On this day in Alabama history: Ground broken for Talladega Superspeedway

On this day in Alabama history: Ground broken for Talladega Superspeedway
The Talladega Superspeedway has delighted fans from all over the country for decades. (Getty Images)

May 23, 1968

Ground was broken for the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, on May 23, 1968. It was formerly known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway. Talladega hosts numerous racing competitions and is the longest NASCAR oval at 2.66 miles in length. It holds the record for the fastest recorded time by a NASCAR vehicle on a closed oval course. The Talladega Superspeedway resulted from the vision of William “Bill” France Sr. The motorsports track was constructed and opened in 1969. It contains a peak capacity of nearly 200,000 spectators.

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