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
3366 Speedway Blvd.
Talladega, AL 35160
PO Box 777
Talladega, AL 35161
Ticket Office Phone: (256) 362-RACE (7223)
Department Phone: (256) 362-2261
Department Fax: (256) 761-4717
Ticket Office Phone: (256) 362-2261
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(Talladega Website)
Length: 30 feet
Width: 17 feet
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Former Track Name: Alabama International Motor Speedway
May 2013 Race Winner: #34-David Ragan, 148.729mph, started 19th
October 2013 Race Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 178.795mph, started 9th
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 2013 Pole Sitter: none, canceled due to rain
October 2013 Pole Sitter: none, canceled due to rain
Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph
Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 9 months, 14 days, 10/22/2011
Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 26 years, 7 months, 4 days, 4/21/2002
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
Most 2nd Place Finishes: 6, Tony Stewart 7 Buddy Baker
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: 24 - Mark Martin; 23 - Terry Labonte
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 by a Leader: 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: 31 - 10/31/2010
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; 20 - Ford
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
Brad Keselowski, 9
Ken Schrader, 4
Brian Vickers, 2
Ron Bouchard, 1
Richard Brickhouse, 1
Dick Brooks, 1
Bobby Hillin Jr., 1
Phil Parsons, 1
Lennie Pond, 1.(4-27-2013)
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)
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)
Fan Enhancements ready for launch at Talladega: Watching 43 cars pack race three- and four-wide at 200 mph around NASCAR's biggest and most competitive race track - Talladega Superspeedway - has always been a "Must See" event. But now, thanks to a valuable video enhancement initiative launched by International Speedway Corporation (ISC) for 2014, it's going to be much easier to take in the view of views in NASCAR, beginning with the Aaron's Dream Weekend set for May 2-4.
Talladega Superspeedway will serve as a test track for the new ISC program, which will strategically place four large Sprint Vision Digital High-Definition video screens along Talladega's frontstretch. The new video boards will offer all fans in every grandstand unbelievable views of the incredible content to be projected throughout the event weekend. The screens will almost double the size of former Sprint Vision screens, and the high-definition picture will be crisper, clearer and brighter.
With Talladega leading the way, the multi-phase project plans to implement the video boards at all ISC facilities over the next few years. Initially the screens will be temporarily put into place, allowing facilities to listen to fan feedback to create the best digital experience possible. Eventually, permanent digital board locations will be installed as part of the ongoing phase of the initiative.
The view will be extra special for kids 12 and under, who will get in free to all grandstands for Saturday's full day of activity. On Sunday kids receive $50 off the regular price of grandstand seating. In addition to the new video boards and kids "free" opportunity, other fan-friendly changes at Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 include:
· SMOKE FREE throughout the grandstands; designated smoking areas will be set up under the grandstands and towers.
· Driver Introductions Pit Pass Upgrade; the $50 Pre-Race Pit Pass can now be upgraded to include access to driver introductions for an additional $25.
· Reserved Saturday Grandstands; all grandstand seating will be reserved on Saturday instead of General Admission to allow fans to find their perfect spot ahead of time.
NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron's Dream Weekend, which is set for May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(3-5-2014)
Talladega Superspeedway Tickets On Sale: Advanced Price tickets are on sale to the May 2-4 Aaron's Dream Weekend at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track-Talladega Superspeedway. The Advanced Price tickets, which are available from February 24 to April 3, save fans money at nearly every ticket option, and for this highly anticipated race weekend the savings don't stop there-for the first time ever kids have opportunities for "free" seating in the track's exhilarating frontstretch grandstands. Saturday kids' tickets - for 12 and under - are free in every section of the grandstands and in multiple locations on Sunday. The remaining locations are reduced a minimum of $50 for Sunday kids' tickets. This unbelievable ticket offer has never been made at this historic NASCAR venue and is available even beyond the Advanced Price Ticket period. Advanced Price tickets offer fans $10 off regular pricing for the weekend's headliner, the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on May 4, and $5 off Saturday's quadruple header that includes two races (ARCA's International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200, Aaron's 312 Nationwide race), Sprint Cup's new pack racing qualifying format and the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert (must have a Sunday ticket for admission). Two-day tickets for both Saturday and Sunday start at $50.
