A well-known race car driver and son of a NASCAR legend was in South Mississippi Tuesday night. Kerry Earnhardt, the son of Dale Earnhardt Senior, was at Mary Mahoney's in Biloxi trying to drum up support for a race track complex that will be built in Mobile.
Kerry Earnhardt enjoys the thrill of being behind the wheel of a race car, but he appeared to be having just as much fun mingling with South Mississippians.
"We're promoting this Winner's Circle that we're having. It's where fans can purchase a seat of their choice through the Winner's Circle and become a member of the Alabama Motor Sports Park - that's a Dale Earnhardt, Senior signature series track that we're working on," Earnhardt said.
Earnhardt says there's a good chance you'll see him racing at the Alabama Motor Sports Park when it opens in Mobile in the fall of 2009 and he says the entertainment will go beyond the race track.
"We've got a tremendous venue in store. We're going to do some entertainment centers with five stations, and a bass fishing lake, and four different race tracks from asphalt dirt to road course to dragster, so we're trying to reach out to all sorts of fans," Earnhardt said.
South Mississippian Terry Mason does a local NASCAR show on Z 95.3 and was once a track announcer at Talladega.
"From a fan's point of view, it's great. We're going to see NASCAR an hour away," Mason said.
He believes the Alabama Motor Sports Park will also help drive South Mississippi's economy.
"When race fans go to a race, they tend to spend a lot of money. With our casinos and tourist destination here, we're going to get a lot of influx from races and other events from the Alabama Motor Sports Park. From a tourism point of view, it would be very good," Mason said.