NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, a moonpie eating contest, BBQ sauce wrestling; these are just a few of the items on the docket for Talladega Superspeedway’s first ever “Big One on the Blvd.,” a Friday night parade celebrating the wild side of the track’s infamous infield. Talladega Blvd. is considered NASCAR’s “Party Capital,” making it the perfect place to kick off the Aaron’s Dream Weekend on May 2-4).
When the parade gets rolling at 6:45 pm CT Friday at the north end of Talladega Blvd., Sprint Cup drivers Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon will be atop the lead float throwing out swag and welcoming fans to NASCAR’s version of Mardi Gras. The parade will make its way down the Blvd., building excitement as it passes the most colorfully decorated campsites in NASCAR. At the south end of the Blvd. the parade will come to a halt, and from there the party begins.
Following a brief driver Q&A with by ESPN NASCAR Analyst Marty Smith, who will be on hand with local radio personalities detailing the storylines of the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, Talladega’s hungriest fans will battle it out in the track’s inaugural Moonpie Eating Contest. Participants will consume as many of the delicious cakes as they can in a few minutes time.
And just as those fans are cleaning the chocolate and marshmallow from their faces, things will get even stickier. In a pit filled with barbecue sauce, Talladega’s bravest fans will have a chance to brawl in the world’s first ever BBQ Sauce Wrestling match. After four rounds of smoky-flavored smackdown, the victors will join the Moonpie Eating Champion on stage to be honored and interviewed.
“Of all the new additions to this year’s Aaron’s Dream Weekend, ‘The Big One on the Blvd.’ has to be one of the most exciting, because it brings attention to one of the most extraordinary camping areas in the whole sport,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “For years, drivers have loved coming out to Talladega Blvd. What better way to start off an event weekend at the biggest and baddest racetrack on the planet, than to hold the craziest parade the sport has ever seen.”
The craziness continues throughout the Aaron’s Dream Weekend. Saturday, May 3 will go down as one of Talladega Superspeedway’s most eventful days. There will be two races—ARCA’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 (10 am) and the Nationwide Aaron’s 312 (2 pm)—what basically amounts to another race—the all new “Knockout” Sprint Cup qualifying format (12:10 pm)—and the Saturday Night Infield Concert featuring country star Randy Houser and NASCAR favorite Tim Dugger. The main event Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will close out the incredible weekend on Sunday, May 4 at noon.
The track has ticket options for fans of all ages, as well as hundreds of acres of free Camping. To find out more, call the Talladega ticket office at 1-877-Go-2-DEGA.