Fan enhancements have been ramped up in 2014, starting with NASCAR's pre-season announcements about qualifying and the Chase. Qualifying for the Aaron's 312 and Aaron's 499 will now consist of three elimination rounds where drivers take to Talladega's high banks in groups, competing just like it's a race. The changes made to the Chase place practically any race winner into the Championship, and given the Aaron's 499's unpredictable nature, it's going to be a battle like never before. Talladega Superspeedway has also put into place some serious fan enhancements that include the free kids' ticket initiative, new large Sprint Vision screens, smoke-free grandstands and the Driver Introductions Pit Pass Upgrade. Info on all of this and more can found at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(3-4-2014)
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)
2014 Talladega Superspeedway Fan Advisory Network Team: Talladega Superspeedway has selected 20 race fans to serve as members of the 2014 Talladega Superspeedway Fan Advisory Network (TSS FAN). The TSS FAN will continue to focus on creating constructive dialogue with the Talladega Superspeedway administration team, helping to make a better racing experience for all fans. "We are excited to welcome the 2014 Talladega Superspeedway FAN members," said track Chairman Grant Lynch. "Our goal is to use this team of dedicated race fans to help guide us in making improvements to our facility that will benefit all fans who attend our event weekends. Their input is indispensible, and we look forward to working with the new team this year." The new TSS FAN members, from 10 different states, will serve a one-year term which includes the Aaron's Dream Weekend May 2-4, and the Talladega 500 weekend October 17-19.
2014 TSS Fan Members
· Linda Mitchell - Gahanna, OH
· Chace Oliver - Piedmont, AL
· Jon Mickley - Haughton, LA
· Melissa Harris - Haleyville, AL
· David Ivey - Piedmont, AL
· Dean Adelmund - Jackson, MO
· Andrea Harrell - Pine Bluff, AR
· Michael Randick - Birch Run, MI
· Ron Frazier - Montgomery, AL
· Juana Corbin - Ashville, AL
· Christina Humphries - Anniston, AL
· John Lovvorn Jr. - Albertville, AL
· Brad Sims - Delta, AL
· Norman Barnes - Wynne, AR
· Leslie Stoddard - Irondale, AL
· Rebecca Combs - Senoia, GA
· Sherrie Perry - New Market, AL
· Diane Lund - Charlotte, NC
· Leigh Carroll - Murfreesboro, TN
· Don Adelmund - Milwaukee, WI
NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron's Dream Weekend, which is set for May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(1-8-2014)
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)
Talladega Superspeedway Fan Advisory Network Taking Applications for 2014: Beginning Friday, November 1 through Friday, December 6, Talladega Superspeedway's Fan Advisory Network, also known as TSS FAN, will be taking applications from fans who would like to join the esteemed committee to share their observations and make suggestions on how the track can continue to improve the Talladega Superspeedway event experience. TSS FAN was started in 2010 and has been an invaluable resource ever since for the TSS administration to communicate directly with the most important part of Talladega--the loyal fans. The goal is to identify, discuss and make proactive recommendations that will benefit fans who attend Talladega Superspeedway events.
The topics for discussion will not be limited to traditional facility improvements, but will encompass a fan's total interaction with Talladega Superspeedway, starting with the purchase encounter all the way through attendance of an event, including all of the service interaction with the fan in between. The suggestions made by the TSS FAN are used to help the track staff stay up-to-date with what a typical race fan expects from their experience while at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track.
All applications must be downloaded, completed, and mailed to Talladega Superspeedway in order to be considered. Applications can be found at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/tssfan. FAN committee members will begin their duties in January 2014. Members will be asked to meet during each event weekend and participate in two teleconferences during the year. The committee will consist of 20 members and is collected from a demographic and geographic cross-section of fans. Members in office will serve the two NASCAR race weekends (May & October) at Talladega in 2014 before new members will be chosen for 2015.(TSS)(11-1-2013)
ISC to install video screens, improve wireless at tracks: International Speedway Corporation unveiled its plan to provide race fans with the sport's first fully-integrated multi-media race-day experience across all its motorsports facilities over the next few years. In addition to the thrilling live on-track racing action, fans will be able to enjoy rich multi-media content directly on their Sprint smartphones and other handheld devices, and on new high-definition video screens located throughout the racetrack. They will also enjoy enhanced connectivity to instantly share their raceday experience with friends inside and outside the track via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. These enhancements, which began in 2013 and will continue in 2014 and 2015, focus on several key areas:
-- Digital High-Definition Video Screens: Beginning with Talladega Superspeedway in 2014, new large high-definition video boards will be installed across all ISC tracks. These video boards will be located throughout each facility to ensure all fans in attendance have a clear view of the screens to enjoy all the great content that it will deliver. -- Unique At-Track Content: ISC has deployed a fully-integrated multi-media content strategy to deliver up-to-the-second live in-race and in-car cameras views, instant race data and other interactive race-day content to enhance the live on-track action and provide fans with a raceday experience unlike any other in the industry.
