After a two-year hiatus, Talladega Superspeedway’s popular The Big One on the Blvd is back this spring, but with a twist. Via an online ’Pick ‘Em Fan Vote’ on www.talladegasuperspeedway.com /bigoneblvd/, fans will get to choose the four outlandish, original “fan competitions” that will award cash prizes to fans and be overseen by NASCAR drivers and motorsports personalities.
NASCAR’s Party Capital is taking it back old school for the can’t-miss event on Friday, April 22, as part of the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series weekend. Scheduled for a 7 p.m. CDT start, The Big One on the Blvd will showcase a host of NASCAR’s biggest stars atop a Mardi-Gras style float, parading down Talladega Blvd in the track’s legendary infield before the fan competitions begin.
Online voting gets underway today (March 24) and entries can be submitted until 3:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 6. Fans will get to choose four from six legendary games that have been a part of The Big One on the Blvd’s historical past. They include:
- BBQ Sauce Wrestling: Grab the opponent’s flag in the sauce ring, and replace it in your designated bucket!
- Jell-O Crawl: Crawl on your hands and knees through a pit of Jell-O while racing the competition!
- Oh Sit: Musical Chairs, minus the chairs, and replaced with balls!
- Rubber Pull: Another pit of Jell-O, but with a tug-of-war tire!
- Slopfest: Three “tasty” delicacies, with each round “tastier” than the one before!
- Talladega Knights: The ultimate pillow (and flour and glitter) fight, atop a balance beam!
Some of the biggest names in NASCAR are expected to partake in this spring’s festivities. Noted personalities who have participated in past The Big One on the Blvd events include current NASCAR drivers: Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe, Daniel Suarez, Corey Lajoie, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson and Jeffrey Earnhardt; media types: Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip, Kim Coon, Dave Moody and Jeff Striegle; and team executive Jeff Gordon.
All Renewal Guest ticketholders, infield camping guests, and fans who purchased an infield wristband can join in on the festivities and must bring your ticket/wristband for access. For information on The Big One on the Blvd, click here, or for all weekend admission opportunities, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.
Saturday (April 23) action on the 33-degree banking of Talladega Superspeedway will feature a racing doubleheader with the General Tire 200 (12:00 p.m. CDT) for the ARCA Menards Series and the Ag-Pro 300 (3:00 p.m. CDT) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Sunday’s GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series event is slated for a 2 p.m. CDT start.
Saturday night the traditional Infield Concert will take place at the intersection of Eastaboga and Talladega Blvds, featuring country music artist and Alabama native Riley Green. Admission to the Saturday Night Infield Concert is FREE to all infield guests and anyone who purchases a grandstand ticket to the GEICO 500.
NASCAR’s new ‘Next Gen’ car will see its first action on Talladega’s 33-degree banking in the GEICO 500. Debuting in the season-opening DAYTONA 500, the Next Gen car is a collaboration of the brightest engineering minds in racing and the automotive industry. It is designed to give the drivers greater control and will put an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups while returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR. So far this season, the race cars that look more like street version vehicles, have put on incredible racing for fans.
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