Nascar at Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega is one of the spiritual homes of Nascar. It is the steepest and fastest Superspeedway that Nascar races on. The 2.66 mile long super speedway was built in 1968 and opened its gates in 1969. The speedway is nestled in over 3000 acres of countryside which is used for camping at the two Nascar races held there each year.
The track itself is four lanes wide and is banked 33 degrees on each end, with 18 degree banking through the Tri Oval section. This configuration has produced some of the fastest and most competitive racing in history. The steepness of the banking in Turn 3 is visible from the roof of our RV in the photo to the right.
Over the years many drivers have triumphed at Talladega but none like Dale Earnhardt who posted 10 Nascar Sprint Cup Victories. Even now he is still revered by many Talladega fans and tributes to him can be seen all over the place. Jeff Gordon took six Talladega victories and Dale Earnhardt Jr five.
The International Motorsport Hall of Fame Museum is situated at Talladega and is well worth a look. There is a great collection of Nascars covering the early days right through to current machinery and a number of other vehicles from different categories of motorsport. We also visit the amazing Barber Vintage Museum at Barber Motorsports Park, which is not far from Talladega. It features five storeys of what would have to be one of the best bike collections in the world and the biggest collection of Lotus cars.