“It makes for closer packs and closer racing, as well as more energy and excitement for the fans to see from the beginning.
“I think all those things in general just make for a crazier race. Then on top of all that you throw in the playoff scenario, which adds to it – the drama at this track is very, very high.”
Built in 1959 by NASCAR founder Bill France, the circuit holds the record for the fastest ever qualifying time in NASCAR, set by Bill Elliott in 1987 at a staggering average speed of 212.809mph.
Restrictor plates, which reduce engine power and therefore lower speeds, were introduced after the ’87 Talladega race saw Bobby Allison’s car go airborne and rip through the safety railing, somehow staying out of the crowd.
Though the top speeds are now lower, they are still amongst the fastest seen in stock car racing’s top tier. Despite the extreme velocity experienced, or in fact perhaps because of it, it’s a track Hemric savours.
“For a while I felt I actually preferred Talladega over Daytona, just because you have more grip, the speeds are a little higher and the balance of your car isn’t necessarily as crucial,” he says.
“As the years went on, I have really just grown to love the superspeedway-style racing no matter where it’s at.
“As much as many people say you don’t have a lot in your control, there’s actually a lot that you have in your control. There’s a craft here, and a reason the same guys keep coming and winning over and over again.”
In a championship which features a variety of different ovals, dirt racing and road courses, Xfinity champion Hemric is confident his Kaulig team has the right approach for superspeedway success.