Forest Fire Razes Talladega Superspeedway…Wait, No


(Photo by Tanner Latham)

Kyle Busch burned up the track at the Aaron’s 499 on Sunday, but that wasn’t the only thing on fire around there this weekend.

A hazy smoke hung over the air at Talladega Superspeedway when I drove past it Friday afternoon. My first and ignorant thought was that there might be a forest fire.

Things are pretty quiet around Talladega, AL, 50 weekends out of the year.  But anyone who lives within 100 miles of the town, about half an hour east of Birmingham, knows to avoid I-20 at all costs. (ALL COSTS!)  150,000+ people make pilgrimages to the Sprint Cup races there in April and October.

If the interstate is absolutely inevitable, we locals become master tacticians, sometimes looking to the stars for guidance.  While driving home from a trip via I-20, I debated exiting far east of ‘dega and taking backroads to Birmingham, but I felt lucky and took my chances.

There was hardly any traffic, so I sailed right by the Speedway with my windows down.  What I thought was a fire was actually the thousands of smoldering grills and camp fires in the rolling fields around the track.

I’m a moron.


  1. Make money as freelancer

    Interesting topic. I added this blog to my favourites. I will come back here soon.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:44 am
  2. Tanner

    I was bred a county over from Talladega, my friend. Keep an eye on Juan Pablo Montoya’s Juicy Fruit car. It’s gonna move ya.

    April 30, 2008 at 8:59 am
  3. C.R.

    Don’t be talkin’ down on ‘Dega! You sound like yr not from around here.
    I hope yr prepared for the second coming of Dale Jr!
    Yee to the haw.

    April 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm
  4. Richard

    I remember my first time to drive I-20 during ‘dega weekend. It was twilight and, as I crested a hill overlooking the campgrounds and raceway, my eyes couldn’t process what I saw — hundreds if not thousands of RVs and tents streching as far as I could see. Hanging lights and barbecues light up the night. People milled about, giving the scene an anthill-like appearance. I kept driving.

    April 29, 2008 at 9:50 am
  5. JVC

    You might be a moron, but the rows of trailers and grills at ‘Dega are a beautiful thing. Thank you, Kyle Busch, for helping my standing in my NASCAR fantasy league this week. Kasey’s time will come…

    April 28, 2008 at 11:19 pm

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