closed after only a few years of operation, sold, then became a subdivision. James Tippins may have been the person who built the strip. Incorporation papers were filed for the Helena Dragstrip on November 23, 1966, by Billie and Earl Shoults and Annie and John Simmons.  It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip . The racing distance of the strip was 1,000 feet.  The strip's location today has been overtaken by residential development. The location of the shutdown area of the old strip is in the vicinity of the intersection of Shamrock Drive and Old Kendrick Road.
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Helena Drag Strip, 1971 topo map
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CLICK HERE to see video footage of Helena Drag Strip, 22 minutes, no sound/music only
Helena Drag Strip, ​ 1970 aerial photo
 
This drag strip, also known as Courtland Dragway, was open at least by 1968.  It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip.  Racing was conducted on a runway of the abandoned Courtland Army Airfield (now Courtland Airport). The airfield is on the western outskirts of Courtland, just south of Highway 20.  Races were held every Sunday.  Regular racing was sometimes spiced up with feature races. For instance, on October 11, 1970, a four-way match race of funny cars featured two cars from Alabama and Jerry Caminito from New York and Chuck Hart from Washington. Races reverted to Saturday night in 1972, under the management of Nick Carr. It was then sanctioned by NHRA. One man saw his first drag race at Courtland as a young teenager:  "My dad took us boys to Courtland, Alabama to the 1/4 mile dragstrip there. It was on an old WWII air base. I saw my hero Wayne Mahaffey in the Alabamian Vega funny car match racing with another Southern legend, Billy Holt. It was the loudest thing I had ever heard at 13 years old. I was addicted and still am."

Courtland Raceway

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1972
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1973 Courtland Dragway flyer. Courtesy of James D. Sharp

Dale County Dragway (Newton)

 
Research hasn't found when this drag strip opened, but it closed for good around 1990. It was located near the town of Newton, just off Highway 231, which was about ten miles northwest of Dothan. It was on Waterford Road, on the north side of that road. On Sunday, May 19, 1985, the total purse for that race was over $3,000. At a race on October 8, 1988, Ken Caddis was killed when he lost control of his Pro Stock 1988 Pontiac Trans Am during a race.
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Dixie-Southland Drag Strip (Montgomery)

 
Helen, James, and Thomas Kohn filed incorporation papers for this drag strip on May 24, 1963. The strip was located on Wetumpka Highway across from the former Gunter Air Force Base Annex. "Old Timer," an expert in locating old drag strips, found that remnants of the old strip going up through the woods, abutting the west side of today's Gorman Park, are visible on aerial photographs. Dixie-Southland was the name given in a list of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 appearing in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip. Racing was conducted on about 1,000 feet, with the whole track not being more than 2,500 feet long. The track direction was from south to north, easily seen from the starting line rubber marks on 1972 historic aerial photos. Research hasn't uncovered when this strip closed.
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Dixie-Southland Drag Strip, 1972​​ aerial photo

Green Valley Drag Strip (East Gadsden)

 
Located on Green Valley Road near Gadsden (and Glencoe), this strip opened in about 1959. It was on property leased by Woody Miller. It was started by a group of buinessmen including Dr. Charles Jordan, M. B. Froan, Ed Rudd, Sam Fordham, and his son, Charles. On November 8, 1959, Don Garlits was the headliner at what may have been the track's opening race. In 1960, Milton Henson began a long tenure of managing the track. He leased the track from land owner Woody Miller, who had operated the track for just a few months. In 1961, this NHRA-sanctioned track was holding races every Saturday night, May through September. Racing ads in 1962 stated the track was under new management. On May 26, 1962, the track featured exhibition runs by Ron Pellegrini driving Tommy Ivo's former twin-engined Buick dragster. Match races were also frequently on the drawing card with such featured racers as Jimmy Nix, brought in to race on what their ads claimed was the Southeast's "finest strip." On July 2-3, 1965, Green Valley put on their 4th annual invitational drag race. They had completely resurfaced the race track, constructed a new return road, added new pit area bleachers and a pit area for push cars. In 1977, the strip changed from quarter-mile to 1/8th-mile racing. It shut down in 1994, but opened briefly a few years later, closing for good in 1997. The drag strip is no longer used, but is flanked today by two oval tracks at Green Valley Speedway on 1509 Green Valley Road. One of those oval tracks had been built by Milton Henson.
 
