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Friday, December 17, 2010

December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our race fans! I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season.

2011 is just around the corner and we’ll be kicking off the new NASCAR season in Daytona in a few short months. If you haven’t already gotten your tickets to Talladega Superspeedway for the April 15-17 Aaron’s Dream Weekend, make sure to purchase them soon. Tickets are available at or 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

Again, enjoy the holidays and check back after New Year for the latest from Talladega!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 23, 2010

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday week. My family and I have gone to Apalachicola to do a little fishing during the Thanksgiving break. This is a photo of my daughter Sara Katherine, my buddy Jimmy Parham and me holding up a couple of big reds we caught.

Congratulations have to go out to Jimmie Johnson for winning his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Regardless of what you think of Jimmie, you have to admire that team’s ability to keep winning. I was personally proud of the effort Kevin Harvick gave from Richard Childress’s camp. I think 2011 could really be their year. I’d love to see Richard get back to winning championships and I know a lot of NASCAR fans would agree with me.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner. Tickets to Talladega Superspeedway make a great stocking stuffer. Call us 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit us online at

Until next time,

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Oct. 30, 2010

NASCAR’s in mourning today. We lost a good man in Jim Hunter, NASCAR’s VP of Corporate Communications. He was a great man and will be missed by a lot of people.

The sport has lost several good people in recent weeks. Jeff Byrd, the President of Bristol and Ed Shull, one of the main men responsible for bringing Gatorade to NASCAR, also passed recently.

It’s very difficult to say goodbye to these men. All were people I called my close friends. And they all LOVED the sport of NASCAR.

It’s because of their love for the sport that I know we must pull ourselves up and put on a great race for our thousands of race fans this weekend. It’s our responsibility and it’s what each would want for the good of the sport.

On the bright side, we have great weather for a weekend of racing. The sun is shining and the air is cool and crisp. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Practice speeds topped 201 mph in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the drivers all seem excited to get out there and mix it up. If we produce 56 lead changes this race (we had a NASCAR record 88 this spring) then this will go down as the most competitive year ever at Talladega Superspeedway. That’s why we say…This is More Than a Race…This IS Talladega.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Oct. 22, 2010

Jeffrey Earnhardt, son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of the late racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr., visited both campuses of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind to promote fire safety during National Fire Safety Month. The young Earnhardt is carrying on a family tradition started by his “Grandpa”, of participating in AIDB’s Race Fever fundraiser.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey and I have to say he is the spitting image of his late grandfather. He truly reminds me of Dale.

Earnhardt, NASCAR’s only 4th generation driver, will join a host of other drivers and racing greats at the 25th Annual Race Fever. Also known as “Dega’s Ultimate Party with a Purpose”, Race Fever is a dinner and auction on the Friday evening of the fall race weekend at Talladega. This year’s event is October 29 at the SPEED Channel Dome in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame on the grounds of the Talladega Superspeedway. Your $50 ticket to the event includes and all-you-can-eat BBQ FEAST from Williamson Brothers BBQ, an over 200 item Silent Auction filled with racing memorabilia and other great items, a Live Auction with once-in-a-lifetime race experiences, vacation packages and more! And how could we forget the BEST part - you will have a chance to meet and get autographs and photos with many NASCAR drivers. Others slated to appear are Bobby Labonte, Kyle Petty, Ned Jarrett, Paul Menard, David Gilliland, Kurt Busch, Travis Kvapil, Todd Bodine, Rick Crawford, Timothy Peters, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Austin Dillon, Mike Harmon, Tony Jackson, Jr., Justin Loftin, Mike Skinner and more. For an up to date listing of drivers, auction items and for tickets visit or call (256) 761-3317.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sept.24, 2010

I recently attended the Auburn/Clemson football game at Jordan-Hare stadium and I got to say it was a really fun time. You have to love the SEC for its passion and intensity.

I have a close connection to Auburn. Though I went to school in North Carolina, both of my daughters went to school at Auburn. Ashley, my oldest, graduated last year and Sara Katherine is still attending.

Here’s a few photos from the game I thought you’d enjoy.

Last but not least, here I am trying out my best "sorority girl" pose.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

The other day I was thinking about how great the racing action is at Talladega Superspeedway. Quite simply, it’s the most competitive racing on the planet. But I wanted to know just how much better the racing is compared to other famous races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.

So I took the night race at Bristol, the spring race at Atlanta and the big 600-miler at Charlotte and compared the 5-year averages to Talladega’s 5-year spring race averages. I looked at what makes a great race…Lead Changes, Leaders and Green Flag Passes. What’s amazing is that while Talladega’s numbers absolutely blow all the other tracks out of the water, Talladega has significantly fewer laps (or chances) for there to be lead changes and leaders. Those are only recorded when the cars cross the start-finish line. I’ll let the numbers below speak for themselves.

5-year Averages

Laps: 500
Green Flag Passes: 1,720
Lead Changes: 12
Leaders: 6

Laps: 365
Green Flag Passes: 2,646
Lead Changes: 30
Leaders: 15

Laps: 329
Green Flag Passes: 2,341
Lead Changes: 26
Leaders: 11

Laps: 191
Green Flag Passes: 11,826
Lead Changes: 59
Leaders: 23

Notice that Talladega doubles nearly every single stat at these other tracks. When it comes to green flag passes in the pack, Talladega Superspeedway features nearly 5-times as much passing than any of these other tracks. As I have said before, This Is More Than A Race, THIS IS TALLADEGA!

This fall should feature more of the exciting race action we expect at Talladega Superspeedway. Make sure you are a part of it Oct. 29-31. Call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit us online at

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 25, 2010

Goodyear came to the track this week to do some tire testing for the AMP Energy 500 and next year's Daytona 500. Several drivers participated, including Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler and Aric Almirola. Aric was driving Jeff Gordon's No. 24. Below are some photos I wanted to share. Don't forget, the AMP Energy 500 is just around the corner. If you haven't bought tickets yet, we have some great seats available. Call 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit us at