-- Enhanced Connectivity: Wi-Fi service will be provided in premium camping and fan areas, as well as in high-traffic areas. These services were already installed at Michigan International Speedway and Auto Club Speedway of Southern California in 2013, and will be rolled out to other venues in the ISC family in 2014 and 2015. In addition, ISC is working with American Tower Corporation to provide improved cellular coverage to include 4G connectivity for fans during race weekends.(ISC)(10-30-2013)
AND have heard that Talladega is moving any fans who had renewals in the Allison Grandstand on the backstretch in 2014 and move them to the front stretch grandstands. The Allison Grandstand will be torn down. No word if other grandstands will be renamed.(11-1-2013)
Fan dies in Talladega campground: Carbon-monoxide poisoning is being blamed as the cause of death of a Tennessee man at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday morning. The Talladega County Sheriff's Department said Craig Franklin Morgan, 46, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died at the campground. Morgan and his wife, Jami Allison Morgan, 38, were discovered unresponsive by friends who went into their RV at the South Campground outside the track. Jami Morgan was unconscious and was airlifted to UAB Hospital, where she remained in critical condition and unconscious Monday morning. Police said the carbon monoxide apparently leaked from the exhaust system of the family's RV.(Fox Sports)(10-21-2013)
Hanging in back is acceptable at Talladega: According to a post by ESPN's Marty Smith:
How will NASCAR will govern the 100% rule today at Talladega?
[Marty] spoke to NASCAR VP/Competition Robin Pemberton, who said laying back is part of the strategy at plate races and IS ACCEPTABLE competitive practice. Pemberton also noted that that information was made adamantly clear at Chicago when the 100% Rule was first broached. In short, teams ARE PERMITTED to hang back at Talladega today.(10-20-2013)
Talladega National Anthem singers announced: Birmingham, AL native and National Recording Artist Taylor Hicks, winner of Season 5 of American Idol, will perform the National Anthem prior to Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500, the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Hicks, known for his incredible soulful vocal style, has been a hot commodity ever since winning Season 5 of the popular FOX singing competition, scoring a No. 1 hit single with "Do I Make You Proud." In addition, he has put out a platinum-selling self-titled album, and has moved out west to perform a long term residency at Paris Las Vegas.
Performing Saturday's National Anthem for the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola Camping World Truck Series event will be FAHRENHEIT, a vocal group from Huntsville made up of Alabama's finest firefighters. The group was started in 2008 by Danny Loggins, the chief of the Huntsville Fire - Rescue service, and since that time, FAHRENHEIT has performed at numerous events and functions. The goal of the group is to be an encouragement to those who hear them and provide fire safety education and awareness. The members of the group include Captain Danny McNeal (lead), driver Steve Alverson (baritone), investigator Rusty Gipson (bass), and retired driver Don Cox (tenor).(TSS)(10-18-2013)
Talladega, Daytona get official moonshine: Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway announced a new partnership with Ole Smoky Moonshine that will make the Tennessee distillery the "Official Moonshine" of both racing facilities. This new agreement, which begins with the upcoming Camping World RV Sales 500 NASCAR weekend at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 18-20, marks the first partnership in the "Official Moonshine" category for both tracks and parent company International Speedway Corporation. Race fans will be able to purchase four different featured Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine cocktails at Talladega. There will be ten concession bars around the concourses, including the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, Talladega Bar in the Tri-Oval Tower and the Ole Smoky Bar at the intersection of Talladega and Eastaboga Blvd. in the track's infamous infield. Ole Smoky Tennessee is the first legal distillery in the state of Tennessee.(TSS)(10-16-2013)
Country Artist Pat Green To Perform Saturday Night Infield Concert at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway announced that Grammy-nominated country music singer-songwriter Pat Green will perform the track's popular Saturday Night Infield concert during the Camping World RV Sales 500 weekend, October 18-20. The concert is a traditional event for 'Dega Nation and held just off the infamous Talladega Blvd. the night (Oct. 19) before NASCAR's Wild Card race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship - the Camping World RV Sales 500. Access to Green's Saturday Night Concert is easy: It's open to all Camping World RV Sales 500 ticket holders! The stage for the show is set up at the intersection of Talladega and Eastaboga Boulevards, where dedicated partygoers have set up some of the most flamboyant and outrageous campsites for their and everyone's entertainment.
