An erroneous report issued earlier this week by an Albany, Georgia media outlet has fired up racers and fans far and wide following a city council vote Monday evening to enforce operating restrictions on the South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP). The city council vote follows years of ongoing complaints by local residents of noise late into the night at some of the track’s marquee events. SGMP is one of the sport’s premier racing facilities and home to DuckX Productions’ long-running series of drag radial extravaganzas, the Mod Motor Nationals, ManCup motorcycle drag races, big-money bracket races, and the NHRA Division 2 Lucas Oil Series, among others.
The city council voted unanimously in Monday evening’s meeting to enforce a strict set of hours of operation on track own Ozzy Moya. Per a report by WALB, Moya was unable to attend the meeting Monday night and asked for the vote to be extended until June 21. Per the vote, SGMP is permitted to operate Sunday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Each year, Moya can request in writing for three nights to exceed the 11 p.m. curfew, only on Friday or Saturday night.
The lone news report on the council vote contained an error, stating that the dragstrip may not operate under any circumstance on Sundays — that information, confirmed by the Adel City Manager’s office and through a copy of the letter sent to Moya that was shared with Dragzine, was incorrect.
“It’s the same message from each party. The community in that area would like to have some type of restrictions to protect the kids during school nights and the elderly keeping them up late at night. Their message has always been the same. And the racetrack people side, by putting restrictions on the racetrack now, when they signed a contract for the next five years out, it may have an impact on him being able to fulfill his obligations on those contracts,” said Mayor Buddy Duke.