TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will
hold its first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 2006, creating a
three-event weekend and taking on college football.
The race will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, on the eve of the Nextel
Cup UAW-Ford 500 at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, track and NASCAR
officials said Tuesday. The ARCA series race, normally run
Saturday, will be held a day earlier.
Like the ARCA race, the truck race will go head-to-head with
college football games in a state that relishes both sports.
"We've been racing since 1997 in the fall, and we feel like the
truck series will be a good event on that day," said Rick
Humphrey, vice president and general manager of the superspeedway.
"We just have to do what we can. We hope that fans here on this
property and fans around the state will see a value in the truck
series and come out and join us."
The truck races have been running at Daytona Superspeedway as
well as other tracks.
"This is just another step for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck
series," said Wayne Auton, director of the series. "The venues
keep getting bigger and better. I think this is the biggest venue
The truck series began competition in 1995, with annual
attendance figures rising from 400,000 to 1.1 million since then.
It started running at Daytona in 2000 and has been a training
ground for such drivers as Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick
and Carl Edwards.
Series driver Ricky Craven said bringing the race to Talladega
"is a natural."
"It's going to be supported and it's going to be a big event,"
Craven said. "I expect we'll see the same finishes that we've seen
here in the past."