Talladega Superspeedway Race Weekend :: April 26-28, 2019
All times listed are in local Central Time Zone; Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Tickets available www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
Friday, April 26:
* 8:30 AM – 9:55 AM ARCA Menards Series Final Practice
* 11:35 AM – 12:25 PM NASCAR Xfinity Series First Practice
* 12:35 PM – 1:25 PM Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Practice
* 1:35 PM – 2:25 PM NASCAR Xfinity Series Final Practice
* 2:35 PM ARCA Menards Series Group Qualifying
* 3:35 PM – 4:25 PM Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice
* 4:30 PM ARCA Menards Series Driver Introductions
* 5:00 PM General Tire 200 Race
ARCA Menards Series – (76 Laps, 202.16 Miles)
* 7:00 PM “Big One on the Blvd.” Driver Parade & Fan Competitions
Saturday, April 27:
* 9:10 AM NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying (Single Vehicle / Two Rounds)
* 11:30 AM NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Introductions
* Noon MoneyLion 300 Race
NASCAR Xfinity Series – (113 Laps, 300.58 Miles)
* 3:40 PM Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying (Single Vehicle / Two Rounds)
* 7:00 PM Saturday Night Infield Concert
Sunday, April 28:
* 12:20 PM Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Introductions
* 1:00 PM GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – (188 Laps, 500.08 Miles)
Tickets available www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
Transformation - The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project Presented by Graybar The track, along with its parent company, International Speedway Corporation, announced last year Transformation - The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar. The approximate $50 million redevelopment endeavor is part of ISC’s long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The project, highlighted by a one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience, will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield. Full completion of the modernized project is scheduled for October 2019. Ready for the spring tripleheader weekend will be the grand opening of the massive 2-lane Oversized Vehicle Tunnel (near Turn 3 entry) that will allow fans’ RVs, along with team haulers to enter and exit 24 hours. In addition, the 69-spot Finish Line Premium RV area will debut, along with new Infield Shower Trailers. Fans can learn more about the project by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation.
Talladega Garage Experience admissions now available!! Fans can call 1-877-Go2-DEGA to reserve their passes.
* 50 Years of Speed: Opened in 1969, the biggest and baddest track is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year!
o Bill France Sr. had a Vision: In the mid-1960s, NASCAR founder William H.G. (Bill) France envisioned a larger, faster and more exciting track on the NASCAR circuit - even bigger than Daytona International Speedway (which he also built). After meeting with local race car driver and race fan Bill Ward (Anniston), the perfect location (old military airfield) was acquired and the ground-breaking ceremony for the track that would be known as Alabama International Motor Speedway (until 1989) took place on May 23, 1968.
o First Race: The first race was held Sept. 14, 1969 – Talladega 500 (now known as the 1000Bulbs.com 500). Richard Brickhouse won the inaugural event. It was his first and only career win in NASCAR’s premier series. The race played a major role in NASCAR’s history as many of the top stars of the sport (members of the Professional Drivers Association – PDA) walked out the day before the race due to concerns of tire wear on the ultra-fast, nearly 200-mph speed track. France said the race would go on, and recruited many of the drivers who competed in the smaller NASCAR Touring Series’ “Bama 400” the day before. The NASCAR Touring Series featured smaller cars with less horsepower. One of the drivers who stayed and competed on Sunday was NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress.
o ARCA a Staple Since ’69: The ARCA Menards Series has been a part of the mix since the beginning in 1969. Jim Vandiver won the inaugural race (Oct. 26, 1969) from the pole position.
* GEICO 500 Defending Champion: Team Penske’s Joey Logano, the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Champion, secured his spot in the 2018 playoffs after he drove to Gatorade Victory Lane in the GEICO 500 last spring. It marked his third TSS triumph, first win in the spring event.
* Ford Going for Another Victory: The manufacturer has won the past seven MENCS events at Talladega, the last coming in the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500 with driver Aric Almirola. Other wins include Logano (spring 2018, fall 2015, fall 2016), Brad Keselowski (spring 2016, fall 2017) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (spring 2017). With Keselowski’s win in the fall of 2014, Ford has won eight of the last nine (Dale Earnhardt Jr. won in spring of ’15) events. Chevrolet holds the overall record with 13 in-a-row from 1999-2005.
