Atlanta Motor Speedway to open grounds for Dorian evacuees

The Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton has announced it will open its camping facilities to those looking to escape Hurricane Dorian, which is threatening the state of Florida.

HAMPTON — The Atlanta Motor Speedway will be opening its doors to those looking to escape the wrath of Hurricane Dorian.

The track, which typically handles thousands of campers during NASCAR’s annual visit, will provide camping space free of charge for dry RV and tent campers in its Legends campground.

Those interested in RV or tent camping in the free Legends campground at Atlanta Motor Speedway should enter the facility at Entrance “E” off Ga. Highway 19/41. The Legends Campground is on the right. From I-75 and Ga. Highway 20, campers should see signs to AMS and follow Lower Woolsey road to Entrance “H” and the Speedway Credential Building. Make a right into Speedway property and then another immediate right onto Richard Petty Boulevard. Follow Richard Petty Boulevard and turn left into Entrance “G”. The Legends campground will be on the right.

A limited number of camping spaces with water, power and sewer is also available for a fee of $20 per night in the Premier Campground.

The Premier Campground is located adjacent to the Legends campground and campers should enter the facility at the main entrance off Ga. Highway 19/41. The Premier Campground is on the left at the AMS security command post. From I-75 and Ga. Highway 20, campers should see signs to AMS and follow Lower Woolsey road to Entrance “H” and the Speedway Credential Building. Make a right into Speedway property and then another immediate right onto Richard Petty Boulevard. Follow Richard Petty Boulevard and turn left into Entrance “G”. The Premier campground will be on the right.

In addition, AMS will open the Rinnai Shower Station camper bath house, allowing evacuees free access to hot showers and restroom facilities during their stay.

“Our facility is uniquely suited for just this type of situation and making space available for people seeking refuge from hurricanes and other natural disasters is simply the right thing to do,” said Brandon Hutchison, Atlanta Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager, in a press release. “Our staff is maintaining an open line of communication with local emergency management officials to keep track of Dorian’s projected path. We encourage anyone who chooses to stay at the Speedway to continue watching the storm’s forecasted movement and have a plan of action should Dorian come this way.”

The Hampton oval has been a shelter for those escaping the wrath of hurricanes in recent years. Over 100 campers stayed at the track in 2017 during Hurricane Irma, and dozens more stayed in the camping areas during Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

As of late Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Dorian is a Category 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane on Monday morning on eastern Florida.