After three weeks of racing on some of America’s most famed short tracks, NASCAR is going big this weekend.
The NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity series head into the deep South to get a little rowdy at Talladega Superspeedway for the second superspeedway race of the year.
Talladega is no stranger to fan entertainment, and here is who will be on the agenda thus far.
National Anthem: The Oak Grove High School Band will be performing the national anthem for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Leeds Middle School Band will perform “God Bless America” prior to the national anthem.
Pre-Race Concert: The featured concert of the evening doesn’t come right before the race, but rather on the Saturday night prior. Country artist Cole Swindell is the headliner.
Grand Marshals: The gang is back together! The Alabama Gang of Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, and Red Farmer will give the command to start engines for the Geico 500. Bobby won at Talladega four times while Donnie earned two wins at the track.
About the author
Luken Glover arrived on the Frontstretch scene in 2020. He has been an avid NASCAR fan for the majority of his life, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who used to help former team owner Junie Donlavey in his garage. Glover covers news for the site and took over "The Underdog House" column in 2021. In addition to being a college junior, his hobbies include volunteering at church, playing basketball and tennis, racing go-karts, and helping at his high school alma mater.
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