Volunteers being sought for race weekend events

By Jason A. Smith


City leaders in Hampton are asking for help from area residents for events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this month.

The Hampton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is organizing an effort to assist in transporting patrons to events being held at the track Oct. 24-26. Volunteers will reportedly be asked to drive golf carts to pick up elderly and disabled patrons at AMS, and take them to the gate at the racetrack.

Patti Battle, Better Hometown Manager for the City of Hampton, is spearheading the project. She said in addition to providing a service to racing fans coming to Henry for the event, the project carries a benefit for the city as well.

"The racetrack will pay the development authority for the volunteers' help, and the money will go to our facade grant program," Battle said. "This will be our first time doing this [project]. We want to start doing it for every race."

Volunteers will be asked to work in shifts of three to four hours. Their assistance is requested for the Oct. 24 qualifying portion, the Hot Shot NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying event, as well as the Atlanta 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Oct. 25.

Race weekend events, as well as the volunteers' participation, are scheduled to culminate with the Pep Boys Auto 500 race Oct. 26.

Volunteers for the project must be 18 or older. For more information, call Patti Battle at (770) 946-4306, or (770) 851-6440.