Favorite

Start your engines 

And head to The Pit Stop.

VROOM: The Pit Stop in Alexander is replete with auto racing memorabilia. - ETHAN MOORE
  • Ethan Moore
  • VROOM: The Pit Stop in Alexander is replete with auto racing memorabilia.

Call this an extended editor's pick for the drinking set. The best racecar bar.

If you drive through Talledega, Ala., on a race weekend and see the miles and miles of RV shantytowns camped outside the hallowed concrete circle, even ye of littlest faith will find it hard to deny that auto racing really is the soccer of the South. The futbol of the foothills, if you will.

It's that very same passion that's in full effect at The Pit Stop Sports Bar (or just "The Pit") in Alexander. It's one part reverence for the sport and one part "woooo, boy!"

Inside, there's not a single square inch of wall space that's not covered with racing memorabilia, from the framed rally cars on the wall to the dented, debodied racecar doors hanging from the ceiling. You can bet most of the regulars will be in NASCAR hats, shirts or mechanic blues. Even the televisions keep racing, racing news and racing disasters on a constant hum. And the lights above the pool tables? Glowing stock cars. The small, brown roadhouse even sits on hallowed Arkansas racing ground, right in front of the Benton Speedbowl (that's the I-30 Speedway to the uninitiated), the place where racing megahero Mark Martin first cut his tires as a teen-ager and Burt Reynolds strutted around the dirt track in 1973's "White Lightning."

In this bar, the longneck beers are cheap, the cigarette fog is thick and the pulled pork barbecue sandwiches are smoky, sloppy and crispy with slaw. Heck, the sandwiches are probably ready to stand up as some of the best in Central Arkansas. It's the type of amazing, flavorful, fresh grub that catches you unexpectedly, shooting your eyebrows up while your first bite hangs halfway out of your mouth because it's impossible to chew and say "what?!" at the same time.

I may not know my Richard Petty from my Ricky Rudd, but I definitely know cheap beer and good barbecue and The Pit, racing gear and all, serves up some of the best of both.

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by John Tarpley

  • The Beatles anew

    Daniel Whelan's remixes expose hidden treasure in the Fab Four's catalog.
    • Aug 17, 2016
  • Walter was the worst

    But Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, the Danettes and Steve Winwood wow at Verizon Arena.
    • Jun 30, 2016
  • A new era for Riverfest

    In its 38th year, Little Rock's annual summer music festival reinvents itself.
    • Jun 2, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

Latest in Cover Stories

  • Their home, too

    Rasha Alzahabi is one of thousands of Arkansans whose families have been impacted by President Trump's travel ban.
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • Up in the air

    Canopy NWA, a small Fayetteville nonprofit focused on refugee resettlement, sees its plans in jeopardy after Trump's executive order.
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • Another kind of love

    Ahead of Valentine's Day, Arkansans who are asexual, polyamorous and into BDSM talk about their lives.
    • Feb 9, 2017
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

"Locally Labeled" passport expands to accommodate booming brew scene

"Locally Labeled" passport expands to accommodate booming brew scene

As if great beer weren't reward enough, you can earn prizes for sampling local craft beverages

Event Calendar

« »

February

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation