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Monday, February 27, 2006
Updated: October 18, 1:42 PM ET
Talladega Superspeedway

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Talladega Superspeedway
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You won't see Ricky Bobby at Talladega Superspeedway, but you will see some of the most exciting racing in NASCAR. The 2.66-mile track is the sport's largest, and the 212.809 mph qualifying lap established by Bill Elliott in 1987 is still the fastest in NASCAR history.

The first race at Talladega, the Aaron's 499, took place in April. The second, the Talladega 500, which starts the second half of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, will be staged Sunday.

It's not uncommon to see multiple lead changes on a single lap at Talladega, where cars run together in one, big freight train because of aerodynamics.

It's all about horsepower and jockeying for position at Talladega. Dale Earnhardt was the best, winning 10 times, while son Junior has clearly lived up to his father's legacy with five victories here. Jeff Gordon is closing in on Senior's track standard, however, with his Talladega win total standing at six.

3366 Speedway Blvd.
Talladega, AL 35160
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Complete fan guide (downloadable): website

Notable Events

Talladega 500 Weekend
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
• NCWTS final practice, 9:30 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NSCS practice, 1:30 p.m.; final practice, 3 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NCWTS qualifying, 4:10 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011
• NSCS qualifying, 11:15 a.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Coca-Cola 250, 3 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011
• Good Sam Club 500, 1 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

• Ticket office: 877-462-3342
• Online (and seating chart): Buy tickets.
• Pit passes: Available with purchase of select hospitality packages.
• Fan hospitality: Different options available, call the track ticket office for further information, or visit
• Special packages: Call the track ticket office for further information, or visit

Track Specs
• Track length: 2.66 miles
• Banking: corners -- 33 degrees; frontstretch -- 16.5 degrees; backstretch -- 2 degrees
• Frontstretch: 4,300 feet
• Backstretch: 4,000 feet
• Race length: 500 miles
• Grandstand seating capacity: 106,294
• Opened: 1969

Carry-In Items
• Coolers: Allowed (one soft-side bag — no greater than 14"x14"x14" inches or 2,700 cubic inches; clear, plastic bags are allowed, 18"x18"x4" limit).
• Glass containers: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
• Cameras/binoculars: Allowed; must be worn separately.

Souvenirs and Displays
Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.

Check local newspapers and TV; drivers rarely available on race day.

Pit Area Guidelines
Pit area passes available, call the track ticket office for details.

• Reserved: Available.
• Unreserved: Available; call the track ticket office for further information.

Associated Driving Schools
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure

Getting There
• From Atlanta: Take I-20 west to exit 173.
• From Birmingham: Take I-20 east to exit 168.

• Free parking: Available.
• Handicapped parking: Available; permit required.