– Charles “Red” Farmer, an original member of the famed “Alabama Gang,” who helped put the state of Alabama on the map in the world of motorsports, along with friend and fellow Alabama Gang legend Davey Allison, were announced Wednesday as nominees for the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Joining Farmer, a two-time ARCA winner at Talladega, and Allison, who has three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) wins at the 2.66-mile venue, as new nominees are car owners Roger Penske and Joe Gibbs, as well as 2000 NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte, a 1998 winner at TSS. Gibbs has four wins at Talladega, while Penske has five and will be going for a record-tying fourth consecutive triumph in the May 7 GEICO 500
Hailing from Florida, Farmer, along with Bobby Allison (Davey’s father) and Donnie Allison, saw opportunities in Alabama, so they settled in Hueytown, AL. In the early 1960s, they galvanized local race fans at tracks in Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery, before eventually achieving much success at Talladega Superspeedway. Farmer’s two wins in the ARCA Racing Series (today known as the General Tire 200) at Talladega came in 1984 & 1988.
To purchase tickets for the upcoming May 5-7 race weekend, which features the GEICO 500, Sparks Energy 300 and General Tire 200, visit the newly revamped www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Talladega Superspeedway’s spring race weekend kicks off on Friday, May 5!