Fans flock to Talladega this weekend for the NASCAR playoffs

Fans flock to Talladega this weekend for the NASCAR playoffs

Talladega, Ala. (the world) – It’s race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, and the RVs are already lined up.

Fans from all 50 states and 23 different countries are rolling into Alabama to watch auto racing’s biggest and boldest battle it out at NASCAR’s fast track.

“It’s going to be a big weekend for us,” said Brian Crichton, president of Talladega Super Speedway.

With three of this weekend’s tournaments being playoffs, Crichton said they are upping the ante with their moves. First, on Friday, there’s a rodeo with bull riding and then fireworks. On Saturday, it’s the first two races and a free concert from country star Chase Rice. Then, on Sunday, it’s “The Big One” on the boulevard.

The Talladega team expects more than 10,000 RVs on campus and hopes for 100,000 fans, and they’re on track for the biggest sale in five years — unless Hurricane Ian tries to get in the way as well.

“Therefore, if it rains in the three races we will be holding this weekend, the race will not go ahead. You can’t run 200 mph on a wet racetrack,” Crichton said.

He added that they are keeping a close eye on the weather and making plans in case they get washed out. They will have jet dryers on stand to dry off the track.

But rain or shine, fans are coming, like Jeff and Becky Sanders from West Point, Georgia.

“I hope we see a good race, and it doesn’t rain. We’ve got a storm coming,” Sanders said.

The couple has made the pilgrimage to Talladega for more than 20 years.

“It’s like our vacation. We come twice a year, stay a week… The track here is different. For some reason, it’s different,” Sanders said.

Crichton provides the reason.

“This is an informal family gathering. People use Talladega Superspeedway as an escape, a release from reality, and just to have fun,” Crichton said.


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