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Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968

The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 14, 1969 - won by Richard Brickhouse

The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989
formerly known as Alabama International Motor Speedway

Talladega Superspeedway
3366 Speedway Blvd.
Talladega, AL 35160
PO Box 777
Talladega, AL 35161
Ticket Office Phone: (256) 362-RACE (7223)

Public Relations
Department Phone: (256) 362-2261
Department Fax: (256) 761-4717
Ticket Office Phone: (256) 362-2261

Track Specs:
Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval);
Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Seats: 78,000 [was 78,000 was 109,000 and before that, 143,231}

Pit Stalls:
Length: 30 feet
Width: 17 feet

Track Websites and Social Media:
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Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

    Track Records & Stats

  • May 2014 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 152.103mph, started 34th

  • October 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 160.302mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th

  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991

  • Youngest Race Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986

  • May 2014 Pole Winner: #33-Brian Scott, 198.290mph, finished 42nd

  • October 2014 Pole Winner: #55-Brian Vickers, 196.127mph, finished 20th

  • Track Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • Track Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Kyle Busch, May 2014, 200.574 (1st round qualifying)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 9 months, 14 days, 10/22/2011

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Scott, 26 years, 3 months, and 21 days, 5/3/2014

  • Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 6 - Jeff Gordon; 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Most Poles - All Time: 8 - Bill Elliott

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: 4 - Joe Nemechek; 3 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5s - All Time: 23 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 5s - Active Driver : 15 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s - All Time: 27 - Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 10s - Active Driver: 19 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Lead Changes: 88 - 4/25/2010 & 4/27/2011

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 5/6/1973

  • Most Leaders: 29 - 4/25/2010

  • Fewest Leaders: 4 - 5/6/1973

  • Most Laps Led: Pete Hamilton, August 1970, 153 laps

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 10/7/2007 and Brad Keselowski, 4/26/2009; 1 lap led

  • Most Cautions: 11, 4/25/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 62, 5/7/1972

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 32 - 10/19/2014

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 1 - two times, most recent 7/27/1986

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/22/2001

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 7/27/1986

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 39 - Chevy; 21 - Ford; 7 - Mercury; 6 - Buick; 6 - Oldsmobile; 4 - Dodge; 3 - Plymouth; 3 - Toyota; 2 - Pontiac

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 91]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 20
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 34: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 36: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 52 of 91
  • Races won from the top 10: 64 of 91

  • First time Sprint Cup winners at Talladega:
    Ten NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers won their first Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Of those 10, only Davey Allison, Ken Schrader, Brad Keselowski and Brian Vickers ever won another Sprint Cup race.
    driver, career wins
    Davey Allison, 19 (3 at Talladega)
    Brad Keselowski, 16* (3 at Talladega)
    Ken Schrader, 4
    Brian Vickers, 3*
    Ron Bouchard, 1
    Richard Brickhouse, 1
    Dick Brooks, 1
    Bobby Hillin Jr., 1
    Phil Parsons, 1
    Lennie Pond, 1
    (* = active)(10-26-2014)

  • A Record Fit for a King: Richard "The King" Petty won twice in 46 Talladega starts. But his two wins managed to set an unusual record. The first win came on August 11, 1974. The second came on May 1, 1983, setting the mark for longest stretch between wins at the 2.66-mile oval.(10-2-2004)

  • Slowest Cup race ever at Talladega 2004: A track record 11 caution periods over 55 laps caused the average speed to be 129.396mph, the slowest in a NASCAR Winston/Nextel Cup race at Talladega. The record (130.892) was set in 1975 in a race won by Buddy Baker.(4-27-2004)

