Talladega Superspeedway is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama, United States. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base just outside the small city of Lincoln.The Track is a Tri-oval and was constructed by International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family, in the 1960s. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line - which is closer to turn one than at Daytona.The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega Superspeedway is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66 miles (4.28 km), and the track also has a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.
A 4-mile (6.4 km) infield road course was in operation from the track's founding until 1983. Six IMSA GT Championship races were held in the 1970s, including a six hour race in 1978. During May 2006 Talladega Superspeedway started to re-surface the track and the apron. Construction started on May 1, 2006 and lasted until September 18, 2006. The first race on the resurfaced race track was the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on October 7, 2006.
The "Big One":
Speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) are commonplace at Talladega. Talladega 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.Wallace circled the 2.66-mile (4.28-km) trioval in 44.270 seconds, which surpassed the previous record held by Bill Elliott (212.809 mph) set in 1987, but doesn't replace the record due to the fact it was a radio test and not a NASCAR sanctioned event.
Talladega Superspeedway hosts many NASCAR events which include two Sprint Cup Series races, one Nationwide Series race, and one Camping World Truck Series race. The Sprint Cup Series races include the Aaron's 499, and the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 which are both 188 laps each or 500.08 miles (804.80 km). The Nationwide Series race has historically been a 500-kilometer race (117 laps) since its 1992 inception, but was cut to 300 miles (480 km) (113 laps) in 1998 because of a spectator's letter questioning the metric distance, but restored to 500 kilometers by its current sponsor.The Camping World Truck Series race is 250 miles (94 laps).The ARCA race, once a 500 kilometer affair, was shortened to 300 miles in 1998, and to 250 miles in 2006 when it was moved to Friday.
- May 10, 1997: Mark Martin wins the Winston Select 500, a race which had no caution flags, at a NASCAR 500-mile record speed of 188.354 mph (303.126 km/h), nearly ten years after the introduction of restrictor plates.
- October 15, 2000: Dale Earnhardt sets a record for the most wins at the track, 10. This was also his last win before his death at the 2001 Daytona 500.
- June 10, 2004: Rusty Wallace tests a stock car without a restrictor plate for series sponsor Nextel to test communication capabilities, gets an overall lap time of 44.27 seconds (216.309 mph), beating Elliott's old record by more than seven-tenths of a second.
- April 25, 2010: The Aaron's 499 broke the 1984 mark of 75 lead changes with 88; it also set a new motorsports record with 29 different leaders.
- October 7, 2012: Huge Crash at the last lap of the race. More than half of the stock cars were involve. The few cars that avoid the crash was Jeff Gordon. Matt Kenseth wins the race for Good Sam.
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
- Aaron's 499, Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500
- NASCAR Nationwide Series
- Aaron's 312
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
- Coca-Cola 250
- ARCA RE/MAX Series
- Food World 250
- Surface: Asphalt
- Length: 2.66 mi (4.28 km)
- Turns: 4
- Turns 1&2: 33°
- Turn 3: 32.4°
- Turn 4: 32.5°
- Tri-oval: 16.5°
- Back straight: 3°
0:44.998 (Bill Elliott, Melling Racing, 1987, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)