âMe and my dad would come up here every year. For me to come out here and go for another checkered flag here is just a dream come true,â he said.
Enfinger says he is just as excited about the renovations to the track since the last NASCAR race in April. He along with Mark Ramsey and Eric âDiggerâ Manes of the TV show âMoonshinersâ took a tram tour Wednesday of the trackâs $50 million Transformation project, which is highlighted by the Talladega Garage Experience.
âItâs pretty unbelievable, especially Big Billâs (Social Club),â Enfinger said. âOne of the most sought after things as a NASCAR fan is a garage pass, a hot pass, and those are very limited supplies, but now you donât really need one here. Youâre right there in the garage. You see your (Monster Energy NASCAR) Cup guys up close and personal. Theyâre working on the car two feet from where you can stand, so to me thatâs pretty incredible.â
Ramsey added, âItâs insane. Itâs incredible.â
Enfinger, Ramsey and Manes got their first look Wednesday at Big Billâs Social Club inside the Talladega Garage Experience. Big Billâs is a 35,000 square-foot covered open-air pavilion with a 41-foot video board, bar, concessions, fan seating and garage access to NASCARâS top 22 drivers â a feature Enfinger says puts the Talladega Superspeedway above all other race tracks.
âDaytona has done a lot and ISM has done a lot in Phoenix, but I think this is where itâs at,â Enfinger said. âFrom where it was in April, it just brings it to the next level. Iâm excited. Iâm excited for Talladega and Iâm excited for the sport.â
The completion of the Talladega Garage Experience wraps up a year-long project for the track, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. A new Finish Line Premium RV area, infield shower trailers and a new oversized two-lane vehicle tunnel were completed in April. A new race control tower, kid zone and victory lane plaza were constructed in the final phase.
To learn more about the project or purchase tickets, visit talladegasuperspeedway.com.