A new winning twist has been added for this Saturday’s’DEGA Drive event at Talladega Superspeedway.
In addition to guests being able to make two exhilarating laps around the 2.66-mile mammoth track in their personal vehicles, they will also have the opportunity to walk into hallowed ground – Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane and stand by the Vulcan Trophy, which goes to every NASCAR Cup Series winner. Fans are welcome to bring their cameras to take photos inside the winner’s circle.
All it takes is a minimal $50 donation that will help to raise money for the speedway’s outreach fund, ‘DEGA Gives, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation. The event is scheduled for the general public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT. Pre-registration can be found at https://www.nascarfoundation.org/talladegagives and is highly recommended to guarantee a spot. The “Drives” can also be purchased the day of the event.
Earlier this year in April, the track hosted a similar event and raised more than $45,000 with proceeds benefitting American Red Cross Alabama Disaster Relief and Alabama tornado victims.
After making their laps, guests will park their vehicles, then take a short walk to the one-of-a-kind, ultra-modern Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane, which debuted in fall 2019 as part of the fan-friendly Talladega Garage Experience. They will be able to stand where Ryan Blaney stood in ‘19 after becoming the first driver to break in the coveted area. He came back last summer with back-to-back victories before Denny Hamlin won last year’s YellaWood 500. Brad Keselowski is the latest victor to touch the checkered floor by virtue of his GEICO 500 triumph in April.
The Vulcan Trophy is a hand-made, miniature version of the colossal Vulcan statue – a 56-foot tall structure fastened to a 124-foot platform that stands tall over the city of Birmingham, Alabama – just 45 minutes west of the race track. It is the largest cast-iron statue in the world and is the main attraction at Birmingham’s Vulcan Park Museum (www.visitvulcan.com). Talladega’s Vulcan Trophy stands more than three feet and weighs 130 pounds. The tradition of the trophy began in 2016.