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November 8, 1959
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Guntersville Drag Strip

 
The drag strip opened for racing on April 19, 1959.  More research is needed.
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April 19, 1959

Heart of Dixie Drag Strip ​(Sylacauga)

 
In 1965, Lt. Al Higgins of the Sylacauga Police Department promoted the construction of a drag strip to curb street racing by teenagers. It was built about four miles north of Sylacauga just east of Odena Road. Research has not found when it first opened, but by 1969 it was running on Wednesday nights and was called Heart of Dixie Drag Strip. It was a quarter-mile track when it first opened, but then changed to 1/8th-mile racing. "Old Timer" dated its closing to the late 1980s, but it may have operated even later. More research is needed.
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May 1969

Hi-Way 43 Drag Strip ​​(Pritchard)

  • Years of Operation: 1960
  • Status:  Exact location unknown
 
DSL reader David Sharp submitted this drag strip that was incorporated on April 1, 1960. The owners included Waymon T. Hudson, C. J. McBride, N. W. Patrick, W. W. Pettus, and Jimmie Walker.  More research is needed to determine if the strip ever opened and operated. Pritchard is just north of Mobile.
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Holiday Raceway (Woodstock)

  • Years of Operation: 1968-present
 
This drag strip, familiarly known as "The Beach," began its history with open class racing. DSL reader David Sharp contacted Chris Bateh, the strip's current owner about the track's history. Bateh wrote, "Holiday Raceway was founded by Johnny Bateh and his buisiness partner, Thurman West."  It got its nickname, "The Beach," because there was a swimming beach next to the race track. In the 1950s, Holiday Beach was a swimming resort. There were lakes, slides, and a big dance floor. You could play during the day and race at night. They headlined regular drivers like David Rampy from Piedmont, Alabama, and Shannon Jenkins. After Johnny Bateh died in 1991, his son, Chris Bateh and daughter, Stephanie Bateh,, took over ownership along with Thurman's heirs: Jason, Barbara, and Jerry Beams. The track continues operation, still racing on Saturday night, focusing on bracket and heads-up racing and periodic pro mod events..
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Courtesy of Chris Bateh
CLICK HERE to see video footage of Holiday Raceway, 2012, 2:34 minutes

Jake's Drag Strip/Moulton Dragway (Danville)

  • Years of Operation: 1959-present
 
This 1/8th-mile drag strip, also known as Moulton Dragway, is located about six miles southeast of Moulton (in Speake), adjacent to and just south of Moulton Speedway's dirt oval. In the early years there was no return road, so race cars turned around at the end and drove back up the race track to return to the start. On April 20, 1966, Carl, J. E., and William Jacobs filed incorporation papers for Moulton Dragway. On  June 13, 1999, a shooting occurred after a fight broke out between several men at the Moulton Outlaw Dragway. News reports said that there were about 600 people in attendance at the Sunday races and that "many were drinking and betting on the races." During just that month, police had been called to the strip for a wreck "which allegedly involved alcohol and numerous arrests for alcohol related offenses." More research is needed to uncover the first year that the track opened.
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Lawrence County High School Yearbook, 1959
CLICK HERE to see 8mm video footage of Jake's Drag Strip, 1964, first 4 minutes

Jett Strip/North Alabama Dragway ​(Tuscumbia)

  • Years of Operation:  1976-present
 
Incorporation papers were filed for Jett Strip on May 28, 1976, by Edgar E. Berry, Emmon Butch, Dorothy Holland, and Jeffrey L. Trousdale. On Sunday, August 1, 1976, Keith Allbritten was the top winner. The strip closed for the summer in June 1977.  North Alabama Dragway, first sanctioned by IHRA in 1979, was owned then by Sam Bates. Samantha Bates, daughter of Sam Bates, wrote: "The drag strip was Jett Strip until 1979. Sam Bates purchased the Tuscumbia property in 1977 and began build of a New North Alabama Speedway next to Jett Strip. Sam honored existing 2 years remaining on lease and did not take over Drag Strip until 1979 where he renamed it to North Alabama Dragway to coincide with name of North Alabama Speedway." It also goes by the name North Alabama "247" Dragway. Its owners were offering it for sale in 2017.
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Lakeside Dragway/Dallas County Dragway/Selma Motorsports Park

