KINSTON, Ala. (WDHN)—The 47th running of the Rattler 250 began Sunday afternoon, and an estimated five thousand or more folks are expected to spend time in Kinston and the surrounding areas.

On Friday morning, drivers from across the country would practice on the oval track at South Alabama Speedway.

Beginning at seven o’clock tonight and going through Saturday, and then the big rattler 250 which begins two o’clock Sunday afternoon. Drivers, race team members, and fans are filling motel rooms and restaurants from Opp, Enterprise, Ozark, and even up to Troy.

Track announcer Ryan McCollough says “From Andalusia to Enterprise, and even up to Pike County. Restaurants and hotels feel this impact from these race teams, fans, drivers, and everybody who comes into the area for this event.”

For a couple of friends from outside of mobile. They say making the pilgrimage every year to the South Alabama Speedway is a great deal of fun.

There are more than 200 RVs and campers for race weekend. Three friends from Baldwin County, Alabama spend the weekend in their RV during rattler 250 weekends every year.