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.