  • Years of Operation:   1970s-89, 1993-2014
  • Status:  5
 
This 1/8th-mile drag strip, located about four miles southeast of Selma, was open in 1977, and probably before then. On Friday night, July 8, 1977, the track hosted the "Rebel Dragsters" circuit.  Some of the competing drivers included Ralph Phillips, Ed Chandler, Ray Heathcoe, and Betty Collier. The previous Sunday, Collier was a semi-finalist at Atmore Dragway's "Firecracker 10,000," running 4.98 at 150 MPH.  It operated as Dallas County Dragway from probably about 1993 up until about 2011. William H. Spivey filed incorporation papers for Selma Motorsports Park on January 31, 2012. It was operated by Harold and Trey Spivey, but may no longer be operating. Much of this research is speculative, so more careful research is needed.
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May 22, 1982
CLICK HERE to see video footage of Dallas County Dragway, lots of grudge racing, 2010, 1:58:03 minutes

Lassiter Mountain Dragway ​(Coalburg)

  • Years of Operation: ca. 1956-present
 
The Black Widows car club built this venerable drag strip in northwest Birmingham, Alabama, in about 1956 or 1957. It was operating under NHRA sanction at least by 1959. That year it ran on the second and fourth Sundays. Located at 3936 Raceway Parkway in Mount Olive, it operates today as a 1/8th mile track.  R. V. Parker and C. J. South were two of the track's early owner/operators. More research is needed.
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June 6, 1964
CLICK HERE to see video footage of racing at Lassiter Mountain, July 18, 2010, 5:39 minutes

Lee County Drag Strip ​​​​(Opelika)

 
Research thus far has found very little about this drag strip. Lance Hildebrand helped DSL find this long-gone strip. He thinks it was located about eight miles due northeast of Opelika, just north of the intersection of Lee County Roads 262 and 263. One old timer recalled, "Lee County was just before my time, but my auto shop teacher ran a Thunderbolt there. It was called the 'War Eagle'." More help is needed to flush out the history of this old strip.
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Manassas Drag Strip/Huntsville Dragway (Harvest)

  • Years of Operation: ca. 1958-present
 
The Coachman car club ran this old drag strip in Harvest, Alabama, beginning in about 1958.  It was called Satellite Drag Strip (or Dragway) circa the late 1960s through early 1970s. It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip.  From at least 1975 through 1979, it was called Madison County Dragway. On July 3-4, 1975, Roger Gustin made exhibition runs with his "Untouchable" jet dragster. In 1978, speed shop owner Ric Yohman bought the drag strip. In 1979, the track was sanctioned by IHRA and on September 22-23, 1979, it hosted a National Title Series event for sportsman racers. Located at 502 Quarter Mountain Road, it operates today as a 1/8th mile track.  More research is needed.
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September 12, 1971. Courtesy of Clay Jacks
CLICK HERE to see an interesting fly-over view of Huntsville Dragway from the air, 10 minutes

Miller's Ferry Drag Strip (Camden)

 
Racing was held on Craig Army Auxiliary Airfield #3 ), an old World War II airfield. After the war, the Army sold the property, which was used for Henderson Airport. When that airport closed, the 4,000-foot runway was used for drag racing. According to DSL reader David Sharp, the runway was cleaned off now and then for racing. It was just off Highway 28 next to the Alabama River and West Ferry Marina. It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip . Aerial photos show what appears to be the outline of an abandoned airfield at East Bank or Miller's Ferry, about nine miles northwest of Camden.
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CLICK HERE to see historic 8mm video footage of Miller's Ferry Drag Strip, 1969, no sound, go to 2:52 mark in 9:15 minute clip