Track News and Announcements

  • "Unrestricted" VIP package avialable at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway's new "Unrestricted" VIP package is like no other in sports, putting fans in the center of the action during the GEICO 500/Winn-Dixie 300 weekend (May 1-3) at the biggest and baddest race track on the planet. The behind-the-scenes package gives fans exclusive, up close and personal accessibility to exciting activities leading up to the Winn-Dixie 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2, and the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday, May 3. The "Unrestricted" VIP package includes: "Cold" Garage Pass that Allows Access to Area Behind Pit Road (when race cars are not on the track), Special Guided NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage Tour (Saturday or Sunday), Parking Passes. On Saturday: Hot Lap in Talladega Pace Car Around the 2.66-mile, 33-Degree Banked Track, Gatorade Victory Lane Photo Opportunity with Winn-Dixie 300 Winner's Trophy, Reserved Area at Driver Introduction Stage for Winn-Dixie 300, VIP Area access for Saturday Night Infield Concert. On Sunday: Reserved Area for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Question/Answer Session, Gatorade Victory Lane Photo Opportunity with GEICO 500 Winner's Trophy, Reserved Area at Driver Introduction Stage for GEICO 500, Guided Pit Road Tour Where Teams Ready the Pit Stalls, and Cars are Lined up for the Start, and Reserved Area at Red Carpet Entrance to Driver/Crew Chief Meeting. The unmatched access that the "Unrestricted" VIP package provides is available for only $475 (must be purchased in addition to grandstand ticket) by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 855.518.RACE.(TSS)(3-22-2015)

  • Talladega adding SAFER barriers: Talladega Superspeedway will add an energy-absorbing barrier to three areas of its inside wall prior to its May 1-3 NASCAR race weekend. The high-banked track, configured much like Daytona International Speedway, will add SAFER barriers on its inside wall at the entrances to pit road, Turn 1 and Turn 3, track chairman Grant Lynch said Thursday in a statement. "We are committed to making Talladega Superspeedway a safe environment for drivers as well as our fans," he said. Kyle Busch broke his right leg and left foot when he crashed into a concrete inside wall near the entrance of Turn 1 in February at Daytona. He is out for months, with no timetable announced for his return. NASCAR mandated that the steel-and-foam energy reduction barriers be placed on the outside walls of all ovals 10 years ago. Tracks have added them in select other areas -- often in reaction to crashes. Busch's crash resulted in NASCAR announcing it would re-evaluate its tracks to determine if more SAFER barriers are needed.(ESPN.com)(3-20-2015)

  • ISC to review safety at all facilities: Statement from International Speedway Corporation (ISC) President John Saunders:
    "Beginning with our two superspeedway motorsports entertainment facilities, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, ISC is developing a significant plan for the installation of additional impact-absorbing technologies including but not limited to SAFER barriers (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction). We will utilize all available tools to ensure the safety of the drivers and our fans. It will remain our top priority. A thorough review of our other ISC facilities will continue with the focus to prioritize each track's most critical areas first. This includes but is not limited to our upcoming races at Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. ISC is working very closely with NASCAR and industry experts to identify areas for additional safety protections. As we finalize our plans, we will communicate them to the drivers and necessary stakeholders ahead of our races at each ISC facility."(ISC)(2-24-2015)

  • Talladega adding SAFER barriers after Kyle Busch crash: Two days after Kyle Busch -- one of NASCAR's biggest stars -- broke his leg and foot in a head-on crash into a concrete wall at Daytona International Speedway, the president of the facility's sister track said more SAFER barriers will be installed before it hosts racing in May. "We'll look at our facility and reassess how we can make it better for the competitors as we've done with the catchfences and other things over the past 20 years," Talladega Superspeedway president Grant Lynch told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "I think based upon what happened ... there will be a big focus on Talladega," Lynch said. At 2.66 miles, Talladega -- located about 55 miles east of Birmingham, Ala. -- is the biggest oval track in NASCAR and one of the fastest speedways in the world. Violent, multi-car crashes are practically staples of racing at the facility, which hosts two NASCAR weekends each year. Its 2015 dates are May 1-3 and Oct. 23-25. "I think we've put more (SAFER barriers) up than anybody, but that stands to reason because we're the biggest track with the most inside and outside walls," Lynch said. "We're certainly near the top percentage-wise for our company (International Speedway Corp., which owns 12 venues). Lynch said he didn't know what percentage of Talladega's walls is barrier-protected now. "As we've seen unusual wrecks happen, we've added more as we go," he said. "This is another opportunity to say, 'Let's ratchet it up again and take a good, hard look at the safety factors and see where we need it.' "(USA Today)(2-24-2015)

