The Stage is Set for Talladega Superspeedway’s Doubleheader NASCAR Playoff Weekend, Oct. 12-14! Pre-Race Dignitaries Announced

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Things have kicked into high gear at Talladega Superspeedway with the track’s pivotal doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend just days away. The lineup of pre-race dignitaries has been finalized for the 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event and the Fr8Auctions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. They include: 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Sunday, Oct. 14

Grand Marshal: Giving those famous words in motorsports – “Drivers, Start Your Engines” – will be Kim Pedersen, CEO and founder of An award-winning lighting business, has more than 250 employees and offers everything from simple household light bulbs to cutting-edge specialty lighting. Pedersen launched in 1996, and the massive online presence continues to change the way the world buys lighting. He was recognized in June 2010 as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Region.

Honorary Starter and Invocation: Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, will wave the green flag to kick off the highly-anticipated “wildcard” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. Dr. Jeffress will also provide the invocation during pre-race ceremonies. He is a Fox News Contributor, author of over 24 books and hosts a daily nationwide radio program, Pathway to Victory. Dr. Jeffress has made more than 2,000 guest appearances on radio and television programs and regularly appears on various media outlets.

Fr8Auctions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Saturday, Oct. 13

Grand Marshal: Marcus Barela, founder and owner of Fr8Auctions, will give the command to fire engines prior to the start of the Truck Series Playoff event. At the conclusion of the race, only six out of eight championship-eligible drivers will move on to the Round of 6.

National Anthem Performers

Sunday’s 500: The 313th United States Army Band from Birmingham, AL is scheduled to once again perform their instrumental version of the song of our country before the start of the 500. The band has been a staple at the track since 2014 and is made up of citizen-soldiers who train and perform as a group of Army musicians. In addition, the iconic Johnny Ray Semi Truck Drive By will take place during the Anthem as well as a military flyover (four F-18 jets) by The (VFA-213) World Famous Fighting BLACKLIONS of the United States Navy.

Saturday’s Fr8Auctions 250: Woodstock, AL native Tayllor Hanson, a 22-year-old graduate from Highlands College and Point University in Birmingham, will perform the National Anthem prior to the Fr8Auctions 250 on Saturday. Hanson is a voice and piano teacher as well as a preschool director in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. She has also recorded three albums and is currently working on another.

Talladega Superspeedway’s playoff weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 12, with qualifying for the Fr8Auctions 250 at 4:35 p.m. CDT. Saturday’s slate includes the running of the Fr8Auctions 250 at noon CDT followed by Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the 500 at 3:35 p.m. CDT. Sunday will showcase some of the world’s best drivers dueling it out in the 500 at 1 p.m. CDT. In addition, Sunday ticket holders can enjoy access to the Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, located in the famous infield, featuring country music artist Chris Janson.

For ticket information, fans can visit or call 855-518-RACE (7223).

About Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s most competitive (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), highest banked (33 degrees), and longest track (2.66-miles), as well as the most fun and fan-friendly. Talladega offers something for everyone, including hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids tickets and college student prices, along with special offers for military members and first responders, and teachers and educators. The historic venue, built in 1969, is deemed NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield, which features the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel and the world-renowned Talladega Blvd., home of Friday night’s “Big One on the Blvd.” party. It’s the site of the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large ISM Vision HD video boards lining the frontstretch and endless pre-race activities for fans on race day, including special Kids VIP opportunities. For ticket information, visit or call 855-518-RACE (7223).

The track, along with its parent company, International Speedway Corporation, recently announced Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project. The approximate $50 million redevelopment endeavor is part of ISC’s long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The project, highlighted by a one-of-a-kind Garage Fan Zone Experience, will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield. Full completion of the modernized project is scheduled for October of 2019. Fans can learn more about the project by visiting The track, which opened in 1969, will also celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year.

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