Talladega Nights comes to life with “Big One on the Blvd”

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Part of the experience of a NASCAR weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR’s biggest track happens away from the 2.66 mile racing surface. It actually happens inside the huge infield of the Alabama track and at night. Thousands of fans, drivers and media let loose Friday night as Talladega Superspeedway held its one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras-style party the “Big One on the Blvd”.

What was once an unsanctioned gathering of partying fans along the main boulevard of the Talladega infield has become a, somewhat, moderated affair that lasts long into the night; Friday was no exception.  Jeff Gordon, Danica Patrick, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Brendan Gaughan, Michael Waltrip and Kenny Wallace all showed up to oversee, and participate in original  fan games such as “Angry Wieners” – a competitive eating plus athletic prowess featuring hot dogs, baked beans, and memories – and “Body Pong” – an individual game of skill, luck, and taste in fashion featuring balloons filled with liquids.

The boisterous, and highly inebriated, audience, as well as the drivers, judged the events. MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.