Car From Earnhardt's First Win At Talladega On Display
Dale Earnhardt scored his first victory at Talladega Superspeedway behind the wheel of the No. 15 Wrangler Ford Thunderbird on July 31st, 1983. To celebrate the upcoming 25th Anniversary of that historic first win, officials for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum (IMHOF) unveiled today the famous car that started Earnhardt’s winning ways at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track. The car comes to the IMHOF at a fitting time, as the 25th Anniversary of Earnhardt’s win coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum.
While it took Earnhardt 10 attempts at the historic 2.66-mile tri-oval to finally secure a victory, his breakthrough win in 1983 began a streak of domination at the track that no other driver has matched. Along with 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins (a series record), Earnhardt also collected one NASCAR Nationwide Series victory and three IROC wins, making him the most successful driver in Talladega Superspeedway history.
“We are excited to have the No. 15 Wrangler Ford Thunderbird back at Talladega Superspeedway to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s first win along with the 25th Anniversary of the IMHOF,” said Talladega Superspeedway President and IMHOF Executive Director Rick Humphrey. “When most fans think of Dale Earnhardt’s dominance at Talladega Superspeedway, they usually think of him driving the black No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Little do they know that Earnhardt actually scored his first win in the blue and yellow No. 15 Ford while driving for Bud Moore.”
Visitors to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum will find the No. 15 Ford Thunderbird on display in the Union 76 building through December.
Opened in April of 1983, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week with the exception of major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter). Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 7 to 17 and free for kids age 6 and younger. Combo packages that include both tours of the museum and Talladega Superspeedway are $12 for adults, $8 for kids age 7 to 17 and free for kids age 6 and younger.