Date Race: Oct 14, 2018
Hellmann's 500 (2016)
CampingWorld.com 500 / Talladega (2015)
Camping World RV Sales 500 (2013)
GEICO 500 (2014)
First race: 1969
Distance: 500.08 miles (804.8 km)
Alabama 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. The race is one of four NASCAR Cup Series races currently run with restrictor plates, the others being the GEICO 500 in May, the Coke Zero 400, and the Daytona 500. Through 1996, this race was normally held in early August or late July. In 1997, it was moved to early October due to the uncomfortably hot summer temperatures, and sometimes unpredictable summertime thunderstorms in the Alabama area. In 2009, the race moved again, this time to November 1 as part of a realignment agreement with Atlanta and Fontana (where Fontana earned a race in the Chase and Atlanta gained the Labor Day weekend race).
Talladega is one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR with four lanes and a backstretch that is nearly 4,000 feet long. With this layout, stock cars have reached speeds exceeding 220 mph! Talladega Superspeedway also plays host to the Aarons 499 earlier in the year.
The Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 (Amp Energy 500) is the new name for the race formerly known as the Good Sam Club 500 and UAW Ford 500, a key race in The Chase for the Sprint Cup. Talladega Superspeedway proudly celebrates forty plus years of the most competitive racing in NASCAR. While the track has seen changes made to the cars that circle its high-banks, the surface that they race on and the grandstands that thousands of fans fill twice a year, one constant remains; Talladega Superspeedway is authentic NASCAR racing at its finest.
Racing at Talladega comes with a ton of unpredictability because of the horsepower-sapping restrictor plates used to curb speeds at the 2.66-mile speedway. It creates tight packs of racing and drivers need to use aggressive measures to move through the field.
That usually leads to multi-car accidents known as "the Big One" — and most everyone believes the final finishing order is akin to playing the lottery.
2017 Alabama's 500 winner: Brad Keselowski
2016 Hellmann's 500 winner: Joey Logano
2015 Camping World RV Sales 500 Winner: Joey Logano
2014 GEICO 500 Winner: Brad Keselowski
2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 Winner
Jamie McMurray wins the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500. The victory was McMurray's first of the season, his second at Talladega and the seventh of his career.
2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Winner
Matt Kenseth took the lead off the final corner from Tony Stewart and won the 2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 as mayhem exploded behind his No. 17 Ford on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway.
2011 Good Sam Club 500 Winner
Clint Bowyer wins the 2011 Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Bowyer pushed Burton through the tri-oval, pulled out, then he went low and passed Burton for the win.
2010 AMP Energy 500 Winner
Clint Bowyer wins at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR declared Clint Bowyer as the winner of 2010 Amp Energy Juice 500, after a long review of video and other data, , edging teammate Kevin Harvick. Bowyer took the win over teammate Harvick in a race that had over 80 lead changes. The race came under review after a crash on the white flag lap at the start-finish line.
2009 AMP Energy 500 Winner
Jamie McMurray took the victory in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, as he made a late pass to win the checker flag, snapping an 86-race winless streak dating to July 2007 at Daytona by hanging on when the racing heated up. Entering this weekend’s race, McMurray was sitting 22nd in the Sprint Cup driver point standings
McMurray’s best Cup series finish at Talladega is fifth which he has accomplished three times and in his 14 career Cup series starts at Talladega, McMurray averages a 19.5 starting position and a 20.5 finishing position.