Mobile Drag Strip/Dauphin Island Dragway

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1959 newspaper ads said the strip was located on Cedar Point Road in Mobile.  This strip opened on or before April 10, 1959, when it featured Don Garlits on a Sunday race event.  Incorporation papers were filed for the Mobile Drag Strip on November 19, 1958 by Don G. Baldwin, Frank B. Baldwin, Helen Baldwin, Betty Jo Goforth, and Bob C. Goforth.   At some time on or before April 7, 1963, the old Mobile Drag Strip changed names to Dauphin Island Dragway. Races then were sponsored by the Pascagoula Timing Association and ran under NASCAR rules. Research only uncovered information on newspaper ads; more research is needed. It is not known exactly where the site of this strip was, but Cedar Point Road turns into Dauphin Island Parkway. On the lower end of the Parkway in Coden is a suspicious-sounding Drag Strip Lane, which "Old Timer" speculates could be the old drag strip. Topo maps from 1975, 1984, and 1986 show what very well might be a drag or airfield landing strip.
 
 
April 10, 1960
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1975 topo map view of drag or airfield landing strip on location which today is called Drag Strip Lane
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April 7, 1963
CLICK HERE to see 8mm video footage of race cars on closed Dauphin Island Dragway, 1969, first 2:52 minutes

Montgomery Industrial Terminal

 
On Sunday, May 5, 1968, for the first time in NHRA history, a divisional points meet was staged on a city street in the Montgomery Industrial Terminal. Sponsored by the Montgomery Kiwanis Club, Montgomery city officials granted permission for the race to be staged. The street was closed and safety guard rails installed. Six thousand spectators were expected to attend to watch over 300 entries compete for more than $5,000. This appears to have been a one-time event at this location.
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Napier Drag Strip/Dothan Dragway

 
The Wiregrass Timing Association conducted drag races on the first Sunday of each month in 1959. In 1959, an NHRA Southern regional race was held at the strip. Lewis Carden was the top eliminator winner.  In 1960, races were held on June 19, July 17, August 28, and September 18. It was called Dothan Dragway in 1968 when it was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip . "Old Timer" found Dothan Dragway listed in a 1970 NHRA track guide. Drag races were held on the old airfield just northwest of the downtown area. That airfield was the original municipal airport for the town of Dothan, but during the war it was taken over by the Army. It was called Napier Army Airfield Auxiliary #2, thus the Napier Drag Strip name. The old airport strip is now a recreation complex called Westgate Recreation Park, but some of the old runway surfaces are still evident. Research hasn't found a connection between this strip and the strip located ten miles east of Dothan in Newton called Dale County Dragway. Unless evidence is uncovered, we are listing them as two separate (if nearby) drag strips.
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Nauvoo Drag Strip

 
Kermit Dodd built this drag strip. It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip .  A 1966 aerial photo shows what appears to be a drag strip just northeast of Nauvoo.
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Possible site of Nauvoo Drag Strip, 1966 aerial photo

New Bama Dragway/Bama Dragway (Cordova)

  • Years of operation:  1991-2011, 2017
 
An online drag strip reference source stated that this track first opened in 1991. However,  on January 23, 1998, George Howard filed incorporation papers for New Bama Dragway. The track may have opened previous to then, but that is the first documentation that research has found.  Then on February 18, 2008, Bernard E. Longjohn filed incorporation papers for Bama Dragway. 2011 was the last season that races purportedly were run. It had been an NHRA member track. At the end of that year, the 32-acre dragway property was put up for auction. The Bama Dragway was installing new guardrails and scheduled asphalt repair  in spring 2017 in preparation for re-opening.
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CLICK HERE to see video footage of Bama Dragway, 2008, filmed by Brady Williams, 1:23 minutes

New Hope Drag​ Strip

 
NHRA-sanctioned New Hope Drag Strip operated every Sunday. David Sharp, a DSL reader, identified the location of the old drag strip. He wrote: "If you look on Google maps for address of 440 West Carpenter Rd. New Hope, AL. 35760, you will see the drag strip launch pad to the right and the track lined by trees on each side of overgrowth going back towards the town of New Hope. You will notice following West Carpenter Road back into town the road changes name to Race Track Road.  The owner passed away sometime ago, about 1999. My dad raced their regularly with his gasser. Of note, this track was really narrow."
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Omaha "Drag Strip"

