Welcome to Talladega Boulevard, where everyone’s a racing fan

first_imgBUY TICKETS: See the races at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. — A man dangles a rubber chicken from a fishing pole in the middle of Talladega Superspeedway’s famed Talladega Boulevard, trying to tap an empty can of Bud Light without knocking it over.“He’s been doing it all day,” another tailgater informs me with a laugh.Fishing for nothing more than attention and a good time, the man glances at me with a toothy grin and says:“Welcome to Talladega Boulevard.”• • •The Alabama temperatures are unseasonably cool and the damp air from the day’s rain mixes with the smell of campfires. Different tunes — from Luke Bryan’s “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” to J. Dash’s “Wop” — echo from the different tailgates set up on Talladega’s most famous strip.Friday’s dreary weather has left many in the Heart of Dixie seeking comfort indoors, but the 5:30 p.m. infield already is stirring outside for an approaching party.Some scenes are elaborate with real bars and bar stools set up. Some are makeshift, with chairs positioned comfortably around a campfire. And some are just downright crazy, like the one centered around an old school bus with “Nuthin’ Fancy” printed in large letters on the window.last_img read more