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Heading to Talladega for 2014 NASCAR action? Check this out

The first of two trips to Talladega happens this weekend
The first of two trips to Talladega happens this weekend

NASCAR visits Talladega, Alabama for the Aaron’s 499 weekend, Friday through Sunday, May 2nd through 4th at Talladega Superspeedway. Also on the racing schedule for the weekend are the Nationwide Series and the ARCA Racing Series.

On Friday, May 2nd, fans on the infield can take part in the ARCA Fan Walk and autograph session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT in the ARCA garage area. There will also be a Nationwide Series autograph session from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. CT in the Concourse area behind the OV Hill South grandstands sections D & E; wristbands for the autograph session can be picked up at Guest Services, located near OV Hill South grandstands section L.

Also on Friday, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, located next to the speedway, will host Race Fever Fan Frenzy beginning at 6 p.m. CT. It’s an all-you-can-eat BBQ, silent auction, live auction and more to benefit the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. Later that night at 6:45 p.m. CT, “The Big One on the Boulevard” celebrates the wild side of Talladega and will feature a parade, driver Q-and-A session with ESPN’s Marty Smith, a moonpie eating contest and BBQ sauce wrestling – learn more here.

Those who have tickets for Sunday’s race can upgrade to a pit pass for $75, in effect from 8 a.m. CT until the conclusion of driver introductions. Fans can check out driver introductions and other pre-race activities, as well as exclusive driver Q & A sessions, this year with David Ragan, Jamie McMurray, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Denny Hamlin.

On Friday, on-track action kicks off with ARCA practice at 9 a.m. CT, followed by Sprint Cup Series practice at 1 and 2:30 p.m. CT; the ARCA Racing Series qualifies at 3:35 p.m. CT, followed by Nationwide qualifying at 5:40 p.m. CT. Saturday will feature the ARCA International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at 10 a.m. CT, followed by Sprint Cup qualifying at 12:10 p.m. CT; the Nationwide Series’ Aaron’s 312 goes green at 2 p.m. CT. The Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup race takes the green flag at noon CT on Sunday.

Tickets are still available for the Aaron’s 499 weekend at Talladega, with tickets ranging in price from $55 to $145 for Sunday; two-day passes range in price from $50 to $200 (Saturday and Sunday). Purchase tickets and find out more at

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