Heartfelt Gesture for Vaccine Takers from NASCAR and Talladega Superspeedway, Offering Free Laps to Drivers

Published 05/15/2021, 11:28 AM EDT
Apr 25, 2021; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads a pack during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


Truthfully speaking, the COVID-19 pandemic never really went away. Ever since last year, the NASCAR community has been taking many precautions. The good news is that several vaccines are being developed and the governments are urging everyone to take it. In light of this, NASCAR and the Talladega Superspeedway came up with a unique initiative.

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The legendary speedway placed an enticing offer of two laps around the iconic track. This is only eligible for any driver who took a COVID-19 test or vaccine at the facility, and they are driving their own cars. All that people have to do is show up at the venue on Saturday, May 15 for their COVID-19 test or to take the vaccine.

“Vaccines for COVID-19 are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death,” an Alabama Department of Public Health press release said. “No registration is needed for vaccination. ADPH’s goal is to get COVID-19 vaccine to Alabamians as speedily as possible.”

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NASCAR and the Talladega Superspeedway did place some restrictions

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Obviously, not just any ordinary person will get a chance to tear up the track. The event runs from 9 AM to 5 PM and there is an age limit of 19 years and older. Meanwhile, the track will allow passengers above the age of 16 to drive in their own cars.

However, NASCAR will put up strict restrictions to prevent any reckless drivers from thinking that they are the next Jimmie Johnson.

Apr 25, 2021; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) takes the lead from NASCAR Cup Series driver Matt DiBenedetto (21) during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

In other words, all vehicles have to drive behind a pace car. The pace car will move at highway speeds and cars will have to follow it around the track. Furthermore, they won’t allow ant motorcycles inside the track. To be perfectly honest, a motorcycle traveling at highway speeds on a speedway with banking could be a recipe for disaster. Considering that the riders will have to lean into the corners, the banking could make things difficult.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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