The Talladega Super Speedway is gearing up for Halloween weekend, October 29 through 31, 2018 with its annual Hallow-Dega weekend. The event is advertised by the Speedway as the biggest ‘Halloween Party in the World.’ This iconic Southern event is held in Talladega, Alabama with hundreds of thousands in attendance. The action kicks off with the Mountain Dew 250 on Saturday and the AMP Energy Juice 500 on Sunday.
Halloween loyalists to the annual event will have to double-dip the enjoyment this year. This will be the last Hallow-Dega event for some time to come. The NASCAR schedule is changing and the Talladega weekend at the races will no longer fall on Halloween weekend. Throughout the racing event, there will be fan activities and day long parties that stretch into the early hours of the morning.
The Halloween Race Schedule at Talladega Super Speedway
On Friday, October 29, 2018, the grandstands will open at 8:00 am and the day parking lots will open at 6:00 am. On this day, there will be a NASCAR autograph session where fans can meet their favorite NASCAR drivers. Qualifying begins at 3:40 pm after an hour-long practice on the track. Other fan activities on this day feature a NASCAR barbeque fundraiser as well as a barbeque cook off where the best of southern barbeque cooks compete for $50,000 in prize money.
On Saturday, October 30, 2018, the festivities get underway with parking lots opening at 5:00 am and the Grandstand opening at 8 am. This day will have qualifying at 11:15 am and at 3:00 pm the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Fred’s event will take to the track. This race is 250 miles and 94 laps. Following this race, many of the Hallow-Dega events begin with live music, dancing, competitions in a large party at the Speedway. Alcohol is allowed and served. Miller Lite is sponsoring the live event that continues on until 3 am.
On Halloween Day, the main event is the AMP Energy Juice 500, which begins at 12 noon on October 31. Last year, Jaime McMurray shocked the crowd by winning. This is Race Number Seven in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Following this event, free samples of AMP Juice and other Pepsi products will be passed out to fans at twelve AMP Juice Guest Services locations throughout the Speedway.
Tickets and Camping Sites Are Still Available
The officials at the Talladega Super Speedway in Alabama have announced that they still have 2018 tickets and camping sites available. There is a variety of camping locations at the Speedway, from free camping in the infield to superior sites in East Park for motor homes and pull-behinds. In the Champions Corner, sites have gravel pads with water hookups and a strict no-alcohol policy. In the free lots and in West Park, there is a party atmosphere with any sort of camping available from tents to pick-up trucks. According to the venue, anything goes and everything is acceptable. Paid camping sites range from $110 to $280.
Talladega, Alabama and the Talladega Super Speedway
The city of Talladega, Alabama is in Talladega County. It is located 50 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama and is the Central Time Zone. In addition to being home to the Talladega Super Speedway, it is also home to the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. Race Fever fundraisers are held throughout the weekend by NASCAR drivers and fans to benefit this institution. The Talladega Super Speedway is located within 300 miles of 20 million people and this was the leading reason for building the speedway in Talladega, Alabama with its easy access to freeways and the population surrounding the area. The first race was held in 1969.