  • "Two for $88" Dale Jr. Ticket Package is back for Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway's "Two for $88" ticket package, named for NASCAR's most popular driver and a Talladega favorite - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - is back for the May 3 GEICO 500. The "Two for $88" Dale Jr. Talladega package gives fans a $32 savings off the regular price for two Lincoln Grandstand tickets to the Sunday, May 3 GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race - where the winner is all but guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The offer is for a limited time. For more information, visit talladegasuperspeedway.com/dalejr.(TSS)(2-21-2015)

  • GEICO sponsoring spring Talladega race: The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama roars back into action May 1-3. The GEICO 500 will serve as the anchor event of an exciting spring weekend that will also feature the Winn-Dixie 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA event on Friday, May 1. "GEICO is an incredible partner which continues to show their support of our facility with tremendous activation to promote both the GEICO 500 and Talladega Superspeedway. We can't wait for the first weekend in May!" said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "We are excited to have a great partner like Talladega Superspeedway and the opportunity to sponsor a spectacular race like the GEICO 500," said Ted Ward, GEICO Vice President. "NASCAR is a great market for our customers and the GEICO 500 attracts over a hundred thousand passionate fans from all across the country who come to take in the action and excitement that the weekend brings." Last year's spring Cup classic at the 2.66-mile venue proved to be a pivotal event in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as Denny Hamlin claimed the checkered flag and a spot in the title battle in which he finished third. This year's GEICO 500 will be the 10th event on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.(Talladega Superspeedway)(2-5-2015)

  • Case of woman who went missing at Talladega ruled homicide: The death of a woman who vanished near the Talladega Superspeedway during October's race weekend has been ruled a homicide, authorities announced. Theresa Benn was reported missing just before 7:30pm on Oct. 19. Benn, who also went by Theresa Andrews, her maiden name, and Theresa Dulaney, her married name, was last seen the predawn hours of that Sunday on Speedway Industrial Drive in Lincoln. Authorities said Benn was with her husband prior to leaving him behind because she wanted to go to the races and he did not. Crowe said the woman's husband, Kevin Dulaney, told investigators he dropped her off on or near Eastaboga Road about 2:15am that Sunday. He said he last saw her walking toward the track. Investigators haven't determined whether she ever made it to the GEICO 500 later that day. She did not go to Saturday's race. Benn's body was found Nov. 22 in the Jackson Shoals area of Choccolocco Creek. The Lincoln Police Department today said they are still waiting on DNA test results, but are confident they will confirm the body to be that of Benn. In a press release, Lincoln Police Chief Darren Britton said the preliminary death report indicates the manner of death is homicide. Investigators have not said how Benn was killed.(Alabama Media Group)(12-24-2014)

  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
    UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
    At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
    In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
    With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
    Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)

  • Winn-Dixie to sponsor Xfinity Series race at Talladega: Winn-Dixie, a subsidiary of Jacksonville, Florida-based BI-LO Holdings, announced Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway it is entering into a new partnership with NASCAR's Most Competitive Track to sponsor the "Winn-Dixie 300" NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2, 2015. With 68 Winn-Dixie stores spread throughout the state of Alabama, the company is proud to sponsor the Winn-Dixie 300 at NASCAR's biggest and baddest track, which opened in 1969. The goal is to make meaningful connections with customers throughout the state of Alabama and beyond by being a part of events they are passionate about. This isn't the first time that Winn-Dixie has had its name on races at the world's fastest speedway. From 1997 through 2001, Winn-Dixie was the entitlement sponsor for the ARCA Racing Series events, and in 2008, had its name on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TSS.(Talladega Superspeedway)(10-22-2014)

  • Larger High-Definition Video Boards for fans at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway will host the most anticipated race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Sunday's GEICO 500. Fans in the grandstands will not only witness the spectacular action LIVE and in person' but will have the added luxury of seeing it with larger than life Sprint Vision Digital High-Definition Video Screens. The new screens are even bigger than what was showcased during the Aaron's 499 weekend this past May. In fact' there will be a new mammoth 40' x 80' video board which will tower above Gatorade Victory Lane' where many of the sport's top drivers hope they will be at the conclusion of 500 miles. Five video boards will line the frontstretch' offering fans in every grandstand seat an unbelievable view of the incredible content to be projected throughout the event weekend. The high-definition pictures will be even bigger' brighter' crisper and clearer. Talladega Superspeedway served as a test track for the new International Speedway Corporation (ISC) initiative in May. The multi-phase project plans are to implement the video boards at all ISC facilities over the next few years.(TSS)(10-16-2014)

