Talladega Superspeedway

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Our #1 premier racing school site, the Talladega Superspeedway, is no ordinary racetrack. The Talladega Superspeedway is a complete motorsports complex boasting the largest oval racetrack in the Sprint Cup Series 2.66 miles long. Located adjacent to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is open daily, Talladega Superspeeway is known throughout the sport as the fastest racetrack in the world. NASCAR's most competitive track, the Talladega Superspeedway provides the ultimate racing experience for Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure enthusiasts. Holding records for the fastest 500-mile stock car race, the most lead changes and the most leaders in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, Talladega Superspeedway affords the Dale Jarrett racing connoisseur the thrill of speeds up to 180 mph. That high-speed racing is coupled with the same safety features designed to protect the professional racecar drivers that have driven its racetrack.


Talladega Driving Experience

Talladega was built upon the former Anniston Army Air Field (AAF). Anniston AAF was opened on October 19, 1942 and used as an auxiliary air field for nearby Courtland AAF. In 1945, B-17 and B-24 bomber crews were trained to transition to B-29 Superfortress. What's left of two runways can still be seen in the infield. At one time Harley Davidson used one of the old runways as a drag strip to speed test their motorcycles. Find out more about the air field.


In 2011, the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure is the ONLY Racing School offering NASCAR Racing Packages at Talladega SuperSpeedway

Safety at Talladega Superspeedway

Safety at Talladega Superspeedway is enhanced by Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers on all four turns, the tri-oval, and the inside retaining wall of the backstretch. The Talladega Superspeedway also has a 40-inch-high SAFER wall protecting the turns and the tri-oval, positioned 30 inches from the racetrack wall. Because of its excellent driving conditions, the Talladega Superspeedway is used for automotive testing and photo shoots for films and television in addition to the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure. With enough seats for more than 143,000 guests plus thousands more in the 212-acre infield, Talladega Superspeedway is equipped to handle the roaring crowds it attracts on professional race days.


“I sold my bike for my last trip to Talladega in May…Very addictive. Best money I ever spent and hands down the most fun I ever had…”

Steve Mahaffey

Racetrack Specifications

Completed: 1969

Length: 2.66 miles

Shape: Tri-oval

Banking: 33° turns, 16.5° frontstretch,
2° backstretch

Frontstretch length: 4,300 feet

Backstretch length: 4,000 feet

Seating capacity: 143,231

Location:

Talladega Superspeedway

Speedway Blvd.

Talladega, AL 35161

877-Go2-DEGA (877-462-3342)



“Driving a real NEXTEL Cup car race car between 170 mph and 175 mph around the high banks at Talladega Superspeedway was more fun than I could handle. I can't eat, I can’t sleep, or go a single hour a day without thinking about it. I'm even skipping meals just to save up money. I now have a monkey on my back and looking for a way to finance my addiction for REAL SPEED. Wife says I can go back to Talladega Superspeedway in May but I have to sell my motorcycle, so here it is.”

Steve Mahaffey

Description of Talladega, Alabama:

Talladega is a city of about 15,000, located 40 miles east of Birmingham. Originally settled by Native Americans, Talladega was “discovered” in 1540 when explorer Hernando DeSoto traveled to the area. The area is notable for its natural setting, which includes waterfalls, caverns, a forest, and a park that provides a variety of options for campers and hikers, as well as fishing, picnicking, swimming, and trails.


Accommodations

    Restaurants:

  • Fuji Japanese Cuisine
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Cracker Barrel


History

Talladega Superspeedway may be the largest and fastest superspeedway in the world, but it was originally just a soybean farm next to two abandoned airport runways. The racetrack was first opened in 1969 as Alabama International Motor Speedway and then renamed "Talladega Superspeedway" in 1989. Talladega Superspeedway got its name from the Alabama city and county by the same name.


When the racetrack first opened, its speed was so high at nearly 200 mph that it created a problem. Tire companies were unable to develop a compound that could hold together at those speeds for multiple laps. As a result, the Professional Drivers Association (PDA) and its leader Richard Petty left the racetrack on the racetrack’s very first race weekend, declaring the situation unsafe. To appease the thousands of fans that had traveled so far to see the race, however, the founder of NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation, Bill France, went ahead with the race. Using the drivers that did not participate in the boycott and a few that had raced on the previous day, Fortunately, the full 500 miles were run with no significant incidents.


Once races started being run at the Talladega Superspeedway, it became the site of record successes for a number of racecar drivers. Richard Brickhouse was the first NASCAR Cup winner at Talladega, Pete Hamilton was the first to win two major events there, David Pearson was the first three-time winner, and Buddy Baker was the first four-time winner. These winners were eclipsed by "The Intimidator," the late Dale Earnhardt, who posted 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup wins at Talladega in his years of driving. His son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has already posted five wins at Talladega.


Talladega Superspeedway was also home to what some have called "the greatest 1-2-3 finish in motorsports." In the 1981 UAW-Ford 500, rookie Ron Bouchard won by just one foot over Darrell Waltrip and by two feet over Terry Labonte in the final 500 yards.


The 2005 UAW-Ford 500 looked as if it could be anybody’s race, but on the last and most important lap of the race, NASCAR great Dale Jarrett came up from behind and landed a spectacular victory, winning over Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jarrett's win put a Ford in Gatorade Victory Lane at Talladega for the first time in 7 years, coinciding nicely with UAW-Ford's debut as the racetrack's fall NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event sponsor.


Jimmie Johnson won the 2006 race, but not before 22 drivers swapped the lead 56 times. In May of that year, Talladega Speedway was repaved for the fifth time, resulting in a record fall 2006 race weekend with the highest attendance the racetrack had ever had. In a head-spinning display of racecar driving, 23 drivers swapped the lead 63 times in the UAW-Ford 500, and a total of 15,951 passes for position were made.


The track speed at Talladega Superspeedway is so high that it is one of only two racetracks on the NASCAR circuit that force teams to use a restrictor plate limiting the engine's horespower to restrict their top speeds. There is an interesting aerodynamic side effect of this restriction; it allows two cars running together to go much faster than a single car can by itself. As a result, Talladega Superspeedway races frequently have a large pack of cars running just inches away from each other.


Two 188-lap Sprint Cup Series races and one 117-lap Nationwide Series race are held each year at Talladega Superspeedway. The The spring Sprint Cup race is referred to as “Aaron’s 499,” in honor of a rent-to-own chain based in Atlanta. The 94-lap ARCA RE/MAX series also runs at Talladega, as does the same-length Craftsman Truck Series.


The Talladega Superspeedway is not only the biggest, the fastest, and the longest of motor speedways, it is the site of momentous racing events whose historic presence is still felt there. On the racetrack where “The Intimidator” won 10 races and Dale Jarrett beat out Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the spirit of high-speed racing still lives on today as racing changes and evolves. That racetrack, those cars, and the hearts of millions of enthusiastic racing fans are all part of the Talladega Superspeedway racing experience, making it timeless and unforgettable.


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