A Look Back In Talladega History: The Iron Man - Dave Marcis


To say that Dave Marcis left a legacy at Talladega Superspeedway would be an understatement.  Marcis made 61 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega from 1970 – 2001.  That’s over three-decades worth of starts at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track.  25,998 miles were logged behind the wheels of thundering stock cars…roughly the same distance it would have taken Marcis to drive around the planet and the most of any competitor ever to have raced at Talladega.

Marcis’s will to compete is legendary.  While he raced for thirty years at Talladega, he earned only one win (1976 Talladega 500) and three consecutive pole awards (1975 – 1976).  Yet each year, he returned to the land of speed in the foothills of Alabama to ply his trade.
His success was earned in the mid-70’s when he ran the No.71 K&K Insurance Dodge for Nord Krauskopf.  Krauskopf holds the record for most pole awards by a car owner at Talladega (8) with Marcis accounting for three.  While his time with Krauskopf was short lived, Marcis continued to compete at Talladega as an owner/driver.  In total, Marcis scored an impressive 11 top-10’s, 33 top-20’s and only 15 finishes of 30th or worse.  
“Dave Marcis was a true competitor in every sense of the word,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey.  “He competed with the best and stood on his own as independent driver/owner, even as the super-teams of today were forming in the 90’s.  We are proud to share his history at Talladega.”
Marcis’ final run at Talladega came in the 2001 Aaron’s 499 where he qualified 15th and finished 38th
Race fans can experience part of Talladega’s history this fall, during the 40th running of the AMP Energy 500 weekend, Oct. 3-5.  Visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.
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