 
A newspaper (Anniston Star, Apr. 4, 1961) reported that three people were arrested in connection with the robbery of a cashier at an Omaha, Alabama, drag strip. Research was unable to uncover any more information about this drag strip.
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Phenix Dragway/Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation:  1962-present
 
This drag strip was sanctioned by NHRA and running every Sunday in 1962. Jerry Coley and Robert O. Watson filed incorporation papers for Phenix Dragway on November 16, 1963. OnJanuary 26, 1964, Don Nicholson ran a quick 11.44 ET in his '64 fiberglass Mercury Comet Marauder station wagon at this strip.  NHRA divisional meet was scheduled to be held at Phenix Dragway on April 1-2, 1967. Jerry Coley was the head of the drag strip at least through the 1960s. The first year that Phenix hosted an NHRA division meet was in 1964, and they had been doing so ever since (at least to 1970). On August 4, 1974, motorcycle dare-devil Bob Pleso, age 22, of Ocala, Florida, was killed while trying to jump thirty cars at the Phenix strip. He landed on the twentieth car, hurling him through the air to smack on the ground. Three thousand people witnessed the fatal crash. Today it runs 1/8th-mile racing events.
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CLICK HERE to see video footage of Mike Hill and Edmund Hall match race, April 20, 2008, 3 minutes, interesting crowd betting action
CLICK HERE to see brief 8mm video footage of Phenix City Dragway, produced by James Amos, pan to 5:05 minute mark thru 5:27

Piedmont "Drag Strip"

 
The Throttle Kings hot rod club, with the help of the Piedmont Jaycees began building a drag strip in March 1958. It was located two miles north of Piedmont just off the Centre Highway. It was to be forty feet wide and one-half mile long to accomodate quarter-mile racing. The 145th Engineer Company of the National Guard was doing the grading work and building concession stands. Work was still being done in July 1958, when the hot rod club held a car wash to help earn money to pay for the strip. They washed 75 cars, earning $37.50. It is not known if work on the strip was ever completed. No evidence of a drag strip is seen on today's (2015) aerial photos. Further research is needed.
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Randolph County Drag Strip (Wedowee)

  • Years of Operation: 1968
  • Status:  Exact location unknown
 
It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip .  Research has been unable to find any other information.
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Rocket City Drag Strip (Huntsville)

 
Zeke "Cod" Graham promoted drag races on a runway of the old Huntsville Airport on South Memorial Parkway and Airport Road SW. That old municipal airport operated from 1941 until operations ceased in early 1968. The first event held, the Rocket City Nationals, was a 2-day NHRA-sanctioned event on February 23-24, 1974. A cold front moved through that weekend with temperatures in the 30s-40s, making traction challenging.About 30 days after this event, the weather would play a big factor as the track and surrounding areas in Huntsville were devastated by the April, 3 1974 Tornado outbreak. This event featured NHRA regulars Kelly Chadwick and Joe Satmary but the main feature was a match race between Don Garlits' "Swamp Rat" and Herm Peterson's innovative and rarely seen "Streamliner" dragster. The match race did not disappoint with a Garlits "Old School Fire Burnout" and both nitro rails charging down the airport runway. Research wasn't able to find information about this track other than in 1974. It may have also been called Huntsville International Speedway.
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Sand Mountain Dragway (Section)

  • Years of Operation:   ca. 1975-present
 
Research hasn't found when this 1/8th-mile drag strip first opened, but there was a race on Friday night, May 9, 1975. Friday night racing continued into 1976. On July 30, 1976, Stan Ewing of Cullman won the super stock class turning 7.05s in his Camaro Z28. On August 23, 2003, Phillip Owens, who had owned the dragway for more than four years, was killed at his own drag strip when his dragster ran off the end of the strip. One unique aspect of the track operation today is the public prayer offered before the racing program starts at each regular event.
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Selma Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation:  1968
  • Status:  Exact location unknown
 
