Thursday, October 23, 2014

This is Talladega!

Some people know Talladega thanks to Will Ferrell's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, but those who follow NASCAR know Talladega Superspeedway as the fastest track. In the 60s, people wanted a track longer and faster than Daytona, and Talladega holds the record for the fastest recorded time by a NASCAR stock car in a closed oval course. Can you imagine going 216 miles per hour?
Each Spring and Fall, attendees from all over flock to Talladega to see racing at its best. This track normally delivers. Many minor glitches lead to multiple car pileups, and there is usually a close finish. Congratulations to Brad Keselowski, winner of the GEICO 500! 
People come for the races, but Talladega is a destination year-round! They have the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, great for any adrenaline junkie who wants to see how fast they can go on this 2.66 mile track. This thrill can reach speeds of 180 miles per hour in cars with the same safety features of the cars the professional drivers race.
Adjacent to the track is also the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Since 1983, this museum is home to some of the most historical artifacts in motorsports.
In 2015, 2 miles from the track, the Civilian Marksmanship Program will also open their 500 acre one of a kind marksmanship park. This park will feature a 600 yard rifle range, 50 yard pistol range, sporting clays and more!
Our region is a natural attraction with too many choices for just one trip!

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