Talladega: What to know if you plan to go

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The GEICO 500 is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Talladega Superspeedway. If you’re going, here are a few things you need to know.

Seating

The front grandstands hold about 80,000 people, and feature some of the most spacious seats in NASCAR. Each seat is 21-22 inches wide, and have full seat backs. All seats are elevated for a better view of the track. You can see most of the track from most of the seats, and there are five video boards across the front stretch for spots you can’t see.

Parking

You’ll have multiple parking options at the track: free and preferred/VIP. You’ll have to pay for preferred and VIP parking, but those options put you closer to the track. Free parking is a longer walk, but there’s also the option of taking a tram. 

Concessions

No matter where you are, you’re probably not far from food options, and those options are numerous. You’ll find traditional items like hamburgers and unique ones like the Talla-mento Dogwich. You’ll also find national chains and local offerings. It’s the biggest track in NASCAR and known for some of the biggest crashes, so it’s only fitting it offers one of the biggest snacks you could ask for, the Big One Meatball. 

The Infield

The infield one of the first things that come to mind when you think about Talladega. Fans in RV’s arrive Wednesday morning and party from then on. It’s also home to several popular events like the Big One on the Boulevard, a parade featuring NASCAR drivers that some compare to Mardi Gras. After it’s over, they serve as judges for several crazy competitions like a no-hands pork chop eating contest. There’s also the annual Saturday night concert at 7:30, with Uncle Kracker providing this year’s performance. 

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