Talladega Superstretch Honors Ala. Gang
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.”
The Alabama Gang is also represented atop The Alabama Gang Superstretch. From the exit of turn two to the entrance of turn three, fans now have additional RV options from which to view all races at Talladega Superspeedway. They include Allison Motorhome Ridge, Farmer Motorhome Overlook and Bonnett Corporate Motorhome Summit.
The Alabama Gang continues to live on today with a new generation of racers. The torch of the Allison legacy is passed from Donnie and Bobby to their grandsons Justin and Robbie. Justin Allison, with the help from his grandfather Donnie, has recently emerged on the racing scene in the ARCA Racing Series. Justin competed in the season-opening event at Daytona and was in the top-10 before being involved in an accident that broke out in front of him. He will compete in this weekend’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame ARCA race at Talladega. Robbie Allison, grandson of Bobby and son of Davey, now lives in Mooresville, NC and is competing in Legends and Late Model cars, as well as Pro Champion Karts.
Another Alabama native, Grant Enfinger from Fairhope, has dominated the ARCA Series thus far, becoming only the second driver in series history to capture the checkered flag in the first three races of a season.