It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip .  Research has been unable to find any other information.
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Sulligent Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation:  1957-68
  • Status:  Exact location unkown
 
According to the research of DSL reader David Sharp, Sulligent Drag Strip held its first race on February 17, 1957. They held races on Sundays. In a race in August 1957, Warren Jordan won the day's racing with his 1957 Plymouth Fury and Billy Joe Crawford was runner-up with his 1957 Ford. Polly Crawford fron Vernon won the powder puff category. It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip .  Research has been unable to find any other information.
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Sunset Drag Strip ​​​​​(Hazel Green)

 
According to information submitted by DSL reader, David Sharp, this drag strip was established on September 14, 1964, by owners Glenn Houser, Paul Contorno, and Robert V. Parker. Houser and Contorno were owners of the record-settinig gasser "World's Wildest Willys" sedan and a 1953 Studebaker gasser. The strip stopped operating in July 1965, because it was taken over by what is known today as the M38 Airport. Some people called the drag strip "Blue Water" because it was near a spring of water called Blue Water Spring.
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Tri-City Dragway ​(Florence)

  • Years of Operation:  1968
  • Status:  Exact location unknown
 
It was listed as one of 325 U.S. drag strips in 1968 in an issue of the Swedish magazine Start & Strip .  Research has been unable to find any other information.
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Tuscaloosa Motor Speedway

 
Drag races were first held on Sunday afternoon, August 23, 1959. The Speedway was located three miles east of Cottondale on Clements Road. At that race, twelve trophies were awarded and the top eliminator was awarded a Cadillac engine.
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Tuskegee Army Airfield

 
The Uphapee Timing Association conducted NHRA-sanctioned drag races on the 5.200-foot north-south asphalt runway on the west side of Sharpe Field. That had been a training field for black pilots in World War II. After the war, the site reverted back to the city of Tuskegee, which used it as a civlian airport. Races were held every two weeks.
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Valley Airport (Anniston)

 
Drag races were held every Sunday with FAA approval on a runway of an airport that was near Anniston. This was likely what is today called Anniston Metropolitan Airport or Anniston Regional Airport, located five miles southwest of Anniston. More research is needed.
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Valley Airport (Lanett)

 
This private airport was built on the eastern outskirt of Shawmut circa 1945-48. It had a 3,200-foot paved runway running in a northwest-southeast direction on a bend of the Chattahoochee River. The airport closed to air traffic between 1986-98. The owner of the airport was Fred Robinson, a colorful figure. Glen Boyd said, "For many years Fred hosted drag races at his airport on weekends. The runway had such a side gradient that some regular racers built one side of their cars higher so the body would sit level left to right." A drag race was being held on this airstrip on June 11, 1961. Norman Habshey, age 20, from Birmingham, lost control of his vehicle while racing. He went off the end of the runway strip and plunged into the river. He drowned after being pinned underwater for ten minutes.  Research has not specifically found its years of operation; more research is needed.
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Winston County Drag Strip (Lynn)

  • Years of Operation:  1970s-present
 
This track opened by at least 1972. David Sharp, DSL reader, submitted information about the beginnings of this strip. He wrote: "Verlie Barton built Winston County Drag Strip in the 70’s on his family land near his Verlie Barton Lake in Lynn, Alabama. Winston County Dragstrip is located on Al-5 Highway in Lynn, Alabama.  Verlie sold Winston County Drag Strip to his daughter, Lid Barton Hicks, who continued the tradition of a “Southern Outlaw/Wildcat” drag strip, holding many Outlaw Pro Stock & Outlaw Pro Mod events.  Verlie’s family campaigned very competitive Outlaw Pro Stock cars with his son, Wallace Barton, racing a Pro Stock Vega and his grandson, Lid’s son Cooney Hicks, with his “Mopar Kid” Pro Stock Hemi Colt taking on drag racing stars like Grumpy Jenkins and Roy Hill." Newspapers reported that the track had closed for the summer in early June 1977. The 1978 season closed on Saturday, August 26. It apparently still operates as a 1/8th-mile asphalt track. 
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Winston County Drag Strip sign. Courtesy of David Sharp
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