Drag Racers Warming Up

With the cool holiday weather right around the corner, some drag racers in south Georgia are doing what they can to stay warm.

More than 300 racers from around the nation are taking the "Fast Track" into the holiday season.

After two first place finishes in the winter series warm-up, Edmond Richardson now has $20,000 warming his pockets.

Edmond Richardson said, "It's good for the little guy to make a little money and to support our hobby. Racing is what we do. It's what we love."

But the race isn't just good news for the drivers. Thanks to a state-of-the-art drag strip, people are coming from as far away as New Jersey to see what all the racing fuss is all about.

Danny Dons, winter series warm-up organizer, said, "Probably expecting anywhere around 1,000 to 2,000 spectators on top of the races this weekend."

And that means a huge economic boost for tiny town of Cecil and not to mention gaining some attention from some top national racers.

Rick DuHamell, a spectator from Jacksonville, said, "It will bring a lot of people here once the word spreads out. A lot of big time racers will come out here and want to run at a track like this. It's such a nice facility."

Many of the local folks can expect to have their dose of winter season warming up for many years to come.

Danny Sons added, "Hopefully we can do this year to year and bring some money to the county."

Race fans here couldn't be happier about that.

In addition to the drag strip, the South Georgia Motorsports Park is expecting to open its brand new oval track early next year.