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Track Profile: Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeedway is among the most popular venues in stock car racing with good reason. The massive, 2.66-mile tri-oval is known to produce unforgettable racing at record speeds.

And it’s a staple on the ARCA Menards Series schedule.

PHOTOS: ARCA Menards Racing at Talladega

The 2021 running of the General Tire 200 marks the ARCA Menards Series’ 59th race at Talladega, located 40 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama, and 95 miles west of Atlanta, Georgia. The trends associated with ARCA Menards racing at the track suggest Drew Dollar, last year’s winner, will not be as fortunate this season.

No ARCA Menards Series driver has won back-to-back races at Talladega since Tim Steele won in 1997 and 1998. Since then, only one driver (Frank Kimmel, 2006 and 2013) has won more than one race at the superspeedway.

That’s a formula for yet another exciting, unpredictable ARCA Menards Series race at Talladega. Below is everything to know about the famed track.

Track Profile: Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeed C

 

 

Track Talladega Superspeedway
Location Talladega, Alabama
Opened 1969
Layout Tri-oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.66 miles
Banking 33 degrees in turns; 16.5 degrees in tri-oval
Width 48 feet
Frontstretch length 4,300 feet
Alabama Gang Superstretch (backstretch) length 4,000 feet
2019 pole speed 179.669 mph (Brandon Lynn)

Then called Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway opened in September of 1969 on soybean farming land. The track was the product of a casual conversation a few years prior between race car driver/insurance salesman Bill Ward and International Speedway Corporation/NASCAR founder Bill France.

Ward found what he thought was the perfect site in north Talladega County near an airport the U.S. Government had sold to the City of Talladega after World War II. He set up a meeting with then-Talladega Mayor James Hardwick and other city officials, and in a restaurant in Anniston, Alabama, in 1966, France got the group to consider the idea of putting a major track on the site.

After a trip to the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway to observe first-hand the potential economic impact, the group was sold.

Construction began on the 2,000-acre site on May 23, 1968, with the first race being the ‘Bama 400 Grand Touring race on Saturday, Sept. 13, 1969. Ken Rush drove a Camaro to Victory Lane in that event. The next day, Richard Brickhouse won the first Grand National (now the NASCAR Cup Series) race, the Talladega 500 (now the traditional Fall race), edging Jim Vandiver and Ramo Stott.

Today, Talladega Superspeedway’s massive property covers roughly 3,000 acres, including the track site and parking areas. The infield features four new NASCAR Cup Series Garages in the Talladega Garage Experience.

The ARCA Menards Series Paddock is an 18,000-square-foot paved lot located behind those garages.

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General Tire 200 at Talladega
Cars line up to start the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series at Talladega Superspeedway on June 20, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/ARCA Racing)

ARCA Menards Series Results at Talladega Superspeedway

Year-Race No. Date Winner Race Results
1969-28 10/26/69 Jim Vandiver
1970-02 04/11/70 Ramo Stott
1970-08 06/14/70 Ramo Stott
1974-02 05/03/74 Jim Vandiver
1976-05 05/01/76 Johnny Halford
1977-10 08/06/77 Ron Hutcherson
1978-08 08-05-78 Bruce Hill
1979-08 8/4/79 Sandy Satullo Results
1980-06 8/2/80 Billie Harvey Results
1981-06 8/1/81 Mark Martin Results
1982-03 5/1/82 Jimmy Vaughan Results
1982-09 7/31/82 Rick Roland Results
1983-03 4/30/83 Davey Allison Results
1983-14 7/30/83 Davey Allison Results
1984-03 5/5/84 Davey Allison Results
1984-10 7/28/84 Red Farmer Results
1985-04 5/4/85 Davey Allison Results
1986-04 5/3/86 Grant Adcox Results
1986-10 7/26/86 Grant Adcox Results
1987-03 5/2/87 Grant Adcox Results
1987-11 7/25/87 Grant Adcox Results
1988-03 4/30/88 Red Farmer Results
1988-13 7/30/88 Grant Adcox Results
1989-04 5/6/89 Tracy Leslie Results
1989-10 7/29/89 Tracy Leslie Results
1990-04 5/5/90 Jimmy Horton Results
1990-11 7/28/90 Charlie Glotzbach Results
1991-04 5/4/91 Jimmy Horton Results
1991-13 7/27/91 Charlie Glotzbach Results
1992-04 5/2/92 Charlie Glotzbach Results
1993-04 5/1/93 Tim Steele Results
1994-02 4/30/94 Jeff Purvis Results
1995-03 4/29/95 Mike Wallace Results
1996-04 4/27/96 Tim Steele Results
1997-20 10/11/97 Tim Steele Results
1998-21 10/10/98 Tim Steele Results
1999-20 10/16/99 Bob Strait Results
2000-19 10/14/00 David Keith Results
2001-24 10/20/01 Bobby Gerhart Results
2002-21 10/5/02 Keith Segars Results
2003-20 9/27/03 Paul Menard Results
2004-22 10/2/04 Blake Feese Results
2005-23 10/1/05 Kraig Kinser Results
2006-22 10/6/06 Frank Kimmel Results
2007-22 10/5/07 Michael Annett Results
2008-20 10/3/08 Justin Allgaier Results
2009-04 4/24/09 Justin Lofton Results
2010-05 4/23/10 Dakoda Armstrong Results
2011-02 4/16/11 Ty Dillon Results
2012-04 5/4/12 Brandon McReynolds Results
2013-04 5/3/13 Frank Kimmel Results
2014-04 5/3/14 Tom Hessert III Results
2015-05 5/1/15 Blake Jones Results
2016-04 4/29/16 Gus Dean Results
2017-04 5/6/17 Justin Haley Results
2018-04 4/27/18 Zane Smith Results
2019-04 4/26/19 Todd Gilliland Results
2020-03 6/20/20 Drew Dollar Results