AND Talladega Superspeedway's Saturday Night Infield Concert just received a second dose of country star power: In addition to Grammy-nominated Texas country artist Pat Green, country-rock up-and-comer Chelsea Bain will perform an opening slot during the Camping World RV Sales 500 weekend, October 18-20.
The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway October 18-20, 2013 for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Weekend, which also features the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. For tickets and information visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(10-15-2013)
Hixson Museum of Flight to Provide Historic Aircraft for Flyover at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway holds on to a proud tradition of patriotism that extends throughout the sport of NASCAR and its fans, and nothing embodies that tradition more than the flyover that precedes race action during an event weekend. Prior to the green flag for the Camping World RV Sales 500 on Sunday October 20, three historic aircraft from the Hixson Museum of Flight will soar above NASCAR's Most Competitive Track while the crowd stands in honor of our country and our troops.
The aircraft being utilized for the flyover are two T-28 Trojans (Alpha and Bravo) that served in Vietnam and a C45-H Expiditor that saw service in Korea and Japan. All three aircraft tell a story. One such story from the T-28A Trojan includes being sold by the US Navy to Honduras for only one dollar in 1969 and shortly thereafter downing an El Salvadorian P-51 during the 100-Hour War between Honduras and El Salvador. The three aircraft can now be seen up close at the Hixson Museum of Flight located in the suburban community of Hixson, TN.
Lt. Col. Peyton "XMan" Dehart and Pete "Wheeler" O'Hare who have both served in combat tours from Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom to Operation Iraqi Freedom, will pilot the two T-28 Trojan aircraft, used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. The C45-H Expiditor will be manned by Gary "Mo" Franks. The flyover will occur at the conclusion of the singing of our National Anthem during the Pre-Race Ceremonies. Moments later, fans will be treated to another one of Talladega's famous traditions of presenting the American flag on the back of a semi-truck barreling around the track. The Hixson Museum of Flight is a non-profit organization that relies solely on donations for support. The Museum is dedicated to raising awareness of aviation and the important role it has played in shaping our nation's history. Since the museums inception on June 1, 2010, it has restored to flight 4 historically significant aircraft while raising $18,000.00 for the local children's hospital. The museum has plans to work on 3 other aircraft that have significantly impacted the history of the United States.
The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway October 18-20, 2013 for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Weekend. For tickets and information visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(10-14-2013)
Hamlin joining Earnhardt Jr at Talladega Experience: Fans who attend the Talladega Experience during the Camping World RV Sales 500 will be given a double dose of NASCAR star-power, as Denny Hamlin joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the celebrity appearance lineup at NASCAR's finest hospitality venue race morning. The driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota will be on hand for a question and answer session that all fans are invited to be a part of. Located just outside Talladega's historical frontstretch where countless races have been won and lost at the 2.66-mile facility, the Talladega Experience is just one of the many Camping World RV Sales 500 ticket upgrades available to Talladega Superspeedway ticket holders. It is designed for the FAN, with the ultimate goal of providing each guest with a world-class experience and memories that will last a lifetime. Other celebrities scheduled to appear in the Talladega Experience will be announced in the near future. In addition to the up-close, personal access to both question and answer sessions with Hamlin and Earnhardt, Jr., guests of the Talladega Experience will be treated to unlimited delicious catering and beverages, pre-race pit road tours inside the track, access to the start-finish line during driver introductions, VIP parking, event souvenirs, and more. The Talladega Experience is just one of the many ticket upgrades available to Talladega Superspeedway ticket holders. The package, which must be accompanied by a Frontstretch Grandstand or Tower ticket, is $145 and can be purchased by calling 877-Go2-DEGA or visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS)(9-20-2013)
