What Is the History of the Talladega Superspeedway?


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The Talladega Superspeedway was built in the late 1960s by William France, Sr., who wanted to build a track that ran faster than the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The builders broke ground on May 23, 1968, and opened the gates on Sept. 13, 1969. The track was named the Alabama International Motor Speedway.

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The first-ever race at the speedway was won by Richard Brickhouse (his first and only win) after all the original drivers abandoned the race due to tire problems, forcing France to hire substitute drivers. The speedway would go on to host two Cup Series events per year, one of which would go on to become part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The track was also built with an infield road course that lasted until 1983; the course hosted various sports car races including six IMSA GT Championship events and a six-hour race in 1978.

The 1980s saw the track finally change its name to Talladega Superspeedway. The track was completely repaved in 2006, and the first race to run on the new repaved track was a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The backstretch Allison Grandstand was removed in 2013, and the backstraightway was renamed as The Alabama Gang Superstretch in 2014.

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