FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) - The owners of a Baldwin County racetrack are closing their beloved dirt track that taught and entertained racers for nearly two decades from all over the Gulf Coast.
Gulf Coast Raceway in Foley made the announcement Thursday on its Facebook page. The owners say poor numbers and staff put a financial and physical strain on the business.
"It's sad, we've done it for so long and they're used to us being here and they like it, we know they like it," Diana Wyant, who owns the business with her husband Dean said. "But if you can't break even that's the whole thing."
The dirt track, which is known as one of the fastest in the area was popular among both adults and children. Wyant looks back on all of the children who learned how to race on her and her husband's track as one of her most fond memories.
"To watch them do and grow like they have," Wyant said. "A lot of them; they've grown up to be great men and women."
There has been mention of racers banding together to help raise money for the racetrack but the owners believe Saturday's race was their last. On Saturday, they were unable to open the concession stand and there were only a handful of competitors.
Adding to the decision to close Gulf Coast Raceway, several other racetracks have opened along the coast over the past decade.
Comments of fond memories flooded in on the racetrack's Facebook page shortly after the announcement to close.