“International Takeover is Going Well” – Sunday’s Race at Talladega Super Speedway Gets a Massive Green Flag from NASCAR Fans

Published 09/30/2022, 1:00 PM EDT

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The YellaWood 500 will be the second race of the Round of 12. Scheduled on October 2, 2022, the race will take place at the Talladega Super Speedway. Being the biggest NASCAR oval, the 2.66-mile track is famously known as the “Big One.”

However, apart from being the ‘Big One’, the track is quite challenging to conquer, making the races all the more enjoyable. And owing to this uniqueness of the oval, The Athletic’s reporter, Jeff Gluck, recently shared an exciting observation for Sunday’s race.


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On his official Twitter account, Gluck revealed that people from across six continents had bought the tickets for the Talladega Super Speedway race. Moreover, over 70% of the attendees are expected to travel to Alabama for the event.

Excited about NASCAR races becoming a global affair, fans poured in their best wishes and appreciation for drivers and governing bodies. Furthermore, a few of them shared their stories of traveling to Alabama for the race.

This would be the second race at the ‘Big One’ this year. As earlier, in April 2022, the oval hosted the GEICO 500. The race concluded with Ross Chastain winning the second checkered flag of his NASCAR Cup Series career.

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Moreover, the oval will again host two races next year, according to the official 2023 Cup Series schedule released by NASCAR. The Talladega Super Speedway will host the GEICO 500 on April 23, 2023. Whereas the YellaWood 500 will take place on October 1, 2023.

Talladega Super Speedway track facts


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Anniston Insurance executive Bill Ward founded the biggest NASCAR Super Speedway. Due to its proximity to the airport and the availability of land, Ward found the location quite appealing. The 2.66-mile tri-oval course is 48 feet wide with 33-degree banking on the turns.

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Many historic NASCAR events have been associated with the Talladega Super Speedway. NASCAR drivers like Bill Elliott May, Joe Nemechek, and Tyler Reddick have recorded the fastest pole speed on the track. Moreover, Mark Martin and Todd Bodine have driven their fastest races on this oval.


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Sunday’s race at the oval will mark the 107th race at Talladega. Recently, in 2021, Bubba Wallace registered his first career win at the oval. Also, Dale Earnhardt Jr is famous for being the most successful driver on this complicated track.



Devyani Sharma

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her postgrad in English Literature, she has worked as a content writer for a while now. With over three years of experience in the field and hundreds of articles published on the web, Devyani has now associated with EssentiallySports to start her journey in the world of sports journalism.

Edited By: Pritam Priyedarshi