Fans dash to 'Dega for races - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Fans dash to 'Dega for races

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

It's a weekend many look forward to...especially folks like Becky Rowlen.

"We sell a lot of gas, beer, ice. Haha."

She works at a service station just off I-65 in Prattville--which happens to be a main thoroughfare for race goers.

"They're happy, they're excited, we're excited for them to be here," says Rowlen.

She says holidays and big events are typically a busy time for her. The business prepares in advance.

"We have our gas trucks come and fill up our tanks so we're ready for the fuel."

While many have already make the trek, fans like Brandon Thomas don't leave until Sunday.

"I haven't been in a few years, but I'm really excited to go this time. It's the first time I've been in a while," says Thomas.

He's sitting close to the track and admits he's hesitant, given the recent crash in Daytona.

"I'm hoping Kyle Larson doesn't come through the fence at me. I guess should that happen you just gotta be on your toes and hope that, God forbid, nothing happens to you."

Officials at Talladega Superspeedway reinforced the track's fence since that crash.

Thomas says, crashes just come with the territory.

"I'm not gonna be scared of it or anything. If it happens I'll just keep on my toes."

Within the last couple months, Talladega officials added cables and tethers to reinforce the existing fence.

They made it taller back in the 80's following a similar crash.

Copyright 2013  WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • 3 injured in shooting in France, reports say

    3 injured in shooting in France, reports say

    Friday, March 24 2017 7:10 PM EDT2017-03-24 23:10:21 GMT
    Friday, March 24 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-03-25 00:04:03 GMT

    Early reports suggest a shooting in France is crime or gang-related. 

    More >>

    Early reports suggest a shooting in France is crime or gang-related. 

    More >>
  • Heart Gallery Alabama: Sharae & Sharee

    Heart Gallery Alabama: Sharae & Sharee

    Friday, March 24 2017 8:01 PM EDT2017-03-25 00:01:33 GMT

    Each week, we introduce you to a child in Alabama's foster care system. It's our hope that we can connect these children with loving families. This week, meet sisters, Sharae and Sharee.

    More >>

    Each week, we introduce you to a child in Alabama's foster care system. It's our hope that we can connect these children with loving families. This week, meet sisters, Sharae and Sharee.

    More >>
  • Vernon: Severe storms possible tomorrow

    Vernon: Severe storms possible tomorrow

    Friday, March 24 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-03-24 23:59:58 GMT
    Source: WSFA 12 NewsSource: WSFA 12 News
    FIRST ALERT: The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the WSFA viewing area under a SLIGHT risk for severe weather Saturday afternoon. More details below. Despite southeasterly winds, we remain in a relatively dry state as moisture slowly returns to the area. We'll remain rather mild tonight as we slowly cool down to an overnight low in the upper 50s. We'll have a partly cloudy sky setting and not a chance of rain tonight. If you have weekend plans that will take you...More >>
    FIRST ALERT: The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the WSFA viewing area under a SLIGHT risk for severe weather Saturday afternoon. More details below. Despite southeasterly winds, we remain in a relatively dry state as moisture slowly returns to the area. We'll remain rather mild tonight as we slowly cool down to an overnight low in the upper 50s. We'll have a partly cloudy sky setting and not a chance of rain tonight. If you have weekend plans that will take you...More >>
Powered by Frankly