Race fans can watch practice and qualifying for Saturday’s truck race today, the truck race and Sunday qualifying tomorrow and the main attraction, the Sprint Cup 500 mile race Sunday. In between races will be concerts, driver appearances and even a kids’ zone at the track. Car displays and other driver appearances are scheduled around the area to help give fans a memorable weekend experience.
Since its first race in 1969, the Talladega Superspeedway (then called the Alabama International Motor Speedway) has emphasized safety, competitive racing and helping make sure fans had a good time, with changes made throughout the years in an effort to cover all the bases.
Races typically draw crowds well in excess of 100,000, and economic impact studies have placed the impact of the track and museum at more than $400 million on an annual basis.
Races give the local economy a healthy bump with temporary jobs, spending by visitors, and a sales tax boost for the county.
Improvements in helping the flow of traffic have been made, and while the large number of vehicles makes some delays inevitable, it’s not due to a lack of effort. This will be the first race for the city of Talladega’s new northern bypass to be open, which should help some motorists save time as they make their way home.
Race weekends have seen traffic at the Talladega Municipal Airport’s Boswell Field soar, with up to 350 planes flying in and out. The airport becomes one of the busiest in the nation two weekends every year.
As one of the premier events on NASCAR’s calendar, Talladega Superspeedway has taken on a special status as a great place to attend a race.
The speedway’s impact on the area through employment and entertainment opportunities can only be envied by other parts of the country, and the continuing efforts toward excellence can serve as an example to others.
Talladega Superspeedway has become one of the most recognizable names in sports and has made the name Talladega internationally known.
We welcome race fans to the area and hope their Talladega days and nights are all they hoped they would be.