Early Bird Camping World RV Sales 500 Tickets On Sale: The saying "the early bird gets the worm" rings especially true for getting tickets early to Talladega Superspeedway's October classic Camping World RV Sales 500 weekend, featuring the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Now through September 22, fans will receive $10 off the regular price of any Frontstretch Grandstand or Frontstretch Tower ticket to the Sunday, October 20, Camping World RV Sales 500. Additionally, fans will get $5 off for any Frontstretch Grandstand or Frontstretch Tower seat for the Saturday, October 19, fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. A two-day Tower ticket package to both the Camping World RV Sales 500 and the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will be $10 off each package as well. In addition to the great news on ticket opportunities, fans will be excited to learn that five-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to make an appearance in the Talladega Experience - NASCAR's finest hospitality venue - during the Camping World RV Sales 500 Weekend. The Talladega Experience is just one of the many ticket upgrades available to Talladega Superspeedway ticket holders. It is designed for the FAN, with the ultimate goal of providing each guest with a world-class experience and memories to last a lifetime. The package, which must be accompanied by a Frontstretch Grandstand or Tower ticket, is $145 and can be purchased by calling 877-Go2-DEGA or visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. Other ticket upgrades available include Pre-Race Pit Passes, Fan Suites, the Paddock Club, and the Acceleration Package.(TSS)(8-1-2013)
Body of missing race fan found: Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore said in a statement that "no foul play" is suspected at this time in the death of Georgia man Nicholas "Nick" Bower, whose body was found today after a search of more than a week. Bower disappeared May 4 after being seen the night before the race at Talladega Superspeedway. Kilgore said Bower's body was found shortly before noon in a creek at the Jackson Shoals area downstream from an old dam. The area is a short distance east from the bridge on Jackson Trace Road. Bower's body was discovered by searchers flying a helicopter over the area along the creek. Talladega County deputies and other law enforcement began an extensive search of the area around the track beginning last week, using boats and aircraft. Kilgore said Bower's body was found in tall grass in the middle of the creek. The body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. "Verification of the cause of death is pending," the statement read.(Alabama Live)(5-15-2013)
Man reported missing after race at Talladega: The search is on for an Indiana man who went missing after the NASCAR race in Talladega this past weekend. Nicholas Bower, 27, grew up in Plainfield, IN but recently moved to Georgia for a job. Bower was last seen Saturday night sitting at a campsite with friends in the South Park area of the Talladega Superspeedway. He's described as a white male about 6 feet 4 inches tall and 185 pounds. Bower was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with "Fastenal" displayed on the front and a black "Fastenal" hat with a mesh back. Anyone with information about Bower's whereabouts is asked to call the Talladega County sheriff at 256-362-6117.(WBIW)(5-8-2013)
Two T-28 Trojan Aircraft to Perform Flyover at Talladega: Talladega Superspeedway fans are known for being patriotic, but this Sunday they will have more reason to feel proud to be an American a historic flyover takes them back to the earlier days of the speedway. Two combat veteran T-28 Trojan aircraft from the Museum of Flight, Chattanooga's Aviation Museum (TN) will soar above Talladega Superspeedway near the conclusion of the National Anthem to the road of thousands of fans, minutes before the start of the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series Race at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track.
Lt. Col. Peyton "XMan" Dehart and Pete "Wheeler" O'Hare who both served in Vietnam, will pilot the aircraft, used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. The T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War. They were produced from 1950-58 and was retired in 1994.
