This month, the Talladega Superspeedway is celebrating fifty years of racing. Fifty years ago track construction began for the Alabama International Motor Speedway, which is now called Talladega Superspeedway. A year later, the first race was held on September 13, 1969. Even though it is called Talladega Superspeedway, you will actually find the race track in the small town of Lincoln, Alabama. The track was built on the former Anniston Air Force Base that had been abandoned, and the purpose for building the track was to have a more central racing location for the Southeast. With the Alabama International Motor Speedway being built, there was less travel involved for race fans. Traveling plans may have been an issue at the time, but now people travel from all over to get a taste of what racing is like in the Talladega Superspeedway.
Alabama Heritage BLOG
At Alabama Heritage, we owe many of our successes and smooth operations to our fabulous student interns. We hope that with this blog--written mostly by our interns as well as history students from UAB and a few from our own editors--our readers will have an opportunity to get to know the students who bring so much to the table with their enthusiasm, hard work, and expertise!
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