Talladega Short Track | September 25th
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Talladega Short Track | September 25th

Talladega Short Track | September 25th

9/8/2021 -
Special thanks to everyone for a great Labor Day USCS event! We take a short couple of weeks off to hit the end of the season running. Up next is the
Talladega Raceway Park | September 24th

Talladega Raceway Park | September 24th

9/8/2021 -
Special thanks to everyone for a successful Fall Classic! Our next event is set for Friday night September 24th with a Full Kart Program PLUS Bicycle,
Talladega Short Track | September 5th

Talladega Short Track | September 5th

8/31/2021 -
This Sunday night at Talladega Short Track, the 700 horsepower, 120 miles per hour USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint cars return for the 5th Annu

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Talladega Short Track | September 25th

Talladega Short Track | September 25th

9/8/2021
Special thanks to everyone for a great Labor Day USCS event! We take a short couple of weeks off to hit the end of the season running. Up next is the 2021 Ice Bowl Qualifier on Saturday night September 25th! All feature winners will be guaranteed a starting spot in the...more
Talladega Raceway Park | September 24th

Talladega Raceway Park | September 24th

9/8/2021
Special thanks to everyone for a successful Fall Classic! Our next event is set for Friday night September 24th with a Full Kart Program PLUS Bicycle, Power Wheel, and Foot Races for kids!! Just a couple of events left to wrap up the 2021 season, as this event and then...more
Talladega Short Track | September 5th

Talladega Short Track | September 5th

8/31/2021
This Sunday night at Talladega Short Track, the 700 horsepower, 120 miles per hour USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint cars return for the 5th Annual USCS Sunday of Speed on Labor Day weekend (Monday is a Holiday)...don't miss this one! We'll have a Full Racing Program...more
Talladega Raceway Park | September 4th

Talladega Raceway Park | September 4th

8/31/2021
News and Notes for this Saturday, September 4th, 2021 FALL CLASSIC Event: • ALL Karts and Kart Trailers/Haulers will enter the Stock Car track Pit Entrance for this event! That is the gate on the opposite end of the property from our usual Kart track entrance. This will...more

History

Talladega Short Track, affectionately called “The Hornet’s Nest”, is located across the street and just east of the Talladega Super Speedway on Speedway Boulevard in Eastaboga, Alabama.

The track opened on April 29th, 1977 under the direction of promoter Alfred Gurley. In 1980, he and Lynn “Preacher” Phillips partnered together to purchase the property that remains under the same ownership over 40 years later with Phillips and Gurley’s family, Mike and Rita Donahoo, overseeing operations since his passing in April of 2015.

The track began life as a flat, limestone motorcycle track, before renovations by Alfred Gurley turned the track 180 degrees and took the shape in its current layout and configuration. Seating for lawn chairs, and bleachers line the front straightaway with what many fans consider the “best seat in racing” because of the location of the seats right on top of the action. In 2000, a back straightaway concrete retaining wall and metal bleacher seating were added, and the pit parking was moved outside of the infield for better views and increased seating capacity.

The track garnered national attention, and is ranked as one of the Top 25 speedways in USA Today. The nickname “The Hornet’s Nest” was bestowed on the track and used frequently by late Track Announcer Perry Holman as the action on the track is tight and ultra competitive, thus turning a field of Stock Cars loose on the high-banked, red clay oval is likened to kicking a Hornet’s Nest as they begin buzzing with action!

Action takes place on the Stock Car Track every Saturday night from mid-March through mid-October, and Friday night racing action on the 1/6 mile Raceway Park go-kart facility from April through September with go-kart and Junior Late Model Racing.

Special events include the world famous Ice Bowl which is an annual winter pilgrimage in January of each season, kicking off the race season for many fans and competitors, and draws 300+ cars from around the country. Other special events included are: the always exciting NASCAR weekends that run in conjunction with the events at Talladega Super Speedway; Alfred Gurley Twin 25 Super Late Model event; Annual Governor’s Cup Event; July 4th weekend Salute to America Nationals; the Jerry Goodwin Tribute Event; and many others throughout the season.

Many sanctioning bodies visit TST each season including: Southern All Star Super Late Model Series, Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series, USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars, NVRA Vintage Race Cars, and the Crate Racin’ USA Street Stock Series.

We hope you enjoy your time at TST, and appreciate your support and patronage. We hope to see you soon to take in a night of “Dirt Trackin’ Southern Style”

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