Winston 500


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Winston 500

April
This 500-mile stock-car race is Alabama's biggest sporting event. It's held at the Talladega SuperSpeedway, known as the "World's Fastest Speedway." The Winston 500 is one of the Big Four NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) events in the Sprint Cup Series (formerly the Winston Cup). The other big events are the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600, and the Southern 500. The Winston is considered the fastest of the four. The winner in Talladega in 1991 was 51-year-old Harry Gant, who had never won two races in a row in his 11 years on the circuit and was the surprise of the season. He won four straight in 1991, beginning with the Southern 500 at Darlington International Raceway in South Carolina. "Age don't have nothing to do with it," Gant said about the streak. His day's work at Talladega driving an average speed of 165.62 miles an hour entitled him to $81,950.
Talladega, which opened in 1969, has 83,200 permanent grandstand seats and each year attracts more than 350,000 spectators.
CONTACTS:
Talladega SuperSpeedway
P.O. Box 777
Talladega, AL 35161
877-462-3342
www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32115
386-253-0611; fax: 386-681-4041
www.nascar.com
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will run in are: the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in July; the Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway in August; the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in October; and the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in November.
MOTOR SPORTS: Ken Schrader put his ``good little hot rod'' on the pole by taking the top qualifying spot for Sunday's Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
After drawing 140,000 fans to the Winston 500 this spring, Talladega Superspeedway hopes to add 7,600 more seats in time for October's Sears DieHard 500.
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Mark Martin proved his slump definitely was over by holding off Dale Earnhardt on Saturday at the end of the Winston 500 - the fastest race in NASCAR history at 188.
MOTOR SPORTS: Rain washed out the Winston 500 for the second straight day in Talladega, Ala.
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