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Talladega offers lap leader bonus

Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:01 pm
 
Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

Talladega Superspeedway has long been known as NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track…and now it’s looking to back up that reputation with cold hard cash.  Track officials believe that this month’s running of the Good Sam Club 500 could eclipse 100 lead changes during the race and should that happen, the driver who takes the lead the most times throughout the race will earn $100,000.

“There’s a real excitement and buzz going into our race weekend,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch.  “Our fans look forward to seeing a lot of passing and a lot of lead changes.  It makes sense to put an extra incentive on giving our fans what they want.  The new rules package, that includes a larger restrictor plate opening, should give drivers the opportunity to really mix it up and pass even more in traffic. This is going to be an exciting race on Oct. 23 and we look forward to potentially setting another NASCAR record.”

Talladega Superspeedway currently holds the NASCAR record of 88 lead changes in a race, a mark that has been reached twice.  Both instances occurred in the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway (2010 & 2011) with the 2010 fall race narrowly missing the mark with 87 lead changes.

Talladega also holds NASCAR records for leaders (29), fastest average race speed (188.354 mph) and fastest qualifying speed (212.809 mph).

 
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hunterxhunter
Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:14 am
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Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Talladega offers lap leader bonus

100 lead changes?  That's funny, when's kick off?



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Talladega offers lap leader bonus

Wow:

I'm going to make doubly sure I watch groups of two race cars driving around for 4 hours now.

Having to give money to a driver to make a race more interesting smells more like desperation than exciting.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Talladega offers lap leader bonus

you gotta be kidding me...   NASCAR is so full of hypocrits.   people pack these races to see one thing: wrecks.   and when a crash killed their number-1 draw,  everyone mourned.    what a joke.   now you give incentives to drive dangerously just to get the fans excited...   it seems NASCAR needs another death.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Talladega offers lap leader bonus

Why doesn't Talladega (or NASCAR) offer $100,000 in some sort of raffle/competition for the fans, this racing "business" is really getting weighted on the wrong side and they are really missing the point.



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Talladega offers lap leader bonus

Plate racing is boring.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Talladega offers lap leader bonus

Yeeeeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

 



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