NASCAR Sprint Cup: Talladega SuperStretch Renamed to Honor Alabama Gang

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April 30, 2014 — track release — Talladega SuperSpeedway photo via Twitter — TALLADEGA, Ala. – Talladega Superspeedway announced Wednesday that the track’s back straightaway will forever be known as “The Alabama Gang Superstretch,” paying tribute to the original members of the Alabama Gang – racing legends Bobby and Donnie Allison and Red Farmer.

For this weekend’s Aaron’s Dream Weekend at Talladega, The Alabama Gang Superstretch name will be displayed in huge, block lettering midway down the outside retaining wall of the backstretch, which measures over 4,000 feet. The new addition to the track will “stretch” more than 200 feet.

The Allisons will serve as the grand marshals for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA race, while Farmer will be the honorary starter from atop the flag stand. The ARCA race kicks off a full day of activity, which also includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ all-new Coors Light group qualifying for the Aaron’s 499 as well as the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series event.

“No honor is too big for the Alabama Gang,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch.

“What we are doing in naming The Alabama Gang Superstretch is unprecedented in our sport. During our events, from TV cameras and still photography, fans will be able to see this accolade for some of our favorite people in the world. The gang has meant so much to NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway and the state of Alabama, and this is just a small token of our appreciation.”

“This place is special,” Bobby Allison said. “We (The Alabama Gang) have always felt like we were a part of it.”

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