In the late 1960s, NASCAR founder Bill France was scouting locations for a new race track that would rival the size and speed of Daytona.  Eventually he settled on an abandoned airfield near Talladega and broke ground on the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968.  With 33-degree sloped turns and 2.66 miles of asphalt, this is the fastest track in the country – and Bill Elliott set the standing NASCAR speed record here in 1987.

Read More >

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Photos: ISC Archives