Art Franklin hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway

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Have you ever wondered what it feels like to speed around one of NASCAR’s longest and fastest tracks? 

CBS 42 Morning News anchor Art Franklin got a chance to experience the thrill of the track at Talladega Superspeedway. 

Director of Marketing for Talladega Superspeedway Russell Branham gave Art a cockpit-view of what it’s like for drivers on the track. 

“Think about 200 miles per hour and you have someone within inches in front of you, behind you and on each side,” Branham said. “And you’ve got to go 500 miles which is 188 laps here.”

According to Branham, there are safer places to be on the track, but things can change at any moment. 

“The best place to be here is out front and you don’t have to worry about an accident, but anything can happen here in a quick period,” Branham said. 

NASCAR put an extra emphasis on safety by added a safer barrier wall, roll bars, and a cage for the drivers. 

“The name of the game is to be able to learn how to draft here, know when to pass when to try to make a pass because if you get hung out of the draft you could go from 2nd all the way back to 25th in just a heartbeat,” Branham explained. 

Bill France built the track that’s 2.66 miles around back in 1969. 

Fans will get a chance to watch their favorite drivers do laps around the historic track all weekend long. 

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