A Quick History of Talladega

Posted on 23 of October, 2015 by in race

imagesTalladega Superspeedway is a race track motorsports complex located in the city of Lincoln, Alabama, United States of America. It was originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway. This tri-oval track was constructed in the 1960s by the International Speedway Corporation by the France family. It was the brainchild of William “Bill” France Sr. who wanted to build a race track far superior to the Daytona International Superspeedway. The track was inaugurated on September 13, 1969.

This track had a very inauspicious beginning with all the original racers abandoning the track due to tire problems. This forced France to hire substitute drivers and the winner of the first official race was Richard Brickhouse. Talladega got to organize at least two Winston Cup Series races per year out of which one would later on become part of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. The entire course had to be repaved many times.

Talladega is known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start / finish line. Many drivers hate this track, but it has created some very memorable moments in racing history.

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