Geico 500 Schedule
Talladega Superspeedway is always popping each and every summer for the Geico 500, which is
a tradition that isn't likely to change any time in the near future. Talladega is one of the very best racetracks in the entire
world, though you're not exactly going to really understand or appreciate that sitting at home wondering what the atmosphere
of the big race is like. Potentially more than any sport, NASCAR is one of those sports that you have to see first-hand to
get the full experience, as some things you're just never going to capture at home no matter how enormous your television
is. The Geico 500 changed its name this season from the Camping World RV Sales 500, which was the name of the race in 2013.
Last year Jamie McMurray took home the title thanks to an average speed of nearly 179 miles per hour. Murray took home the
win for the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team, and will be back in 2014 looking to take home the victory. This year's race is
set to take place on October 19th and will feature some of the biggest drivers in the game today. Be there at Talladega Superspeedway
this season to enjoy all that comes with a top-end NASCAR race.
Geico 500 History
When the Sprint Cup
Series comes to Lincoln, Alabama at the Talladega Superspeedway, drivers are either trying to widen their points lead or gain
ground when it counts most. Since 1969, the Geico 500 which has gone by a few different names over the years, has been speeding
around the high-banked curves of one of the most famous race tracks in the country, and the world. It has a history of being
one of the hardest-fought races of the season, though it's been the Earnhardts who have really dominated like absolutely none
other. Only two different drivers have ever won this one at least three times – and, you guessed it, both were in the
Earnhardt family. Dale won this one a ridiculous seven different times and Dale Jr. took up the torch and won it three times
on his own. You never know when you're going to see the next great historic race that will be the talk of Talladega, making
it always a good idea to pick up a few seats and see the action for yourself.
at a NASCAR event can be almost intoxicating on its own, as there is something extra special about hearing the best drivers
around zip around the race track while the energy of the crowd reaches unbelievable levels coming down the home stretch. These
are the best drivers in the business, and they're always ready to entertain the fans in the stands. It doesn't get any better
than seeing one of your favorite racers cross the finish line before all the rest. Be there to hear the purr of the engines
and the cars go whipping by as the top racers scream around corners, draft and gun it down the home stretch to make their
run up the leaderboard. NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in the country for a reason, and even though some sports
can be neatly contained by the TV, NASCAR's scope makes it a sport you have to be a part of to understand.
Who was the first driver to ever win this event?
The answer is Richard Brickhouse, who crossed the
finish line first in 1969. Back then this race was known as the Talladega 500, and Brickhouse took home the victory for the
Ray Nichels teams. Brickhouse was able to finish the 500-mile race in about three hours and fifteen minutes, and averaged
a speed of 153 miles per hour throughout the race. This was Brickhouse's only win at this event.
Geico 500 Fans
fans will be flooding to the track to see this race in person, as they're some of the most dedicated and passionate sports
fans around. These fans love to see the best of the best race down the track in person. Guys like Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon,
Dale Jarrett and Terry Labonte have all won multiple times and you never know when the next all-time great is going to burst
onto the scene with a banner day that will put them in the next level of Talladega greatness. As soon as you're there watching
the top drivers around do their thing, you'll see with crystal clarity why there is never going to be a substitution for the
experience that you can have sitting in the stands watching these guys gun it for the finish line with a great crowd that
knows how to turn up in droves and show their passion and energy. Join the biggest NASCAR fans in all the land this year when
you head out to Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500.