On behalf of Alabama Governor Bob Riley, Lee Sentell, Director of Tourism for the State of Alabama, presented the Governor’s Award to Talladega Superspeedway during the nineteenth annual International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Governors Award is presented to an individual, group or company that has made significant contributions to the growth of Motorsports.
Not an annual award, this honor is bestowed upon only the most meritorious whom the Governor deems deserving.
Accepting the Governor’s Award on behalf of the track were five of the men instrumental in overseeing Talladega Superspeedway’s rise from the soybean fields of rural Talladega county to the pinnacle of motorsports in America: Roger Bear, Don Naman, Mike Helton, Grant Lynch and current Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey.
“What an honor it is for me to accept this award on behalf of the staff at Talladega Superspeedway,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. “I want to thank Governor Bob Riley for this award, but most importantly, thank the gentlemen who laid the groundwork for the success we enjoy today.”
For forty years Talladega Superspeedway has welcomed guests from across the country and around the world to Alabama. Its sloping turns and ever reaching straight-aways have played host to some of the most famous names in auto racing. Records have been set for competition and speed on the track’s hallowed grounds and legends have been made of the men and women who tested their mettle against the track’s black asphalt.
As a business, Talladega Superspeedway generates an annual economic impact of $407 million for its region and state. These economic activities create 7,955 jobs for workers throughout the Alabama economy. The economic impact of the Superspeedway is equivalent to 11% of Alabama’s total revenues from tourism and the total economic impact of $407 million equates to $88.50 of benefit for every man, woman and child in the state.
In 2009, Talladega Superspeedway proudly celebrates forty years of the most competitive racing in NASCAR. While the track has seen changes made to the cars that circle its high-banks, the surface that they race on and the grandstands that thousands of fans fill twice a year, one constant remains; Talladega Superspeedway is authentic NASCAR racing at its finest.
Race fans should make plans now to experience part of Talladega’s history in 2009 during the triple-header, Aaron’s Dream Weekend, April 24-26, featuring the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For tickets, 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.