On this day in Alabama history: Talladega Superspeedway held first race

On this day in Alabama history: Talladega Superspeedway held first race
General view of the NASCAR Diehard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Jamie Squire /Allsport)

Sept. 13, 1969

Bill France Sr., founder of NASCAR, helped created the Talladega Superspeedway in the late 1960s at a time most major tracks were located along the Atlantic Coast. France wanted a track more centrally located in the Southeast and chose a 2,000-acre site off Interstate 20 near the town of Talladega. Track construction began in May 1968, and the facility opened the next year as the Alabama International Motor Speedway. The first race, the Bama 400, was held on this day in 1969. Talladega is NASCAR’s largest race track and typically produces the fastest race speeds in the circuit. The Superspeedway is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a $50 million “Transformation” project that includes a new infield fan zone and garages.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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