“It’ll be Great to Have Lights” – NASCAR Reporter on the Talladega Superspeedway Having No Lights

Published 10/05/2021, 12:03 PM EDT
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 14: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Cummins/Rush Truck Centers Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2018 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series had to be called off early, due to bad lighting. The following day, the Cup Series race got delayed due to inclement weather, and later on, it got too dark to play host to a race. Owing to this, Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass wondered whether there was a need to have lights at the Talladega Superspeedway.

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He said, “It’ll be great to have lights here. It would certainly be an expensive project, but its more than just about lighting a race track. First off, Talladega’s culture is the party at night. You wouldn’t want to mess with that, except on Sunday, where the parties kind of end. You wouldn’t want to have a Friday night or Saturday night race here, because the party is going on in Talladega Boulevard.

According to him, the roads over there are fairly dark and difficult to navigate when the sun sets. Pockrass surmised that there would probably be a need to light up a few car parks. In addition to that, there would be the need to have more infrastructure, beyond mere lighting.

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What else did he say about the Talladega Superspeedway?

Pockrass confessed, “I’m good with no lights at Talladega. I don’t think it fits, Daytona has lights and has events that can be run at nights. However, it can also be used for corporate events and that type of thing where they would turn on the lights. This is Talladega, I don’t see why a company is coming all the way out here to have an event compared to Daytona.

Apr 25, 2021; Talladega, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) leads during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, fans will be disappointed to not have a race run. However, Pockrass admitted that he was perfectly happy with no lights at Talladega. Now, the sport has decided to have a second bite of the cherry on Monday and have the Playoff race run without interruptions. Whether the rain will allow for that to happen is anybody’s guess.

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