The flyover will occur at the end of the Star-Spangled Banner, which will be performed by recording artist Robin Meade, also host of HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade." Moments later, fans will be treated to Talladega's famous tradition of presenting an American flag on the back of a semi-truck as it barrels around the track. Sunday is guaranteed to become part of Talladega's patriotic lore. Both aircraft can now be seen close up at the Museum of Flight, Chattanooga Aviation Museum, located in the suburban community of Hixson, TN. The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway May 3-5 for the Aaron's Dream Weekend. Experience the excitement as the superstars of NASCAR attempt to tackle the high-banks of 'DEGA at 200 mph. Secure your tickets at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling 877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(5-3-2013)
Aaron's partners to help end hunger in Alabama: Aaron's, Inc. is partnering with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama to host a can drive at one of the largest sporting events of the year - Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, May 3-5. More than 200,000 NASCAR fans attending Aaron's Dream Weekend at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track will have an opportunity to help the hungry in Alabama by bringing canned food items to the Aaron's Corporate Display at the speedway, located just outside of the frontstretch grandstands. Throughout the weekend, Aaron's associates and can-drive volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items such as canned meat, dry cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, paper towels, toilet paper and hygiene products. For more information on Aaron's Dream Weekend Can Drive, visit aarons.com/candrive.(TSS)(5-3-2013)
Alabama Crimson Tide Championship QB McCarron named Honorary Talladega Pace Car Driver: Talladega Superspeedway is proud to announce that the University of Alabama's quarterback AJ McCarron, who helped guide the Crimson Tide to back-to-back BCS National Championship titles, will serve as the "Honorary Pace Car Driver" for the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 5. McCarron, who grew up just a few hours from Talladega Superspeedway in Mobile, AL, will get behind the wheel of a special Ford Mustang GT, the official pace car of Talladega's Aaron's 499 spring spectacular, and will lead the field of 43 cars around the track's incredible 33-degree banking before the start of the race. ""I have enjoyed races at Talladega before and have always had a passion to get up to speed on the track," said the two-time National Champion quarterback. "This is an incredible opportunity, and to be able to do it in front of the most famous drivers in the world, is something I am really looking forward to." This past Saturday, prior to the start of the annual A-Day spring game in Tuscaloosa, McCarron and his teammates were treated to the unveiling of a special Alabama National Championship paint scheme of Michael Waltrip's #55 Aaron's Toyota, which will compete in the Aaron's 499. "AJ has had such amazing success at Alabama, and that is known all over the country," said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "We know the drivers and fans are going to be excited to have him here for the Aaron's 499. I'm sure as soon as the crowd sees him in our Ford Mustang GT Pace Car, there's going to be a lot of noise made." McCarron is beloved in the state of Alabama for leading the Crimson Tide to two consecutive BCS National titles. Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 in January of 2012 and repeated with a 42-14 victory over Notre Dame this past January. McCarron has the distinction of being the only quarterback to pull off such a feat (back-to-back titles) since the start of the BCS in 1998. In fact, since the 1950's, only three other QB's have won two straight. The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway May 3-5 for the Aaron's Dream Weekend. Experience the excitement as the superstars of NASCAR attempt to tackle the high-banks of 'DEGA at 200 mph. Secure your tickets at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling 877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(4-30-2013)
In wake of Boston bombings, NASCAR asks teams to be more vigilant: In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, NASCAR teams have been warned by the sanctioning body to be on the lookout for errant backpacks and other packages in the garage area. NASCAR called a special, crew chiefs-only meeting Saturday morning at Richmond International Raceway, asking race teams to increase their level of vigilance this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and beyond. The warning is not believed to be the result of any specific threat against NASCAR or Talladega Superspeedway, but part of a broader focus on safety at major sporting events across the country. "They asked us to keep our eyes open," said one NASCAR crewman, on the condition of anonymity. "They want us to monitor our garage stalls more closely, to make sure there is nothing there that doesn't belong. I didn't get the impression that there was any specific threat," he said. "It was just a request to stay vigilant."(Godfather Motorsports)(4-30-2013)
