High curves, high tension. That’s Talladega Superspeedway in a nutshell. But not even the blistering days of Alabama have kept fans away from this track since 2006—and never waned the hopes of those who drove on the track prior to the reopening. It’s got a special spot in the heart of the state, and everyone there can agree—Talladega Superspeedway is a must see.
It took the track awhile to get its bearings—numerous shutdowns and closures, all until it was reopened again in 2006—but nobody gave up on it. And now it sits as pretty as the rest of the races; Talladega is a giant, not only with track but with reputation. Daytona might still be holding the lead in crowd favourites, but Talladega is quickly moving up the ranks.
I mean, they made a movie about how important this track is! It just shares the limelight with Will Ferrell, and he’s not everyone’s bag of candy.
Talladega boasts an easy watch. Cars nowadays drive nose to tail down the track for most of the race, catching the draft when possible. They slingshot past one another to overtake friends and enemies alike. Talladega is the longest track in the Sprint Cup Series at 2.66 miles.
You can expect speeds up to 200mph in Talladega, and the high banks make for an interesting ride. It’s easy to crash here, but even easier to take half of the race along with you. You know that every race has a potential Big One; a crash that takes out most of the playing field. Even with NASCAR’s ever progressing rules and restrictions, the race is high stakes.
The seating capacity is at 80,000 seats. That’s 80,000 people ready to cheer on their favourite drivers at the most impressive and rewarding track the United States of America has to offer.
If you can, visit Talladega. You won’t regret it.