Talladega fall race

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The CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega (originally the Talladega 500; later the Talladega DieHard 500, the DieHard 500, the Winston 500, the EA Sports 500, the UAW-Ford 500, the AMP Energy 500, the AMP Energy Juice 500, the Good Sam Club 500, the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, the Camping World RV Sales 500, and the GEICO 500) is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega. It is also one of four races currently run with restrictor plates, the others being the Aaron's 499, the Coke Zero 400, and the Daytona 500. Through 1996, the race was normally held in early August or late July. In 1997, it was moved, after overwhelming fans' requests, to early October due to the uncomfortably hot summer temperatures, and sometimes unpredictable summertime thunderstorms in the Alabama area.

In 1998, the name of the race was swapped with that of the spring race. The fall race became known as the Winston 500 for three years in order to promote the Winston No Bull 5 program.

During the driver introductions in 2005, Ricky Bobby and other characters were introduced in order to shoot scenes for the movie Talladega Nights.

Past winners

CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

  • 2015: Joey Logano

GEICO 500

  • 2014: Brad Keselowski

Camping World RV Sales 500

  • 2013: Jamie McMurray

Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500

  • 2012 - Matt Kenseth

Good Sam Club 500

  • 2011 - Clint Bowyer

Good Sam Club 500

  • 2011 - Clint Bowyer

AMP Energy Juice 500

  • 2010 - Clint Bowyer

AMP Energy 500

  • 2009 - Jamie McMurray
  • 2008 - Tony Stewart (505.40 miles / 190 laps due to green-white-checker finish)*

UAW-Ford 500

  • 2007 Jeff Gordon
  • 2006 Brian Vickers (caution on final lap)
  • 2005 Dale Jarrett (505.40 miles / 190 laps due to green-white-checker finish)*

EA Sports 500

  • 2004 Dale Earnhardt, Jr
  • 2003 Michael Waltrip
  • 2002 Dale Earnhardt, Jr
  • 2001 Dale Earnhardt, Jr

Winston 500

  • 2000 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1999 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1998 Dale Jarrett

DieHard 500

  • 1997 Terry Labonte
  • 1996 Jeff Gordon (343.14 miles / 129 laps due to darkness - late start caused by rain + in-race red flags)
  • 1995 Sterling Marlin
  • 1994 Jimmy Spencer
  • 1993 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1992 Ernie Irvan
  • 1991 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1990 Dale Earnhardt

Talladega DieHard 500

  • 1989 Terry Labonte
  • 1988 Ken Schrader

Talladega 500

Darrell Waltrip celebrates his 1982 Talladega 500 win. Birmingham News photo by Tom Self
  • 1987 Bill Elliott
  • 1986 Bobby Hillin, Jr
  • 1985 Cale Yarborough
  • 1984 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1983 Dale Earnhardt
  • 1982 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1981 Ron Bouchard
  • 1980 Neil Bonnett
  • 1979 Darrell Waltrip
  • 1978 Lennie Pond
  • 1977 Donnie Allison
  • 1976 Dave Marcis
  • 1975 Buddy Baker
  • 1974 Richard Petty
  • 1973 Dick Brooks
  • 1972 James Hylton
  • 1971 Bobby Allison
  • 1970 Pete Hamilton
  • 1969 Richard Brickhouse

Notable Races

  • The 1969 race was marred by a driver's strike by the Professional Drivers Association over track safety issues, even though officials proved the track was safe for racing.
  • The 1986 race won by Bobby Hillin, Jr saw 26 different leaders, a motorsports record tied several times since but yet to be broken.
  • Brian Vickers' win in 2006 was met by a storm of debris from enraged fans when he, while running third, hooked teammate and second place driver Jimmie Johnson into race leader Dale Earnhardt Jr on the final lap, sending both spinning.
  • Michael Waltrip's last win came in this race in 2003, a race where Elliott Sadler's car became airborne and tumbled from the backstretch to turn three with seven to go.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr's win in 2004 was a dramatic one, as on the last lap of the race, the current defending champion of the UAW-Ford 500, Jeff Gordon, brushed the wall exiting turn two, collecting then-rookie Kasey Kahne and championship contender Greg Biffle. No caution was thrown for the wreck, and the leaders continued to race to the finish line. At the finish, Elliott Sadler, who took a terrible tumble during the race the year before, flipped at the start-finish line after making contact with Ward Burton. The race had several wrecks, the biggest one being a hard crash that took out championship contender Jeremy Mayfield. Brendan Gaughan triggered a scary crash that sent Bobby Labonte and Sterling Marlin head-on into the outside wall. The race was also famous for Jr swearing in Victory Lane during the post-race television interview, and being docked 25 championship points as a result.
  • The 2000 race was famous for being Dale Earnhardt's last win. Earnhardt managed to come from deep in the field and gain seventeen positions in the final four laps to score the victory.
  • The 2001 race was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s first Talladega win. He passed Tony Stewart on the last lap to take the win. The last lap was famous for Stewart's teammate Bobby Labonte flipping over after being tagged by Bobby Hamilton. Labonte's spinning car clipped Johnny Benson, sending Benson head-on into the outside wall, causing a wreck involving many cars.
  • Much like the EA Sports 500 the year before, the 2005 UAW-Ford 500 was a wild race. Two cars flipped over in separate accidents. 2003 EA Sports 500 winner Michael Waltrip was hit by Mark Martin after being involved in a wreck that began when Jimmie Johnson spun Elliott Sadler. Not long after, Ryan Newman spun Casey Mears, which started a chain reaction resulting in Scott Riggs flipping several times before being hit by Jeff Burton. The race was incident-filled, and Dale Jarrett took his last win in the race.
  • The last UAW-Ford 500 was won by Jeff Gordon in dramatic style. Gordon pulled off a comeback much like Dale Earnhardt had in 2000, working his way from the back in the closing laps, and passed teammate Jimmie Johnson with a push from Dave Blaney on the final lap.

References

  • AMP Energy 500. (April 13, 2008). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 28, 2008.