Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeedway, nicknamed “'Dega”, and formerly named Alabama International Motor Speedway (AIMS) from 1969 to 1989, is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama.[1] It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. A tri-oval, the track was constructed in 1969 by the International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family. As of 2021, the track hosts the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and ARCA Menards Series. Talladega is the longest NASCAR oval, with a length of 2.66 miles (4.281 km), compared to the Daytona International Speedway, which is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long. The total peak capacity of Talladega is around 175,000 spectators,[4][5][6] with the main grandstand capacity being about 80,000.[7]

Talladega Superspeedway

Location3366 Speedway Boulevard, Lincoln, Alabama 35096, United States[1]
Time zoneUTC−6 / −5 (DST)
Coordinates33°34′01.06″N 86°03′57.85″W
Capacity80,000–175,000[2][3] (depending on configuration)
Broke groundMay 23, 1968; 54 years ago (May 23, 1968)
OpenedSeptember 13, 1969; 53 years ago (September 13, 1969)
Construction costUS$4 million
ArchitectBill Ward and William France Sr.
Former namesAlabama International Motor Speedway (1969–1989)
Major events
Length2.66 miles (4.281 km)
BankingTurns 1 & 2: 33°
Turn 3: 32.4°
Turn 4: 32.5°
Tri-oval: 16.5°
Back straight: 3°
Race lap record0:44.998 (Bill Elliott, Ford Thunderbird, 1987, NASCAR Cup Series)

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