Race fans take in Talladega from different vantage points

TALLADEGA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Talladega Superspeedway is the longest track in NASCAR with a distance of 2.66 miles.

With so much track, fans have plenty of places of which to choose to watch a race.

For Daniel Franklain, that spot is the grandstand.

“You can see the entire track,” Franklain said from his seat. “There’s not a bad seat in the entire track.”

Then there are those who prefer to watch from track level, like James Raymond and Regina McDaniel. They drive from Texas for every race at Talladega and watch from the pits.

“It’s an amazing experience to get down here and learn what they actually do,” McDaniel said.

“It’s just a lot more excitement. You’re closer to the action here,” Raymond added.

Just as close but with a less tense atmosphere are those who watch from the infield atop their campers and buses.

“You have the camping and the people…the feeling and the energy,” Joanne Daigle said. “There’s nothing like Talladega.”

Daigle and Larry Ashcraft watched Sunday’s Geico 500 from the infield for only the second time. They have had an outfield lot for many years, but were invited to try a different experience. They’re now hooked.

“I think this is the only way to watch the race,” Ashcraft said. “It’s right here and you have everything.”

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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