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Talladega

Talladega, or the Alabama International Motor Speedway as it was originally known, is the longest oval on the NASCAR calendar and it remains one of the fastest.

Country
United States
Location
Talladega, Alabama
Latest Race
First Race

Talladega, or the Alabama International Motor Speedway as it was originally known, is the longest oval on the NASCAR calendar and it remains one of the fastest. Its debut race was marred by a mass boycott by drivers who thought it too bumpy and dangerous. Several spectators were injured in 1987 when Bobby Allison’s car flew into the fence. Organisers immediately moved to slow the cars by introducing aerodynamic restrictions, so Bill Elliott’s lap record is unlikely ever to be challenged. Tragedy struck Talladega away from the racetrack when Davey Allison was killed here in a helicopter accident in 1993.

Oval

1969

Type

Paved oval

Length

2.66 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Bill Elliott (Ford Thunderbird), 44.998s, 212.809 mph, NASCAR, 1987

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Bill Elliott (Ford Thunderbird), 44.998s, 212.809 mph, NASCAR, 1987

Road Course

1969

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4 (Miles)

Latest Races

3,171

Championships

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15,675

Results

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16,117

Drivers

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9,358

Teams

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865

Circuits

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