(TALLADEGA, Ala. – April 14, 2014) – The International Motorsports Hall of Fame will be returning as title sponsor of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 200-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday, May 3.
The International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 is part of the Aaron’s Dream Weekend (May 2-4), featuring a quadruple header like no other on Saturday.
The much anticipated Saturday will not only include the always action-packed Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, but also ARCA’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200, which in years past was held on Friday of the Aaron’s Dream Weekend. In addition, a new kind of race will emerge – NASCAR’s new and exciting Sprint Cup Series qualifying format – and the popular Saturday Night Infield Concert in the track’s iconic infield.
“I would venture to say that fans will see more side-by-side racing battles and drivers swapping position on Saturday of the Aaron’s Dream Weekend than on any single day in the history of our track,” said Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway. “We have a variety of Saturday ticket options, plus kids 12 and under get in free. This year is a watershed moment for the biggest and most competitive racetrack of all, and we want all of our loyal fans to join us for it.”
ARCA’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 is scheduled to kick off the day with a 10 am (CST) start. The highly competitive race has seen young guns like Ty Dillon (grandson of Talladega all-time winning team owner Richard Childress) go to Victory Lane as well as veterans like Frank Kimmel, the series’ 10-time champion who won last year’s race.
Fans have the option to purchase a special 2-day ticket package for Saturday’s events and Sunday’s Aaron’s 499. In designated areas of the Gadsden and Talladega grandstands, the regular price for a 2-day ticket is $50, with kids 12 and under getting in free.
Friday of the Aaron’s Dream Weekend will host a whole day of action as well, with NASCAR’s new qualifying format making its Talladega debut to determine the starting order for the Aaron’s 312.
In addition, the ARCA Series drivers will introduce a new qualifying procedure where teams will qualify together for added excitement. Instead of one car going against the clock, the cars will be placed into groups based on their speeds from Friday morning’s practice session. The fastest lap during qualifying, which will surely showcase drafting, will determine each car’s numerical starting position in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 on Saturday.
Friday also marks the first time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors will take to the high banks – for two practice sessions – during the weekend. The teams will fine-tune their machines in final preparation for Saturday’s all-new qualifying. Grandstand tickets for Friday’s activities are $20.
ARCA Racing Series officials will also conduct a two-day open test at Talladega on Wednesday and Thursday, April 16-17 in preparation for the Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200, the 51st ARCA race at Talladega since 1969.
NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, which is set for May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series and ARCA Racing Series will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4. For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.