It is a green light for a street race show to come to St. Clair, according to City Administrator Travis Dierker.

Drivers, cars and crews from the Discovery Channel show “Memphis Street Outlaws” will be holding a street race event Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at the site of the former airport.

Dierker said he is working with show officials in finalizing details and working out insurance needs.

The host of the show, Jonathan Day, or better known as JJ Da Boss, is “famous” for his arm drop, which signals the start of the race, according to Dierker.

A portion of the event will be recorded either for the television show or for other streaming channels, Dierker said.

He added that this event will attract visitors to St. Clair.

“They have a following, so it will bring a lot of out of town individuals to the area whether it’s staying in the area at local hotels, spending money at local food establishments and retail establishments.

“It’ll be a good economic boost and another way, like we said with the eclipse, to put St. Clair on the map,” Dierker said.

On Friday, the gates open at 4 p.m. and the races start at 7 p.m. For Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m. and the races start at 1 p.m.

About the Show/Host

“Memphis Street Outlaws” is a spin off of “Street Outlaws” on the Discovery Channel, which takes place on the streets of Memphis Tenn. The “fast talking and bet-taking” host JJ Da Boss encourages challengers to compete against his team of racers.

“In a world full of big characters with colorful histories on and off the track, JJ and his crew count on each other to get from A to B.”

According to his website, memphisstreetracerjjdaboss, JJ is known as being the “fastest man on the streets” in Memphis and “one of the biggest gamblers.” He owns several race cars including Ziptie, Ole Heavy and Heifer.

In his racing, JJ is known to pedal the gas on the count of two instead of three during a countdown in order to win. Fans associated the phrase “Off Witcha Head” to JJ due his racing tactic.

In addition to his show, he was the founder of the street racing scene called “Spin City,” and owns a car shop. He is married to Tricia Day and together have 11 children and five grandchildren.