The critics have called it a “ridiculously fun,” “rip-roarin’ reality series” that is “as addictively tasty as a platter full of Southern-fried chicken.”  Before National Geographic Channel’s popular freshman series Rocket City Rednecks wraps for the season, the cast and crew will film the final episode at Talladega Superspeedway during the crème de la crème of NASCAR races — The Good Sam Club 500.  On Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23, 2011, the Rocket City Rednecks will join 100,000 fans and unveil their “ultimate tailgating vehicle” on the infield of NASCAR’s longest oval race track.  

The Rocket City Rednecks are giving new meaning to the term “recreational vehicle.”  The over-the-top creation boasts a 10-foot submarine-style periscope, a putt-putt deck, large-screen televisions that can receive satellite TV and aerial footage of the crowd transmitted by a homemade spy satellite, a liquid-nitrogen-powered "super beer cooler" and four different ingeniously designed barbecue grills, including a car-battery-powered rotisserie and a flash cooker for marshmallows.  In traditional redneck fashion, the tailgating vehicle was built in just one weekend with a tight budget and limited means.

The series Rocket City Rednecks is led by Travis Taylor and his team of backwoods geniuses from the Rocket City:  Huntsville, Ala., home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the birthplace of the U.S. space program.  In his younger years, Travis started out cleaning chicken coops, but for the past two decades he’s been a research scientist with the U.S. Army and NASA.  Sometimes big science moves too slow for Travis, so on the weekends he “gits” together with his father, brother-in-law, nephew and best friend to combine a little hillbilly ingenuity with advanced engineering and physics to tackle real-world scenarios.  With their thick accents and distinctive vocabulary, the tight-knit group brings its own unique style of Southern charm to science and technology.

The episode entitled “Rocket City Rednecks: Talladega Tailgate” will air on December 7, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel.

Infield fans in attendance are invited to the Rednecks’ campsite in the Geico Green Campground, spots 810 through 812.

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks.  The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission.  Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD.  In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, Spanish language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled.  The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in more than 71 million U.S. homes.  Globally, National Geographic Channels International is available in more than 380 million homes in 163 countries and 37 languages.  For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

Race fans who want to experience true southern hospitality combined with the most competitive racing in NASCAR should call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office today at 1-877-Go2-DEGA.  Guests who purchase their tickets in advance have the opportunity to save over those who purchase during race week.  Tickets are available online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.


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