Paving for the first time in 26 years. 1,000 miles of racing in three days. The introduction of an entirely new NASCAR series at this track. A wider pit road. An expanded garage area. Unleaded fuel for Friday's and Saturday's races. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stars on track Friday through Sunday.
Multiple major elements will converge this fall at Talladega Superspeedway, virtually guaranteeing an unforgettable experience for race fans returning to NASCAR's Most Competitive Track for the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend Oct. 6 - 8.
"It is an understatement to say we've had a lot going on this year, and it will all culminate in our UAW-Ford 500 event weekend," said Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey. "There is a lot of excitement among race fans who have been keeping up with the developing storylines about Talladega this year, and for good reason. It has been a historic year for this track, and this fall's race weekend is not to be missed."
Starting with the announcement nearly one year ago that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series would race here, one big development after another has come out of Alabama from the biggest track on the circuit, including:
Inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250: Talladega Superspeedway has already won accolades from the Southern Sports Awards for its tailgating atmosphere, but it's only going to get better on Saturday, Oct. 7 when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competes here for the first time.
Talladega Superspeedway Paving Project 2006: It has been 26 years since the 2.66-mile track received a new surface, and the massive project that commenced immediately following the May 1 Aaron's 499 is still on schedule and will be complete for the Oct. 6 - 8 UAW-Ford 500 event weekend.
Three Days. Three Races. 1,000 Miles of Racing!: This fall's UAW-Ford 500 event weekend will feature more on-track action than ever for race fans, with the Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race set for Friday, Oct. 6, followed by the Inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250 on Saturday, Oct. 7 and then race four in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the UAW-Ford 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series on Sunday, Oct. 8.
Pit Road Grows: Some drivers have stated that pit road at Talladega is tight when compared to the overall size of the track, and as part of the ongoing paving project, they will have a total of 12 more feet with which to maneuver when they return this fall. The new concrete pit stalls are 2 feet wider, while the asphalt-paved portion of pit road will be 10 feet wider.
Expanded Garage Area: Three series in one weekend translates to the need for more team working space. While the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will continue to use its existing garage on the north end of pit road, the garage on the south end will be used this fall by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Expansion of that area into what was formerly part of paddock parking is now underway in order to accommodate ARCA RE/MAX Series teams competing here this fall.
Getting The Lead Out: As part of a joint effort between NASCAR and its Official Fuel Sponsor Sunoco, two of the three series racing here this fall are expected to use a new unleaded fuel formula on a trial basis to aid the organizations in assessing the viability of switching to unleaded fuel for NASCAR's three national series in the near future. In cooperation with the ARCA RE/MAX Series, unleaded fuel will be used on Friday in the Food World 250 as well as on Saturday in the Inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250.
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Stars On Track All Weekend: Fans enjoyed the convenience of a three-day event weekend this spring at Talladega, and this fall, they'll again enjoy seeing their favorite drivers from NASCAR's top series on track all three days. In addition to Alabama Beef Producers Qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NEXTEL Cup teams will participate in their only practices of the weekend on
Friday, Oct. 6 prior to the Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race. On Saturday, Oct. 7, NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will shoot for the top speed on the chart during Discount Food Mart Qualifying prior to the Inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250. Then of course Sunday, Oct. 8, the nation's top drivers will battle for championship leverage in the fourth race of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the UAW-Ford 500.
Gate Times Reminder To Fans For Fall: With so much going on on-track this fall, grandstand gates will open at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6 - 8, 2006 for UAW-Ford 500 weekend events. Day parking lots will open at 7 a.m. on Friday, then 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Another Freebie For Kids!: Due to the Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race's move to Friday, this fall's UAW-Ford 500 weekend brings into the mix another free race for kids! When accompanied by a ticketed adult, kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge on Friday and Saturday of race weekends in the general admission grandstands at Talladega Superspeedway.
To order tickets for the Oct. 6 - 8 UAW-Ford 500 event weekend, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com, or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.