  • NASCAR Revises National Series Qualifying Format At Talladega Superspeedway: NASCAR revised its national series qualifying format for Talladega Superspeedway which, in turn, should elevate the on-track competition for fans at the high speed 2.66-mile track. For the Oct. 17-19 events at Talladega featuring both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, national series qualifying will take on a more rapid pace that should bring out the best in the competitors and provide fans with an extra element of excitement.
    Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17 at 5:30pm/et and will air live on FOX Sports 1. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 at 4:30pm/et and will air live on ESPNEWS, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
    National series qualifying at Talladega will now consist of the following:
    Three rounds with the first round divided into two groups amongst the competitors. The first qualifying round is five minutes in length for each group.
    Competitors will be assigned to a first qualifying round group based on the random draw held earlier in the event.
    The 24 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed from either of the first qualifying round groups will advance to the second round. The remaining competitors will be sorted based on their speed posted in the first round of qualifying in descending order.
    There will be a 10-minute break after the completion of the first qualifying round and the 24 remaining competitors that advance to the second round will have their times reset.
    The second qualifying round is five minutes in length and the 12 eligible competitors that post the fastest single lap speed will advance to the third and final round.
    The fastest remaining competitors will earn positions 13-24 based on their fastest single lap speed posted in qualifying in descending order.
    Following a five minute break, the 12 eligible competitors that advance to the final round will have their posted speeds reset.
    The final qualifying round is five minutes in length and the fastest single lap speed will determine positions 1-12 in descending order.
    "This revision in national series qualifying at Talladega should be more exciting for our fans," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president of competition and racing development. "It will feature a more accelerated pace, provide greater opportunity for team strategy to come into play and it should more closely resemble actual racing conditions."(NASCAR)(9-4-2014)

  • Talladega Superspeedway 2015 Weekend Dates Unveiled: In 2015, the dates for Talladega Superspeedway's two race weekends will have a sense of familiarity with race fans - one in the spring to kick off the month of May and the other in late October to again feature the all-important sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. NASCAR announced the 2015 schedules for its top three national touring series Tuesday - the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck - and Talladega Superspeedway's slate will resemble 2014. The tradition of the first weekend in May will continue May, 1-3, at NASCAR's Most Competitive ribbon of asphalt with a triple header consisting of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as the ARCA Racing Series. On October 23-25, the Biggest and Baddest race track on the planet will play host two pivotal races in title chases for both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and GEICO 500, respectively.
    "2015 will be here before you know it, and we are happy to let our fans know that the best racing in all of motorsports here at Talladega will return at recognizable times," said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "May is a beautiful time to be at Talladega. We had picture-perfect weather with sunny skies and impeccable temperatures earlier this year, and in late October, there is nothing like being here with the feel of autumn in the air. Add to that the fact that the GEICO 500 will be a paramount, decisive race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, it's going to be something else."
    The 2015 GEICO 500, the sixth race in the Chase, will also be the third and final event in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, where the field of 12 eligible drivers vying for the championship, will be reduced to eight after the checkered flag. A win in the GEICO 500 will automatically advance the victor into the Eliminator Round. A triumph in the May classic at Talladega is just as important to get into the 16-driver Chase field. By virtue of his victory earlier this year at the 2.66-mile venue, Denny Hamlin secured his spot in the Chase.(TSS)(8-26-2014)