Chipper Jones to serve as Grand Marshal at Talladega: Former Major League Baseball icon Chipper Jones, believed by many to be a future "first-ballot" Hall of Famer, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 5. Jones, who played for the Atlanta Braves throughout his entire 19-year career and was a fan-favorite across the country, will give the most famous command in all of motorsports to the 43-car field: "Drivers Start Your Engines!" Jones spent the last two decades establishing himself as one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history, second only to switch-hitters Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray in homeruns (468). The eight-time all-star, who retired following the 2012 season, was named the 1999 National League MVP, and helped the Braves win the World Series title that year. Chipper Jones joins other pre-race dignitaries AJ McCarron (University of Alabama quarterback) and Robin Meade (Country Music Recording Artist & CNN News Anchor), who will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver and National Anthem singer, respectively, prior to the Aaron's 499.(TSS)(4-30-2013)
Chris Young and Robin Meade to sing National Anthems at Talladega Two well-known national personalities - country music superstar Chris Young and noted news journalist and recording artist Robin Meade - have been selected to sing the National Anthems during Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Young will give his rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to the Saturday, May 4, Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Meade will provide the fans with her version on Sunday, May 5, moments before the start of the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. In addition, Young will deliver Talladega fans an added bonus with a free Saturday night Infield Concert, held near the historic Talladega Boulevard.(TSS)(4-27-2013)
Talladega, Daytona to reinforce crossover gates: Two NASCAR tracks will reinforce their crossover gates with extra cables following the February Nationwide Series crash at Daytona International Speedway that injured at least 28 fans. Talladega Superspeedway, which hosts a pair of NASCAR races next weekend, has implemented the changes to all of their gates after an engineering firm hired by Daytona made the recommendations after reviewing data from the Feb. 23 crash. Kyle Larson's car made contact with a gate opening on the last lap, sending an engine, tire and debris flying into the stands and injuring several fans. Daytona track president Joie Chitwood III said the additional cables will be added for redundancy in the system. The track will also put tethers between the gate frame and the posts. That work will be completed in time for the July 5-6 races there. Chitwood said the removal of the gates was not considered, nor was it an option to move seats back further from the fence area. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of operations, said Larson's car is still being evaluated and there will be no immediate changes made in regard to safety. In addition, O'Donnell said no changes are expected with the restrictor plate at Talladega next week - including a smaller plate that would slow the cars down.(USA Today)(4-25-2013)
Patrick to tour Talladega Boulevard, judge campsites: The world famous Talladega Boulevard, a strip of land in Talladega's infield known as NASCAR's "Party Capital" for providing fans with the most fun in all of motorsports, just got even better! When the Aaron's Dream Weekend rolls into Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will walk the Boulevard, mingle with fans, and award a one-of-a-kind "Coke Zero Tailgate Champion" trophy to the best decorated campsite. Plans are for Danica to award the "Coke Zero Tailgate Champion" trophy Saturday afternoon, at some point following the conclusion of the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The most notorious strip of real estate in NASCAR, Talladega Boulevard, is an innovative corridor like no other and has been a mainstay in NASCAR circles since the track was built in 1969. The Mardi Gras-type atmosphere of The Boulevard, complete with strings of beads and shenanigans, is a NASCAR tradition that separates Talladega from other venues. It truly is a sight to behold how tents, RVs, trucks and trailers, with an abundance of ingenuity and creativity, can liven up a large crowd of people.(TSS)(4-25-2013)
Talladega Fans can access tickets using smartphones: It just got even easier for fans to purchase tickets to NASCAR's most exciting and unpredictable venue - Talladega Superspeedway. It's now literally at a consumer's fingertips. To directly gain access to Aaron's Dream Weekend, May 3-5 - which is less than two weeks away - fans can now use their smartphones. The new mobile-friendly fan experience, created by Moovweb, gives users quick and easy access to purchase event tickets as well as other opportunities such as the Talladega Experience - NASCAR's ultimate hospitality venue - and much more. Simply log onto talladegasuperspeedway.com on the mobile device and select the "Buy Tickets" link.(TSS)(4-23-2013)
Talladega Superspeedway Jeff Gordon Day - Thursday only: There is nothing more exciting than attending a NASCAR race at the sport's Most Competitive Track - Talladega Superspeedway. Now, fans have even more reason to purchase tickets to the Aaron's 499 in May - to help the most promising pediatric cancer research and programs that will improve patients' quality of life as part of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. This Thursday, April 11 - One Day Only - for every frontstretch grandstand ticket sold to the Aaron's 499, $24 will be donated to the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. Talladega Superspeedway's "Jeff Gordon Day" - Thursday, April 11 - has arrived. Beginning Thursday, April 11, from 9 am until 5 p.m. EDT, fans can secure tickets at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling 877-Go2-DEGA. A $24 donation will be made to the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation for tickets purchased in the following grandstands: Gadsden; Lincoln; Anniston and Anniston Tower; O.V. Hill North and South; O.V. Hill Tower, Tri-Oval and Tower Extension; Birmingham and Birmingham Tower; Moss-Thornton and Moss-Thornton Tower; and Talladega and Talladega Tower. The $24 donation is for the Sunday, May 5, 2013, Aaron's 499 event only.(TSS)(4-11-2013)
