It’s Talladega Weekend And Time To Get The Party Started
For a NASCAR fan in the state of Alabama there is nothing bigger than Talladega Superspeedway!
Heck, for a NASCAR fan in general there is nothing bigger than Talladega Superspeedway! It's 2.66 miles of track makes it the largest track on the circuit.
Formerly know as Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega is located on the site of the former Anniston Air Force Base. It was constructed in the 60s and opened for business on September 13, 1969.
The superspeedway has the record for the fastest recorded time by a NASCAR stock car in a closed oval course, with the record of 216.309 mph set by Rusty Wallace on June 9, 2004.
Here are a few quick facts about Dega you may not have know:
- Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most wins with 10 victories.
- Dale Earnhardt, Jr. holds the record for most consecutive wins with 4 straight.
- The most poles award goes to Bill Elliot with 8.
- Dale Earnhardt also hold the record for most top 10s with 27 and the record for most top 5s with 23!
- Aaaaand, imagine this, Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most laps led at Dega with 1377!
Let me set up my history with Talladega, I went to my first race on October 2, 2005. That's the race where Dale Jarrett came up and grabbed the lead on the last lap to win. At the same time Kyle Petty was involved in a wreck and sick of not finishing races, drove his mangled car through the checkers and did a burn out! I was totally hooked on this place!
I came back for many races after that to work as an usher in O.V.Hill South Tower. In my opinion, the best place on the track to watch from. I've seen some amazing moments over the years. Sadly, the last race I attended was in April of 2009, the year Carl Edwards flipped into the catch fence thanks to a rookie Brad Keselowski.
This weekend, I return along with 175,000 of my other rabid race fans for some bumper to bumper, white-knuckle restrictor plate racing! Thanks to the 'Roll To Talladega' promotion we recently did with Tuscaloosa Chevrolet, I'll be joining our winners Deborah Hilyer, Jennifer Barger, Tabatha Price and a bunch of their friends in a limo from Crown Limousine all the way to Dega!
I'm going with Kurt Busch for the win this Sunday too. Why? Because I've been a fan since 2003 and I'm not about to back down now. He's had 4 top 3 finishes at Talladega so I'm thinking, this year his the year. Regardless, I'll be there with my #78 cap on, cheering with my fingers crossed.