Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads over to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama this week for the Aaron’s 499. Talladega is the longest track on the circuit at 2.66 miles. This tri-oval also has the highest banks. There is enough room for three wide racing, many rows deep.
Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski won their first career races at this track. Bill Elliott holds the qualifying record of 212.809. That record will never be broken, as they now have carburetor restrictor plates on the cars to take away horse power. Mark Martin holds the race record of 188.354 mph. Jeff Gordon has the most wins at this track with six. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has five wins, including four in a row. Mark Martin has two wins here. Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte have also won here. Last year Kevin Harvick made a last second move to win over McMurray. And in the Fall race Clint Bowyer beat Harvick to the caution on the Final lap to win the race.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will also be in Talladega for the Aaron’s 312 race at this track. This will be an impound race for Sprint Cup, meaning that there will be no practice after qualifying to make adjustments. They will race the cars they qualified in as the Nationwide cars do. For tickets, try Vivid Seats. I hear the partying at this track is almost as good as the racing!
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.