* First Time Winners/Last Win of Career: There have been 11 times a driver won his first career race at Talladega with the latest being Stenhouse. Unbelievably, 13 drivers have captured the final race of their career at the 2.66-mile venue, including Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 2000 and Dale Jarrett in 2005.
* First Cup Series Event for Tapered Spacer: For the first time in over 30 years, the MENCS will race without engine restrictor plates at Talladega. Beginning with the GEICO 500, all cars in the premier series will utilize a new downforce aero package and a smaller tapered spacer to restrict air flow to each engine that will offset the need for a carburetor restrictor plate. As a result, the cars will have more horsepower and maneuverability, along with more downforce and stability to provide even more passing opportunities. A tapered spacer has actually been used the last few years, along with a restrictor plate, but now will be a tapered spacer only.
* MoneyLion 300 First Time Winners: Three drivers have grabbed their initial NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) victory at TSS, the latest being Spencer Gallagher in last year’s MoneyLion 300. The other drivers include David Ragan (2009) and Greg Sacks (1996).
* General Tire 200 – 2018 Version Closest in History: With a sudden flurry of late-race incidents leading to two overtimes in the 2018 General Tire 200, Zane Smith edged Joe Graf Jr. at the line in an eventual photo finish. ARCA electronic scoring showed a dead-heat (0.00 second), which meant a return to the old school method of reviewing the photo of the finish to determine the winner. ARCA called it the closest finish in series history.
* Most Competitive: Talladega Superspeedway is the most competitive track on the NASCAR schedule and it has an astounding record of 88 lead changes (twice) in a 188-lap race. Lead changes are counted at the start-finish line.
* Win & You’re In: The winners of both the GEICO 500 and the MoneyLion 300 will be all but guaranteed a spot in the season-ending NASCAR Playoffs for the MENCS and the NXS. The MoneyLion 300 will also be a part of NASCAR’s Dash 4 Cash program where an Xfinity Series regular will win bonus money.
* NASCAR’s Three-Stage Format: Consists of point incentives within races including playoffs points.
o The GEICO 500 will have two 55-lap stages and a 78-lap stage to the finish (race total 188 laps).
o The MoneyLion 300 will consist of two 25-lap stages before a final stage of 63 laps (113-lap total).
* “Big One on the Blvd.” on Friday night at 7 p.m. CDT – NASCAR drivers parade & oversee fan competitions. We will have four all-new outrageous fan competitions you’ll have to see to believe.
* Weenie in the Hole - Three contestants will face off to get as many jumbo hotdog weenies in the hole of their buckets before the clock runs out - using only their mouths! The contestant with the most successful weenie drops will receive $100!
* Cake Stand - Three teams of three will attempt to devour a delicious Talladega Superspeedway 50th anniversary cake while in keg stand position! Knees weak, arms are heavy? No problem, you can alternate with teammates! The first team to consume the entire cake will receive $300 and bragging rights!
* Straight Arm’d and Delicious - In this straight arm relay challenge, three contestants will pour smoothies over their heads and try to catch as much liquid in their mouths as possible! Don’t swallow, because the contestant to fill up his or her designated bucket first will receive $250!
* BBQ Sauce Wrestling - BBQ Sauce Wrestling is back and better than ever! Four ladies will battle it out in a 500-gallon pit of BBQ sauce in order to capture their opponent’s flag! After two elimination rounds of best 2 out of 3, then an ultimate championship round, the BBQ Sauce Wrestling Queen will win a grand prize of $1,000!
o Drivers scheduled to appear are TBD. Event is for infield camping guests, renewal guest ticket holders and fans with infield wristband admissions.
* Saturday Night Infield Concert: Admission to the SNIC is FREE with a Sunday GEICO 500 ticket. Located at the intersection of Eastaboga and Talladega Blvds., beginning at 7 p.m. CDT.
* Incredible View: Four large permanent Video Boards (6 total) line Talladega’s frontstretch for fan convenience. As part of ISM Vision Powered by BoldVu®, the largest two are 40’ x 80.’