  • Talladega's Tribute - "The Alabama Gang Superstretch" Unveiled: Talladega Superspeedway announced that the back straightaway will forever be known as "The Alabama Gang Superstretch", paying tribute to the original members - racing legends Bobby and Donnie Allison, and Red Farmer, all of whom have played a significant role in the track's history and are today huge supporters of the 2.66-mile venue. For this weekend's Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega, The Alabama Gang Superstretch name will be displayed in huge, block lettering midway down the outside retaining wall of the backstretch, which measures over 4,000 feet. The monumental, new addition to the track will "stretch" more than 200 feet.
    The trio will serve in "official" capacities during what will be a busy and exciting Saturday at the track. The Allisons will serve as the Grand Marshal's for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA race, while Farmer will be the Honorary Starter from atop the flag stand. The ARCA race kicks off a full day of activity which also includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all-new Coors Light "Knockout" group qualifying for the Aaron's 499, plus the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
    "No honor is too big for The Alabama Gang," says Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "What we are doing in naming The Alabama Gang Superstretch is unprecedented in our sport. During our events, from TV cameras and still photography, fans will be able to see this accolade for some of our favorite people in the world. The gang has meant so much to NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway and the state of Alabama, and this is just a small token of our appreciation."
    "This place is special," said Bobby of the speedway. "We (The Alabama Gang) have always felt like we were a part of it."
    "When you won Talladega, there was something extra special about it," added Donnie. "It was a huge deal to us, our family and friends."
    "We made each other the best we could be since we raced against each other in the early years," quipped Farmer of he and the Allisons. "We liked racing against each other, and Talladega was the ultimate place to race."
    Hailing from Florida, Farmer and the Allison brothers saw opportunities in Alabama, so they settled in Hueytown, AL. In the early 1960s, they gained notoriety through success on short tracks in cities like Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery. Naturally, when William H.G. France built the biggest and fastest speedway in the country in nearby Talladega, the hometown boys were going to take to the track. And as a result, devoted local fans turned out. The legendary trio galvanized the local race fans in the 1960s and 70s, giving many a primary reason to devotedly attend races at Talladega-just to lend their cheers of support for their hometown heroes as they defended their turf. Their world eventually grew to include another Alabama racer Neil Bonnett, and years later, Bobby's sons Davey and Clifford.
    Hearing loud cheers from the stands, The Alabama Gang didn't disappoint. While having success in NASCAR's top division with 10 career triumphs, Donnie collected two victories at Talladega. Bobby, the 1983 Sprint Cup Series Champion and winner of 84 career races, would visit Talladega's Victory Lane on four occasions. Bonnett, an 18-time Cup winner, was a one-time victor at Talladega. Farmer, a mainstay in the ARCA Series, claimed two wins at Talladega. Clifford posted a top-10 ARCA finish in 1992, and Davey ranks second only to Dale Earnhardt Sr. in total Talladega wins with eight. They include three NASCAR Sprint Cup (of his career total 19 Cup wins), four ARCA and one IROC triumph. Davey is one of only eight drivers to post their first career Sprint Cup win at Talladega.
    The Alabama Gang is also represented atop The Alabama Gang Superstretch. From the exit of turn two to the entrance of turn three, fans now have additional RV options from which to view all races at Talladega Superspeedway. They include Allison Motorhome Ridge, Farmer Motorhome Overlook and Bonnett Corporate Motorhome Summit. For information on options, fans can call the Talladega Superspeedway ticket office at 1-877-Go2-Dega.
    The Alabama Gang continues to live on today with a new generation of racers. The torch of the Allison legacy is passed from Donnie and Bobby to their grandsons Justin and Robbie. Justin Allison, with the help from his grandfather Donnie, has recently emerged on the racing scene in the ARCA Racing Series. Justin competed in the season-opening event at Daytona and was in the top-10 before being involved in an accident that broke out in front of him. He will compete in this weekend's International Motorsports Hall of Fame ARCA race at Talladega. Robbie Allison, grandson of Bobby and son of Davey, now lives in Mooresville, NC and is competing in Legends and Late Model cars, as well as Pro Champion Karts. Both Justin and Robbie have high aspirations.
    Another Alabama native, Grant Enfinger from Fairhope, has dominated the ARCA Series thus far in 2014, becoming only the second driver in series history to capture the checkered flag in the first three races of the season.
    Interestingly enough, since Talladega Superspeedway opened in 1969, there have been more than 50 drivers from the state of Alabama to compete at the most competitive facility in the world, and all can say they are a part of "The Alabama Gang."
    Some of the Alabama drivers that tasted success in either ARCA or NASCAR include: Darrell Wallace Jr. (first African-American driver to win a race in one of NASCAR's premier divisions); Steve Grissom (1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champ and winner of 11 NNS races), Rick Crawford (5-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner), Cale Gale (1-time NCWTS/1-time ARCA winner), Gary Bradberry (3-time ARCA winner), Mickey Gibbs (3-time ARCA winner), Billy Thomas (5-time ARCA winner) and Dave Mader III (1-time ARCA winner). Hut Stricklin, Donnie Allison's son-in-law, enjoyed success as well with a career best runner up finish in Darlington Raceway's 1996 Southern 500. Johnny Ray, who lives down the street from the track, competed in three ARCA races and one Cup race at Talladega, but is best known for giving Dale Earnhardt Sr. one of his early rides in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    The track was also excited to have former crew chief Larry McReynolds, a Birmingham native, who helped Davey Allison to several wins, on hand at Wednesday's event. Bonnett's widow Susan Bonnett Northcutt and Liz Allison Hackett and Krista Allison, widow and daughter of Davey Allison, respectively, joined in on Wednesday's ceremonies, as well. The Gang is all here.....and lives on through the drivers of today and The Alabama Gang Superstretch at Talladega Superspeedway! For a variety of ticket packages for the Aaron's Dream Weekend, log onto talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(5-1-2014)

