Board approves Montgomery Motor Speedway permit

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Could racing be on the way back to Montgomery?

A vote from the Montgomery Board of Adjustments seems to say "yes" after they approved a request to re-establish the Montgomery Motor Speedway Thursday evening.

This is the third time the issue has been raised. It last came up in October 2008 when the track's new owner, Bobby Knox, went before the board in an attempt to gain re-opening permits.

Before that, in July of 2008 NASCAR Truck Series driver Rick Crawford though about purchasing the track. He later pulled his offer after the board declined to issue a permit.

The track, located at 480 Booth Road, has been dormant for more than a year and was grandfathered in in 1980 after it was brought into the Police Jurisdiction.

Residents near the track lobbied hard against the reopening. saying noise and traffic would follow. A judge eventually stepped into the matter, ordering the board to vote on the measure.

"Real pleased," said Jim Williams after the votes were cast. Williams represents the Montgomery Motor Speedway.

Doyle Fuller, who represents families on Booth Road who are opposed to the track, says his constituents just want their right to peace and quiet.

Now that the board has voted on the issue, the two sides will have to go back to the judge to deterime what happens next.

There is no word on when that might happen.

WSFA 12 News will have more information as it becomes available.