Much like any other professional sport, stock car racing has had its fair share of notable and famous races, down-to-the-line finishes that etched their way into NASCAR history. With so many races taking place each year on the pro circuit, easily there are some that can be deemed as more memorable than others. In this post, we will briefly review some of the most famous stock car racing events that ever took place at one of NASCAR’s most famous race tracks: Talladega.
The first stock car racing Event at Talladega: The three Richards – This one easily has earned its place in stock car racing history. Richard Petty was not deterred from putting his roadster on the tracks of Talladega for the inaugural race, even after many NASCAR drivers refused to do so over fears that they wouldn’t have enough tire grip. Notable other drivers who choose to race that day included Richard Childress and Richard Brickhouse, of which Brickhouse earned the win that day, all the way back in 1969.
In 1973, during the 500 event at Talladega – considered by many to be the “Big One” because 60 cars were on the track – a backstretch accident wiped out 21 cars, and another mishap wrecked an additional 19. By the time the race was concluded, there were only 17 cars that were still in the race and in contention. It represented a race that had more wrecked cars than almost any other race in stock car racing history.
Wrangler takes Dale Earnhardt to the top. When Earnhardt and Childress started working together again, Earnhardt made sure to bring along his Wrangler sponsorship. Earnhardt etched a win by famously passing up Terry Labonte in the final lap at the 1984 Talladega 500—an event that featured more than 65 lead changes that were shared between 17 different drivers.