    Graphic rendering of Freedom Trophy to be presented to the winner of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4.

  • New Freedom Trophy Awarded to Talladega Sprint Cup Series Winner: Winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway - NASCAR's Most Competitive track - brings with it history, tradition, prestige and honor. Now, it has taken on a new meaning that has a special place in everyone's heart. In support of the United States Military, Talladega Superspeedway is thrilled to announce the "Freedom Trophy," which will be awarded to every winner of a Sprint Cup Series race at the 2.66-mile grand venue, beginning with the May 4 Aaron's 499. The special trophy showcases all five branches of the United States military - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Military personnel will be on hand at each Talladega Sprint Cup Series race to make the presentation of the Freedom Trophy in Victory Lane. Not only will they be in the winner's circle to award the coveted trophy, but they will also participate in pre-race ceremonies as well. Each Talladega Superspeedway race weekend, a different United States military base will be given the opportunity to present the Freedom Trophy.
    The creation of Talladega Superspeedway Vice President Brian Crichton, the Freedom Trophy is an honor to all military men and women on behalf of the speedway, a patriotic entity since 1969. Crichton enlisted the assistance of Fast Forward Marketing Owner Mike Barth (Spring, TX), who has custom designed trophies in motorsports since 1996. MTM Recognition in Oklahoma City, OK spearheaded the design.
    "Winning a Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega just got extra special," said Talladega Chairman Grant Lynch. "With the Freedom Trophy, we pay tribute to our race winners, as well as our servicemen and women who make so many things possible for us on a daily basis." The Freedom Trophy is five-sided, reflective of each branch of the military. Silver aluminum panels, complete with a design of each military branch soldier and branch logo, are showcased, along with a star that is waterjet cut in the center. The base is black stained wood with circular discs at the bottom and top made of black acrylic, and includes the Talladega Superspeedway logo, the date of the race and the name of the base awarding the trophy.
    "As a symbol of our military we thought it was fitting to start with a pentagon shaped base'" said Crichton. "The artists did a great job by bringing together all five branches of the military, incorporating the star in the center and showcasing each branch seal on the individual pillars. It is a trophy we hope every Talladega Sprint Cup winner will be proud of - that it will mean a little something extra when they display it with the rest of their trophies." In addition to recognizing the military through the Freedom Trophy, Talladega Superspeedway is proud to offer special ticket prices for all members of the military and their families for its race weekends. For more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/military.(TSS)(4-15-2014)

  • GEICO's Gecko Talladega Superspeedway, new title sponsor: Officials from GEICO and Talladega Superspeedway announced that the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 19, at NASCAR's Most Competitive track will be known as the GEICO 500. The GEICO 500 weekend will be held October 17-19 and will also feature the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. As part of the agreement, GEICO will be named the Official Auto, RV, Motorcycle and Powersport Insurance Provider of Talladega Superspeedway.
    The GEICO Gecko, which travels the country spreading good news about GEICO, was recently at Talladega Superspeedway with track Chairman Grant Lynch showing excitement and anticipation for the GEICO 500 at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track on Sunday, October 19. Officials from GEICO and Talladega announced the new race entitlement partnership last week. As part of the agreement, GEICO was also named the Official Auto, RV, Motorcycle and Powersport Insurance Provider of Talladega Superspeedway.. NASCAR's Talladega Superspeedway offers both reserved and unreserved campgrounds throughout the property, 13 of which have been sponsored by GEICO since 2011. "We are thrilled with our expanded partnership with GEICO, a Fortune 500 company with a sterling reputation and a perfect fit with our passionate fan base," said Lynch. "While GEICO has been our partner for years with their sponsorship of various campgrounds around the facility, having the entitlement of our October Sprint Cup Series race will allow the company to extend its reach to all Talladega and NASCAR fans. The wild card race at Talladega (sixth race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship) has long been a tradition in the sport and we couldn't be happier that it's now the GEICO 500."
    NASCAR first returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron's Dream Weekend on May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4, in the Aaron's 499. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(2-7-2014)

