Saturday, October 08, 2011

Talladega Will Pay Cash For Pass

Talladega Superspeedway has announced a special program that could pay a driver $100,000 at this month’s running of the "Good Sam Club 500." After a record 88 lead changes in both the spring 2010 and 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the Alabama oval, track management announced today that if this month's race tops 100 lead changes, 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.”

In addition to the 88 lead changes, Talladega also holds NASCAR records for leaders (29), fastest average race speed (188.354 mph) and fastest qualifying speed (212.809 mph).

Tickets for the entire race weekend are available by calling the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA, or online at

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