* Iconic Trophies: The GEICO 500 winner will be presented the iconic “Vulcan Trophy,” which was unveiled in fall 2016. The three-foot tall, more than 130-pound work of art is a miniature (hand-made of iron by Sloss Furnaces) version of the colossal Vulcan statue – a 56-foot tall structure fastened to a 124-foot platform that overlooks the city of Birmingham, AL. The MoneyLion 300 and General Tire 200 victors will be awarded the Hammer and Anvil Trophy. Both are symbolic of Vulcan’s tools that he made weapons in Greek myth. Sunday’s winner will also be presented the Freedom trophy, another TSS tradition, by a military member.
SPECIAL OFFERS AT TALLADEGA
* NEW Finish Line Premium RV: As part of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar, this area, located on the inside of the track just past the start-finish line, adds 69 paved RV camping spots for motorhomes and fifth wheels. Each spot will be 21 feet by 50 feet in size and provide full hookups to power, water and sewer. Will be ready for the spring.
* Saturday Pre-Race Pass for $25 (must have MoneyLion 300 ticket or 5-day infield camping wristband): With the Saturday Pre-Race Pass, fans can witness a host of morning activities from “pit alley,” which stretches from in front of Gatorade Victory Lane all the way to the entrance of the MENCS garage. It provides fans an up-close view of the vast preparations by the race teams from down in the trenches prior to the MoneyLion 300. In addition, there will be “Open Garages” Saturday morning for both the MENCS and the NXS. Will be available to the first 300 guests at each garage (first come, first serve basis).
* Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, David Ragan and Daniel Suarez Join Pre-Race Fan Q&A Session: Prior to the GEICO 500, fans that purchase the Pre-Race Pit Pass Upgrade will get the opportunity to ask the drivers questions at the Fan Q&A session, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. CDT at the start-finish line.
* Limited Time $69 Ticket Offer: The $69 ticket offer includes one Lincoln Grandstand ticket for the GEICO 500 and one Racing Electronics scanner and one headset, valid for the entire weekend, April 26-28.
* Kids FREE on Friday & Saturday/As low as $15 Sunday: Kids 12 and younger can enjoy the GEICO 500 MENCS race for as low as $15 on Sunday while kids are admitted FREE in all grandstand and tower seats for Saturday’s MoneyLion 300 as well as Friday’s General Tire 200.
* Kids VIP Experience Presented by Children’s of Alabama: Provides behind-the-scenes access for kids at NASCAR’s biggest track for kids 12 and younger prior to the GEICO 500.
* Military Appreciation & First Responders presented by 1st Foundation: Talladega Superspeedway has special ticket offers for military and first responders (Police Officers, Firemen and EMT’s) and their families, for the GEICO 500 and MoneyLion 300.
* Teachers & Educators Appreciation: Talladega recognizes and thanks educators and faculty members who work within our school districts to shape our youth into outstanding citizens. Those who work in the school system and qualify can save up to 30% off on various ticket options.
* College Student Program: College students can purchase a $25 college ticket to attend the entire weekend full of festivities and racing, including the GEICO 500. Others accolades include: Free Entry to the Saturday Night Infield Concert and the “Big One on the Blvd.” party; Free parking and camping in the College Tailgate Zone in North Park all weekend (which includes a college party); and General Admission Seating in the grandstand.
* The VIP Tailgate Experience in The Compound: The space for the ultimate tailgating experience. Located just outside of the grandstands behind the start-finish line behind the gated Legends Village hospitality area.
* Preferred Parking: Pay a little to save a lot (of steps) by parking behind the frontstretch grandstands.
* FREE Parking: In addition to paid parking options, Talladega Superspeedway also offers free parking in several lots outside speedway property.
WHERE TO STAY
* Talladega Superspeedway offers over 15,000 free camping sites in three conveniently located parks (GEICO North Park, GEICO South Park, GEICO West Park C)
* DegaRooms.com can help fans find hotel rooms at great prices in and around the Birmingham area.
* There are various hotel options in Talladega, Calhoun and St. Clair Counties.
WHAT TO TAKE HOME
* Official Talladega Superspeedway Souvenir Program and merchandise.
* An experience of a lifetime! Tickets at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or 855-518-RACE (7223