  • Talladega cutting seating capacity: Talladega Superspeedway, which once boasted some of the largest crowds to see NASCAR races, will see its seating capacity reduced to approximately 80,000 seats by next season, tracks officials confirmed on Wednesday. The largest change will come from the recent demolition of the Allison Grandstands, a large swath of seats located on the backstretch of the 2.66-mile speedway which had a seating capacity this season of 18,000. In recent seasons, many of the track's frontstretch seats have been tarped over while the speedway still sold tickets - usually at lower price - for the backstretch. "The changes are simply a reflection of our current attendance trends," track spokesman Russell Branham told The Observer. "The goal will be a better fan experience and that will be entirely on the frontstretch from now on." As recently as 2007, track attendance estimates had more than 307,000 fans attending Talladega's two Sprint Cup Series race weekends. At the time, the track's listed capacity was 147,000 grandstand seats. This season, the track's listed capacity was listed at 109,000.(Charlotte Observer)(11-28-2013)

  • Two records tied at Talladega: April 2001's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway tied two Sprint Cup Series records - number of lead changes and closest margin of victory. There were 88 lead changes at the start/finish line, tying an all-time NASCAR record set in last season's April event at Talladega. The final lead change occurred on the last lap - eight of the last 12 Talladega races featured a last-lap lead change. Jimmie Johnson edged Clint Bowyer by .002 seconds, which matches the closest margin of victory since the inception of electronic scoring in May 1993. That mark was originally set at Darlington Raceway on March 16, 2003, with Ricky Craven beating Kurt Busch. Since 1993, every race at Talladega finishing under green - 29 in all - has had a MOV under .400 seconds. Passing numbers - for the lead and otherwise - also were high. There were 159 green flag passes for the lead all around the race track, with a total of 11,025 green flag passes throughout the field.(NASCAR)(4-18-2011)

  • Wild, Record-Tying Finish At Talladega: April 2001's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway tied two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series records - number of lead changes and closest margin of victory.
    There were 88 lead changes at the start/finish line, tying an all-time NASCAR record set in last season's April event at Talladega. The final lead change occurred on the last lap - eight of the last 12 Talladega races featured a last-lap lead change.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson edged #33-Clint Bowyer by .002 seconds, which matches the closest margin of victory [MOV] since the inception of electronic scoring in May 1993. That mark was originally set at Darlington Raceway on March 16, 2003, with Ricky Craven beating Kurt Busch. Since 1993, every race at Talladega finishing under green - 29 in all - has had a MOV under .400 seconds.
    Johnson, with his 54th-career victory, moved into a tie with NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Lee Petty for ninth on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins list.
    Passing numbers - for the lead and otherwise - also were high. There were 159 green flag passes for the lead all around the race track, with a total of 11,025 green flag passes throughout the field. Sunday's race capped off a record-breaking weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. In Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, there were 56 lead changes, an all-time record since the series' inception in 1982.(NASCAR)(4-18-2011)

  • Sprint Cup Series Record 28 Different Leaders At Talladega: There were 28 different leaders in Sunday's AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, an all-time Sprint Cup Series record. The previous record of 26 was snapped on Lap 142 when Joe Nemechek crossed the start/finish line in first. Michael Waltrip later extended the record to 28, leading lap 165. The old record of 26 different leaders was originally set July 27, 1986, at Talladega. It was tied on April 22, 2001, again at Talladega. Sunday's race also placed in the top five in terms of lead changes. There were 64 total lead changes, which is tied for fifth-most in NASCAR history.(NASCAR)(10-6-2008)

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