Monday, October 17, 2016

Travel Tips: Talladega Superspeedway – Oct. 21-23, 2016

credit: NASCAR Media
Four more drivers will be done after ‘Dega. Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama hosts the third race in the Round of 12 in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Alabama 500, on Sunday, Oct. 23. Also on the schedule for the weekend at Talladega is the Camping World Truck Series’ fred’s 250 on Saturday, Oct. 22 – the first-ever knock-out race for the Truck Series Chase.

While you’re at Talladega, visit the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum, located adjacent to the speedway. The Museum will have extended hours during race week.

There will be a Camping World Truck Series autograph session on Friday at 4 p.m. CT in the Hospitality Village behind the Birmingham Tower outside the frontstretch. Wristbands for the session can be picked up at the main Guest Services office at OV Hill South Section L. Drivers scheduled to appear (subject to change) include William Byron, Daniel Hemric, Rico Abreu, Ben Rhodes and Jennifer Jo Cobb. Additional driver appearances can be found on the Talladega schedule page.

On Saturday, beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m. CT, Tim Dugger will open the show for country singer Jerrod Niemann, who takes the stage at approximately 9 p.m. CT. DJ Michaelis will keep the show going at 8:20 p.m. CT. The concert is free to all infield guests and any fan presenting a Sunday race ticket.

College students can get a special deal for Sunday’s race and all the extra weekend festivities. Chase University, featuring an appearance by the driver of the No. 24, Chase Elliott, costs $24 and includes a ticket for the Alabama 500, admission to Friday night’s “Big One on the Blvd,” admission to Saturday’s concert, free camping and parking in the College Zone and a chance to mingle with Elliott before the race on Sunday. Get more details here.

Key on-track times:

Friday, Oct. 21 –
  • Camping World Truck Series practice – noon and 2 p.m. CT
  • Sprint Cup Series practice – 1 and 3:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, Oct. 22 –
  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 9:30 a.m. CT
  • Camping World Truck Series fred’s 250 – noon CT
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 3 p.m. CT
Sunday, Oct. 23
  • Sprint Cup Series Alabama 500 – 1 p.m. CT
Get more information and purchase tickets for this weekend’s race at


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