Burton and Labonte to appear at Talladega Experience: The list of appearances for the famous Talladega Experience continues to grow, and this week's additions continue to be the biggest - and most respected - names in NASCAR. Bobby Labonte, who will be making history with his 700th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, along with Jeff Burton, known as the "Mayor of the NASCAR Garage," are scheduled to appear in the Talladega Experience on Sunday, May 5, the morning of the Aaron's 499. They will join an already star-studded lineup which consists of Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Talladega Experience offers fan hospitality unrivaled by any other sporting event. In addition to driver appearances, guests of the Talladega Experience are treated to unlimited catering and beverages, up-close and personal access to driver question and answer sessions, pre-race pit road tours, track access during driver introductions, VIP parking, event souvenirs, and more. The Talladega Experience is designed for the FAN, with the ultimate goal of providing each guest with a world-class experience and memories to last a lifetime. The package, which must be accompanied by a Frontstretch Grandstand or Tower ticket, is $145.(TSS)(4-10-2013)
Dale Jr. to Appear in the Talladega Experience: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., the only driver in the history of Talladega Superspeedway to capture four consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race victories at the 2.66-mile venue, will join defending Series Champion Brad Keselowski in the driver lineup for the Talladega Experience during the upcoming Aaron's Dream Weekend, May 3-5. This year's crop of drivers is shaping up to be one of the best in years, and even more of NASCAR's finest will be announced to join Dale Jr. and Keselowski in the Talladega Experience in the coming weeks. The Talladega Experience is a fun, one-of-a-kind fan hospitality event unrivaled by any other in the sporting world. The Talladega Experience is designed for the FAN, with the ultimate goal of providing each guest with a world-class experience and memories to last a lifetime. The package, which must be accompanied by a Frontstretch Grandstand or Tower ticket, is $145. Secure your tickets at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling 877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(3-26-2013)
Two-Car draft at Talladega "pathetic": Many NASCAR fans didn't like the two-car tandem draft that dominated restrictor-plate racing, especially at Talladega Superspeedway, in 2010 and 2011. They were joined by some of the top executives of the sport, including one who recently railed against the style of racing and blamed it for the sluggish ticket sales at Talladega Superspeedway. International Speedway Corp. President John Saunders, whose company owns 12 tracks, including Talladega and Daytona International Speedway, minced no words when talking about the racing during a conference call last week with financial analysts. "The tandem racing, two or three events of that kind of stuff ... was quite frankly pathetic," Saunders said. "It's not what Talladega has been known for." Bad weather, including tornado warnings, that occurred during Talladega's spring weekends in 2010 and 2011 and high unemployment also hurt attendance, Saunders said. But he also said drivers' negative comments about the racing at Talladega encouraged fans to stay home. The Talladega stands were far from full last year, and NASCAR estimated the Talladega crowd last October at 88,000 - an estimate that includes those camping in the infield. In fan surveys after its fall 2011 race, 75 percent said they didn't like the two-car draft, Lynch said. While NASCAR implemented rules designed to limit it in 2012 - rules that kept drivers from using the two-car draft up until the race's final laps - the damage appears have been done.(Sporting News)(2-4-2013)
ISC reports dip in profits: International Speedway Corp. saw a year-over-year decline in both its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings and revenues, but the narrowing of the revenue decline for its core business operations to less than 1 percent has company officials encouraged. "We experienced leading signs of revenue stabilization this year," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in both a news release and Thursday morning conference call with stock analysts. ISC, which operates Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks around that country that host NASCAR races and other motorsports events, generated a net profit of roughly $54.6 million for its fiscal year, which ended Nov. 30, down from $69.4 million in fiscal 2011, and a fourth-quarter net profit of about $24.7 million, down from $26.5 million the same period the previous year. Its revenues totaled $612.3 million in 2012, down from $629.7 million in 2011, and in the fourth quarter it generated $189.4 million in sales, down from $191.9 million the same period the previous year. Kennedy said ISC had year-over-year increases in both revenues from broadcast fees, corporate sponsorships and food, beverage and merchandise sales at races, but "we continue to experience modest headwinds with admissions, not to the degree experienced in 2011, but enough to know we still have further inroads to make with our consumer."(full article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-25-2013)
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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