Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Playoff contender Alex Bowman, along with fellow young gun Daniel Hemric, have been added to the lineup for the Fan Question & Answer session prior to the track’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 NASCAR premier series race on Sunday, Oct. 13.
The two up-and-coming drivers join the previously announced trio of reigning MENCS champion and three-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Joey Logano, fan-favorite Matt DiBenedetto, and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace.
The Fan Q&A session, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. CDT, will be held at the stage in the brand-new Celebration Plaza, which will be located in the one-of-a-kind Talladega Garage Experience that is part of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar. Fans who purchase a Sunday admission to the Talladega Garage Experience ($89 in advance for adults 13 & older and $39 for kids 12 & under. Pricing will go up on race week [$95 for adults]), in addition to a 1000Bulbs.com 500 ticket or infield wristband, will get the chance to ask the group questions prior to the highly anticipated 1000Bulbs.com 500, the second race in the Round of 12 in the series playoffs.
In addition to seeing some of NASCAR’s favorites on stage, as part of the Talladega Garage Experience fans will also receive exclusive access inside all of the Monster Energy Cup garages via an “up-close” fan viewing walkway where they will be just feet away from where the drivers and teams prepare the cars during race weekend. The Talladega Garage Experience will also offer FREE Wi-Fi, social and engagement areas, a fan viewing area in the new Gatorade Victory Lane (where fans will have an area to get close to the winner’s celebration), a kids zone, incredible $4 or less Value-Priced Concessions, plus much more!
Bowman, driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet who won earlier this year at Chicago for his first career triumph, has eight TSS MENCS career starts, with his best career finish coming in this past spring’s GEICO 500, where he crossed the line in the runner-up position. All-in-all, Bowman has one top-five and two top-10 results at the 2.66-mile venue in the MENCS. He also has one NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) TSS start when he brought home a 13th-place finish in 2013.
Hemric, driver of the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, is in his first season driving full-time in the MENCS for team owner Richard Childress – the 12-time winning car owner at Talladega Superspeedway (nine with the late Dale Earnhardt). Hemric has only made one career start in the premier series at the biggest track in NASCAR, and finished an impressive fifth after starting in the fifth position. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender started on the pole for the 2018 spring NASCAR Xfinity Series event at TSS.
For more information and to purchase a Talladega Garage Experience admission, simply visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223). Fans can learn more about the entire Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/transformation.
*Driver availability for the TSS Pre-Race Fan Question & Answer session is subject to change and without notice. Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates are responsible for this event*