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talladegaThis year, mark your calendars for Sunday, October 14, 2018 and stay tuned for complete TV coverage on NBC at 2PM ET -- when the Alabama 500 kicks off in an epic battle to finish first.

Probably best known today among non-racing fans as the backdrop to the hit movie Talladega Nights, the Superspeedway is the scene of a fierce racing battle in October.

The Alabama 500 is the 31st race of the 2018 NASCAR season and the 6th race in the 2018 Cup Chase. At Talladega, lead changes have historically numbered the most of any NASCAR race. As the season winds down and points rack up, the need for speed is fierce.

Over the years, spectacular crashes have occurred at Talladega. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the wreck-filled race that left only half the field coming down the stretch to the finish!

Hey, you never know what's going to happen at Talladega ...

Who will howl down the track on their way to victory this year? Stay tuned...


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DID YOU KNOW? Talledega trivia & fun facts

• The Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s longest oval track at 2.66 miles, and is 0.16 miles longer than either Daytona International Speedway or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Haunted?

• When it opened in 1969, Talladega was called Alabama International Motor Speedway. The name was changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989.

• Legend has it that the track was built on ancient Indian burial grounds and has been cursed by the "Talladega Jinx" ever since.

• Besides an eerie sense of being watched by otherworldly creatures, the strangest thing that ever happened at Talladega was in 1973. That's when lead driver Bobby Isaac heard voices telling him to leave the race immediately. He pulled into the pits and refused to get back into the car.

Prior to the Talladega race in 1986, a young fan stole the pace car and took it on the track for a joy ride. Angered by his actions, a number of spectators intervened and roundly whooped his butt.


More about the Talledega 500 around the Web:

Talladega Superspeedway - Here's the official site with track info, visitor guide, news & feature stories on upcoming races, online tickets purchase, seating chart, and photo galleries.

Hellmann's 500 - Wikipedia - Check out a brief history, stats & records, and race highlights.

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